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Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav | Highlights

A Love Letter to Bali

I will never forget those slow, languid days, warm and balmy. The sun was a pomegranate red, ripe, and full of promise, painting the pink sky. We stayed in a Grecian-style villa, overlooking the shoreline, watching the waves crash onto the lazy stretch of sand below.
The daylight sunk into starlight like a slow transition, as we lost track of time altogether. My skin grew luminous and shone from the inside, glowed like a lantern. White crescent moons appeared at the bottom of my fingernails. My hair grew thicker, wilder. We were feasting on exotic fruits and midnight conversations that drifted into the sea salt breeze.
We slept. We woke up in the half-light to watch the sun come up. We didn’t write a single word.
Mischievous monkeys scampered across our balcony. Frogs hopped in our path and out of sight again, the sound of their croaking ever-present. Tiny birds darted in and out of our line of vision like thoughts.
The half-moon yawned when we waved goodbye to another moment, lost to memory. The walls learned our secrets like how you like your coffee black and I like mine with cream and sugar. We left something of ourselves behind.
He feels like the culmination of every good deed I’ve ever done.


From: Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

As you can see, this is another post about the last book I read called Love Looks Pretty on You. I like the author’s word choice and the emotions that the author gave us are wonderful. There is some soft vibe in the book that makes you feel emotional and I think only a few authors can achieve it. Lang Leav was successful in her language to show us all these emotions. To describe how you feel is quite complex task to do because there is always this variety of emotions. Everyone fights their own battle and there are always the good and the bad feelings inside of us. Happiness versus sorrow. Peace versus anger. It’s up to you to decide how you feel and how your life is going to look like. You just have to understand your feelings.

Also, the author’s descriptions are marvelous. They are the upper level of the language and it’s something that will always attract me. As you can see, Lang Leav did an amazing job at this point and I want to read such descriptions all the time. The book Love Looks Pretty on You is full of these amazing descriptions and I highly recommend you to read it. Do check it out!

In my previous I left you the Amazon link, so you can order it if you want.

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Book Review |Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

SYNOPSIS
The much anticipated new book by international bestselling author Lang Leav. A breathtakingly beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and prose, offering powerful insights into love, heartbreak, relationships, and empowerment.

Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.

Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It’s no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.

Love Looks Pretty on You is truly the must-have book for poetry lovers all over the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
undefined Novelist and a poet, Lang Leav is an international bestselling author and winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, Churchill Fellowship and Goodreads Choice Award. Often credited with popularizing poetry among a new generation of young readers, Lang’s poetry books, and hit novel, Sad Girls continue to top best seller charts around the world.

Lang has been featured on CNN, SBS Australia, Intelligence Squared UK, Radio New Zealand and in various publications, including Vogue, Newsweek, the Guardian.

Website: http://langleav.com

MY THOUGHTS
Love Looks Pretty on You is the first Lang Leav’s novel that I have read and I must say that I am not disappointed. I really enjoyed reading this book and it is surprising that the mentioned topics could be represented this good way. The book tells a story of a woman fighting against her feelings. At some point, she is loved and she feels pretty. She can freely say that she is happy. That kind of happy that makes her rethink her emotional state. Is she really completely happy? Her heart says she is. Her brain says she’s not, but she could be.
Well, what makes her think think that way?
There are two things that ruins her eternal happiness. The first thing is her past. While I was reading this book I got the feeling that the girl loved in her past, but it was not that kind of love that will make you happy and all satisfied with your life. I think that it was one-sided love. Which brings us to the second thing – her self esteem. The girl did not love herself in the past. She was never satisfied with her and her life and unfortunately such things make us lose the people in our lives.

There is our past self among the ruins. She, the girlish one, the foolish one, the one who longs for a place with us here, where she is not welcome.

Love Looks Pretty on You, Lang Leav

In this book the author emphasizes the new beginning, our rebirth. We need to understand that we are only human beings and that all of us make mistakes. It is natural thing to make mistakes. We have to accept them and learn from them. Throughout the book, I realized that the girl was really attached to her parent. Seeing her Father abusing her Mother was the source of her anger, she wanted revenge. I love the mentioned girl with all of my heart because despite everything, she remained a good person. She knows how to love and she learns from her loss and her past. She is everything that we all want to be.

Your Right to Love
It is your right to define love on your own terms. Love between two consenting adults is never wrong, no matter how much anyone tries to convince you it is.
Be with the person who makes you happy. Who makes your heart sing.
It is your right to endlessly curate your life. Let her be herself. Or she will be somebody’s else’s.

