To ensure I spend 2018 with my nose in as many books as possible, I’ve set myself a challenge on my Goodreads to read fifty-two books this year. *Internally and externally screams from fear and excitement.* Once I decided this a few days before the New Year, I got myself onto Amazon with a grin on my face and ordered three new shiny books. *Enter Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.* Here is the first of
hopefully fifty-two book reviews that will accompany my blog this year.
Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry that is made up of four powerful parts: the hurting; the loving; the breaking; the healing. Violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity are its core themes. The book is said to deal with a different pain in each section; with every word read I felt a little more pain and a lot more hope in knowing such honest words have been written… and, importantly, been read.
At times Milk and Honey is hard to read. It’s uncomfortable. But not because I don’t want to be reading it or because I believe Rupi Kaur’s words shouldn’t be written. The words are so beautifully written; a beauty that is entirely contradictory (“entirely” meaning even more contradictory than contradictory is typically) to the topics and themes explored in Rupi Kaur’s work. Everyone needs to read this book. By the end, where Rupi Kaur tackles all things feminism, I was simply fist-pumping the air. I’m starting to run out of ways to compliment Rupi Kaur’s fantastic book.
Milk and Honey is vulnerable and honest and scared and, most of all, inspiring.
I rate Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur as 5/5! <3
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them,” – Lemony Snicket.
~ Kat ~