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The Longest Night: A Collection of Poetry from a Life Half Lived

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Heartbreak and grief touch every soul at least once in a lifetime and Ranata Suzuki translates those raw emotions into words. The Longest Night combines strikingly poignant quotations, powerfully emotive poetry and captivating silhouette imagery to form a mournful lover's journal that explores a side of love that is deep, dark and hauntingly beautiful.

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Published August 24th 2018 by Ranata Suzuki
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Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, poetry
I knew this was a keeper the minute I read the following:


And I'm thankful for the author (kind people rock my world) for sending me a review copy, featuring this utterly gorgeous cover giving me subtle Shatter Me cover vibes. I can't stop staring at the details, like the mesmerizing moon and stars in the eye:

The Longest Night- bookspoils

I also felt beyond grateful when I realized, as soon as I started reading, that The Longest Night puts on paper exactly what's been circling my mind for the past year, and only rec
Shirley Cuypers
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Ranata Suzuki!

The Longest Night
is a poetry collection about heartbreak and grief. We all experience heartbreak and grief in our lives and that’s what this book is about. The Longest Night is divided into three chapters, and each chapter has a different theme of poems.

When Ranata Suzuki asked me if I was interested in reviewing her book, I was really thrilled. She was my first ever poetry author that
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I read so many poetry collections these days and have found that my tastes have become a lot pickier. It takes quite a lot for poems, as well as an author’s view and writing style, to truly stand out to me. The Longest Night definitely emerges from the mix, with Suzuki’s writing being very strong and attention-grabbing, showing that she is very skilled in her craft. Her work
Dezel Marie Ocampo
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poems
*Thank you Ranata Suzuki for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Everyone knows that I love poetry! There’s just something about poetry books that always, always, tug at me. And this book, The Longest Night, is surely one of the best I’ve ever read this year. It’s a sad collection of feelings; the longing, the hurt, the heartbreak and sadness of a person left behind. I think my heart had been aching the whole time just by reading the words.

The Depths

I was alwa
Gavan Knox
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I came across the author via an insomnia-ridden internet search one night. A random quote of theirs resounded with me and I was intrigued to read more. I am not disappointed. This collection is for anyone who has suffered and felt heartbreak in one form or another- romantic or platonic; reciprocal or unrequited. The author gives voice to all those thoughts and feelings stirred inside. Not an easy read at times but it’s utterly relatable and poignant in how the author takes the reader on their jo ...more
Brygida Wojda
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book literally changed my perspective on life and it proved that my struggles aren't only my own. We all go through different stages in our lives and this book helped me to realise that. It got me through. I really recommend everyone to read this raw and beautiful collection that anyone can relate to. Its beautiful and real in every aspect of those words. ...more
Sarah Lambourne
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had been waiting for her book to come out for AGES and I was so excited to get it in the mail yesterday. I stayed up till 2am and read it all in one go. OMG it's so sad, yet beautiful.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone whose loved and lost someone or even just anyone who loves eloquent words.
Highlights include the pictures (they really help set the mood/tone I think) and poems 'the weary traveller', 'when do you let the bird go', 'tu me manques', 'we used to be so close' and 'des
Abhay Singh
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This writer is jus a love , I have never ever read such a beautiful feeling in form of words , it's more than , this book is jus more than a deep emotions , there's not a single line in any poem that won't make you feel that ecstasy , it goes really deep , each time and every time and with every word , I have fallen more , craved more for the magic of sadness , the hurt break , it have , it tell how beautiful it can have been , how beautiful a broken can be .. and for me it's not about this book ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I savored this book and also held myself back from it as a form of self preservation. It’s raw and heartbreaking. I can't imagine being so in love with someone and have them leave me and know they were still out there in the world without me. I do know loss though and that loss reverberates in Ranata’s words. In many poems, like Excess Baggage, where she wrote of love, I read of dogs. ...more
Juansen Dizon
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing debut poetry collection about heartbreak, loss, and love by Ranata Suzuki. Hits you right in the feels. Definitely, a must read for those who love the writings of Lang Leav. I can't wait for her next one. ❤ ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing poems that anyone who has heartbreak and grief can relate to. My very favorite poet.
Sana Rabbani
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The tittle of the book, 'The Longest Night' made itself so relatable to me that I just couldn't help myself but to read it anyways. And what turned out to be is that my every emotion and whatever I've felt so far in my life was transformed into words. I loved the words and the way they were articulated. This book is just more than lovely. Thanks to the Author!
Sana Rabbani
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great collection of poems. They were heartfelt and the pain was palpable.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-books
I am experiencing loss and grief. Her work helps me to understand my feelings and to put these feelings into words. This is such an emotional support and relief for me.
I don’t know what I would do without her work, her poetry, her empathy and her art.
Sean Lopez
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an essential book to read for the forelorn heart. At once breath taking in its poignant journey of remembrance and spirit leveling embrance of emotional turmoil.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really really enjoyed reading this. I mostly liked it because someone I may of loved or whatever left for college. It was an unrequited love but love never less. I’ve been up and down since I last saw him. This book helped me a lot. The faces felt very familiar to what I went through and the ending seemed to be the most impactful because I’m going through that right now. The moving on.
One of my first real poetry books.
Loved it.
Azim SF
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
"A collection of poetry from a life half lived."

