Poetry soothes

Media relaxing in the Sweet Woodruff

Media relaxing in the Sweet Woodruff

I’m in one of those moods where very little of what I read suits me now. Young adult dystopias promised lots of plot and delivered in Insurgent (the second book in the Divergent trilogy) and The Drowned Cities (companion book to Ship Breaker), however both of them were darker than what I want right now.

What looked like promising adult fiction, was simply disappointing. Garden Spells could have been fun light reading, but the unabridged version I listened to was too predictable. A Reliable Wife looked interesting, but I didn’t care for the characters, who were very obsessed with sex. I need to be able to like at least one of the characters.

The young adult realistic fiction Try Not to Breathe was good, with likable and very human characters.

What really hit the spot was Billy Collins, reading his own poetry in Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space. Five stars! I would recommend that you try it, even if you don’t like poetry.

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3 thoughts on “Poetry soothes

  1. Helen says:

    I’ve ordered the Billy Collins recording from the library, and am eager to listen. (The sweet woodruff is a pretty and fitting background for your selection of media.)

    • Susie says:

      It wasn’t until I took the photo of the books that I realized how gray all of the covers were! Maybe I need to select items with more color.

  2. Jessie says:

    I’m not much of a poetry fan but maybe I’ll try it. I just finished Ape House by the author of Water for Elephants and like it a lot.

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