Unsaid: Book Review

I hope you enjoy my book review of “Unsaid” by Asmita Rajiv. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Let me know what you thought of my review and what you thought of her book! We all see things differently, which makes it extra special when we’re able to see things similarly.

Unsaid: Book Review

Unsaid by Asmita Rajiv

Unsaid by Asmita Rajiv

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Some tease, provoke, entice. Some run away, some hide. A memoir of my thoughts…the ones that I could catch.” – Asmita Rajiv

Before I even read this book, I was drawn to the cover art. Although the pictures inside were quite different, the raw black drawings felt appropriate to a manuscript about our unspoken thoughts.

Asmita says early on that she chose to veer away from a clear organization, and I feel like it worked well for her. It is a mixture of short-form poetry paired with her artwork (reminiscent to Rupi Kaur), traditional poetry, and prose.

I can see why she named it “Unsaid,” but these also feel like conversations that we do have. It feels like the thoughts we think when we’re trying to break through into healing, like conversations full of vulnerability, and how we ache to share our ideas and breakthroughs with others.

“Unsaid” is for anyone that wants a word of encouragement sprinkled with understanding. I received an eARC, but I recommend a printed book so that you can take her suggestion at the beginning. Turn to a random page, and ask yourself what you think about the entry. Ask yourself how those words relate to your life right now. Maybe it will resonate, and maybe it won’t.

In her last letter to us, she accepts that we might disagree with her conclusions or have some of these same thoughts. For instance, in “Anatomy of a Thought,” I was reminded that laying our thoughts bare can take away some of their power, and some things are not better left unsaid.

Thank you, Asmita Rajiv, for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I feel privileged to have read your words.

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Strange Attractor Journal Four: Book Review

This is my book review of the Anthology, “Strange Attractor Journal Four.”

Strange Attractor Journal Four by Mark Pilkington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve always been the kind of person that loved learning. I’m the friend that enjoys sharing random “fun facts.” I’m also the friend that would rather launch into heady topics, leaping past small talk altogether.

I found “Strange Attractor Journal Four” sitting all by itself at a used book store. I’ll admit that I was drawn in by the name and the cover. I had no idea what it was about yet, except that it was an anthology of sorts, and I wanted it.

What I discovered were essays and anecdotes, which left me questioning the line between fact and fiction. Some essays pulled me in more than others. My advice is to press through the ones you don’t connect with and keep reading.

Even the ones that didn’t interest me were windows into the unknown. I learned about topics that I had never considered adding to my curriculum. Alternately, I found a few of the subjects so interesting that I ended up down an internet rabbit hole, eager to learn more.

The stories, while often focused on fantastic subjects, are scholarly in tone. Sometimes, I felt like it was required reading for a class that I never had the privilege of attending. And like most writing, they sometimes reveal more about the authors than the tales themselves. Opinions, cultural perspectives, and history weaving together in interesting ways.

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Home Body: Book Review

Here is my book review of “Home Body” by Rupi Kaur, originally posted on Goodreads.

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Home Body by Rupi Kaur

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been looking forward to this for a while. It’s the first of her books that I had the privilege of reading, and now I want them all. My first introduction to her was in quotes and illustrations, all of which were beautiful by themselves. In a full manuscript, they formed a story that was worth experiencing as a whole.

When “Home Body” showed up on my doorstep, I can’t explain my excitement. It honestly showed up exactly when I needed it. When I turned the first page, I devoured it. Now I want to reread it, savoring each page.

Through a series of small poems, the author takes you along on her journey through trauma, depression, and healing. It felt like I was watching her grow. Certain details, while explicit, felt necessary. It felt vulnerable and brave, as you must be to share your past and your process so transparently.

Her words are beautiful. Each illustration feels appropriate while enhancing the words around them. Cover to cover, this book felt special. While my experiences have not all been the same as hers, there was something simultaneously personal and relatable in her words.

She talks about the things that get us through the aftermath of trauma and the joy of learning to love parts broken by others. It makes me want to sit with another person and talk about everything I loved and felt down in my bones. I’m so glad that Rupi Kaur shared this with us, and I’m glad I had the chance to read it.

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The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe (Book Review)

This is my Goodreads review of the book, “The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe.”

The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe by Richard Smoley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this book, you’ll delve into the conversation of consciousness and the Self. If this is your first time looking at consciousness from a philosophical or spiritual perspective, you’ll likely get a lot out of it.

Smoley begins with the story of Shiva and Parvati. While their tale remains the primary metaphor, he quickly expands his comparison to other religions and ideologies. He is a philosopher foremost, and that bleeds into his ideas. In a way, it might be the best way to introduce these ideas to the uninformed. He isn’t trying to convert you to anything. Instead, he is attempting to begin the conversation.

That being said, there is something for everyone to disagree on if you are looking for absolute truth. Smoley doesn’t want to tell you what to believe or dissuade you from your chosen faith. He does want you to be willing to see it differently, to question your daily experience. If you’re reading this book to find answers, you will be disappointed. If, however, you’re reading to learn or gain a new perspective, this book might resonate with you.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to begin learning about the subject of consciousness from a philosophical standpoint and doesn’t know where to start. Smoley easily puts everything into layman’s terms and breaks down the different arguments, comparing and contrasting them to familiar ideologies. If you are only beginning your philosophical study of the Self, this is a great place for you to start.

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