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Pillow Thoughts III: Mending the Mind

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  57 reviews
In a voice that is inclusive and open to all, Courtney Peppernell presents a tribute to her readers in the third installment of her bestselling Pillow Thoughts series.

A beautifully raw and poignant collection of poetry and prose, Pillow Thoughts III continues the series from poet Courtney Peppernell. Fix yourself a warm drink and settle into Peppernell's words as she pens
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Julia Sapphire
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 ☆

I was sent an ARC of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have read the previous two collections in this series and really enjoyed them both. I enjoy the way the poems are organized depending on specific emotions and feelings.

This collection is divided in:
☆ if your mind is on someone
☆ if your mind needs repairing
☆ if your mind has doubts
☆ if your mind needs inspiration
☆ these are for your mind

These poems have to deal with a vast amount of topics including, love, es
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 Stars

I did enjoy the first poetry collection in this series a lot more. These poems deal with a big variety of themes such as love, mental illness, the importance of believing in yourself and in your own strength,
self-doubt, hope, change and so on. I think it was all a bit chaotic just because it did not focus on a handful of themes but on quite a lot. The poems seems very disconnected from on
~ Althea | themoonwholistens ~  ☾
”That’s all we are, aren’t we, just souls who are sometimes kind and sometimes cruel and almost always complicated.”

FORMAT READ: eBook (Adobe Digital Editions)
SIMILAR VIBES: The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One
READ FOR: easy to get through but uplifting poems

*All my reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise*
*Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending me an ARC to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

OVERALL: 4.5/5


The Pillow Thoughts installment will always
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

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

It is difficult to find the words to describe how much I loved this poetry collection. I discovered Courtney Peppernell’s work a couple of years ago when I reviewed the first book in the Pillow Thoughts series and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. Her writing is absolutely beautiful and speaks to me on so many levels, and this collection was no different. Her
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First thing first, thank you very much to Netgalley for offering a free e-Arc of this book.

Actual rating: 2.5 ⭐

A lovely collection of poems.
It feels as if the problem with modern poetry is that it always sounds the same. It always sounds as if it was taken from Tumblr.
And, unfortunately, the great majority of Pillow Thoughts III was no different. Some poems were a bit too cliché and trope-y for my likings...

I utterly adored the first poetry collection in this series – Pillow Thoughts – but it f
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pillow Thoughts III: Mending the Mind is Courtney Peppernell's third installment to the Pillow Thoughts series of poetry collections. I've read volumes one and two previously. Volume one was amazing, but volume two was a bit of a letdown. So I was worried going into book three. However I am happy to report that this collection was just as great as the first one if not better! Beautifully written as always,it explored themes such as love and heartbreak, fear and courage, depression and hope. The ...more
Mi Universo Literario Writer
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Maybe after all this time you were looking to the wrong person to save you. The right person have been there in front of you. You have just forgotten to look in the mirror."

Another book to add to my favorite poem book collection! It was so good and I loved almost all of the poems. The first part was mostly about love and the rest is mostly focused on mental health and encouragement to be better and get through tough times and depression and that its okay to be sad and in pain but not let them c
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was the first book I was able to read in the Pillow Thoughts series, but I already feel so close to Peppernell! The words have wide appeal and utilize beautiful and heartbreaking metaphors, giving me ALL THE FEELS. She reminds me of Amanda Lovelace, but unfortunately the style and the way many of the poems are written I couldn't connect to. It felt like prose, not poetry at points to me, and
Ana Caipires
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*ARC of the book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley*!
Pillow Thoughts III is collection of free form poems that give you the vibe of a personal journal. It’s really like reading someone’s pillow thoughts, as they lay in bed and roam their mind until they doze to dreamland. OKAY let’s talk chapters, I was really unimpressed with the first two chapters, even though I like some of the poems, nothing really hit me but the second one WAS MY JAM! Which is quite sad because it revolves around s
Tahoora Hashmi
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't believe peace starts
with removing all thoughts
from your mind.
I believe it's starts in knowing
they'll always be there
and learning how to cope.
-Courtney Peppernell 🔸
I've read a lot of Poetry books to this day so please know that all the books hit us differently as a person depending on what we're going through or have been through to this day. This collection had similar vibes to Amanda Lovelace's works The Princess Saves herself in this one and The mermaid's voice returns in this one. The
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley

Maybe after all this time you were looking to the wrong person to save you. The right person had been there in front of you. You had just forgotten to look in the mirror.

