The time has come for another round of reviews of shorter books! In today’s post you can read about two modern poetry books and one book that’s so special I can’t really define its genre: it’s a comic book about gastronomical experiences and also a cook book.
Let’s dive in!
‘You Are Here’ by Dawn Lanuza
Being more than 200 pages long, this collection of poetry was a way shorter read than I expected. I was just flying through the pages, and while I didn’t dislike what I saw, I can’t say these poems had a huge impression on me. I don’t say they were bad, I don’t say they didn’t deal with things people go through, but they felt a bit juvenile for my taste. I actually think I would’ve appreciated this book more back in the middle of my teenage years. Now, in the middle of my twenties, it’s not for me anymore. I do think, though, that these poems would appeal to many people, I just think they should be aimed at a young adult audience. It might be a hit with that age-group!
I rated this book 3 stars out of 5, according to NetGalley’s rating.
I got this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
‘Unfollowing You’ by Komal Kapoor
I found this book of poetry relatable, yet I also found myself not really liking it. It may partly be because of the description: it states it’s about ‘modern love’ and ‘relationship’, but I think love is completely different from what happens in the story, and the couple it deals with does not reach the relationship status before their supposed tragic end occurs. I get what it is about, though. The digital era can make dating and finding our significant other something quick, shallow and not quite honest. We’ve all been there. So maybe I should’ve regarded this story that way. What made me cringe was the dramatic attitude the ‘narrator’ seemed to have about it all. It was either childish or desperate for my taste. Everybody makes the mistake of taking something very casual for something way deeper, but I think that’s a mistake mostly very young people do. If this book was aimed at young adults, my rating would probably be one star higher. I don’t think a healthy adult would think so much of this ‘relationship’ that’s mostly lived through the internet and texts. Maybe I’m old fashioned, I don’t know. But I am a millennial, just in the middle of my twenties, and even I know a relationship is more than that. From the start.
As for the poetry, I wasn’t that much impressed either. I liked the idea of writing in messages, notes and texts, it fit the story and worked well, but I would’ve liked more original wording if we call these poems. Something that makes it unique and beautiful. These were nicely worded messages, but ones that people with a sense of language/composition write all the time in their private lives. It didn’t give the experience of reading poetry, but one of reading someones random thoughts regarding her situation with an almost-boyfriend. The story was more interesting than the poetry.
I rated this book 2 stars.
I got this book from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
‘To Drink And to Eat Vol. 1: Tastes and Tales from a French Kitchen’ by Guillaume Long
I’ve been several times in France in my life and I also learnt the language, and ever since I’ve been a bit in love with French things. I also love cooking, and doing anything kitchen-related in general (though I’m far from experienced). I also love stories, whatever form they come in. So, for obvious reasons I was drawn to this book as soon as I saw it on NetGalley. I think I expected more of a cookbook than it was, though it does include recipes and good advice on how to do things. The ‘story’ part was way more emphasized than I thought it would be, though that I should have counted with, because I knew already when I started that this book is basically a comic book.
It is a fun and light mixture of comics, recipes, advice and fun stories dealing with food. I enjoyed the stories, some more, some less, and I loved the drawings which matched the tone of the text perfectly. The individual story of a week spent with gastronomy in Budapest came as a surprise! I love it, it was funny, and as much as I know it (though I’m Hungarian, I don’t spend much time in our capital, to be honest) accurate. The recipes were easy to follow and included little tips that make your work easier which I found awesome. I think if I’d try to do any of them, I’d make notes myself according to the book (bullet points maybe), because the drawings would turn my attention away from the actual words. The book also contains some historical fun facts about food/food related procedures or words, and I loved those! Most of these facts had been unknown by me before.
I gave this book 4/5 stars according to NetGalley’s rating, as in YES, I recommend it.
I got this book from Diamond Book Distributors/Lion Forge and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
That’s it for now!
Have a wonderful day!