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30 review for poems i sleep next to

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fadwa (Word Wonders)

    In the first...40% i wasn't sure how I was feeling about this one, but once I got past that this poetry collection is...beautiful. So tender and heartbreaking. I feel like if I'd read it not long ago, just a little less than a year ago, it would've been telling my own story. It would have broken me and put me back together. It would have been both cathartic and unbearable to read. So part of me is glad I only read it after healing so i can reflect on those feelings but another part of me is sad In the first...40% i wasn't sure how I was feeling about this one, but once I got past that this poetry collection is...beautiful. So tender and heartbreaking. I feel like if I'd read it not long ago, just a little less than a year ago, it would've been telling my own story. It would have broken me and put me back together. It would have been both cathartic and unbearable to read. So part of me is glad I only read it after healing so i can reflect on those feelings but another part of me is sad Poems I Sleep Next to didn't exist when I needed it because the words in its folds are words that would have been excruciating hard to read but I could've used them. I would probably have cried. sobbed. a lot. This is a collection for the heartbroken, those who have been left, or who have left with no choice of theirs. This for those who left love or had love leave them. This is who had to rebuild themselves after being broken.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Romie

    i have so much love for this poetry collection, it just hit me differently. this was so raw. i did cry several times, i felt like i was being punched in my heart. this was so damn beautiful. it's about trying to heal from something you never thought (and still think) you can heal from. i loved it. simply loved. (4.5)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Shelby's poems really speak to me, and this collection was no different. The second poem already hit me so hard. And that was just the start. There were so many poems that made me cry, but also made me feel better about myself. I read this collection because I was feeling really anxious and it eased my anxiety and was the best choice I made today. This collection was a little less personal for me, as it deals heavily an ended relationship and heartbreak, which I've never experienced. So where Shelby's poems really speak to me, and this collection was no different. The second poem already hit me so hard. And that was just the start. There were so many poems that made me cry, but also made me feel better about myself. I read this collection because I was feeling really anxious and it eased my anxiety and was the best choice I made today. This collection was a little less personal for me, as it deals heavily an ended relationship and heartbreak, which I've never experienced. So where Goddess of the Hunt was very personal to me and that's a big reason for why I love it, I did connect with this a little less. But I did still absolutely love it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    "...it was an undoing I'm still figuring out / how to undo / I might still be broken years from now / I guess, the point is / this slow loving myself back to life / is good enough / because I didn't ask you if I should do this / I just did" In this collection, Shelby Eileen showcases a speaker healing themself from heartbreak and learning how to find strength in their softness and in their pain. It's about getting lost in desire in what ultimately sours into a toxic, dependent relationship, and "...it was an undoing I'm still figuring out / how to undo / I might still be broken years from now / I guess, the point is / this slow loving myself back to life / is good enough / because I didn't ask you if I should do this / I just did" In this collection, Shelby Eileen showcases a speaker healing themself from heartbreak and learning how to find strength in their softness and in their pain. It's about getting lost in desire in what ultimately sours into a toxic, dependent relationship, and this collection chronicles the speaker writing their way out of that. Eileen is brilliant with taking a straightforward sentiment or image and infusing it with weight and power. On the surface, some of these pieces may seem simplistic, but it takes a lot to value yourself and your feelings enough to commit them to to page and speak them into reality, which is what I feel this collection is all about. Ultimately I think these poems are honest, cathartic, and real. And reading this collection made me absolutely sure that I would love to read even more of Eileen's work. (NOTE: I received an e-ARC of this collection from the poet herself. All opinions are my own.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura (bbliophile)

    I'm usually not one to read a lot of poetry collections, but there's just something about Shelby's words that leave me wanting more and more every time I read them. I'm not sure how to review poetry, but poems I sleep next to felt lying in bed on a sunday morning in spring with sunlight softly landing on your face. like sitting outside in the grass and having a good conversation with a friend. this poetry collection moved me and I love and value Shelby's words a lot.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jemima Rose

