Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Love Poems of Rumi: Translated by Nader Khalili

The Love Poems of Rumi: Translated by Nader KhaliliThe Love Poems of Rumi: Translated by Nader Khalili by Rumi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book as an ARC in return for an honest review.

I have been a fan of Rumi ever since I was introduced to his work 6 years ago when I was planning my wedding. I was researching quotes and poems and came across Rumi's work over and over again, consistently wonderful quotes and poems. So when I saw this available as an ARC, i jumped at the chance to get my hands on it.

The pages themselves are simply beautiful and are worthy of being framed. It is a gorgeous book - however, the poems were not what I was expecting of Rumi's work as I know it. I know not every work a Poet writes is going to be for everyone - so there is probably something in here for everyone.

My favorite of this group of poems is "If you seek eternity". I still adore Rumi - this book doesn't change that.

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Malorie by Josh Malerman

Malorie (Bird Box, #2)Malorie by Josh Malerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

6/10 (B-) Good

I wanted the same creepy and exciting feelings I had during Bird Box to be present here, and they just weren’t there. I enjoyed the continued story and learning about Malorie, it was unique and held my interest but BiRD BOX was so much better. There was only one moment in the story where I felt creeps - this is what I want from a horror novel throughout.

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The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot

The Last Sister (Columbia River #1)The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was your typical romantic suspense. I enjoyed the story and the characters but overall my feelings were on the mild side. I don’t think I will read on in the series, unless it’s for a buddy or group read. It was a fast and easy read but as soon as I was done the story, I quickly forgot much of the plot and characters.

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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor SleepDoctor Sleep by Stephen King
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I read THE SHINING (5 stars) last month and was so excited to grab this book and continue Danny’s story.

I read 30% and just had to stop. I was just so disappointed in this story. At 30% in I didn’t care about any of the characters and the 3 story lines were so obscure I didn’t care to see how they converged and ended. I am not one to stop a story midread but it took me a week to get to 30% and I just couldn’t continue.

It didn’t even feel like a Stephen King novel to me.

I struggled with if I should rate the book or not since I did not finish it, but ultimately decided to rate it because I spent a week attempting to read and care about this story. I do not hold this one against King and I will continue to read his stories as he is the master of horror. But I know that not every book he reads is going to be 5 Stars for me - and that's ok. View all my reviews

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
My GoodReads rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Personal rating: A-, Impressive

As I finished this book - I wanted to both throw it against the wall and immediately pick up the next one. It only scratches the surface of what I want and NEED to know more deeply.

Each time I got invested it shifted gears and I thought more was to come... it was and it wasn’t. I’m both in love with this book and sad that I don’t have my answers. Give me 200 more pages in this book with the details that I need and it would have been 5 stars for me.

I have not seen the Hulu series but now I believe it is time - I’ve been told that this will help fill that itch I have to know more of the details behind EVERYTHING.

And I will be reading THE TESTAMENTS very soon!

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