Review: #WeRateDogs by Matt Nelson

It’s rare to come across a book that I simply crave to share with everyone in my close surroundings, but I found it with #WeRateDogs.

Based on the social media sensation, #WeRateDogs features the most heroic, over-the-top adorable, wildly successful, all-around entertaining dogs the world has ever seen. It combines extraordinary photos with ridiculous captions to expand the knowledge and overall lives of its readers. It is not only an exceptionally reliable source for dog greatness, it is also a one stop shop for happiness.

“Simply here to make you smile. if you’re having a bad day, it is now less bad.”

I’ve been waiting for this beautifully crafted book to arrive in the mail for weeks and weeks now, and the wait became that more excruciating when I came across this utterly wholesome thread the other night:

Also, being an avid follower of @dog_rates on Twitter didn’t help my situation in the meantime.

So when #WeRateDogs graciously arrived today in the mail, I read through it in a whirlwind, even though I desperately tried to make the reading experience last as much as possible.#WeRateDogs--bookspoilsI know I usually try to insert a few more coherent sentences of what I loved about the book I’m reviewing, but I’m just so h*ckin excited to share my favorite dogs that I’ll skip straight ahead to the pictures:

#WeRateDogs 17--bookspoilsI melted at the sight of this.

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How majestic are the two above???

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(The captions actually make the pictures that more better, which is a rarity.)

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I needed this.

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date: September 14th, 2017

5/5 stars

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Review: Flux by Orion Carloto

I discovered Orion Carloto’s writing this past summer in the Local Wolves magazine, which is just an all-around spectacular piece of work full of feminism and girl power. So when I later came upon the news online that Orion was releasing her debut poetry collection, it felt meant to be.

Orion-- bookspoils“Read every word, experience every moment, and take in all the sorrows and revival that girls just like you have gone through. You aren’t alone.”

(Above quote and illustration taken from issue 43.)

Pulling inspiration from her personal adventures growing up, being in love, battling mental health, and the brutal pain of losing it all, she dug deep in her own woes and allowed those sorrows to fuel her writing. With original illustrations by artist Katie Roberts, Orion Carloto creates a dream world for the brokenhearted and paints a whimsical picture around the themes of love, loss, solitude, depression, sex, nostalgia, and unrequited romance.

“I can’t wait till I see your face and my brain thinks I’m looking at a stranger.”

However, I was discouraged to find an abundance of generic pieces that read less and less like poetry, as the book went on, and more like ordinary sentences structured to appear as poems.  I was also a bit let down because I was expecting something along the lines of Rupi Kaur’s milk and honey, meaning the collection would discuss both romantic love and self-love. I think Flux is a more worthy follow-up to consider if you’re a fan of Lang Leav‘s work.

Finally, on a much brighter note, that’s not to say that there weren’t noteworthy moments in here. I’d like to share a few of those enticing pieces:

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And thanks to my recent walk down memory lane, I got to discover this old gem buried in my playlist, which turned out to be perfect song while reading Flux:

ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: October 24th, 2017

3.5/5 stars

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Review: Literally Me by Julie Houts

Literally Me is a bizarre and sharp observational collection of darkly comic illustrated essays satirizing modern female identity. However, I was thrown for a loop going into this because I came expecting something along the lines of How to be Alive by Tara Booth, meaning a book full of illustrations with little to no text. So you can only imagine my confusion when I opened up the first essay, thinking it was nonfiction, parodying the unrealistic expectations brides tend to set for their big day, only to read this: “I would recommend doing a colonic an hour before walking down the aisle. I did, and my stomach was so flat it was basically concave.”Literally Me 5-- bookspoils

In the stories following, we have comically wild bits and bobs, including:

-The beauty routine of a deranged bride who aspires to be “truly without flaws” on her wedding day.
-What happens when Kylie Jenner has an existential crisis and can no longer “step out.”
-A journey to Coachella by the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse.
-The true dating confessions of a fembot.
-The terrifying description for Alice Staunch’s book How to Be a Perfect Feminist. 
-The diary of Fiddle Ficus, a tree that lives inside a CÉLINE store, and much more.

Full disclosure: I thought I would get accustomed over time to the weird nature behind each story, but I never really did with my reading experience… So in the end, I just went ahead and let myself focus on solely soaking in the bold illustrations in Literally Me.

Literally Me 1-- bookspoilsSame, but with those damned off the shoulder tops.

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ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication: October 24th, 2017

2.5/5 stars

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