So I’ve heard a few people raving about a book called ‘milk and honey’, so I thought that I’d check it out. Admittedly, I’ve not read in a very long time, so when I read a few snippets of the book I was extremely keen to read it as it was a collection of short poems to ween myself back into the book game. 😛
The book was written by Rupi Kaur, and published on November 4, 2014.
Milk and Honey is divided into four chapters.
This book dives straight into some pretty hard subjects, I didn’t realise that it had references to sexual abuse, so that was a shock to the system. I cannot relate to this theme, but reading this is quite hard, and so I would like to say that if you’ve experienced anything like that, then be careful as I reckon it could trigger some very disturbing images for you. I think this was my least favourite part of the book, as I do like to be able relate to what I’m reading or listening to. For instance, if I’m listening to an album then the songs will instantly stand out to me if I can relate to the lyrics. I do admire the authors ability to speak out using so much emotion on such a difficult subject though.
So this was my favourite chapter as I’m a bit of a soppy bugger. To be honest, it’s a breath of fresh air from the last chapter, as it’s placed just after the saddest chapter so it was a pleasant welcoming. I consider myself to be a romantic person, and I’m also in a happy relationship as we’ve just moved in with each other, so this made me smile countless times. “I am learning how to love him by loving myself” really stood out for me as I’ve had a long struggle with anxiety, and that’s been one thing that’s affected my relationship at times. I have got a lot better, and that’s because my partner has helped me be a stronger person, and I do believe that you need to love yourself before you can love others, so the fact that this was included is nice to me. For all you romantics out there, this is the chapter for you! ❤
Right, back onto the sad stuff… Well this is a sad chapter, but also a positive one. It’s about heartbreak, but it’s got some poems that help you heal your wounds. I, like many have been though heartbreak. IT SUCKS! But time really is a healer, and this book does show that. It randomly includes a little ‘to do list’ for anyone going through a breakup. If only I followed advice in this 16 step list such as ‘start a new project’, or simply ‘breathe’ instead of my “PASS ME THE FUCKING VODKA” ethos, I probably would’ve spent less time feeling ill and saved a few quid.
Following the trend of sad and then happy chapters, the forth is all about positive vibes that rounds up everything nicely, and proves that no matter what you’ve gone through you will be ok. These collection of poems are obviously intended to uplift your mood, and it does a very good job. “You must want to spend the rest of your life with yourself first.” is a simple, yet affective piece of advice and it highlights the importance of self-acceptance.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It didn’t take me a long time to read, as the poems were very short, albeit effective. I liked the simplicity of the illustrations, and they went extremely well with the poems. I thought that it was clever how it had two depressing chapters and two happy ones, I don’t think I’d of enjoyed it if it was all about difficult subjects. The only downside to me was that it was wasn’t always relatable to me, and as I said above, that’s an important thing to me. I haven’t been through a lot of things mention, and also I don’t share a lot of the views she has and I kinda get annoyed with modern feminism, and how it’s less about the politics more about issues such as body hair nowadays. Sorry if that offends you, but I just don’t find it interesting, and I would rather have smooth and hairless skin. I appreciate that the author fights for her views though, and good for her!
The positive chapters uplifted me so much that I looked up self-help books to read. I’m currently reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr Brene Brown, so I’ll have another book review up soon. I would just like to say that this was my first review of anything EVER, so it probably sucked, but I would be grateful of any feedback.