#minireview ;Recovery Jasmine Smith @jasmine_d_smith



Heartbreak features predominantly in Jasmine’s poetry collection and covers a break up, and the grief in the memories of time spent together. The poems do not have titles, so Recovery feels like a journal you can read in one sitting. I think we can all relate to the emotions, and subjects that Jasmine writes about, from jealousy, bitterness, and to a possible understanding,

I sincerely wish you happiness 

For all your life

You showed me the world when we were us,’ 

Lines I could really identify with, ‘struggling to find my way home 

Sitting on the riverbank,’ 

The events of the narrator take a downturn, and they begin to think of suicide, but ultimately find a way through that. 
I’m finding the beauty in days 

Without you by my side,’

Jasmine has a likeable, and engaging, writing voice, so it will be interesting to read what she writes next. 

Available on KU



Amazon’s “100 Books to read in a lifetime” Tag.

The Rules 

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you- That’s me
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)

Title Author                    Read?

  • 1984    George Orwell     Yes
  • A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
  • The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
  • A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
  • Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Yes. One of my favourite ever books.
  • All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
  • Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt Yes
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume Yes
  • Bel Canto Ann Patchett
  • Beloved Toni Morrison
  • Born to Run Christopher McDougall
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
  • Catch-22 Joseph Heller Yes
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
  • Charlotte’s Web E. B White  
  • Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
  • Daring Greatly Brené Brown
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney No, I have watched the film though, does that count?
  • Dune Frank Herbert
  • Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
  • Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
  • Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
  • Great Expectations Charles Dickens Yes
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Only about a million times 
  • In Cold Blood Truman Capote
  • Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
  • Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
  • Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
  • Life After Life Kate Atkinson
  • Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Lolita Vladimir Nabokov Yes. Creepy story . 
  • Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
  • Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris Yes 
  • Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
  • Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
  • On the Road Jack Kerouac Yes 
  • Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
  • Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
  • Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Yes 
  • Silent Spring Rachel Carson
  • Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
  • Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin 
  • The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
  • The Book Thief Markus Zusak Yes. Due for a reread 
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
  • The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Yes
  • The Color of Water James McBride
  • The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
  • The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
  • The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
  • The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
  • The Giver Lois Lowry
  • The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
  • The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
  • The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood  
  • The House at Pooh Corner A. A. Milne Yes 
  • The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes, unfortunately 
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
  • The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
  • The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
  • The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Sort of. Could never finish this one.
  • The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
  • The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Yes
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
  • The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
  • The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
  • The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
  • The Road Cormac McCarthy
  • The Secret History Donna Tartt Yes
  • The Shining Stephen King
  • The Stranger Albert Camus Yes
  • The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
  • The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Probably did as a kid
  • The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Yes
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
  • The World According to Garp John Irving
  • The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
  • Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes 
  • Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
  • Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein
  • Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak 

28/100! I hadn’t heard of some of the books on this list and there’s a few I just haven’t gotten around to reading yet, so this list caught my eye!

I’m not going to tag anybody, but if you want to join in this tag, feel free. 

​#MiniReview @WeArtFriends Doorway to Art founding editor – @Galya Varna 

​WeArtFriends Doorway to Art founding editor – Galya Varna 

Design Director – Eden Sleepwalker

Cover Photograph – Efosini Kokaliari , PHD

This is a stylish magazine, which in its first issue features the poetry of poets, interviews with novelists, and the artwork of Lynne Fisher. I knew of Isabelle Kenyon, and Nicholas Trandahl, vaguely had been aware of Mike Wells, and Joss Sheldon, and discovered new writers, such as Bianca Bowers, and Frankie Writez in this issue.

This was a real poetic experience for me, and I enjoyed the interviews, as well as the format and presentation. Doorway to Art is perfect for a before bed read. 
Download this magazine for free, and subscribe to stay in the loop with the next issue, from their website.  


#MiniReview #Zine Classroom Graffiti Jordan Lewington. 

It made me smile reading Jordan’s zine. His inspiration, as noted at the start, as a school cleaner at night, and freelance photographer by day, while cleaning the tables Jordan noticed the ‘poetic intensions left scribbled on anything that’s blank,’ He photographed these, and put them together into this zine, which is certainly an inventive idea, and I loved the poetic musings of bored students, such as one in blue ink, ‘I need some milk,’ 

Jordan’s selling his zine for one pound fifty, with postage dependent on area, and a PDF for fifty pence.

Jordan is a fantastic photographer, and can provide prints of any of his wonderful photographs, as well as portfolio shots, family shoots, live events, and product photography. 

He also works with Daisy Chain Films, who is a freelance videographer, and together they produce incredible videos. 

Jordan Lewington is contactable through Instagram

The Poetry Hub Fiction Book Picks of 2017 which include @SE_BownsFiction @Imogen_Keeper & @danecobain

Historical Fiction

A Still Small Voice by John Reed.

The Beauty Doctor by Elizabeth Hutchinson Bernard.

Surviving Childhood  by Caroline Webber.

Kith and Kin by Sophie Bowns.


Summer Haikus by S.J. Pajonas.

It had to be you by Melissa Kate.

Defensive Mindset by Wendy Temple.

Sci-Fi / Erotica 

The Bonding by Imogen Keeper.

Also Sci-Fi / no Erotica 

The Cardboard Spaceship by Matt Snee and Gregg Chirlin.

And to further complicate genre matters

Erotica / no Sci-Fi 

Highland Pursuits by Emmanuelle De Maupassant.

