Tag: Illustrations

Extinction Rebellion – This is Not a Drill | Review

Title: This is Not a Drill

Author: Extinction Rebellion

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 208

Rating: 3.75/5

I’m not sure how exactly I feel about this one because I was kind of expecting more from it. Sure, there’s some great stuff in here on the subject of climate change, but there’s also a bunch of stuff that honestly didn’t really feel too relevant.

There’s also the fact that it took me about three days to read this, which was about a day longer than I was expecting. It was kind of weird because there were a ton of illustrations and pictures and stuff, but I just sort of bogged down in it all. Because of that, I worry that maybe it’s not the best introduction to people who want to get started with environmental activism, although it’s not like I can point you anywhere else, either.

All in all, I’d recommend this one if you care about the planet and want to learn a little more about what’s going on, but be warned that you’re also in for a lot of stuff about shutting down bridges and catering for large groups of people. That stuff wasn’t quite so relevant to me.

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Rupi Kaur – The Sun and Her Flowers | Review

Title: The Sun and Her Flowers

Author: Rupi Kaur

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 256

Rating 3.5/5

 

 

I honestly wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book anywhere near as much as I did. Kaur gets a bad rep for being an “Instagram poet” and because the content of basically all of her stuff is about relationships and feminism, but I don’t see how either of those are inherently bad things.

True, I didn’t much like the illustrations and I did start to flag with it towards the end, but I think that’s only natural when you’re reading so much poetry on the same theme. On the other hand, I really like it when poets build up a picture with just a few words, and I think Kaur is pretty good at that. In that respect, her work actually reminds me a little bit of a sort of feminist Charles Bukowski, which is almost ironic. I suspect they’d both take umbrage at that comparison.

All in all then, I was pleasantly surprised by this, and while it’s far from my favourite poetry collection, it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be and to be honest, above average when compared to pretty much all of the poetry I’ve ever been sent for review for my book blog. The difference is that I sought this one out, or at the very least I picked it up from a charity shop because I saw it. Yeah.

 

 

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