4 Classics on my shelf I still need to read

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – I thought this book was longer than it is. It’s actually a reasonable length. I’ve always struggled with Charles Dickens. I know his books are supposed to be humorous? I have never been able to recognise that, trying to get past some of the language and obviously society was different then. I did read Oliver Twist and I liked that one. I will give this a go. I’m sure I have already read some of it.


Howard’s End by E. M. Forster– I read a few pages and I had to put it back down. I find with some classics the way women are spoken of and to is too much. I like to chill with a book sometimes, not only for education and getting angry. I did read A Passage to India by this author, it was recommended by my English teacher at the time and that one I did enjoy. I will have to re-read that.


The Waves by Virginia Woolf – I love the way this woman writes, but. But this didn’t grab me. I put it down and haven’t gotten around to picking it up again yet. I read some of her books and I think I was too young to fully appreciate them. Like Orlando, didn’t get it. I read a lot of classics around the age of 11/12 and while I enjoyed them, I don’t think I fully appreciated when, why etc. they were written and about the writer. I think I just absorbed them.
I love the cover of this book, only cost 80 pence in the 70’s. If only books cost that now. I mean, postage costs a couple of quid.


Far from the Madding Crowd – I read Jude the Obscure when I was 16? Love the name Jude. That’s all it took for me to read it, the name Jude. And that was me done with Thomas Hardy. Done. Too much. Bit like poking a bruise, curiosity made me buy this one, I bought Jude the Obscure too, and perhaps I will read it. Will I re-read Jude the Obscure though? I’m not sure.


 

Thoughts on the FA Cup final. Manchester City vs Watford.

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Manchester City pip Liverpool to the Premier League Title, 98 points to their 97 points, and Watford finish just outside of the top 10 in 11th with 50 points. If Manchester City win the FA cup it would mean a domestic treble and if Watford win it would mean European football next season. It has been an interesting season for Watford. The club that seem to circle the relegation drain and routinely sack their managers have finished their fourth season in the Premier League having done neither.

Leicester, Wolverhampton, and Everton seem to have kept their eye on 7th place in the table and put together a consistent run in the final few months remaining of the season to try and get themselves in the position to get European season next season. Watford have gone on a consistent run of losing games. Losing their last game against West Ham and slipping into 11th spot in the table perhaps doesn’t do them justice at how well they have played this season.
Manchester City have now won back to back Premier League titles. They had a period of time during December / January where they lost games, unthinkable the previous season they wouldn’t win by 2, or 3 goals, but this is a City team stocked with quality, and they quickly regained momentum beating Rotherham 7 – 0 in the FA Cup third round, Burton Albion 9-0 in the League Cup semi-final, and Chelsea 6-0 in the league.

Can Watford win against Manchester City?

Sure, they haven’t been circling the relegation drain or sacked their manager so winning the FA Cup is entirely possible.
But you do look at who Manchester City have in their midfield let alone up front, in defence, and in goal and you think whatever chances Deeney, Gray, Deulofeu get they will have to take.


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My thoughts on Wayward Daughters by Ashly Kim @ashlykimchi

Genre Poetry

Pages 63

Release Date August 15th 2017

Average Rating 4.7 / 5 🌟

 

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I love to travel, the impermanence of where ‘home’ is, and having nothing, but fast food as an option for sustenance. So I loved this themed book by Ashly Kim. Three sisters are on the road, having left home, and Ashly uses the theme of family, as well as travel, and relationships.

‘oh, the shame

our mother wept

the entire sleepy town knew

the Greene girls had

run away,’

The Greene sisters are deftly shown to have different personalities, and the fun they have, such as in Dust, a poem written entirely in dialogue, as well as their relationships with one another.

‘and Madison read aloud

while Cassie painted

her nails,’

Wayward Daughters always hints at something darker, deeper, beneath the surface, alluding to abuse,

and the sense that when you return, if you return home, you will not be the same person that you were on the eve that you left.

 

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My thoughts on Semi Colon; by McKayla DeBonis @mckayladebonis

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Genre Poetry

Pages 70

Publisher Createspace

Release Date January twelfth 2018

Average Rating 4.6 / 5 🌟

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Split into two chapters of Darkness, and Light, Darkness writes from a place of depression, a possible eating disorder, and emotional turmoil. McKayla does not title her poems, and invites the reader to make these poems our own. They do feel general. There are a few of the poems, like Dear Me that writes,

‘i don’t see you

making it to 18

i don’t see you fulfilling your dreams,’

that really got to me. I also like that McKayla writes a graphic, as it’s happening, incident of self- harm in one of the poems, as it’s not something I find is written about in poetry, and perhaps is too taboo for some people.

Lightness is the balance to that darkness, and a getting back onto your feet,

‘but i continued to fight

just so i could have

the last laugh,’

I did feel that McKayla opened herself up to the reader, and Semi-Colon is an unguarded read. It’s honest.

Well presented, illustrated, and edited, McKayla is a poet I cannot wait to read more of.

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My thoughts on Our Own Battles by @ashrosewrites / In your False Kingdom Anne Chivon @PeonyWings

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Fed up with other people telling her story she begins to write for herself and for all of those who have had their voices silenced. A collection of poems for strong women, for sapphic women, for women who are sick of being told how to be a women. It’s time to switch up the narrative and come together to write our stories, our struggles, our successes.
Companion chapbook to “In Your False Kingdoms” by Anne Chivon.

Genre Poetry

Pages 36

Publisher Createspace

Release Date February 12th 2018

Average Rating 5.0 / 5 🌟

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Since a young age books have been an important part of this twenty-something author’s life, giving her an escape from reality whenever she needed. Ashley, born, raised in Boston and educated through the city’s public school system, she found her love for writing through her high school English teacher and volunteering in her school’s library nearly every school day for three years. Ashley is a lover of all things cosmic, compassionate, and caffeinated. Tends to think too much and say even more, but when she cannot find the words to say, she writes poetry hoping to get her message across through metaphors and cheesy love notes. Her debut poetry collection, Shattered Pieces, is a collection of poems written over the span of 8 months and will hopefully not be the last you hear from her.

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A companion chapbook to Ashley Rose’s Our Own Battles

This chapbook touches on people taking, and telling, other’s stories and trauma while they also ignore the same voices. In Your False Kingdom also brings to light that not everything is always binary, including the “she” these people write about.

Genre Poetry

Pages 36

Publisher Createspace

Release Date February 13th 2018

Average Rating 5.0 / 5 🌟

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Anne Chivon thrives off of historical tv series, great fantasy and scifi books, and games. Most of her time is spent writing poetry that holds an element of cute and creepy, and stories about helpful monsters and magic wielding women. She strives to create works for and about the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as being an advocate for normalizing and destimatizing mental illness.

 

 

 

Our Own Battles Ashley Rose

Another poet I found through Twitter connections, and who is the author of poetry collection Shattered Pieces, as well as this chapbook Our Own Battles, which is a companion to Anne Chivon’s chapbook In your False Kingdom. Download both, for they are absolutely brilliant.

I honestly wish I could have read something like this when I was younger.

‘She’ doesn’t want

your pity or validation

she wants your respect

 

In your False Kingdom Anne Chivon

I love the title of this chapbook, companion to Ashley’s Rose Our Own Battles, it does tie in with the writing, particularly as you will see by the finish. This book explores the themes of ‘she’, of ‘she’ poets, and I liked the fantasy feel in using words dragons, mermaids, and magic etc.

‘She’

is whoever ‘She’

desires to be

 

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