    2.75 stars. e-ARC received via the author in exchange for an honest review. Please do not panic at the rating. I find poetry books extremely challenging to rate so I do so critically. Shelby Eileen's poems are raw and real and I am sure that they come from a place near to her heart. At the beginning, I fell in love with her words every couple of pages. They resonated with me and I thought that I saw where the story was heading. Unfortunately, after page 38, this seemed to stop. In my opinion, the 2.75 stars. e-ARC received via the author in exchange for an honest review. Please do not panic at the rating. I find poetry books extremely challenging to rate so I do so critically. Shelby Eileen's poems are raw and real and I am sure that they come from a place near to her heart. At the beginning, I fell in love with her words every couple of pages. They resonated with me and I thought that I saw where the story was heading. Unfortunately, after page 38, this seemed to stop. In my opinion, the ordering of the poems could've been a little different. One of the things I appreciated the most about her work was the uniqueness of the poems that were structured like a series; almost like companions to one another. If the other poems had been ordered well too I think it would have read a bit better. Ultimately, I found that I could not relate to a lot of the later poems in Eileen's book. Some of the themes were far apart from where I stand but having said that I think others might feel differently. I did appreciate her commentary on 'insta-poets' and the importance of soft being seen as strong but other poems were lost on me. I can see Eileen's writing improving with time and practice. She is so young; I believe there will be a bright future ahead of her. My rating for 'poems i sleep next to' isn't bad by any means; at the same time it's not my favourite poetry collection that I have ever read. My favourite poems were found on pages: 14, 16, 18, 19, 23, 28, 30, 38, 63 and 99.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I received an advance copy from the author for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own. Shelbys poems speak to my very soul. I love this collection so much. There are several poems around, presumably, one person the author loves/loved and the complicated feelings of her being unhealthy but also being willing to take her back, thorns and all. Im just in awe of this collection and hope everyone who enjoys poetry will pick this up at release I received an advance copy from the author for review purposes. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own. Shelby’s poems speak to my very soul. I love this collection so much. There are several poems around, presumably, one person the author loves/loved and the complicated feelings of her being unhealthy but also being willing to take her back, “thorns and all.” I’m just in awe of this collection and hope everyone who enjoys poetry will pick this up at release because it is beautiful and heart wrenching in equal measure. Reread Mar 23, 2020: I really love this collection and just see so much of my own feelings and experiences with one of my exes, which of why this resonates so deeply.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julia Francis

    Gosh, I really enjoyed this collection! I thought the writing was absolutely lovely, and I loved the range of topics that this author explored in her collection. I also literally LOVED all the different formats that were used in this collection, I thought it was so cool and unique. Especially all the different little motifs that were utilized-it was amazing. I wasn't able to connect with everything in this collection, but that's just me-I know that SO many people will be able to. This is Gosh, I really enjoyed this collection! I thought the writing was absolutely lovely, and I loved the range of topics that this author explored in her collection. I also literally LOVED all the different formats that were used in this collection, I thought it was so cool and unique. Especially all the different little motifs that were utilized-it was amazing. I wasn't able to connect with everything in this collection, but that's just me-I know that SO many people will be able to. This is definitely a very talented author, and I would for sure encourage people to pick up her books!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly (kimberly_reads)

    This is such a raw collection of poetry and I truly commend Shelby for sharing her soul in such a way. I could picture her experiences play out (even though I personally havent experienced heartbreak which is a main subject expressed throughout this book!) as I was reading these poems and I found that to be really beautiful. Thank you to the author for allowing me to read an arc of this lovely book, and I cant wait to see what works youll share in the future. This is such a raw collection of poetry and I truly commend Shelby for sharing her soul in such a way. I could picture her experiences play out (even though I personally haven’t experienced heartbreak which is a main subject expressed throughout this book!) as I was reading these poems and I found that to be really beautiful. Thank you to the author for allowing me to read an arc of this lovely book, and I can’t wait to see what works you’ll share in the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜

