Reviews of 3 Books I Recently Read

Book Reviews: Poetry, Mythology & Short Stories

So then I started to read.. and read some more… and some more. As a lover of the written word, I read pretty much anything and everything that peaks my interest. Letizia of Reading Interrupted is nodding right now along with me, I’m sure. The past few months have been no exception as I delved into poetry, short stories, and even a read on mythology. Here are reviews of some of the book I read lately.

Heartspeak: God and Love 

A Great Book of Poetry

Poet Sylvester L. Anderson’s Heartspeak: God and Love

This book is written by one of my favorite poets, Sylvester L. Anderson. He is an Indie writer who I connected with at Syl65’s Blog.

His collection of poems is so beautiful that I have now read it twice. As I wrote in my Amazon.ca review, “the gentle words wash across the page like a satisfying ocean.”

I breathed such a sigh of contentment upon finishing the read the first time that I couldn’t resist picking up the book for a second read months later.

Even if you do not normally read poetry, this book is one that is worth settling into a comfy chair to take in. For words of love and faith, I recommend reading Heartspeak: God and Love.

Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

A Read on Mythology

David A. MacKenzie’s Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

Ok, so not every read is a great one. This book by Donald A. MacKenzie disappointed me.
From the title of the book, I assumed it would be about ancient myths, which I enjoy learning about (at least when Aquileana of La Audacia de Aquiles writes about the topic).

Instead, the read focused on the study of myths and, sadly, it was very hard to grasp due to a seemingly unorganized structure. It was more of a mish-mash of historical details than anything else, in my opinion.

Or, perhaps it was more that the content went over my head. Either way, I didn’t make it to the end of Myths of Babylonia and Assyria.

A Gallimaufry of Short Stories

Short Stories about Cats and More

A Gallimaufry of Short Stories, Written by Christopher J.F. Gibson

If you like cats and short stories, then have I got a book for you.

A Gallimaufry of Short Stories by Christopher J.F. Gibson has such a range of stories in it, from the tale of an old man’s unconventional bond with a cat to the narrative of a woman’s thorough search for healthy food in the supermarket.

Most of the stories involve felines, as they typically do with this particular author.

I like how Gibson drops the reader into the midst of peoples’ lives in each story and has us wandering around to get our bearings.

The tales are quirky, in a good way.

 

 

So tell me, what have you read lately? Was it a read that you would recommend?

 

 

 

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69 thoughts on “Book Reviews: Poetry, Mythology & Short Stories

    1. Christy B Post author

      Oh yes I’ve heard it’s a great read. Thanks for letting me know how much you liked it! I remember reading C.S. Lewis as a teenager and welcome any book that is similar to the Narnia series 🙂

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  1. Clanmother

    You are singing my song, Christy. Poetry and mythology go hand in hand. As Joseph Campbell once said, “Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another.”

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  2. ArcaneHalloween

    Hi Christy, if you’re a fan of mythology I definitely would recommend one of Wonder Woman’s more recent graphic novels: Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood. It showcases her relationship with Zeus and the major Olympic Gods to great effect (and the artwork is rather wondrous too) It’s also extremely reverential to the classic Greek myths. 🙂

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  3. Aquileana

    Thanks for sharing your readings, dear CB… So the second book didn´t work out for you at the end… that´s a shame: it sounds like an interesting book…
    But, you are quite right, historical background and other technicalities might be boring, that´s why I´d prefer concise studies when it comes to mythology. Plus, the lack of systematization is a major issue when it comes to these kind of academic essays, too.
    By the way, Robert Graves´ “Greek Myths” is an excellent book in this sense (But Greek, not from Babilonia & Assyria, I know)…
    Thanks kindly for the mention, dear Star!!!!! ❤ … have a great weekend… Love! Aquileana 🙂

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Hi Aqui, Thanks for telling me about the Graves book! I appreciate the note about it here. Is that particular book telling the myths or is it an overview or critique of them? The reason I ask is that the book on myths that I reviewed in this post explained the background of the myths but did not include actual stories. I appreciate the help ♥

