Poetry Friday & Book Reviews

6 Feb

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 163, Poet’s Choice!

Photograph by Lacie Slezak @nbb_photos

I’d like to share the latest books I’ve read and my reviews for them. Firstly, I will share my poem called Book Reviews.

I adored this book

You hated every word

This book gave me chills

but for you, it was as if

you had taken sleeping pills


On any one book

we may not agree, and what’s

good for you may not

be good for me. If we all

agreed how boring we’d be

Book Reviews:

Caste Metal by Fiza Pathan

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My Review:

Caste Metal is a fascinating and powerful short story about the life of an Indian boy and his family during the year 1877.

Cacchar was a gifted boy who had taught himself how to read, but because he was born an “untouchable” outside of the Hindu caste system, he was considered “the scum of the Earth” and was meant only for a life of slavery. He was not allowed to read or even touch books or scrolls. However, Cacchar was addicted to the sacred Hindu texts and was unaware of the severe consequences if he were caught reading.

He collected books and scrolls discarded by priests. He read them every day, sitting under a holy peepul tree, which he had cultivated using his own water supply, since the tree was dying in the heat, leaving him with only animal urine and blood to quench his thirst. He loved the words of the Hindu scriptures and enjoyed reciting the holy prayers.

I was outraged by the treatment of the “untouchables” and by the brutality, depravity, and hypocrisy of the so-called “holy” priests. Who determined how the Hindu people were divided into the different castes? If you’re poor, you’re automatically an untouchable, despite your intelligence and other gifts? And it seemed hypocritical how the girls in the lowest caste had to be married off at age ten in order to prevent priests and others in higher castes from raping them. These children are seen as disgusting subhumans––untouchables––whose footprints pollute the land, but it’s okay to have intercourse with them?

Fear not; in the end, the wrongdoers get their comeuppances.

This short story is fierce and not for the faint of heart, but I believe it needed to be so. Things happened that I wish had not; however, I was satisfied with the ending. The author’s writing style is beautiful and engaging, and I loved the way she pointed out the hypocrisy of the priests and rituals in subtly sarcastic ways. Like what she wrote at the end, “It had been a long ‘holy-day’ and he needed some refreshment.” I highly recommend this short story.

Just Her Poetry by D.L. Finn

My Review:

Author D.L. Finn’s diverse poetry collection Just Her Poetry is full of reflection, creativeness, and soul searching. The book is divided into nature poetry, the seasons, poetry written by her while riding on the back of a Harley, and emotional contemplations.

I enjoyed every poem in this book; although, the poems about nature and the seasons were my favorite. The heartfelt poems in this section reflect her love of nature. It seemed the author drew inspiration from nature to impart hope. As an animal lover, I enjoyed the poems “The Dog Stare” and “The Huntress.”

The poems in the other sections were meaningful and thought provoking. One poem in particular, “Your Words,” struck a chord with me in a positive way.

D.L. Finn’s free-style poetry is genuine, vibrant, and full of imagery. Her words came to life in living color in my head, invoking a plethora of emotions. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys beautiful poetry.

2121: Twilight’s Last Gleaming by Karl Morgan

My Review:

This is a fast-paced sci-fi dystopian novel about the USA in 2121, and a group of people fighting to stay alive, trying to take back a corrupted and decaying America from crooked politicians. The issues they faced were overwhelming: starvation, global warming, terrorists, and a bankrupt Medicare system.

A fourteen-year-old Jack Kennedy and his girlfriend are forced to leave their childhood behind in order to fight for their lives and the future of America. Senior citizens are thrown out of protected areas to die. There are cities governed by cannibals while gangs and terrorists overrun others. The weather is greatly affected by climate changes, causing deadly storms and famine.

Although there was plenty of action from beginning to end, some of the fight scenes dragged a bit. I was a little confused by some of the military jargon, and there were minor editing issues. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.

What I appreciated most was the characters, especially Jack Kennedy. I also enjoyed the underline messages of love, hope, and friendship throughout. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun, fast-paced read with messages of love and hope and wonderful characters.

If you’d like to purchase any of the books on Amazon, just click on the cover image, and if you’d like to connect with any of the authors on Twitter, click on the author’s name by the book’s title. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Happy Friday!

