I can't remember if I received this book for review or if by some chance I found this book on Amazon for free. Either way, I've had it for a very longI can't remember if I received this book for review or if by some chance I found this book on Amazon for free. Either way, I've had it for a very long time. I was in the mood for a little poetry yesterday and picked it up.
I found this book to be confusing and for lack of a better word, off. The topics weren't what I would consider interesting to children (sometimes bringing in very obscure references only the very well researched child would know about) and the writing felt like an adult trying to sound like a child who was trying to write like an adult. I couldn't even finish some of the poems.
Looking at Nigel Bird's other books, it seems people really like them. I was surprised this one wasn't even on Goodreads (until I added it). Maybe I will try one of his other books and have better luck. The poetry itself wasn't bad but the content confused me.
Being a contemporary novel-in-verse with the focus on a love story I had a hard time passing this one up. I love novels-in-verse but I find it difficuBeing a contemporary novel-in-verse with the focus on a love story I had a hard time passing this one up. I love novels-in-verse but I find it difficult to discover ones that aren't historical, issues related, or paranormal. I was hoping that this one would be a little light-hearted as well.
Let's start with this. Although not as light-hearted as I'd hoped, the love story was quite delicious. In fact, in Love and Leftovers you are treated to not one but two romances the main character Marcie experiences. Even though you may be rolling your eyes right now saying "oh no...not another love triangle!" it wasn't really like that all. In Love and Leftovers it isn't two guys fighting over Marcie but a miscalculation in character that leads her to cheating on her boyfriend while living in another city.
Both J.D. and Linus were loveable guys in their own ways. The two romances were quite different so it's not like you are getting two similar guys and Marcie just can't choose between them. One delivers her the passion and touch she so desperately wants and the other the emotional friendship she also needs. That made it hard for me to watch the two of the guys getting caught up in her mess and made me loose respect for her a little as well.
There is also very interesting drama going on with Marcie's mom and dad. This had a lot to do with the plot and I found it just as interesting watching events unfold with them as I did with the boyfriend situation. It was just one of the many reasons why I had a hard time putting this one down, especially towards the end.
In the end I'm so glad I was able to read this book. It was very entertaining. I didn't feel like anyone was preaching to me or trying to teach me something, although I'm sure many readers will learn something as Marcie herself ends up learning very valuable lessons. This is a great book and one I'd recommend to anyone who wants a quick read with some substance behind it.
I pretty much adore this book to pieces. I keep coming back to it and reading it over and over. I finally decided it might be a good idea to share myI pretty much adore this book to pieces. I keep coming back to it and reading it over and over. I finally decided it might be a good idea to share my opinion because if I was to wait for me to be “done” with it, that would just happen. Even my two year old daughter is enthralled by it. She keeps stealing it away from me to look through the photos.
So why do I love this book so much? Well, the photos are just so awe-inspiring. Every photo is a scene of nature. Something to really appreciate. The photography is spectacular. If only I could possess a little bit of Mac Kenney’s talent, I would be so happy. However, each photo also contains a poem. The poetry is very spiritual and uplifting. It deals with things all of us can relate to in life like romantic love, parents, problems, faith, etc. I just think…this book is something special. It makes me feel special just by reading it. At the same time the poetry compliments the photos and everything comes together so nicely.
For me, it’s perfect!
Please go and read this book if you have a chance.
This book was marvellous. It was a short book that I managed to drag out for weeks just to be around it for a little bit longer. The Little Book ThatThis book was marvellous. It was a short book that I managed to drag out for weeks just to be around it for a little bit longer. The Little Book That Loves You is a series of short passages that each say something about why you, the reader, are loveable. It is akin to a love letter in the sense that they often feel quite romantic in both what the passages say and how they say it. For example, one of the first things the book says is:
“There is light in you. I see your light. I don't know who else can see it, but I see it bright and strong and it is my one hope.”
As I said, I dragged this book out for weeks. It was quite easy just to read one or two kindle "pages" (or turns?) each day and not have to worry about remembering what exactly came before it since there was not really any story per say. This worked out quite well for me, as each day I was able to feel a little bit loved. Yes, the book really does what the title suggests and even though it was originally written for her divorced parents, Elle Shearson's words still managed to touch me, a stranger for all accounts and purposes and made me feel great about myself. I would say this book was a very good morale booster for me and I would suggest anyone who really just wants to feel all warm and fuzzy inside pick it up.
I give this book a 4/5 because although I felt really loved while reading it, at times it did feel a little superficial. I would rather someone I do know tell me a different reason they love me every day. Even so, this book is one of the best substitutes I could find, or if you don't need a subsitute for love, one of the best compliments to that love. It is a reminder that no matter how many times a person tells you they love you, it is just as true from one moment to the next.
This is my definitive "comfort book" of poetry. I love all the different sections - all the different "moods" of poetry - and the diversity of the autThis is my definitive "comfort book" of poetry. I love all the different sections - all the different "moods" of poetry - and the diversity of the authors - Canadian, American, British, the old, and the new. I am constantly picking it up whenever I feel like it's time to read a poem. This is my first time reading it cover to cover, although I've been reading from this book for nearly ten years. It's one of those books that feels uniquely mine and that I'd never be able to part with....more
An interesting compilation of slam poetry, regular poetry, poems by teens, song lyrics, quotes about poetry, info and writing tips all aimed to get teAn interesting compilation of slam poetry, regular poetry, poems by teens, song lyrics, quotes about poetry, info and writing tips all aimed to get teens interested in poetry. I would have preferred more of the slam poetry but a good variety of stuff here to make up for that....more
It was the kind of story that made me force myself to stop, close my eyes, and count to five before resuming for fear I would stop breathing. Breath-tIt was the kind of story that made me force myself to stop, close my eyes, and count to five before resuming for fear I would stop breathing. Breath-taking, literally.
Thank you Cynthia, you've made an amazin g contribution to my ever-growing list of "books read"....more
I couldn't get enough of this book. In fact, I want more!!!
It's definitely a to-buy, re-read a million times, and pass it down to my daughter kind ofI couldn't get enough of this book. In fact, I want more!!!
It's definitely a to-buy, re-read a million times, and pass it down to my daughter kind of book. Well, at least for me it is. I learned so much and the imagery was so vivid. I couldn't stop reading and imagining -wishing for - these little monologues/little plays being done in real life....more
To be fair, I didn't really have enough patience while reading this book to enjoy the poems like I should have. They aren't the kind of poems you canTo be fair, I didn't really have enough patience while reading this book to enjoy the poems like I should have. They aren't the kind of poems you can just stroll through without thinking much about what they mean. I did really enjoy the following poem in its entirety:
little tree little silent Christmas tree you are so little you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest and were you very sorry to come away? see i will comfort you because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark and hug you safe and tight just as your mother would, only don't be afraid
look the spangles that sleep all the year in a dark box dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine, the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms and i'll give them all to you to hold every finger shall have its ring and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you're quite dressed you'll stand in the window for everyone to see and how they'll stare! oh but you'll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands and looking up at our beautiful tree we'll dance and sing "Noel Noel" ...more