    At first I thought I wasnt going to enjoy this collection but I never should have doubted Shelby Eileen because in the end- I loved it. Not to sound pretentious, but I really connected to some of these poems. Shelleys pottery always leaves me speechless and this was no different. Highly recommend. At first I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy this collection but I never should have doubted Shelby Eileen because in the end- I loved it. Not to sound pretentious, but I really connected to some of these poems. Shelley’s pottery always leaves me speechless and this was no different. Highly recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Wow. Shelby has done it again. this is a wonderfully raw collection of poetry about grieving the loss of a relationship and finding yourself through it. I read Soft in the Middle last year and it was my favorite poetry of 2019. you may remember be raving about the fat girl covered in flowers on the cover. This collection is different. It is rougher and more flawed, but I loved them all. her poetry is super queer with tons of fat girl rep and I am here for it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chasia Lloyd

    Great way to spend a night Shelby Eileen is a forever fave, and poems i sleep next to did not disappoint me in the least. The bookmarks on my kindle of poems and passages that moved me are numerous and most treasured.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I always feel like a get to really know Shelby through her poems. In her words, I find traces of could've been. Especially for the poems that speak about love (and self-love). There is a rawness their voice and vulnerability that is really special. I am glad I read this new collection!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lina Portillo

    Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Shelby has composed yet another stunning collection of poetry that has absolutely left a mark on my soul! There are several pieces in this collection that are just so poignantly beautiful and speak to the realities of what it means to move on from a love that didn't last as long as you'd hoped. I love that Shelby was able to capture the cyclical nature of moving on Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Shelby has composed yet another stunning collection of poetry that has absolutely left a mark on my soul! There are several pieces in this collection that are just so poignantly beautiful and speak to the realities of what it means to move on from a love that didn't last as long as you'd hoped. I love that Shelby was able to capture the cyclical nature of moving on and the raw honesty in these pieces was incredibly moving and inspiring. I'm so excited to have yet another of Shelby's beautiful collections on my shelves and I definitely recommend you check this collection out for yourself! It's truly a wonderful read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I really love Shelby Eileen's poetry because it evolves with each new release. The voice is distinct, but the style varies from book to book, and I really love that. This collection feels fresh, yet familiar. I will definitely be reading this again. I wish I had more to say, but as always, I am at a loss because those poems are that great.

  16. 5 out of 5

    H. Bentham

    "I like who I am becoming I love the girl that takes small chances and finally sees that she's worth all this ink" I have been a fan of Shelby Eileen and her poems for a while now, and this new book of poetry is written so well! Although I will say that I didn't connect with a lot of the sad poems (I was on the other end of the emotional spectrum when I read this: overly excited for Christmas, LOL) this collection still showcases Eileen's talent in putting raw emotion in lines and verses. The first "I like who I am becoming⁣ I love the girl that takes small chances⁣ and finally sees that she's worth all this ink"⁣ •⁣ I have been a fan of Shelby Eileen and her poems for a while now, and this new book of poetry is written so well! Although I will say that I didn't connect with a lot of the sad poems (I was on the other end of the emotional spectrum when I read this: overly excited for Christmas, LOL) this collection still showcases Eileen's talent in putting raw emotion in lines and verses.⁣ ⁣ The first few pieces are happy and hopeful, and I loved them best bec it's quite difficult to write about happiness compared to sadness, imo, and they are strong enough that it still resonates even after couple of the poems turn rather heavy and painful. There is also one that I found rather ~sexy, a word I wouldn't always use to describe her poems, but okay, maybe that's just me being a type of a reader (a bastos one!) and I'm projecting it. LOL⁣ ⁣ Like her previous collections the contemporary and straightforward quality of the pieces makes it current and relatable, and still, her creativity in stringing together words and lines and verses makes it feel timeless. Then again, it's nothing like I've read from Eileen, which I take as her growing and flourishing in her writing.⁣ ⁣ The untitled pieces are mostly short, and the whole book can be a quick read, but I took my time and allowed myself to really soak it. Again, the intense raw emotion of some pieces are palpable, but there are also ones that are quiet and soft and made me feel like I could sigh. There is a real feeling of having and of losing, so If you're in the mood for that, definitely read this!⁣ ⁣ •⁣ "my words for you are simple⁣ because, darling⁣ my love for you⁣ has never needed to be⁣ embellished"⁣ •⁣ **The eARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review. It doesn't affect my opinion of the book. Thank you. ⁣ *This review also appears as a bookstagram on my IG: @bentchbites

