Don’t Read Poetry by Stephanie Burt


About the book

An award-winning poet offers a brilliant introduction to the joys–and challenges–of the genre
In Don’t Read Poetry, award-winning poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry. Burt dispels preconceptions about poetry and explains how poems speak to one another–and how they can speak to our lives. She shows readers how to find more poems once they have some poems they like, and how to connect the poetry of the past to the poetry of the present. Burt moves seamlessly from Shakespeare and other classics to the contemporary poetry circulated on Tumblr and Twitter. She challenges the assumptions that many of us make about “poetry,” whether we think we like it or think we don’t, in order to help us cherish–and distinguish among–individual poems.
A masterful guide to a sometimes confounding genre, Don’t Read Poetry will instruct and delight ingénues and cognoscenti alike.

My review

In Don’t Read Poetry, poet and Harvard professor Stephanie Burt takes on everyone who doesn’t understand poetry, or thinks it a bore, or drudgery to be suffered through in school.
“So: don’t read poetry. Don’t assume poetry ever means only one thing, other than maybe a set of tools for making things with words, as music means a set of tools (beats, rhythms, harmonies, textures, instruments) for making things with sounds. instead, find ways to encounter kinds of poems and learn different reasons to read poems, realized in various ways by various poems.”
Each chapter focuses on one aspect of poetry. In this book, the author looks at poems focusing on feelings and characters, and examines various forms and techniques, and difficulty. She addresses the wisdom in poems – some have messages and some do not. She also writes about poems that examine community – poems that directly address national, regional, ethnic, or professional identities. Throughout the entire book Ms Burt gives many examples of poems from ancient to modern, contemporary to classics, well known or obscure, in English and in other languages. The author doesn’t lecture the reader about the diversity of poetry but shows us continuously.
The purpose of this book is a guide to the many forms of poetry and the many emotional places it can take us. There isn’t just one “route” or “destination” but each person derives their own reaction and experience.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

About the author

th Stephanie Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor. In 2012, the New York Times called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of [her] generation.” Burt grew up around Washington, DC and earned a BA from Harvard and PhD from Yale.

Burt has taught at Macalester College and is now Professor of English at Harvard University. She lives in the suburbs of Boston with her spouse, Jessie Bennett, and their two children.

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Feminism: A Brief Introduction to the Ideas, Debates, and Politics of the Movement by Deborah Cameron


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Beneath the nonstop cacophony of voices across social media, online forums, and news outlets lie the stubborn facts at the heart of the everyday struggles of women today: more than a third of single moms live in poverty; the United States sees more maternal deaths than anywhere else in the developed world; one in five women will be raped in her lifetime; and women still make eighty cents for every dollar earned by a man. Between these brutal statistics and the ill-informed, often contentious public debate stand millions of women who feel alienated, disaffected, or just plain worn out.

In the era of #MeToo, Trump, and online harassment, innovative progressive feminist voices are more essential than ever. With her latest book, Deborah Cameron considers feminism from all sides—as an idea, as a theoretical approach, and as a political movement. Written in the succinct, sharp style that has made Cameron’s feminist linguistics blog so popular, this short book lays out past and present debates on seven key topics: domination, rights, work, femininity, sex, culture, and the future. Feminism emphasizes the diversity of feminist thought, including queer, women-of-color, and trans perspectives. Cameron’s clear and incisive account untangles the often confusing strands of one of history’s most important intellectual and political movements.

Broad in scope but refreshingly concise, this book is perfect for anyone who needs a straightforward primer on the complex history of feminism, a nuanced explanation of key issues and debates, or strategic thinking about the questions facing activists today.

My review

This was a compelling, thought-provoking book. This isn’t a manifesto by any means, or even an endorsement of one type of feminism over another. Instead, the author examines the topics of domination, rights, work, femininity, sex, culture, and the future as each feminist perspective sees it. Ms Cameron examines the differences and the common threads. She begins the book with a history of feminism as a movement from the beginning of the 18th century through the present. Each chapter that follows is dedicated to one of the aforementioned topics, and go into great depth for each one. This is not a book that can easily be read in one sitting, but one that should be read carefully and thoughtfully. So much ground is covered and yet it’s done so concisely that the mind is kept engaged but not overwhelmed. This is also not a dry, boring book by any means. Ms Cameron excels at presenting the information in an engaging way that is easily understood by non-academics.

One passage I highlighted is the perfect summation of this book:

“…my answer to the question, What is Feminism?, could be summed up by saying, “It’s complicated.” Feminism is multifaceted, diverse in both its historical forms and in its political and intellectual content: it’s an umbrella sheltering beliefs and interests that may be not just different but incompatible with one another. (And some of those beliefs are also held by people who deny they are feminists at all.”

I highly recommend this book to not only women engaged in the feminist movement, but to everyone, especially those who think they are not a feminist, and those who perceive feminism as being one ideal.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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About the author

Deborah-CameronDeborah Cameron is a feminist linguist, who holds the Rupert Murdoch Professorship in Language and Communication at Worcester College, Oxford University. She is mainly interested in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. A large part of her academic research is focused on the relationship of language to gender and sexuality.Cameron wrote the book The Myth of Mars And Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?, published in 2007.



