What I’m Reading Right Now (and a giveaway!)

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I have always been a voracious reader. Throughout my middle and high school years, I would read all day, every day during the summer break. I distinctly remember a season where I would be reading through the early morning hours (I’m night owl through and through!) and toasting a blueberry flavored PopTart to snack on while finishing my book.

There is just something about getting caught up in the world of a novel—for me fantasy novels have always been especially captivating—that I love. I love when an author has created a story that burrows deep into my brain, making me want to know everything I possibly can about these characters and the literary world with which I’m so fascinated.

Recently though, I have had less time to read, consuming books via audiobooks or in short bursts just before bed. Because of this change from binge-reading to taking smaller bites of the books in my ever-growing “to read” pile, I’ve gravitated toward poetry books.

Currently I’m loving these poetry books by some seriously talented writers:

Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn

Oddly enough, one thing that caught my attention with this book is that a sketch on one of the first pages of the books looks a lot like one of my tattoos!

Instant connection!

BUT the first words of the book are what made me pick it up and walk out of the store with it.

This book is a collection of poetry and flash fiction pieces. Flash fiction was something I had a hard time with in college during my fiction writing courses. Kuhn captures these brief moments in time with such thoughtfulness, insight, and tenderness—I’m absolutely blown away each time I read one of her flash fiction pieces and admire the way she can bring to life a full story in just a few pages.

This book is currently available on Amazon, make sure to check it out!


Pillow Thoughts & Pillow Thoughts II by Courtney Peppernell

I worked at Barnes and Noble for a stretch of time, and these books by Courtney Peppernell were always on a poetry feature endcap or special display. I didn’t pick up a copy until last month and I’m currently devouring both volumes, but in bite-sized pieces.

Pillow Thoughts was designed for readers as a “choose your own adventure” type of reading experience. The book is separated into sections based on an emotion, and readers are directed to go to the section they most need to read the poems associated with that feeling. It’s a truly unique way to approach the content.

While you can certainly start at the beginning and read your way through, there’s something very special about reading the poems a few at a time in the various sections. I’d highly recommend this approach to anyone who wants to check out these books!

Both books are available on Amazon, and you can even pre-order the third volume, which comes out on Tuesday!! (Excited for my pre-ordered copy to come in the mail next week!)


The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

I’m not sure I can find the words to adequately describe how poignant and important Amanda Lovelace’s poetry is to the world. The books deal with some hard subjects, and readers are encouraged to “practice self care before, during, and after reading.”

With such bravery, Lovelace shares her take on some of these difficult topics because they’re something that we need to talk about. Everyone has dealt with something that is discussed in books, and Lovelace provides beautiful words of hope alongside her processing of the hurt, pain, and ‘yuck’.

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One is the third volume in Lovelace’s ‘Women Are Some Kind of Magic‘ series. While you don’t have to read them in order, you can also check out the first two volumes:
The Princess Saves Herself in This One
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One

As a thanks to you for being a dedicated reader of my blog, I’m offering a small giveaway with some goodies to “treat yourself!”

This gift box includes:

  1. A copy of Courtney Peppernell’s Pillow Thoughts
  2. (my personal candy obsession) Lovely Soft & Chewy Sea Salt Caramels
  3. A Burts Bees gift set
  4. A FREE review/refresh for your About Me Page! (a $150 value!!)

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is follow @creativeswrite on Instagram, like the giveaway post, and tag a friend! Any additional friends you tag will give you a bonus entry!

The giveaway will be open until Tuesday, August 6th at 10am! Good luck!


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  1. cyndi

    August 1st, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Treat Yourself! Love the shout out to Parks and Rec!
    thanks for the recommendations!

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