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I've been dipping my toes into poetry for the past few years and so far, it's been an interesting journey. I haven't yet found anything that has really spoken to me or changed my world, but I'm hoping to find that eventually. Unfortunately, this book wasn't it either. The poems were interesting and I did find some lines that I connected with. But this book is definitely for someone in a breakup mindset. And as someone is a happy, committed, long-term relationship, I had trouble connecting with I've been dipping my toes into poetry for the past few years and so far, it's been an interesting journey. I haven't yet found anything that has really spoken to me or changed my world, but I'm hoping to find that eventually. Unfortunately, this book wasn't it either. The poems were interesting and I did find some lines that I connected with. But this book is definitely for someone in a breakup mindset. And as someone is a happy, committed, long-term relationship, I had trouble connecting with it- and I don't really want to put myself back in a breakup headspace after so long. All that being said, I will continue to read this author. Shelby Eileen was kind enough to post several of her books for free on Amazon during the start of the COVID-19 isolation and I greedily downloaded all of them. I'm excited to use these books to continue my foray into poetry, and it will be very interesting to see how one poet handles a variety of topics across different works.

  18. 4 out of 5

    lauraღ

    perhaps nobody is born broken / but once you acquire a piece that makes you feel that much more whole / maybe you think / there must be more pieces of me out there / and dont I deserve to have them? I must confess to not being exactly wowed, but I was very moved by several of the pieces in this book. I like Eileen's simple, straightforward writing style that doesn't prevent real beauty and profundity from sparking in a few lines. There were some great poems on writing, on love, on heartbreak and perhaps nobody is born broken / but once you acquire a piece that makes you feel that much more whole / maybe you think / there must be more pieces of me out there / and don’t I deserve to have them? I must confess to not being exactly wowed, but I was very moved by several of the pieces in this book. I like Eileen's simple, straightforward writing style that doesn't prevent real beauty and profundity from sparking in a few lines. There were some great poems on writing, on love, on heartbreak and recovery, and I feel like the collection took you through a whole little journey. Made me remember why I like reading poetry, and how much can be gotten out of it. 3.5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    McKayla DeBonis

    My own poems to sleep next to Actual rating 3.5 The beginning was a little shaky for me, I feel like they didnt really fit with the rest of the collection. Once the author got more personal it became like what I expect from Shelby! & oh how I love that! I greatly anticipate shelbys next release! My own poems to sleep next to Actual rating 3.5 The beginning was a little shaky for me, I feel like they didn’t really fit with the rest of the collection. Once the author got more personal it became like what I expect from Shelby! & oh how I love that! I greatly anticipate shelby’s next release!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a highly emotional poetry collection, each poem seem to bleed into one another, like watercolour. The title of the collection really fit the content as it felt like one big dream, the rising emotions and memories that one has when dreaming or even thinking while in bed. Sadly, I just didnt connect with the poetry as much as Id hoped. This was a highly emotional poetry collection, each poem seem to bleed into one another, like watercolour. The title of the collection really fit the content as it felt like one big dream, the rising emotions and memories that one has when dreaming or even thinking while in bed. Sadly, I just didn’t connect with the poetry as much as I’d hoped.

  21. 5 out of 5

    N.C. Moon

    ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. I really loved this book. It's a beautifully written collection of poetry mainly about heartbreak and healing. It's touching and heartbreaking. It's a story as much about pain as it is about hope, which is one of my favorite combinations. