Reading List: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 


At little late posting this according to my other post about welcoming autumn but I can do what I want and the colour scheme for this photo is working for the weather we have had on the island for the past few days. 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson was the perfect Contemporary YA novel to end off the last of the summer months with. From summer romances and secrets, to tested family and friendship dynamics. The Unexpected Everything gave me exactly what I hoped it would. A feel good summer read with some extra piece thrown in. Like dogs. All of the dogs, all of the time. Normally, I’m all about the cats in books but Bertie the dog is adorable and I want him as much as the fictional boy that comes with him. After all it isn’t the end of summer untiI I have a few fictional crushes. (My crush is on the guy not the dog. Just to clarify) 

Morgan Matson has filled my summer YA fix since I read, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, a few years ago. And though I still have yet to read her other two novels I will probably be picking them up for next summer because she definitely knows what she’s doing. 
Does anyone else want her to do what Rainbow Rowell did with Carry On from Fangirl and actually write “The Coin of the Realm” or is that just me? 

Also I will now be using the phrase “coin of the realm” often because it sounds cool. 

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Reading List: Mother Love by Rita Dove

” This is how easily the pit/ opens. This is how one foot sinks into the ground” 

Persephone Falling


        Just finished reading this collection of poems by Rita Dove! It was so wonderful.

 I’ve been trying to get my hands on it since studying a few of Dove’s poems in my Writing By Women’s class last semester. So I was very happy when I found it at @russellbooksvictoria last week. 

 Dove’s writing is brilliant and powerful. It’s no surprise that she was poet laureate for the U.S from 1993-1995. 

In this collection, Dove works with the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter to explore the relationships between daughters and mothers at numerous stages and settings. 

I would recommend to friends and acquaintances. Especially if they like poetry, modernized tellings of myths, and women writers who are just completely brilliant. 

Writing: The Continued Performance of Death and Grief

Trevor Collister 1922-2016

 

Death and Grief move

as partners.

One leads,

The other follows.

Notes and chords

choosing the leader.

But for the most part…

well,

for the most part it starts and ends the same.

Grief manifests

whispering past lips

screaming into ears

to hover above heart and lungs

to root in our stomaches.

Grief catches hold

as Deaths gasping fingers reach out

for the final beats of pulsing blood,

the final hums of breath.

 

Grief screams,

“too soon”,

“not yet”,

“even so…”

Death drags and pulls,

welcoming

before we get a chance to say a proper goodbye.

 

In return, Grief burns,

flaring up the roots it has made.

to poor out our eyes

and track dirt across our cheeks

to throw itself into the rhythm of

sobs and                               silences.

 

Grief slides down to its knees,

drumming familiar beats,

with hands and feet

haunting

as Death takes a bow.

Its performance over.

Yet, Grief continues on.

 

Eventually, Grief settles.

Not today

and probably not tomorrow

but someday,

Grief will find a place to calm

allowing

Memory to spill out.

Well-preserved

like spoonfuls of sugar

and the smell of cigarette smoke,

reaching both arms out wide

to spin

round

and round.

 

This is when Grief slips away

put to rest

until its next appearance

on stage.

– a. benson (seascatchfire23)