Humour/ Fantasy / Romance 

Dating An Alien Pop Star by Kendra Saunders.

Children’s / Young Adult / Coming of age 

The Dynomike series by Frankie B. Rabbit.

Grandma’s Face tells her Story by Elaine McKay.

Jorie and the Magic Stones by A.H.Richardson.

Cheesus was Here by J.C.Davis.

North by Amanda Linehan.

The year of Uh by Jud Widing.

The Existence of Pity by Jeannie Zokan.


In the Labyrinth of Binge Eating by Hilda Dulin Lee.

The Body Image Blueprint by Jenny Eden Berk.

The Straitjacket of Perfectionism by John Connor.

Social Paranoia by Dane Cobain.


Ellipsis Zine One

So … many ignoramuses believe a threesome would be a wonderful tonic to a stale relationship. And these two books give you some idea to the emotional complications, and didn’t fall into using the ménage à trois trope as a means to spice up a story, because that happens. The two books are:

Degrees of Separation series Boxset by Allyson Young & Lydia Michaels.

It could Happen by Mia Kerick.

And Surprise Favourite Mouthwatering by L.P. Maxa.


And those are my picks for 2017! Have you read any of these books, do you plan to?

My Poetry Book Picks of 2017 which include @kenyon_Isabelle @verysoftlake & @erinisaway

My Poetry Book Picks of 2017 (in no particular order)

Sit.Stay. A. L. D. Chalom. 


Not really much I can say about this book, apart from wow. Go get a copy, and read it.

Bangers. Erin Taylor.


Bangers made me feel all goosebumped.

Bangers is a part of the 2017 Ghost City Press Chapbook summer micro-chapbook Series. You can read Bangers for free.


White Wine and Medical Marijuana. Julia Cirignano.


Another book that I felt was a mature debut, and actually had some near perfect pieces of writing.

This is not a Spectacle. Extended Edition. Isabelle Kenyon.


I love the kind of poetry that notices other people. I loved the poems in This is not a Spectacle on Public Transport, because transport, and all of its travelers, are fascinating to me.

My Phone is about to Die and I hope it takes me with it. Joseph Parker Okay.




This was definitely one of those books that made me feel less alone with my problems after I read it. The poems in My Phone is about to Die are an accurate account of mental illness.

Screams and Lavender.  Dior. J. Stephens.

The themes in this are pretty clear: rallying cries to the millennials, and a relationship. I thought the poems in Screams and Lavender were pretty near perfect too.

Another Micro-Chapbook from the Ghost City Press summer 2017 micro-chapbook series. You can read this for free.


Seachange. Future$Rich.

I love creative people. I love people that can put together a book that is as visually beautiful as Seachange. Poetically and artfully beautiful.

Aaand Seachange is the third, and not last on this list, of the Micro-Chapbooks from The Ghost City Press Summer 2017 micro-chapbook series. You can read this for free. You can actually read them all for free, all seventy-five of them.


Bereft and the Same Sex Heart. Samuel E Cole. I read this book a squillon times in the summer. It’s a special book. 

In Bereft & the Same Sex Heart, his first collection of poetry, Samuel E. Cole’s concerns range from growing up gay in a conservative Christian community to the difficulties of domesticating love, from the starkly political to the deeply intimate, and from formally innovative to searingly emotional poetics, often within the same page. Cole’s work is dizzying in the best sense of the word, exploring new love, old scars, rage, and acceptance in equal measure.

At its heart, Bereft & The Same-Sex Heart restores balance to imbalance, whether inherent, precarious, familial, societal, political, or religious. Equilibrium is redistributed. Tension rises and suspension falls. Private thoughts, secret desires, and risky missteps take love, loss, and disappointment on a redemption-seeking journey.

Summoning. Jeannie Shannon. 

Another book I read quite a few times. This is one of those books that just gets better the more you read it.

When Cars Touch. Alexis Bates.

When Cars Touch is the final Micro-Chapbook from The Ghost City Press summer 2017 Micro-Chapbook series on this list. The metaphors had me shook.


Revealing Layers. Tye Jiles.

This is a mature debut by Tye Jiles, and the poetry is on being a woman, a mother, and a wife. I loved the poetry in this book.

You can find Tye on Instagram and buy Revealing Layers on Amazon

The Human Condition is a Terminal Illness. Matthew J. Hall.


This one was actually similar to This is not a Spectacle. With poetry on our society, and the people that make up our society. This is one of those books I would enthusiastically thrust at anyone if they wanted a book recommendation.

Hazel. Breana Mae Estrada.


I read Hazel early on in 2017, and Breana writes eloquently on subjects, such as heartbreak, and self-love.

Eyes like Lighthouses when the Boats Come Home. Dane Cobain. 


Dane’s spoken word style means these poems do bounce off the page, and I – am going to use this word again, loved this book. I loved it even more reading the book a forth time. It grew on me.


Free Boat. John Reed.


Free Boat. What an extraordinary book. It appealed to my zaniness, and I, yep, loved it. I adore this book.

I love, love, LOVE all of these books. I loved reading them, I loved rereading them, I loved reading then aloud, I loved the inspiration they gave me, I loved the feels they gave me, I loved feeling a little less alone with my problems after reading them, I loved the metaphors, I loved the imagery, I loved EVERYTHING, apart from that they ended eventually.

Now, of course, what I like, you may not. I am not giving any refunds here! BUT I do believe if you want to start somewhere with poetry you won’t go astray with this bunch.