Double review: Lyrics of my reality & book lovers

Lyrics of My Reality

Jacqueline Walker

My rating:

3 star

Goodreads summary:

Lyrics of My Reality: Reflections & Inspirations is a compelling collection of essays and complementary poetry which utilizes teachings, experiences, personal interactions, failures and triumphs to inspire and uplift readers.  This book celebrates our dependence on and support for each other,  gives thanks to our teachers, guides and mentors while reminding us to “look back and give back” to help forge successes from generation to generation.

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This poetry collection was special because every poem was preceded by a bit of background story which served as a window through which we could see the poem. I really enjoyed this concept because it helps you to see the poetry in the light in which it was written. Though perhaps in this case it was slightly redundant in my opinion. This was just because the poems were not very abstract ad that made it “easier” to understand how to see the poem. But it was a nice thought and these bits of background information were beautifully written. At times these introductions were even more touching than the poems themselves. The poetry, while nice, just didn’t inspire much emotion in me. There was never really a time when something struck a chord with me (which did happen during the reading of certain introductory bits). As a fan of a more abstract line of poetry I just didn’t connect as much with these more “obvious” poems, they just didn’t leave enough leeway to be accessible from many different points of view. Also not all the subjects really hit home with me. But in general it was a nice collection of poems, written in an interesting concept.

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Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers

Book lovers

Shawna Kenney

My rating:

3 star

Goodreads summary:

Forget poorly written prose and clichéd love scenes: Book Lovers answers the call for sexy literature with substance. This collection of toe-curling tales written by and for word-worshippers offers well-crafted fiction and creative nonfiction that connects literature to libido. From a Vonnegut-inspired tryst to an imaginary ménage à trois with Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, the book encompasses a veritable buffet of literary fantasies.
Whether they’re conjuring Junot Díaz between the sheets or dreaming of a modern-day enactment of Wuthering Heights—this time refusing Edgar in favor of lusty, bodice-ripping nights with Heathcliff—the stories in Book Lovers are designed for readers’ brains and bodies.
Includes contributions from Izabella St. James, Slash Coleman, Trina Calderón, Cara Bruce, and Stephanie Auteri.

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This was a really diverse bunch of stories. And this diversity is what made this collection so beautiful and I’m betting there’s something for everyone in this book. Some stories obviously were more up my alley than others, which is usually the case when all of the stories are written by different authors. There were definitely certain stories in the collection that were a bit too out there for me to enjoy, but I guess that this is a really personal matter. But the synopsis is truthful in saying that this is far better written than certain other erotic books and it was just a nice change to read well-written stories in this genre. I also liked the idea that this book was centered around, namely the books. But I have to say that in certain stories it was a bit more apparent than in others. Though at times the connection to the books was pretty flimsy, but as long as the story was good it didn’t really bother me all that much.

It’s pretty obvious but I don’t have a lot to say about this book, it didn’t really give me any sort of powerful emotion. I didn’t love it and didn’t hate it. It was just sort of in the middle of that (hence the three stars)

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