I keep myself distracted all throughout the day
with coffee and books
and things that make me drift away
But always between every heartbeat
No matter what it is I do
I am constantly thinking of you

Note: I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so thankful I was able to get an ARC for this wonderful collection! It inspired me to move on and keep my head up even when I’m feeling down. I love how they sectioned off the inspiration. The author’s writing is so beautiful and I read it in one sitting! I definitely will continue to read their writing.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC Given by NetGalley for Honest Review

Peppernell has created a third installment of her Pillow Thoughts series and it was very enjoyable! While some poems were a bit repetitive the overall lyricism and flow was bright and empowering. This poetry collection is great for all ages but I think a lot of teens and young adults will really benefit from the messages.
Amanda Perry
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this! I’m not saying this in a surprised way I’m just saying it was not what I was expecting. It’s broken up into 5 different sections and what I really enjoyed was that it wasn’t all about heart break. I find that majority of poetry can take that turn and use that as a sole focus of their books but this one also talked about life in general. I had more than a few poems resonate with me and that I quite liked.

I do recommend this book and I think because of the content i
Annette Jordan
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third installment in the wonderful Pillow Thoughts series by Courtney Peppernell has the subtitle "mending the mind" and is full of positive and inspirational words to heal all kinds of emotional pain, from that of loss, to self doubt or anxiety. I can easily see how many people will find something that resonates with them, something that they connect to, as the themes of the book are universal. As always the language and imagery is often beautiful, though I did feel like the first chapter d ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian, poetry
This poetry collection is centred around being hurt and needing to heal, the process of healing.

I have no experience to speak of with modern poetry but always meant to try it, sensing it might be something I could spend many hours with. As a newbie to this kind of reading material, I found Pillow Thoughts III easily accessible and was able to just go with the flow.
The poems are sorted in groups I'd call chapters, but maybe there is a fancy term I don't know, but those are introduced by illustra
Amy Riddell
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The blurb to Pillow Thoughts III directs the reader to “fix yourself a warm drink and settle into Peppernell’s words,” and it is an apt suggestion. I almost regret reading this at my desk on this rainy Monday afternoon rather than curled up in a window seat with a chai latte and a blanket over my knees. This short collection of poetry and prose is very deserving of the title of ‘pillow thoughts’, being a selection of idle musings wrought with raw, unfiltered emotion.

There are two prevailing them
This poetry collection is quite uplifting and lovely. The poems are quick to read, mostly written in free verse, but don’t seem unnecessarily dramatic like many free verse poems do. They’re simple and to the point but with some nice images. Some of the poems have subtle rhymes in them and I really enjoyed that effect.

It’s divided into five parts. The first is my favorite, and it’s poems about heartbreak. What I really liked was the honesty and the fact that the poet is a woman writing about anot
Rachel Tettleton
I found “Pillow Thoughts III: Mending the Mind” to be a good companion to Courtney Peppernell’s previous collections, “Pillow Thoughts” & “Pillow Thoughts II: Healing the Heart.” Her heartfelt poems covered familiar topics in new ways that reached out to many of my own struggles with mental illness, fear, relationships, and love. As a whole, this volume of poetry was beautiful, well written, & honest. If you haven’t read any of the “Pillow Thoughts” collection you should pick a copy up & ...more
Carro Herdegen
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG
Peppernell has a beautiful way with words and a style that feels poetic, even if what she offers is not always set up in a structure that looks like a typical poem. She shares thoughts about heartbreak, encouragement, fear, and our impact on others throughout the five sections the thoughts are separated into. Readers are never told the full story, though a narrative is strung through the background of Peppernell’s poetry -- we unders
Erin Clements
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc, poetry
ARC eBook provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"You are a summer day / and all the joy it brings / Mistakes do not define you / lessons are to be discovered / And often when you read poetry / there is a little bit of magic / uncovered"

