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A Very Vintage Christmas #MiniReview @bookouture

Blurb: The fairy lights are up and shoppers are flooding the snowy seaside promenade. It’s going to be a busy month at Forget-Me-Not Vintage, a magical shop with a warm heart where every item has a story to be told.

With bright red hair and an infectious smile, Dodie is a hopeless romantic and absolutely one of a kind, just like the pieces in her shop.

When Dodie finds a love letter in the pocket of an old woollen coat, she makes it her mission to deliver it to its rightful owner. Following the address, she manages to persuade the handsome but reluctant new tenant, Edward, to help her with her search.

As the story of the letter unfolds, Dodie is there, as always, to pick up the pieces and make things right. But who will be there for her when her own love story needs a helping hand?

Is it too much to dream of a happy ending like the ones in the black and white movies she adores? Read More

The Anatomy of Clay by Gillian Sze #MiniReview


Blurb: Taking off from the Promethean myth of human creation, Gillian Sze’s second poetry collection explores the “anatomy of clay” and the individual as a sentient mystery. At times reflective, instructional, playful, or strange, the first section, Quotidianus, offers observational poems, which recount intimate and ordinary moments often missed, overlooked, or forgotten. Sze tugs at the fabric of habit and amidst the urban mundane finds her subjects in a woman waiting for the bus, a neighbour who talks to his plants, a girl smoking after a storm. The following section, Extimacy, takes a lyrical and confessional turn, veering inwards, dealing reflexively with the materiality of inner life: the self as ingredients, the self as experiment, the self as animal and artist. The Anatomy of Clay finds exceptions in the most prosaic conditions and the ineffable distinctions between people, selves, objects, and histories.


Publication Date: 1 April 2011 | Publisher: ECW Press | 101 pages

My Rating: 4/5 stars


 After reading Panicle (Sze’s latest work that releases this September), I immediately searched for more of her works. I had fallen in love with the way she creates this imagery in your mind, and how she makes you look at everyday occurrences in a new light.

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’m not good with poetry. I sometimes think I’m too literal minded for poetry, so I have very few favorite poets. Gillian Sze is one of my favorites because of how intelligent and yet relatable she makes the poems. It doesn’t go over one’s head. If you are looking to appreciate poetry more, Sze will help you with that.

This Week in Books | 08.23.17 #twib

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy @ Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. A similar theme is run by Sam @ Taking On A World of WordsRead More

If & Then Thursday | 08.17.17

If&Then Thursdays is a book meme created by Alex @ Young at Heart Books. How do you participate? It’s easy! All you have to do is choose two books that are somewhat related in theme, writing style, genre, etc. Tell us how they are similar and why we would like them! All recommendations should be made in this format: “If you like Book A, then you might enjoy Book B” Read More