Love Looks Pretty on You; Lang Leav〛

Anxiety
I struggle with things that are as easy to others as breathing.
Like breathing. Like answering the phone. Or sending that email I have been meaning to for weeks.
I panic when I am asked out to dinner, even if it’s with someone I really want to see.
It’s hard for me to commit to anything, and when I do, I overthink it until my brain tells me I have made a mistake, like a rat caught in a maze, trying to claw its way out.
I don’t know why I am like this. People ask me why I can’t do anything without jumping through a thousand thoughts, like hoops. But sometimes I wonder if my inability to function in the real world is really such a bad thing. I wonder if that’s why I’ve spent so much time sheltered in my imagination.
And because I can’t live in the real world, I create worlds to belong to. And I wonder if the very thing I’ve always been told is my weakness, has all along, been my strength.

Love Looks Pretty on You; Lang Leav〛


To conclude everything, I really enjoyed reading this poetry collection and I would like to read more of the author Lang Leav.

My rating: 4/5 ⭐

Title: Love Looks Pretty on You
Author: Lang Leav
Published on: January 29th, 2019
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Poetry, Contemporary

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Book Review: Wrong Day to Wear a Dress by Naissa Amada

✦ABOUT NAISSA AMADA ✦
Naissa Amada is an artist, poet, writer and French musician, born in Mayotte Island, 1995. She uses Instagram as her primary sharing platform. She has published her first collection of poems entitled; Wrong Day to Wear a Dress ,in April, 2019. It deals with topics such as love, heartbreak, isolation, self-esteem, and self-discovery. Her writings are based on her own song lyrics. Unable to rid herself of her heartache through her songs, she decided to write her thoughts page after page, and eventually created her first book of poems; Wrong Day to Wear a Dress, which she refers as ‘chronicles of thoughts’.

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
‘This book I wrote, is a fresh start. From dust I’m making a star. This, is a light to my darkness and a remedy for my heart (…) The time I have spent writing this, is second to none healer. Here, I’m exposing myself, and I share my hassles, my thoughts, and my truths. I have typed out my struggles and all the lessons I have learned from them.’

i have lost one, one that loved me.
i have left one, one i had a connection with.
and i have loved one, one that wasn’t ready.

Naissa Amada, Wrong Day to Wear a Dress

✦MY THOUGHTS ✦
First of all, thank you to Naissa Amada for sending me your book, it was such a lovely surprise. The very first thing that caught my attention was the cover of this book. It’s so pretty and the illustrations inside are beautiful. It’s pure art! This collection of poems consists of ten chapters:
I am. behaviors.
– sure.
-heart.
– confusions.
-journey.
– wounds.
– recovering.
– strong.
– wisdoms.
– done.
The book represents author’s personal experience and it is a beautiful yet heartbreaking story. Naissa writes about her battles and how it affects her. She writes about how does it feel to lose a loved one. Every heartbreak has its lesson and we can’t avoit it. They are supposed to make us stronger and braver than we thought we are. There is a reason why we aren’t meant to be with certain people and sometimes it’s difficult to understand. I loved how the author gives more importance to our self-esteem rather than focusing on losing our loved ones. Of course, it’s hard to accept the fact that some people just aren’t the right ones, but have you ever thought about your feelings and what happens with us at that times?
Admit it or not, we have all been there. We cried and we almost always blame it on us. However, it’s not always our mistake. We are still pretty inside out! And we should never forget it.

thank you for breaking my heart,
thank you for making me cry.
somehow, you made me believe in myself
more than i ever did.
somehow, you made a human of me,
more than i ever was.

Naissa Amada, Wrong Day to Wear a Dress

Time heals everything. It’s not just some random quote that will help you go through this day. What I really mean here is that being hurt and sad is a process that will result in questioning your thoughts. Who you really are and why you weren’t meant to be together. You will not answer these questions right away. They will take some time and it will just hit you one day. You will realize that you are not made for each other.
Both of you are still great people but he likes his coffee black with sugar and you drink your tea. He likes being home and you love taking long walks. He’s a dog person and you adore cats. Your visions of the perfect life are entirely two different views. Most importantly, he cannot see you in his vision of life and he does not exist in your visions.
It’s time for you to move on…

I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of poetry like me. It’s beautiful and I adore every line. I will definitely reread this book very soon!

My rating: 5/5⭐