47 Responses to “Poetry Friday & Book Reviews”

  1. robertawrites235681907 February 6, 2020 at 10:57 pm #

    All these books sound great, Vashti. I love your poem too. I expresses exactly what I think. Happy Friday.

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    • Vashti Q February 6, 2020 at 11:07 pm #

      Hi, Robbie! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem and are intrigued by the books. Thank you. Happy Friday! 😀 xo

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  2. Madeeha February 7, 2020 at 12:56 am #

    Isn’t it true that some times a book for someone is captivating but for others it seems like sleeping pills. I like your poem 🙂

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    • Vashti Q February 7, 2020 at 1:03 pm #

      Thank you, Madeeha. No one book is for everyone, no matter how well written it is. As popular as the Harry Potter and Twilight books are, some people don’t like them. To each it’s own. 😀

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      • Madeeha February 7, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

        I like Harry Potter.
        Twilight is not my kind of book and I tried reading to kill a mocking bird but yeah, it was a sleeping pill for me 🙂

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  3. Jill Weatherholt February 7, 2020 at 3:26 am #

    Wonderful poem, Vashti. Thanks for the reviews. Enjoy your weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 7, 2020 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi, Jill! I enjoy posting my reviews, so I’m glad you liked them and the poem. Thank you! Enjoy your weekend, too! 😀


  4. markbierman February 7, 2020 at 6:48 am #

    Loved the poem, Vashti, you certainly have a gift with words! Great reviews by some deserving authors, as well! Thanks for always being supportive!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 7, 2020 at 1:11 pm #

      Hi, Mark! Thank you for the kind words, my friend. Your book is on my list, so I’ll get to it. I look forward to reading it. It’s my pleasure. 😀

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  5. Priscilla Bettis February 7, 2020 at 6:48 am #

    Your poem is so clever and made me smile. Thanks for sharing your reviews!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 7, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

      That’s wonderful, Priscilla! Thank you! It’s my pleasure, and these authors deserve it. ❤


  6. Natalie Ducey February 7, 2020 at 7:28 am #

    Lovely poem and fabulous reviews to celebrate! Thanks for sharing, Vashti. Wishing you a fantastic weekend. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q February 7, 2020 at 1:34 pm #

      Hello, Natalie! It’s a pleasure to share the books I’ve enjoyed. Thank you, my friend. Have a terrific weekend, too! 😀 xo

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  7. Annette Rochelle Aben February 7, 2020 at 7:48 am #

    A seriously cool post!

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  8. Soooz February 7, 2020 at 10:57 am #

    Love the poem, Vashti. Thanks for sharing these insightful reviews.😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

      Hi, Soooz! Thank you for the sweet comment, my friend! Have a terrific weekend! ❤


  9. ~Mar February 7, 2020 at 11:18 am #

    I adore your poetry, Vashti. 🖤 Also, it’s so nice to see 3 RRBC members listed as your book reviews! You rock!!

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    • Vashti Q February 7, 2020 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi, Marlena! Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed the poem. The last 10 books (or more) I’ve read have been RRBC members’ books. There’s such a fabulous collection of books in the RRBC catalog. Thanks for stopping by and for your delightful comment! Have a great weekend! ❤

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      • ~Mar February 7, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

        You’re so right, Vashti! A blessed weekend to you, as well!

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author February 7, 2020 at 12:52 pm #

    Yay! Thank you, Vashti. Your review made my day. So happy you enjoyed it and Words was one of the first ones I wrote for the collection. I think nature does give a lot of hope.
    Your poem was so accurate about book taste and how our interests and entertainment can differ so much.
    Great reviews. One I read and one is on my TBR list. Have a fantastic weekend, Vashti xo

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    • Vashti Q February 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm #

      I’m so happy my review made your day, Denise! I meant every word. I’m still in awe of how you write while riding on the back of a Harley. Ha, ha. When I enjoy a book, I don’t only review it. I put it on my Instagram stories, share it on Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Goodreads. I do a whole marketing thing! You guys deserve it! ❤ xo

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      • D.L. Finn, Author February 8, 2020 at 2:27 am #

        I appreciate that, Vashti. I try to post as many places as I can, too, but I find most of my books to read from reviews on blogs. xoxo

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    • Vashti Q February 8, 2020 at 12:44 pm #

      That’s great to know, Denise❣️

      Liked by 1 person

  11. John W. Howell February 7, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

    Terrific reviews, Vashti. Thank you

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  12. balroop2013 February 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

    So true Vashti…books change their charm according to the reader. 🙂
    I’ve read the first two you have mentioned here, so different but both are superbly written. Thanks for sharing the reviews.

