Top 5 Wednesday: Poetry Books

It’s been FOREVER since I last talked about poetry, so here we go!

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.

As we still have no topics for the regular T5W, I decided to choose one myself. I love poetry and I feel like I don’t talk about it enough on here so this was the perfect opportunity. Without further ado, here are five poetry books I absolutely love 🥰

The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace

I love how empowering Amanda Lovelace’s poems are, so of course I had to mention one of her books. And while I loved the first one, I think I enjoyed The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One even better! I have yet to read the third one in the series, and you will definitely hear my thoughts on this one when I have! 😍

The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Again, I also love Rupi Kaur’s poetry. Her poems are beautiful and moving, and they hit right where it hurts when it comes to my awkwardness, and my anxiety, and how I feel about relationships. The Sun and her Flowers was absolutely beautiful, and I will always cherish this book.

Soft in the Middle by Shelby Eileen

I discovered Shelby Eileen over the summer, and completely fell in love with her poems. They are both beautiful and moving which are quite frankly my main criteria when it comes to loving poetry. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza

I have to admit that I am weak for romantic poems, and poems about long lost love, so of course, I enjoyed this book from the bottom of my heart, and I highly recommend you to check it out. 🥰

Bright Minds, Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia

I discovered Jennae Cecelia with this book, so of course it will always have a spiecial place in my heart. Since then, I’ve been following her on Instagram and loving everything she does, and I have read several of her poetry collections. Her writing really speaks to me on so many levels, and I am grateful for it.

Talking about these books fills me with WARMTH and satisfaction and I love them so much. I tried to be a bit original in my picks and succeeded more or less I guess? Feel free to share more recommendations in the comments!

Finding Baba Yaga: My Review


Full title: Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse
Author: Jane Yolen
Genre: Fantasy, Poetry, Retelling
(could a blend of literary genres be more perfect that this one?)
Release: October 30th 2018
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

trigger warning: parental abuse

When I heard about this book, I knew it was right up my alley. I love retellings of Slavic mythology, and I hadn’t read any poetry in a while, so it was a perfect opportunity.

The story:

It follows the narrator, Natasha, a teenage girl who is abused by her father and decides to run away from home. After starving and wandering through the woods, she is taken in by Baba Yaga, the infamous witchy character from Slavic Mythology.

My thoughts:

I had read mixed reviews about this book before it was even released, but I absolutely loved the concept, so I knew I had to give it a go and see for myself. I didn’t go in with very high expectations, but I did love it!

I can only describe Finding Baba Yaga as the perfect blend between Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente and the poetry of Amanda Lovelace in The Princess Saves Herself in This One, and I am here for it. It works well as a story in verse as it does follow a story in chronological order about a girl who is abused by her parents and rescued by Baba Yaga when she runs away from home. The story also features Vassilisa the Beautiful, Prince Ivan and Koshei the Deathless, all beloved characters from the slavic mythology. So it is partly a story, and it is partly a retelling, but it is also an ode to strong women, through both the character of Baba Yaga, and the narrator herself. This book is feminist all the way, and I love it. I have to admit I have a soft spot for feminist poetry (I have already mentioned Amanda Lovelace, but I’m also thinking about Rupi Kaur here) and this book just did the trick for me when it came to this beloved topic of mine, so if that is also something you like, then I can only recommend Finding Baba Yaga.

Overall, this book was a pleasant surprise. It was right up my alley, which was all the better since I hadn’t ready any similar book in a while. Five Stars, it was also a quick read, and I would definitely recommend it.

Thoughts on The Sun and her Flowers

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I read milk and honey by Rupi Kaur earlier this year, after hearing so many great things about it, and I absolutely loved it. It’s actually a book that convinced me that I should read more poetry. So of course, when I saw that Rupi Kaur was releasing another collection, I knew I had to pick it up. Even the cover is gorgeous, and I think that I may have liked it even more than the previous one. But let me get a little deeper, because this book deserves all the praise in the world.

If you want to hear my thoughts on milk and honey, I made a video about it back in January!

Title: the sun and her flowers
Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre: Poetry
Release: October 2017
My rating: ★★★★★


Rupi Kaur’s poetry deals with the contemporary issues of our society such as abuse, feminism and what it’s like to be a Brown Woman today. It talks about one’s roots, about immigration, about being hurt and healing. The sun and her flowers is divided between several evolving chapters, one of them talking about rape, something that moved me a lot. But don’t worry, it also includes some topics that are much more bright and positive! It talks about accepting and loving yourself for who you really are. It is also an ode for Kaur’s mother, whom she admires a lot. I just want to give this book a giant hug. For some reason, it speaks to me on a very deep level. I just want more and I can’t get enough.

Most poems are short. Some are long. It doesn’t matter. I could just read them over and over again. And it’s exactly the kind of book that makes me want to read poetry as well.

This was a short post, but I truly adored this book. If you have read it as well, I would love to talk about it with you in the comments!

I read poetry

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I have been reading a lot of poetry for college recently, and I thought I could share my thoughts on the blog a little bit, since I’m here to talk about books, and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would.

Here is the list of the books I’m going to talk about, which are incidentally the ones we are studying in class:

TS Eliot’s Collected Poems

Apollinaire’s Calligrammes

Nelly Sachs’ In Der Wohnung der Todes and Sternverdunkelung

Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Vita d’un uomo

And a selection of Owen’s poetry which is a bilingual edition and was translated as Et chaque lent crépuscule

Since I am French, I know a bit about French poetry, and not so much about the rest of it, except for a few poems we studied in class (like Erlkönig or Die Lorelei in German, or The road not taken by Robert Frost in English, since for some reason it has stayed in a corner of my head ever since 11th grade when we studied it).

I am also a huge fan of Arthur Rimbaud’s poetry ever since I discovered him (that was in 11th grade too) and I have read all his poems. His work is so interesting.

But let’s get down to business. First of all, we are studying TS Eliot’s Collected Poems in American Literature. I didn’t quite know what to expect from it since as far as I can recall, I had never heard of him (shame on me). I still don’t know why literature teachers always want to “explain” or “comment” poems so much. As far as I’m concerned I’m just fine with finding them beautiful, and that was 100% the case with Eliot. Northrop Frye said about Eliot that “Whether he is liked or disliked is of no importance, but he must be read.” and somehow I really agree with that statement. The poems were truly fascinating, I couldn’t put the book down. (And yes, I am talking about poetry there. I don’t know if I’m doing this right or wrong, but I read it like a story somehow, and I enjoyed it, which is all that matter to me.)

We are studying war poets in comparative literature, which explains the 4 other books. I have to admit I find it a bit strange to study foreign poets in a translation, but at least I found they were a very interesting read. I read Apollinaire in French, and Owen in English, but Nelly Sachs and Giuseppe Ungaretti were both translated (though I’m going to search for the original poems since I can read German and Italian).

Did you know? Nelly Sachs won the Nobel Price for Literature in 1966.

I’m not sure what I wanted to say when I started this article. I wanted to say that I liked poetry, and enjoyed those reads more than I thought I would. What’s important? I think everyone should read a bit of poetry at some point. It can move you, it can change you. You don’t need to be “educated” or anything. Poetry goes straight to your heart and that’s what makes it so powerful.

(Also I’m back to college so I’m not sure I’ll be able to post a lot for the time being, at least I’ll try!)