Home Body by Rupi Kaur
Published November 17th 2020 via Simon & Schuster
Trauma, loss, love, healing—Rupi Kaur has never shied away from the tough, emotional topics in her poetry. But in 'home body,' her third collection of poems following 'milk and honey' and 'the sun and her flowers,' Kaur divulges into those topics without a filter. TW: She openly discusses depression, rape, abuse, love, and relationships, yet she writes with hope and optimism. Her life experiences have made her stronger; it "pulled a warrior out of her" and has changed her outlook for the better.
After a year of uncertainty, isolation, and a complete world upheaval, 'home body' is an absorbingly relatable collection that captures the struggle with mental health and relationships that I know I, and many others, have faced in 2020. She put into words feelings I haven't been able to articulate. And it was a comfort to knowing my tense and anxious thoughts aren’t unique to me.
"what a relief
to discover that
the aches i thought
were mine alone
are also felt by
so many others"
Ties That Tether
Published September 29th 2020 via Berkley
Raise your hand if you enjoy romance novels. Now raise your hand if you don't - because either way, I think you'll dig this marvelous debut from Jane Igharo.
Imagine that you're a Nigerian native named Azere who emigrates to Canada shortly after your father dies. You're twelve, and your father's dying wish was for you to marry a Nigerian man to preserve your culture. Fast forward 10 plus years, and now you're a single, successful creative director at an advertising agency who, after a failed date with a Nigerian man (about the ten millionth that your mother set up), has a crazy steamy and intense one night stand with the handsome and sexy Rafael. And afterward, you can't stop thinking about him. But it will never work because he's white - and most definitely not Nigerian.
I don't usually read romance but, I got this from BOTM after seeing rave reviews on booksta and my heart was SO full upon finishing it.
You can probably guess how the story will end, but I loved the theme of blending cultures and growing together instead of sticking to one outlook or tradition. It's a mentality we can all use and appreciate.
Will I read more romance novels after this? That's still up for debate 😅, but I'm so happy I gave this one a try!