A Gentle Reminder and Other Poems || Mini Reviews

A few more mini poetry reviews…

I’m really struggling to find a poetry book that doesn’t make me want to chuck it aside.

While none of these collections stood out, one of them I found to be quite tasteless with some of the pieces it contained that I doubt I want to read any more of her books in the future.

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A Gentle Reminder by Bianca Sparacino

Originally published: 2021

Pages: 152
Format:
E-book

Thoughts:

This isn’t exactly a poetry book but more like quote-filled book with not so many great quotes. Majority of the pieces were just repetitive ones and there were just a few that stood out so overall, the book didn’t suck completely. I felt that it was a bit lazy to work on some quotes and call it poetry where I believe it’s two completely different art forms. The core messages were good but the same messages didn’t need to be repeated by changing a few words in each piece.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.32 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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The Strength in Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino

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Originally published: 2016

Pages: 62
Format:
E-book

Thoughts:

I really really tried to relate to the pieces in the collection but unfortunately I failed to find any kind of connection. I also found that you can only apologise so many time for the same things in so many words. At some point it became repetitive and monotone, and I’m not sure how I finished this short collection but it took me a lot longer than I usually would. I’m hoping the rest of her collections aren’t like this one and that I’ll discover something a little more worthwhile.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.99 on GoodReads. I gave it a 2.

All the Words I Should’ve Said by Rania Naim

Originally published: 2016

Pages: 166
Format: E-book

Thoughts:

I was kind of disappointed that this collection only focused on the love theme and nothing else. With a title like that, you’d think there are many scenarios you can include in your writing and creating a broader, more imaginative collection. That being said, we can’t take the ‘cheese‘ out of love. Some of the pieces were so cliché, it hurt cringing so often. Some pieces were nice but overall none really caught my attention enough to create enough emotional turmoil for a higher rating.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.66 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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Nectar by upile chisala

A Beautiful Composition of Broken by R.H. Sin

Originally published: 2017

Pages: 482
Format: E-book

Thoughts:

I’ve been struggling since She’s Strong but She’s Tired to find another collection that I’ve enjoyed. This collection has to be the worst one by far that I’ve read and I doubt I want to read anything more in the future. The inspiration behind some of the pieces was pulled from Born to Love, Cursed to Feel by Samantha King but the two collections aren’t even remotely in the same league. I absolutely loved Samantha King’s book while I wish I could get back the time I wasted on this one. Most of the pieces in this book were repetitive, barely touched the surface and didn’t release any emotional inspiration. The lack of growth in the pieces took me back to reading Milk and Honey by rupi kaur which I also found lacking and leaving a bad taste in my mouth after reading. What put me off completely from this collection were the pieces that were verbally attacking readers and critics about not liking her work. I’m not sure why such pieces would be included in a collection discussing ‘broken’ but they were there, extremely self-serving and I still don’t understand the point to them.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.02 on GoodReads. I gave it a 2.

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