Friday, November 23, 2018

Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart | Review

38507175Title: Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Edition: Paperback (224 pages)

Following the smash success of her best-selling book, Pillow Thoughts, Courtney Peppernell now returns with the follow-up sequel Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart. 
Peppernell understands that healing is a process, and Pillow Thoughts II eloquently captures the time and experience that one goes through on their journey to peace through restoration.
A collection of inspiration and comforting poems for anyone who is mending from a broken heart.

Before I start this review, I just have to say that if you get the chance to pick up one of Courtney Peppernell's poetry collections, you have to! Give it a shot! She's become my favorite poet over a matter of her few books. To be honest, I fell for her words after the first Pillow Thoughts was written, and I've only loved her other poetry books more and more.

what i liked
  • Peppernell's emotions. They are so clearly on the pages, and I can connect to her so quickly through almost all of her poems. I've never connected to someone's words so easily.
  • The way that the poems are separated. They are separated by what they have in common, which makes it a much more enjoyable read.
  • It's all written in free verse, which makes it so easy to read, at least in my opinion. 
  • It's such a quick read. I read it in about two sittings, and I've picked it up a few times since I've read it just to flip through and read some other poems when I feel like it. 
  • Her poems are exactly what the title says they are: pillow thoughts. Everything is so free flowing and I just love that about Peppernell's poems.
Honestly, there was nothing I disliked. I can't wait to read more from Peppernell in the future, because she has pulled on my heartstrings in all of her poetry collections now. I love her work more than Rupi Kaur's, and I recommend it to everyone who's interested in poetry or is just looking for something to read.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Funny Boy | Review

23461010Title: Funny Boy: A Novel
Author: Shyam Selvadurai
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Edition: Paperback (320 pages)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

An evocative coming-of-age novel about growing up gay in Sri Lanka during the Tamil-Sinhalese conflict-one of the country's most turbulent and deadly periods.
Arjie is "funny."
The second son of a privileged family in Sri Lanka, he prefers staging make-believe wedding pageants with his female cousins to battling balls with the other boys. When his parents discover his innocent pastime, Arjie is forced to abandon his idyllic childhood games and adopt the rigid rules of an adult world. Bewildered by his incipient sexual awakening, mortified by the bloody Tamil-Sinhalese conflicts that threaten to tear apart his homeland, Arjie painfully grows toward manhood and an understanding of his own "different" identity.
Refreshing, raw, and poignant, Funny Boy is an exquisitely written, compassionate tale of a boy's coming-of-age that quietly confounds expectations of love, family, and country as it delivers the powerful message of staying true to one's self no matter the obstacles.

This is another one that I had to read for my Southeast Asia class, though I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

what i liked
  • The writing style is quite simple, making it easy to follow. Oftentimes, I feel like literature assigned in college can be quite difficult to follow because of all the unnecessary jargon used, but I didn't find myself being lost at all while reading this book.
  • It has a very progressive storyline, as it follows Arjie, a Sri Lankan child during a very difficult conflict. He falls in love and realizes that he is different after being called "funny" for years. It touches on societal expectations and trying to break those boundaries. I sincerely loved Arjie as a character.
  • The love story. It was quite a strong one. 

what i disliked
  • Honestly there wasn't a thing I disliked, I just didn't love it enough to rate it more stars. It was good, but not quite a memorable book for me.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw Blog Tour | Review & Playlist

Title: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: The Shaw Confessions #2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 13, 2018

In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lips are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah's reckoning is here.
Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.
He can't.
He's sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.
They aren't.
He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.
He's wrong. 

**Thank you to Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review as a part of the blog tour!** 

what i liked
  • It's another freaking book about Noah Shaw, aka my favorite male character ever, aka my book boyfriend. I honestly just can't get enough of Noah's point of view. He's just such an interesting character and I love him to death. It's still interesting viewing his and Mara's relationship through his eyes instead of hers. 
  • It's not your average second book in a trilogy that suffers from second book syndrome. There's actually some meat to the story in here! Plus, we are back in England. A good amount of stuff happens in this book, and it didn't leave me bored.
  • This book is such a quick read. Yes, I get that it's 500ish pages, but I couldn't put it down.
  • Goose! We get more of Goose. 
what i disliked
  • Now I have to wait again for book 3!! I'm guessing it will come out sometime next year in 2019. I'm definitely going to have to do a reread of the whole series before then.
I do think it's worth noting as well that this book touches on suicide, depression, and alcohol and substance abuse.

About the author
Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at

Playlist for The Reckoning of Noah Shaw
1. Come Together by The Beatles
2. Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger
3. Born to Die by Lana Del Rey
4. Simple Song by The Shins 
5. Waves by Dean Lewis
6. I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
7. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
8. Show Me What I'm Looking For by Carolina Liar