BOOK REVIEW| milk & honey

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This is a collection of poetry about survival in which rupi kaur, the author writes about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity. It is split into four chapters which are really more like sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. I love this idea by the way, there’s something it adds to your experience. Let me just put it out there now, that this is my favorite poetry collection right now. It’s honest, relatable, vulnerable and there’s actual good writing! She is a fantastic writer. Also, the book features related drawings on each page which I found quite creative. If I had to pick quotes, I would probably just scan the entire book, you guys. But I have decided to pick just ten quotes!

First, here’s her ‘forward’

                                                 my heart woke me crying last night                                                                                                                      how can I help                                                                                                                                            my heart said                                                                        write the book

Her style of writing is lovely. I felt like her voice was so soothing, maybe its the fact that the entire book was written in lower case. Yes, guys, every single word.

you were so afraid of my voice i decided to be afraid of it too

my father scooped me into his tree trunk arms and said the closest thing to god on this earth is a woman’s body its where life comes from

it’ll be love at first remembrance cause i’ve seen you in my mother’s eyes when she tells me to marry the type of man i’d want to raise my son to be like

love will play no games because love knows life has been hard enough already

you were so distant i forgot you were there at all

don’t mistake salt for sugar  if he wants to be with you he will its that simple

you mustn’t have to make him want you  he must want you himself

i am not a hotel room i am home  i am not the whisky you want  i am the water you need

the thing worth holding on to would not have let go

i wanted to stay but staying felt too lonely

i will not have you build me into your life when what i want is to build a life with you.

people go but how they left  always stays

fall in love with your solitude

it takes grace to remain kind in cruel situations

to be soft is to be powerful

if the hurt comes, so will the happiness

how you love yourself is how you teach others to love you

I loved so many quotes! But I have exercised self control and only shown but a few. Buy this book! It is worth every single dollar! Ladies and gentlemen, stay woke and getcho lives!

I give this book 5 stars (duh).

If you want more rupi kaur, but you are not able to buy her book, follow her on twitter and check out her website

Till soon, Afoma x



  • Where can I get this?

  • I need you to teach me how you do this. I’ve been trying to read and review books and write blog posts, but it’s difficult to find time. I have completed only two books this year

    • Prioritizing. That’s really it. I say give an hour a day to the reading. Even if it’s before bed. I read whenever I get the chance. Sometimes it’s verrry slow but eventually you get there. And I try to keep the posts short too. I know how it is when it’s hard to find time, but you gotta try. x

  • Kech

    I love Rupi Kaur thanks to @cassiedaves for introducing me. she tells the hurt and the pain as you feel it. i’d love to get my hands on the hardcover no matter how long it takes.

    • I literally wish I could hand everyone a copy! *sigh