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What I’m Reading: The Sun and All Her Flowers

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: Sex traffickers often get women to join them by promising a glamorous job in a new and exciting country. By separating the women from their families it easier to take all of their documents and force them into trafficking.  (information found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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So in an effort to relax after studying for finals all morning, I started, and finished reading The Sun and All Her Flowers. This is somewhat of a sequel to Milk & Honey but you do not need to read them in any certain order.

The same friend that got me Milk & Honey for my birthday had me for our Secret Santa so she definitely knew the perfect present.

I was not as amazed by The Sun and All Her Flowers as I had expected to be. There were so many poems in Milk & Honey that caused me to stop and think a little more but I did not have the same feeling with this one. It took me a little over an hour to read it and I was expecting it to take a little longer for those “oh wow” moments.  Don’t get me wrong I still thought it was great and there were poems that really resonated with me but I think that some of the “newness” to this style of writing had rubbed off. To me it seemed like some of the poems in this book were similar to poems in her first book with different words. I think part of that is just the simplistic style of Kaur’s writing.

Just like Milk & HoneyThe Sun and All Her Flowers is broken up into sections. The sections are wilting, falling, rooting, rising, blooming. I wanted to share my favorite poem from each section with you guys just like I had done last time.

Wilting

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Falling

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Rooting

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Rising

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Blooming (here’s a bonus one because this section was my favorite!)

Kaur is definitely an amazing writer and I have said before, I admire her openness to let millions of people into her lives. The best part of this book for me was that it addressed different themes. Prior to receiving this book I did not think too much of it, I had assumed it was about the same topics she had already addressed.

The theme that really stuck out to me is immigration. It seems like recently a lot of people in the U.S. have forgotten that unless you are 100% Native American, you got here through immigration at some point. In the spring I will be doing an Alternative Spring Break trip focusing on the refuge population in my area and I am so excited to learn more about it. The Sun and All Her Flowers started teaching me about that already, it explains the life of an immigrant in a few short lines scattered throughout the book.

Another theme that I loved was feminism. Kaur ties this theme in with her culture and I think she does that beautifully. She writes about her mother a lot and she also includes all of her other female ancestors. I think that is a really cool way of looking at feminism.

If I had to pick my favorite section I would pick blooming. That’s the section that I had dog-earred the most pages and it is one I will reread if I am never needing a little inspiration.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, especially if you have read Milk & Honey. I think it gave me a deeper understand of Kaur’s family history and dynamic. Although it did not leave me as speechless as I had hoped, I think it was a great read.

If you want to read my reviews of Milk & Honey you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

If you have any book recommendations leave them in the comments!

xox,

Marissa

 

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What I’m Reading: Milk & Honey pt. 2

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: The U.S. State Department reports that 80% of all trafficking victims are female, and 50% of trafficking victims are children (information was found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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Milk & Honey was so different than anything I have ever read before and I loved it! As I told you in my last post, Rupi Kaur truly puts her heart on paper. She is so open to her audience but that does not leave her vulnerable, it leaves her powerful. Kaur lets her readers know that having feelings does not make you weak, it is where your strength lies.

As I mentioned before, Milk & Honey is broken down into four parts, The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and the Healing. Last time I told you there were two ways to tackle this book, in order or by the section that speaks to you. I chose to go in order and after finishing it I would personally recommend that way if you are looking for a rollercoaster of emotions.

The Hurting: This was the hardest section to get through. Kaur talks about physical abuse and an absent father. One of my favorite poem from this section was:

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The Loving: I thought this was going to be my favorite part and although it was good, The Healing stands out to me. This part is definitely a good pick me up from the section before it. There were a lot of love poems in here but one of my favorites was all about self-love.

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The Breaking: Just as quickly as she brought us from hurting to being full of love, Kaur brings us back down again. The Breaking deals with the pain of a lost love. This is the part that tells readers that being broken does not mean you are weak. One of my favorites from this section was…

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The Healing: My favorite section! This section of Milk & Honey was so uplifting and it was the best section to end on. If you need a book to tell you be strong, this is it! I bookmarked so many poems in this section it was nearly impossible to choose one but I wanted to share one that is absolute #girlpower…

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My biggest suggestion for reading Milk & Honey is to bookmark ones that mean something to you. Whether they speak to you from experience or they just stop and make you think it can be your own diary inside of Rupi Kaur’s. I am planning on using a different color post-it and on the inside cover write a key so I know which poems spoke to me each time I read it.

What’s your favorite Rupi Kaur poem? Let me know in the comments!

xox,

Marissa