I wanted to love this collection of poems, but it just didn't do it for me. I love poetry as a whole, and enjoy reading short Lang Leav / Rupi Kaur style works created to be broadly relatable, so it wasn't the style that bothered me. I "liked" a f
Pamela Scott
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

I read and enjoyed Pillow Thoughts I but missed out on Pillow Thoughts II. I’m glad I got a chance to read the third book. It still bothers me that poems and prose pieces don’t have a title but that’s a personal choice and doesn’t detract from the strength of the work. Peppernell tackles a broad range of themes from love and mental illness to self-belief and hope. At times this became an issue because the poems seems quite disconnected from each other. May
Olivia Case
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
* I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

Overall, I'd give this edition 2.5, teetering on 3, stars. The words and writing, though inspirational and having some depth, seemed almost commonplace at times. More importantly though, I didn't feel that they were held together much, if at all. Each page stood on its own, with the only theme connecting the pages being the idea of hope in the struggle. I think this would have been much more powerf
Ari Augustine
Aug 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
I've always loved the Pillow Thoughts poetry collection, thought Pillow Thoughts III was a mixed bag for me.

Pillow Thoughts III is still a heart-touching, insightful, and lovely, with all the feels. The ADE format I opened didn't show any poem titles, so I can't list which were my favorite. But there were a couple that spoke to letting go, to grieving the loss of a relationship central to oneself, and trying to figure out what love means to a person. These were my favorite.

There were times, howe
Alison (Story-eyed Reviews)
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Pillow Thoughts III with all of my heart.

I was a fan of her first two installments and this book did not disappoint. Pillow Thoughts is insightful, emotive, and has such a knack for saying what we're all thinking and feeling, of resonating deep. Peppernell's poems evoke real thought about one's life and the words she shares with you, how those ideas make you feel. And they do make you feel. I felt nostalgia, sadness, contentment, joy, many different emotions all within th
Maggie Chatterton
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pillow Thoughts III: Minding the Mind by Courtney Peppernell is a collection of powerful, insightful and heartfelt poems that covers various topics such as heartbreak, depression and healing. There were dozens of poems that I really connected to, and some that I didn't.
The formatting of the poems did bother me, but I kept my mind open despite it and I felt highly rewarded by giving this collection a chance.

Maybe after all this time you were looking to the wrong
person to save you. The right perso
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Note : I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The book is divided into 5 parts. The first 4 sections were alright for me but I was really drawn in the book when I was in section 5 which is the section titled "These are for your mind". As you all know, poems are perceived differently by different individuals and just because I gave it a 3 stars does not mean it's not good enough for a 4 stars. The collection of poems in this book is definitely more relatable if you are -
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I genuinely enjoyed this poetry/prose collection. Quite a few of Peppernell's pieces really resonated with me and I look forward to doing a reread of it to bookmarking particular sections. My favorites included her mental health section, themes on hope, and inspiration on how to continue on when the going gets tough. This was definitely a right read at the right time for me and I found myself rereading sections that felt particularly relevant in my life. I feel this book would be most gauged tow ...more
Tiffany McCall
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an eArc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
This is my second time reading a poetry book. I really enjoyed it & related so much to some of the poems in this book. Some of them made my heart hurt while others reminded me I am strong. Its definitely not mind blowing or life changing in my opinion but I love it so much. I wrote poetry a lot in school for fun & because I love it. Now I sometimes write it in order to cope & get things out & I feel
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Courtney Peppernell is a best-selling LGBTQ author from Sydney, Australia. Courtney has been writing her whole life and focuses on Young Adult novels and Poetry Collections.
“You do not have to show your face to the world every single day. You are allowed a day off.” 0 likes
“I’m learning to love myself, especially the thoughts in my mind. I’m learning that sometimes I will have dark thoughts and other times I won’t, and both are okay, as long as I remember I am always worth it.” 0 likes
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