do you love books in verse? i’ve written about why i do


Book Review

Toffee by Sarah Crossan 4/5

The poem format Sarah Crossan uses to write Toffee works well with the story. It covers important subjects too, such as abusive relationships, identity and peer pressure. I read it in one afternoon and couldn’t find any faults with it, other than it ended. Yep, that’s why I’m knocking a star off of my review, because the book ended – I am that petty (not really) 





I love books written in a poem format. I think so many people feel poetry is niche, academic, boring, not something that is easy to understand etc. etc. and of course that is reflected in how poetry is taught to us. I remember all the silly poems that I read as a kid, which were was mainly rhymes. I grew up – thinking that’s all poetry was, rhyming. I studied two poems for my English GCSE. That made me hate poetry because we all were taught was to dissect these two poems. To find all these hidden meanings that the poems held. I mean, maybe the poet was thinking about his tuna sandwich for lunch and it isn’t that deep?
Therefore when I all of a sudden got these ideas in my head for poems after I had left school, I was shocked. Where has this come from? I thought. I wrote my first six poems. I started to read Allen Ginsberg. The rest is … history, as they say. There’s nothing that excites me more (well, there is pizza and a freshly made bed) than opening a book and seeing the poem on a page, ready for me to learn from. Because poetry inspires me, I just love the format now, it appeals to me. I love how expressive it is. I love how you can write poetry and it’s much freer than fiction, which seems stuck in rigid lines. Poetry really wiggles and jiggles on the page.

Yes, I know.

To return to my point, I think it is great that novels in poem or verse form are seemingly becoming more frequently published. It normalises it. And maybe more people will realise how cool poetry is.

Speaking of which I was recently approved for an ARC of Blood Moon by Lucy Cuthew and to be published by Walker books. I think it is released in September. I started reading it yesterday and omg, already in love and am only five pages in. The blurb I copied below and here is a pre-order (affiliate)link and add to your Goodreads here 


A timely feminist YA novel in verse about periods, sex, shame and going viral for all the wrong reasons.

BLOOD MOON is a YA novel about the viral shaming of a teenage girl. During her seminal sexual experience with the quiet and lovely Benjamin, physics-lover and astronomy fan Frankie gets her period – but the next day a gruesome meme goes viral, turning an innocent, intimate afternoon into something sordid, mortifying and damaging.

Top 5 Tuesday Meme. My Top 5 Summertime Reads.

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by The Bionic Bookworm. These are my top 5 Summertime Reads.

My first two are not what you would immediately think are summer reads, but I read them while I was travelling, so I forever associate them with summer. That’s why my copies are a little scruffy.
The Age of Reason Jean-Paul Sarte. This is one of those what on earth reads. I read it with a feeling of not sure if I should stop with this one.
The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald. I go on about Fitzgerald a lot, because his writing just makes my brain pop. I absolutely cannot fault this book. It mirrors my life as well in a strange way. I was just like yep know what that’s like.
Digging Holes to Another Continent Isabelle Kenyon. This was only released this year, and I’m sure I’ll read it every summer. Isabelle wrote these poems while in New Zealand. Beaches, car trips, and family. It’s a playful, and emotional poetry chapbook.
The Existence of Pity Jeanne Zokan. This is the perfect Sunday read. It has a lot of emotional themes, with the basic premise being a family is torn apart by a secret. It’s set in an exotic location too.
Summoning Jeanne Shannon. This poetry collection is immense. It takes you through all of the seasons, really. Experimental poetry. Perfect.

So those are my summer reads. Have you read any of these? What are your favourite summer reads?

#20booksofsummer tag


This challenge is courtesy of Cathy at 746 Books The 20 Books of Summer is  a reading challenge from the first of June to the third of September. It is encouraging us to make a start on those books on our towering TBR piles. Whether that be ten, fifteen, or twenty books.


I’m late to this (usual thing) but I want to try reading some books that aren’t poetry this summer, so I’m jumping aboard. Here are my twenty books.

The Unexpected joy of being Sober Catherine Gray

The Little Book of Feminist Saints Julia Pierpont

The Cruel Prince Holly Black

A Restricted View from under the Hedge

Furiously Happy Jenny Lawson 

The Waves Virgina Woolf

Reasons to Stay Alive Matt Haig

The Collected Short Stories Jean Rhys

Shockaholic Carrie Fisher

Things a Bright Girl can do Sally Nicholls

Dandy Gilver & A Spot of Toil & Trouble Catriona McPherson

The Whole a Novel John Reed

I Swear to tell the Tooth Carroll James

Tikopia Rachel Wright                               

Understanding the Alacran Jonathan LaPoma

Redeemable A memoir of Darkness and Hope Erwin James

Rabbit Patricia Williams

Mad Diet Suzanne Lockhart

A Normal Family Everyday adventures with our Autistic Son Henry Normal with Angela Pell

Under the Knife Arnold Van De Laar


What you reckon? Have you read any of these?

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