a beautiful composition of broken :: r.h. Sin

It isn’t often that a poetry book is written to empower women, to encourage the broken-hearted and to challenge its readers to love themselves more. This is, however, one such book. It urges people to be strong and to not settle for less than they deserve in either a partner or in life. This book highlights the importance of loving yourself and is a positive force in the battle for equality. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

4/5 stars : highly recommended!

Images taken from book, courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing


If My Moon Was Your Sun :: Andreas Steinhofel

This book is exceptional! As I read about Max and his grandfather, I felt my heart swell and fill to the brim with love. Love is, after all, at the very center of this wonderful story. Love is its North Star and what tugs Max toward his grandfather again and again. This book is beautifully illustrated and poetically written. It is truly an edition to treasure and to revisit any time you need a reminder of all that is good and kind in life.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Chaos of Longing : K.Y. Robinson 

These poems are the sort of poems that will linger with me for a while. They are vulnerable. They ache. They love too much and receive too little in return. Still, there is power in them, power in naming the pain, power in sharing it and in giving voice to life’s cuts and gaping wounds. 
In this book of poems, Ms. Robinson does not shy away from the messy and chaotic parts of life. She digs through the wreckage of failed relationships and trauma, offering glimpses of herself seen as if through shards of sea glass, often fractured and broken. 
However, the book doesn’t end there. She continues on and pushes through the pain to write a sort of guidebook for survival, reaching out her hand and encouraging others to rise up with her like Phoenixes from the ashes. 
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions written here are my own. 

Llewellyn’s 2017 Magical Almanac

2017MagicalAlmanacThis almanac has a wealth of information in it. Organized into 5 sections (Earth Magic, Air Magic, Fire Magic and Water Magic with a core calendar section in the middle), this almanac covers a lot of ground. There are a wide variety of articles in it, and after dipping into it at length, I can see now why people purchase this almanac every year.

A sampling of the articles I’ve read so far has included information on the therapeutic benefits of pink Himalayan salt, ten common herbs that belong in every magical cupboard, the history of fairy roads, a how-to guide for creating your own labyrinth, magic while traveling and a brief history of absinthe. There are almost 3 dozen articles in this almanac. There’s definitely something for everyone.

If you haven’t purchased this year’s version yet, you may be able to find it on Amazon for a few dollars less than market value since we’re already a quarter of the way through the year. Happy hunting!

Blessed be…