The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

There was a lot in this that I liked. There was also a good amount that I didn’t. Overall, I am a little disappointed. There were a few poems, however, that jumped off the page and nestled into my heart. One in particular that reached in and felt like it was written by me – my current and exact feels. I shared that piece below.

The short pieces really bothered me. The one-liners. The few words. I’m never a fan of those short blurbs that ANYONE COULD SAY. But I was thrilled to see some longer pieces in this book, which Milk and Honey did not have.

There was also a section on immigration. Which I could understand, but for some reason (maybe the organization?) it felt out of place. I know it was the section called rooting, so from that standpoint, I can understand discussing her personal roots, but at the same time, it just didn’t feel like it fit or blended with the rest of the book. But maybe that’s just me.

Overall, this book was okay. It’s not a favorite. I probably won’t pick it up again to read. But it’s good for an afternoon read at a coffee shop.

Favorite poem:

i hardened under the last loss. it took something
human out of me. i used to be so deeply emotional i’d
crumble on demand. but now the water has made its
exit. of course i care about the ones around me. i’m just
struggling to show it. a wall is getting in the way. i used
to dream of being so strong nothing could shake me.
now. i am. so strong. that nothing shakes me.
and all i dream is to soften.


Rating: 3 stars

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35606560From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom

In My Head by JM Storm

If you currently follow JM Storm on Instagram and truly enjoy reading his posts, you will love this collection. He speaks of help and healing, of moving on and letting go, of falling in love and loving yourself. While his prose is short, it’s also tender.

if you’re going to kiss her,
then pull her close and mean it.
kiss her as the moon does the sea.
weightless and yet the deepest
parts of her are moved.

JM Storm typically writes pieces around this length, so if you order this book and don’t realize what you’re getting when you order, don’t blame the writer. I personally enjoy longer pieces, but this was still a beautiful book of prose that was both comforting and uplifting.

This book contains JM Storm’s heart that just ebbs off his words like little butterflies. A soft and gentle caress.

maybe that’s all we need.
to know that someone
thinks we’re worth the
bad times. to know we’re
set apart from the others.
to feel a hand reaching
for us in the dark.

While this isn’t one of my favorite collections, it’s still a beautifully short and sweet read.

Rating: 4 stars

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35254618“Sometimes I wonder if there are others like me. Who feel everything and everything has feeling.”

In My Head, the debut release of one of Instagram’s most popular poets whose writing has been liked by millions, dives below the surface of love, loss, and life.

J.M. Storm has crafted a haunting yet hopeful poetry collection that is meant to be felt as much as it is read.

Wildly into the Dark by Tyler Knott Gregson

This book is filled with beautiful and peaceful prose. I simply adored all of these pieces. Tyler Knott’s books have yet to disappoint me even a little. There are so many pieces in here that caused me to stop and ponder. They settled inside me and made a home. They brought a calming to my stressful days.

If I do not follow you
out of this zone of comfort
I’ve lived safely inside,
Push me, pull me, or
throw me from that
circle. If my wander loses
its lust, if the soles of my feet
begin to rust, if I forget
the way to adventure,
force it upon me until I
remember; demand a life
five thousand shades
from ordinary.

It is incredibly hard to write reviews for poetry books. They are very personal to the author, and the words either resonate or they do not. But Tyler Knott has a unique ability to bring you in and consume you with the stunning thoughts of his soul. If you’ve read and enjoyed his other books, you’ll want to be sure to add this one to the collection.

Rating: 5 stars!

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34427870The most intimate and eclectic poetry collection yet from bestselling author and online sensation Tyler Knott Gregson

With loyal fans around the world and across the internet, Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are.

Tyler’s third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his first book, Chasers of the Light) as well as never-before-published scenes that paint the world as only Tyler sees and experiences it. Filled with vivid photographs and even more vivid emotions, Wildly Into the Dark is a must-have for longtime fans as well as newcomers to Tyler’s unique brand of passionate, intimate, and playful words and images.

Love Her Wild by Atticus

Some of these pieces were beautiful and worth rereading.
A lot of others fell short.
There were few pieces that caused me to pause and wonder – to soak in the words.

For those who love Atticus’s Instagram, they will likely enjoy this book. I, however, was hoping for more. I thought perhaps we’d be seeing some of his short pieces tied into longer prose more worthy of a book collection. The photography in this book is beautiful and really adds an extra beauty to the content. I honestly feel I enjoyed half of the pictures more than his quotes.

This book is beautifully put together. Stunning pages, images, fonts, and the cover is gorgeous, but I feel like that’s all you get with this. Beauty on the first layer but unable to find any soul.

While his words are beautiful and give you the feels for a moment, they don’t linger, they don’t settle. If you’re looking for something deep and meaningful, it’s not this. I don’t think this book was terrible. I also don’t think it was great. If you follow him on IG, you really don’t need to get this book to find anything “more“.

Rating: 3 stars

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33208115The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.

Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. He was dubbed the “#1 poet to follow” by Teen Vogue and “the world’s most tattoo-able” poet by Galore magazine, in Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind—and will awaken your sense of adventure.

Abandoned Breaths by Alfa

If you’re looking for a poetry book to add to your collection, look no further. Alfa has blown me away again. Her first book was a chapbook, short and sweet. Abandoned Breaths is full and savory.

… and late at night
when you hit me up,
telling me you miss me,
and maybe we should
     try again…
I know it is just loneliness
and familiarity.
You need instant gratification,
and you reach for your old
   stand by.
I am tired of feeding your 
sweet tooth, and then being
expected to encourage your
diet the next day.

Many of these pieces allowed my soul to sigh with the total truth Alfa allowed into her words. This book has all that your soul is seeking, and each poem is like a new breath. A new way to open. A fresh honesty.

There’s really not much I can say in regards to this book other than the fact that it’s amazing. I have so many quotes I want to share. I had them all typed up in this review and it was nothing but quotes from this book. But I didn’t want to spoil the refreshing air of this poetry collection.

I never knew
what magic felt like
until you cupped my face
in your hands
for a full nine seconds
before you kissed me.

I’m so happy to know such a beautiful human being and to have her work resting on my headboard at night.

Rating: 5 stars!

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34604945What happens to the words that never escape the confines of heartbroken souls?
When someone chooses to vacate your life, they seldom take everything with them when they leave. Closure is elusive. A heart still has questions. It is ruthless in its inquisition and stores every one of them in your soul.

Endless dialogue.

Where do the words go?
The ones we wanted to say, but never got the chance?

They live on.

They don’t leave with their Muse.
They stay behind.
Clinging, building, breathing, and aching to be heard.

Abandoned breaths longing to breathe.

I feel them emerging, and for once I do not stop them. I let them flow.
I release the heartache, in hopes that by doing so, these words will find other hearts and bring them a measure of comfort.
You are not alone.
When it comes to love, we all speak the same language.

” I am a collection of everything that has touched my skin. I have absorbed the pulse of the Universe.”