Hi friends! Recently I have been getting into something new: poetry! I took a poetry class at school last year and ended up doing very well in it. The more I read and learn about poetry, I realize how truly artistic it is. I like reading through it slowly and even re-reading if a stanza was very impactful for me. I ended up going to Barnes and Noble with my family during Thanksgiving break and didn’t expect to buy anything. I remembered though, that I kept seeing a book called Milk and Honey everywhere! So I went to check it out and ended up buying like five books! Here’s the ones that I bought that would make amazing Christmas gifts for the avid reader in your life!
So as I mentioned before, the first poetry book I looked at was Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. It is very popular at the moment and I read it in two nights. Each page has a short poem on it, and each page on the right has a contour sketch to go along with it. I realized, especially with this book, that poetry is more of an experience than anything else. You get the effect of the words but also the lovely visuals of the sketch. They are very powerful when paired together, which is why I think I’m so drawn to poetry. I’m clearly a very visual person so I respond to it well.
The sequel to Kaur’s book is The Sun and Her Flowers. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m hoping its a bit more uplifting than her first one. Milk and Honey was all about the building and breaking of a relationship, the mending of the heart, and learning to embrace being alone for a time. Most of it was pretty heartbreaking, so I hope Kaur brings in a positive resolution with The Sun and Her Flowers.
The book I have currently started is The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. This was recommended to me by the girl who was helping me in Barnes and Noble. She raved about it, so I decided to try it out for myself. So far, I’m enjoying it just like I enjoyed Kaur’s work. It has that same words and sketch duo that is so intriguing to me. Poetry seems to have the same themes going on, with authors trying to work out and explain their biggest struggles through this art form. These authors also have very similar book covers, with the matte black paper and the bold white type. I believe the Barnes and Noble employee said Kaur and Lovelace are real life friends as well, which is super cool!
Every time I’m at a bookstore, I look for the YouTuber section. Yes, I know, I’m a huge YouTube nerd, but who cares?! I like showing support for those who work their arses off online. While I was in the poetry section, I was excited to see Gabbie Hanna’s (The Gabbie Show) new poetry book Adultolescence on the shelves! I love her YouTuber channel and she was great during the Vine days, so I thought I’d try out her poetry book too. Her new songs have honestly been super impressive, so I hope her poetry book has the same effect!
And last but not least, You are a Badass by Jen Sincerois actually not a poetry book. I’ve seen some YouTubers feature this book in their videos, and my mom actually pointed it out in the bookstore. I believe is a book on motivation and how to be your best self. I’m excited to see what tips and tricks it has, but since all these books are going in my stocking, I’ll just have to wait for Christmas Day!
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if there’s anything else you recommend that didn’t make it in this post! Any of these works would be great stocking stuffers and a really heartfelt gift for anyone! If you haven’t read any poetry, I definitely recommend any of these, as they are very relatable and make you realize we all go through the same stuff in life. What more could you want in a book?? Talk to you guys tomorrow for Blogmas Day 5!