February Wrap-Up

Updates on the Reader:

February has been exciting for me; as of the 26th, this blog has been in existence for one whole month!! I started blogging so I could keep writing about books and talk to others about them, and so far, I am LOVING the blogger life!Read More »

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Lovely Lead Lady With More to Offer

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Title: The Valiant
Author: Lesley Livingston
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA; Historical Fiction
Length: 372 pages
Published by: Razorbill (Penguin Random House)
Pub Date: Feb 14, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Source: I purchased this book from Amazon

My Rating: 3 stars

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The short version: While a little predictable, I really enjoyed this book! I had been hoping for a little more out of it, but I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in strong lady leads and/or historical fiction!Read More »

Apologies

Hi there, fellow readers! I just wanted to give a quick apology for being so inactive for the past week. I have three or four half-finished drafts waiting to be published, but I’ve been a little sick and a lot of busy all week. I should be able to catch up on a few posts […]

Pleasant Poetry Collection

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Title: the princess saves herself in this one
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Type: Poetry
Length: 208 pages
Published by: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pub Date: First published April 23, 2016.
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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The short version: If you like poetry, read this book. Many of the poems were ones that would be covered in red had I handed them in to my poetry professors, but I still loved these poems, and as subjective as it is, I feel a little more myself after having read them.Read More »

Lost in the Allusion

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Title: With Paper for Feet
Author: Jennifer A. McGowan
Type: Poetry
Length: 96 pages
Published by: Arachne Press
Pub date: Feb 23, 2017
Format: PDF
Source: A digital copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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The short version: If you enjoy poetic re-imaginings of folklore, Shakespeare, and religion, I would recommend this book.

The long version: Jennifer McGowan’s With Paper for Feet challenges the way we have viewed people, specifically women, in our stories, religion, and history. Broken up into five sections, this book deals with women in folklore, Greek mythology, Shakesperean plays, history, and Christianity. In short, this was a book that I really, really wanted to love.

Instead, I didn’t really know how to rate this book. It was difficult for me to read it all the way through to the end, but not because of poor writing.

The poems in this collection are actually pretty well-written; there is a lot of musicality within each line, so that the poems themselves are easy to read and enjoyable. I appreciated the way the sections were broken up by context; a section for folklore, one for Shakespeare, one for religion, etc. I think, more than anything else, I loved the feminine re-imaginings of traditionally male perspectives; the re-writings of Helen of Troy and Lady Macbeth were among my favorites.

That being said, I had a difficult time finishing the whole book. You could probably say my biggest issue stemmed from myself: I didn’t know where about a third of the references came from. I would have a rough idea of, “Yeah, this is Shakespeare,” or “I’m pretty sure this has something to do with Greek mythology,” but there were so many times when I had to stop reading so I could look up who I was even reading about, it took a lot of the fun out of it for me. There were so many that I had to look up that I finally just gave up and hoped for the best without the context. Which is unfortunate, because, with a lot of the poems, they lose a lot of significance if you don’t understand their context. I would have loved to see some epigraphs or something with some of the poems just to help situate the reader with the speaker. Make it possible for me to still enjoy the poem, and then sate my curiosity later.

A perfect place for context would have been at the division between the sections, which, at the risk of sounding petty, is one place I was hoping for more creativity. Instead of just “With Paper for Feet: Section Three,” I was expecting something like “Section Three: With Ink for Ears” (I’m bad at this, I know) or anything other than a robotic “Section Three” to signal we were changing perspectives, and to help situate us in that new perspective.

Long story short, this book is full of some great poems! It didn’t work well for me, but if you know a lot of literary women (or are willing to put in the time to do some research), I would definitely recommend this book.