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      1. Aquileana

        Hi CB: it is a compilation of greek myths with some further notes. But, to answer your question, the myths are retold, and in a very clear and not too long way. I also reccomend Ovid´s “Metamorphoses”, even though the language is quite ancient, it is a key source when it comes to Greek Mythology… Sending love for your day. Aquileana 😀

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        1. Christy B Post author

          You are a wealth of information, Aqui! Thank you for sharing these reading recommendations on Greek myths. I appreciate the answer to my question earlier too. HUGS

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  4. Dee

    I think I read all the Greek mythology books about three times before I was twenty-five. I may have to look into one of these books you mentioned to refill my love of mythology.

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  5. Jay

    I was reading The Nest last week. I was in the bath one night and asked Sean to bring me my book. I of course couldn’t remember the title or the cover. He brought me one, and I knew right away it wasn’t the right one becuase that was a book I’d recently purchased whereas I was reading something from the library. The cover looked awfully familiar though…Yup, turned out I had 2 copies of the same book on my nightstand!
    Today I’m reading Franzen’s Purity. Only the one copy 😉

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  6. Annika Perry

    Great mixture of books here, Christy and great reviews. The myths one was a let down and I also read aquileanna’s blog and have learnt to appreciate the ancient myths. I’ll have to look at the poetry book closer intriguing and I like the sound of a quirky short story collection. I read a quirky book for Netgalley recently which I have yet to review. One of those where I cannot decide whether it’s good and I just don’t get it or if it is just trying too hard. It’s a Dutch book with the terrific title of ‘The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen Aged 83 Years Old’.

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  7. Bun Karyudo

    It’s a pity that the book on myths turned out to be such a dud. Of the three, it was the one I’d be most likely to pick up from the bookshelf, but only because, like you, I’d expect it to actually tell me the myths

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  8. Jeff

    I love short stories. I just, today, started a book of short stories, called Ghosts By Gaslight. It promises to be rich. I think all of the stories are set in Victorian/Edwardian times.

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  9. reocochran

    I liked the Tara Conklin book, “The House Girl.” It would make a dynamic movie, Christy with two timelines. The current one has a new lawyer working on the Reparations Act, she is young and meets an ancestor of the house girl. The slave girl has her story which includes “Art,” my favorite pastime. The way the story weaves the past and the present while being a vital and current source of upheaval, makes it a good read.
    I like an old cat and mystery detective series that has cats in them, two Siamese cats, Yum Yum and i forget the smart one’s name by Lillian Jackson Braun. 🙂 Very humorous!
    I am finishing a less than great book but hey, it’s on the bestseller list in either first or second place, “The Girl on the Train.” My DIL downloaded it onto my cell phone so I felt compelled to read it.
    Christy, thanks for stopping by my blog. I never know why I don’t get some blogs on my Reader, but I missed you, dear. ❤

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    1. Christy B Post author

      How wonderful to see you, R ❤ I used to read the series about the cats.. I know right away which one you mean: "The Cat Who…" series 🙂 Great reading! I still have most of those books on shelves at home.. Oh yes I've heard mixed reviews about "The Girl on the Train" ~ I'm putting off reading it until I decide if it really interests me or not, lol 😉 I've missed you too! Thanks for the beautiful comment here

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  10. Sarah Potter Writes

    That poetry book looks like soothing and uplifting medicine, but there’s a certain other poet’s books that are already on my to-read list and must be my priority:-)
    I’ve just finished reading The City of Mirrors, which is the final book in Justin Cronin’s amazing epic “Passage” trilogy, which is a literary apocalyptic science fiction thriller. I’ve reviewed all three books on Goodreads, but here’s the link to the last one. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1764983519

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Sarah, I hope you like the poetry book by a certain female author who shall go unnamed 😉 I also loved your review of “The City of Mirrors” ~ Wow. I am fascinated by your note in the review that light and goodness become toxic.. intriguing!

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