Love Under Construction by Aubree Valentine (425 Madison Book 6)

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Olivia Pierce is fighting to stay above water and the boy next door, the thorn in her side, won’t leave her alone. Jameson Phoenix only wants to protector, but it’s hard to do when she hates him. Things start to shift after a kiss that should have never happened, and now they find themselves questioning everything. The sixth book in the beloved 425 Madison Avenue, is now live. Read Love Under Construction by Aubree Valentine today!

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She hates me.

I can’t say I blame her, in fact, I thought it was best this way.

That was until I realized just how much I really cared for her.

Now all I want to do is protect her.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.



I hate him.

He’s always been a thorn in my side.

When my life is flipped upside down, and I’m fighting to stay above water, things between us shift, and I begin to question everything I thought I knew about the boy next door.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I never should have kissed him. It was only a matter of time.


After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

My review:

Love Under Construction is part of the 425 Madison series, which are all standalones set in the same Manhattan apartment building. Characters make appearances in other books but they are all true standalones. Olivia is a teacher realizing her dream of opening an accessible school for kids with special needs. Jameson is the owner of the construction company who is working on the project, and also has known Olivia since their childhood in Georgia. He’s always been her protector, encouraged by both sets of parents, much to the chagrin of Olivia. She sees him as her tormentor and is livid when she realizes he has moved in with his college friend, her next door neighbor. But when family tragedy strikes, he is the one person she can count on.

At first, Olivia seems to be irrational in her professed hatred of Jameson, but later in the book she lists many of the things he had done over the years and it’s easy to see her side. But when she really needs him, he is there for her completely. I also like how her anxiety is dealt with in the book – I feel like the accurate portrayals of both symptoms and coping mechanisms is important to help with normalizing mental illness treatment and ending the stigma. Jameson’s parents are incredible. One thing that wasn’t really explained was Olivia’s mother – in the beginning she seems normal if a little clingy, but morphs into a truly horrible person without visible reason. 

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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With my mood dampening and all the lovebirds pairing off, I can’t think of a better excuse to get out of here. Clapping Jake on the back, I say my goodbyes and thank the guys for letting me hang with them tonight before taking my sullen ass back to my apartment.

It takes all of my restraint, not to check on Liv when I get back on the fifth floor. It would be so easy to knock on her door and tell her that I’m in love with her. That I’ve loved her for a long time. In my mind, I know it’s no use. My heart doesn’t want to listen.

I pause outside her door and touch a hand to the cold surface like it will somehow connect me to the woman inside.

“Whoa. Dude. What are you doing?” I hear the elevator ding, and Harley’s voice startles me.

“Nothing,” I shake my head and step back.

“Yeah, nothing,” he steps up beside me and shoves me toward our apartment. “Let’s go before you do something stupid.”

I huff. “Like telling her, I love her?”

“Jesus Christ, how much have you had to drink?” He questions.

“Not enough. That’s for sure.”

Harley opens the apartment door, ushering me inside. “I’m going to disagree with you. Drinking isn’t going to solve anything either.”

“Harley, it was six beers. I’m hardly drunk. Just delusional.”

“You might be right, there.” He grabs two bottles of water from the fridge and tosses me one. “When are you going to give up on her, man? Haven’t you had enough rejection?”

“Would you give up on the woman you love?”

Harley looks at me as if I’ve grown two heads. “If she treated me like shit? Pushed me away and said I made her miserable? Uh, yeah. I did; remember?”

I wince. He’s right. And I’m an asshole friend for bringing it up. “Shelia is nothing like Olivia.”

“Maybe. Maybe not. But a man has got to know when to cut his losses. Trust me.”

“It’ll be better when I finish this job and get the hell away from here. Though I feel bad leaving you without a roommate.”

About the author:

author photo aubreeAubree Valentine is a wife, mom and avid reader. Her love of books goes far behind weaving her own stories to tell. She realized her dream of becoming a published author by the time she was in high school and knew she’d stop at nothing to make that happen.

When she’s not writing, she can be found chasing after her twins or her dogs, curled up with a good book or still working with some of her favorite authors.

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To Love A Prince by Nana Malone


Title: To Love a Prince
Series: The Royal Elite Prince Duet #2

Author: Nana Malone

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2019


The good news is, I’m out of exile and I have the woman I
love by my side. And I still have my crown, tarnished though it may be.

The bad news is…all of that is temporary.

There are those that want me as far away from the crown as possible. I still
have a killer on my tail who has a more permanent solution in mind. Oh and
there’s the small matter of all the secrets I’m keeping from Ariel.

For her I risked it all, but will she wind up paying the price?

Once she knows my secrets. What will she do to protect me and the crown?

What will I be willing to do to protect her?

The answer is: everything.


My review:

To Love a Prince is the conclusion to the story begun in Return Of The Prince. Ariel has figured out who is making the threat to Prince Tristan and starts gathering evidence against him. There is suspense, humor, passion, friendship, and tenderness in this book. The investigation has its twists and a side mystery is also resolved.

As much as we pulled for Ariel and Tristan to succeed, I still felt bad for Ella. She plays a big role in the end, and I hope her character sticks around. I liked seeing another side to Sebastian and Penny, the married couple with real world problems instead of just the blissful king and queen.

This was a satisfying conclusion that will keep you turning pages until the very end.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


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USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all
things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she
borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious
thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.
With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner
Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own
characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime
works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as
sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle
and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books
list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working
hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances
for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding
in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and
puppy in sunny San Diego.


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