At first, I thought that to be a very exaggerated tagline but damn it wasn't.

I consider myself best friends with melancholy but some of the proses here are too negatively depressive even for me.

But I like it. It's sincere. Most of the entries are relatable to most melancholic souls. Though some are a bit too much!

Sorrow is like a performance drug when you're writing but at times this feels like an overdose. But there are many things to take from t
E.J. Cenita
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ranata Suzuki is one of those writers who could make you feel the emotions in every content they write. This books truly worth the read and highly recommended to everyone!
enna (when words blend)
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
It feels like you are reading a personal letter that is not addressed to you, but you feel like it is meant to land on your doorstep. So, you read it anyway – and man, you are now a whole different person. What a journey.

Read my full review here >
Chirag Arora
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Started reading her words back in 2017. It was a period of vulnerability of me when I was fighting myself and killing my emotions with rationalism and I thought I was all alone. But somehow, maybe a coincidence, drew me to her profile and I started resonating with her words. After reading those close to heart and close to life excerpts/poetries I felt even if I'm ripped at every edge, I'm a masterpiece.
Slowly, her words started depicting every part of my psyche and broken pieces. Slowly I start
Bella Olsen
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Longest Night" is not only one of the best collections of poetry I have ever read, but it's also my all time favorite book. Ranata's poem, "Why I still write" showed up on my Instagram the morning after the person I loved most, shattered my heart into thousands of pieces. I didn't know her work prior, but upon reading it, I immediately felt a connection to her and her words. "Why I still write" will always hold a special place in my heart. As a poet myself, I have a deep appreciation and ad ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Longest Night by Ranata Suzuki marks her much avaited debut as a published poet. Known as an anonymous poet Ranata has always touched people with her words through various platforms like Tumblr, Instagram, your quote etc.

Talking about the book. The book is divided into three sections : Sunset, Darkness and First Light with the Darkness section being the longest as is the case in our Dark Times. It can be perfected described as "A collection of Poetry from a life half lived".

The book consists
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The most amazing collection of poetry from my favourite author. She had me looking at my own recollections of loving and losing 'the one', and I am extremely grateful to Ranata for putting every single emotion I've ever experienced into beautifully poignant words. Her last few poems helped me find tremendous comfort and healing; knowing that I will always feel this way, that others feel like this too, and that that is also okay. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Please continue to write for those o ...more
John Wills
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fell in love with her writing of the love, the passion of a young girl who fell in love with a man who failed to see the great value in her. She writes of her pain and sorrow and the inability to put him out of her mind and the never-ending thought that maybe someday he might just awaken and see the most beautiful love standing before him A feeling those most everyone has experienced in their life now put into words that are haunting to heart and the soul. As a dreamer, whos waited decades for w ...more
Cody Noonan
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was going through a rough patch in life, currently going through a nasty breakup with my high school sweetheart of 13 years. As much I didn't want to lose her and even though I was seriously considering whether I wanted to continue on with life or not. Anytime I needed to know I wasn't alone in my feelings I would reach for this book. To anyone who's been in love or lost someone I challenge you to try and read this book without crying, this book touched my soul so much and it helped me even mo ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon this book during a period of deep sadness caused by a breakup. Tears can be very therapeutic and reading this book makes me cry every time. I like to leave it by my pillow and pick it up when the mood strikes. I have many favorites but The Fault Lies Within seems to have been written expressly for me. I do not even have the capacity to explain how deeply this poem speaks to my heart. Though heart wrenching, reading the The Longest Night provides a comfort knowing that I am not al ...more
Sebastian Michaels
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those things that are simple and yet connect with you so intricately. It's almost as if Ranata takes the words right out of your soul and inks them on paper.
This one is a keeper.It speaks to you in the words you've long forgotten. An extreme sense of deja vu kicks in with each chapter. Thank god it wasn't around during highschool years, 😅 would've consumed a major chunk of my vulnerable teenage mind.
Anindita Kunti
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am following some writers and your words touched my heart. Reading your lines makes me feel the real pain and makes me awestruck with the amazing talent you possess to pen down the feelings to paper.

When I really feel low and broken, reading your poetries gives me strength to regain inner conscience which I seem to loose.

Thank you for your kind gesture and motivating us thoroughly. God bless you.

Anindita Kunti
Erica Martin
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I like the idea of this work, and I like the way emotions are worded; however, it's straightforward. There's nothing to dissect, nothing to discuss. So, while it's raw, it's not creative (and there's nothing wrong with that). When an attempt at imagery is made, it's just a bunch of nature things tossed around to sound beautiful, without making much sense or holding any depth. ...more
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