Nicole Reads

Nicole Reads

Consumed with wanderlust. Dreams of writing her own novel. Devours books. Fluent in Spanglish. Intersectional feminist.

Review
3 Stars
[REVIEW] Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
milk and honey - rupi kaur
she was a rose
in the hands of those
who had no intention
of keeping her
7%



This collection of poems was not what I expected. It hit me in the feels, I needed some time to collect my thoughts and gasp for air. I also didn't expect how raw that first section would be. I'm still recovering.

I read this in one sitting. The illustrations were a very nice touch, I took some time to examine each. The downside is that some of the poems do become very repetitive which made part of the experience lose its impact. Also, some of the imagery was really powerful while others were so convoluted I wasn't very sure of what I was reading.

Still, I liked it and the letter to the reader at the end made me tear up.

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
milk and honey - rupi kaur

This is really hitting close to home.

Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
milk and honey - rupi kaur

I read on a friend's twitter feed that she felt like an empty well and I found myself feeling the same. And so here I am, trying to read something that is not university related to see if I can fill up that well even a little bit.

 

That being said, this poetry book is not quite what I expected.

Review
3 Stars
[REVIEW] The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

This book is perfectly ok. Nothing remarkable but I enjoyed it because it helped me disconnect from the stress of grad school. In fact, the first 100 pages are a bit tedious to get through. I found myself uninterested and close to abandoning it, but I didn’t because I did like the protagonist Elli and I wanted to know what would happen to her. Turns out, a lot of shit happens to her. It was both horrifying and refreshing to see the main character not walk out unscathed from certain life-threatening situations. The danger feels very real in this world.

I teared up a few times because of the emotion Elli stirred in me, even so, it didn’t grip me. The story is fine, the characters are flawed, and you do grow to care about some of them, but overall, I expected to feel more emotionally impacted...

...mainly when certain characters die/are killed. Like when Mim died? That was so anti-climatic, and I think that Elli got over her first love's death pretty quickly.

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I did enjoy the lore and the descriptions of the magic. I loved that the heroine was bisexual. That was a big plus for me.

However, I'm not filled with an overwhelming need to find out what happens. I'm perfectly fine not reading the next two books in the series.

Reading progress update: I've read 386 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

Good grief, I am dizzy from all that is happening at the same time.

Reading progress update: I've read 356 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

I have no idea what is happening, but I don't see how this can't be resolved by the end of this book. I think. Maybe. Now I'm wondering how is it that this is a trilogy?

Reading progress update: I've read 295 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

And I'm back to reading and ignoring all my responsibilities :D 

Reading progress update: I've read 239 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

Stopping here for tonight. Tomorrow I have responsibilities, but I may just sneak in a chapter or two.

Reading progress update: I've read 233 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

"Oh," he whispers, his eyes fluttering shut. "Thank you."

 

AY COSHITA.

Reading progress update: I've read 214 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

It just got reeeeeal interesting, ish, sort of. 

Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

I'm invested, but I'm also not. This is confusing but I'm still reading.

Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

I'm kind of... bored? Things are happening, but I'm not sure I care about them.

Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

Seeking both distraction and inspiration, can't wait to see how it goes. It's a little slow but I'm optimistic. 

Review
5 Stars
[REVIEW] What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton

I wasn't going to read this book. I'm still trying to pretend that what happened on November 8th, 2016 didn't happen. However, seeing the vitriol directed at her for just DARING to write a book about her experience and not disappearing into the night in shame made me want a read it and so I did. Besides, I won't lie that I needed to hear her voice, I needed to feel some semblance of guidance.

 

This isn't an easy read, especially when you take into consideration how the United States is being led by a man without compassion, dignity or morality (just look at all he is NOT doing to help Puerto Rico). I'm not saying Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't without her flaws because she is. I'm not saying she would've made a perfect president, but she would've been infinitely better than the person at the helm right now: just to hear her express herself, her coherence, her candor, her knowledge of politics and international affairs. It makes me want to break into song: WE COULD'VE HAD IT AAAAAAALL.

 

Listening to it as I commuted to and from work both stung and calmed me. There were times where I had to stop listening because I just wanted to cry, it was too painful, too raw, my skin prickled with emotion. Other times I felt angry on her behalf. She holds no punches, and I loved her for it. I also loved how she spoke about her life's work, her family, but most of all I loved learning about her mother, about how Hillary Rodham Clinton takes care of herself, how she fusses over others. I relate to that. I am the designated mama hen of all of my friends.

 

She also talks about sexism, gun control, immigration, to name a few. It was refreshing to have someone speak with so much aplomb and sense. Contrary to what others might be thinking, she takes full responsibility for what happened during the 2016 election. She also points out the many other factors that inevitably influenced the outcome. She asks people to pick a cause and to fight it; she asks people to be kind.

 

The book ended, and I somehow managed to hold back the tears in the subway. I don't feel my heart has fully healed from the disappointment of her not winning, and therefore I get to live with anxiety 100% of the time, but thanks to this, I'm starting to gather the pieces to move forward.

Reading progress update: I've listened 849 out of 1010 minutes.
What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton

She's talking about election night, and it's hard not to cry. I can just remember that night with astounding clarity. The unopened champagne, the crawling dread that the worst possible outcome would happen, the numbness and then the bone-chilling fear and anxiety that has never left. Hearing her version of events makes it all worse.

Reading progress update: I've listened 420 out of 1010 minutes.
What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton

I had no real interest in reading this book. After the 2016 election, I got depressed, and I had no intention of reliving it. However, seeing the vitriol and sexism that has been directed at Mrs. Clinton just because she wrote a book about what she lived (same as Bernie) made me get this book the day it came out.

 

This book is hard to listen to at times especially when it speaks about gun violence and the families of those who have lost loved ones to gun-wielding assholes.

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Progress: 20/234pages