Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry ★★★★

Stranger, Baby is a contemporary poetry collection that most prominently explores themes of childhood loss, grief and longing. This collection has a strong, cohesive feel to the collection as a whole with individual poems emitting brilliance. If you are wanting a poetry collection that is raw and emotionally charged, and includes moments of stunning wordplay and … Continue reading Stranger, Baby by Emily Berry ★★★★

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng ★★★★½

Everything I Never Told You is a literary fiction novel that takes place in the 1970s in a small town in Ohio, focusing in on a Chinese-American family. At the beginning of the novel we find out that one of the teenage daughters in the family, Lydia, is found dead in a nearby lake, and … Continue reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng ★★★★½

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls ★★★★½

The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' remarkable memoir telling the story of her childhood being brought up in an extremely impoverished family in southern America, in the 1960s. Jeanette Walls is now an incredibly successful writer who is living a great life that she has made entirely for herself, and so learning about the difficulties she … Continue reading The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls ★★★★½

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill ★★

Wild Embers is a contemporary feminist poetry collection that explores themes of femininity, female empowerment and personal growth. The collection is comprised of short, simple and incredibly accessible poems, with clear messages that are certainly important and worthwhile. That being said, I found this collection to ultimately be incredibly weak; the writing is dull, the imagery … Continue reading Wild Embers by Nikita Gill ★★