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    • Vashti Q February 8, 2020 at 12:52 pm #

      Hi, Balroop! It’s great to know you’ve read two of the three books. I agree, they’re so different from each other, but both are great. It’s fun to share my reviews when I’ve enjoyed the books. Thank you, my friend❣️

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  13. Colleen M. Chesebro February 7, 2020 at 5:03 pm #

    I love your Friday book reviews and poetry, Sis. You gave me a good break from writing. LOL! Hugs. ❤


    • Vashti Q February 15, 2020 at 5:31 pm #

      Hi, Colleen! For some reason WP put your comment in my spam folder. :/ Anyway, I’m so glad you enjoyed the reviews and poetry, Sis! Enjoy the weekend! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

      • Colleen M. Chesebro February 15, 2020 at 9:29 pm #

        Thanks, Vashti. I regularly check spam. So many end up there. 🤔❤️

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      • Vashti Q February 16, 2020 at 5:28 pm #

        I will check my spam folder more frequently. Who knows how many people’s comments have ended up there in the past. :/

        Liked by 1 person

      • Colleen M. Chesebro February 16, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

        Me too, Vashti. I’m on the business plan and it still happens. So frustrating. ❤

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  14. Jan Sikes February 7, 2020 at 5:53 pm #

    What a fantastic poem, Vashti! I have read two of these three books and completely agree with your reviews! The other one is on my radar!

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    • Vashti Q February 8, 2020 at 12:56 pm #

      Yay! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem and that you’ve read two out of the three books. It’s great that you agree with my reviews. Thank you! Enjoy your weekend!💗

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  15. D. Wallace Peach February 10, 2020 at 1:14 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your reviews, Vashti. As soon as I read a few book that are crowding my kindle… I’m going to pick these up.

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  16. yvettemcalleiro February 12, 2020 at 6:23 am #

    I never thought of writing a review as a poem. Lol! Thanks for sharing your reviews of those three books! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q February 13, 2020 at 7:14 pm #

      Hi, Yvette! The poem is about book reviews in general, but you gave me an idea. Ha, ha. You’re welcome, it’s my pleasure. 😀 xo

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  17. Annika Perry February 13, 2020 at 6:43 am #

    Vashti, first, I love your poem! 😀 This is a topic my friends and I were discussing at lunch the other day, we often have such different opinions on certain books, listen to each other and through sharing opinions understand the book on different levels. Doesn’t mean we always agree though!😀

    I enjoyed all your three terrific reviews. I only recently started following Fiza on Goodreads and this sounds like an intense book. D L Finn’s poetry book looks interesting and wow, 2121 is dramatic but it can be tricky to write tight and understandable battle scenes.

    Wishing you a wonderful day tomorrow and a beautiful weekend! 🌺

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    • Vashti Q February 13, 2020 at 7:21 pm #

      Hi, Annika! Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed my poem. What you said in your comment is exactly what I meant in my poem. It reminds me of a quote by Edmund Wilson, “No two persons ever read the same book.” Ha, ha! We interpret every scene slightly different. Thank you, my friend. Have a happy Friday and weekend, too! ❤ xo

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  18. Miriam Hurdle February 13, 2020 at 1:26 pm #

    I love the voice of your poem, Vashti! I can’t imagine seeing one’s own face everywhere. Excellent reviews. I have Denise’s book and it’s an inspirational poetry book. I must look into the other ones. I came back from a short getaway, will catch up with your next poetry day!

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    • Vashti Q February 13, 2020 at 8:09 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by, my friend! Welcome home and get some rest. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle February 13, 2020 at 11:34 pm #

        Thank you, Vashti. I got some rest but surely need more. See you tomorrow. ❤

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  19. memadtwo February 15, 2020 at 7:42 am #

    I enjoyed your reviews–hiw wonderful it would be if human cruelty always got it’s just rewards! And your poem reflects the truth, that we each have books that speak to us, and they are not the same as anyone else’s. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 15, 2020 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi, Kerfe❣️ I’m happy you enjoyed the book reviews. Exactly.😊


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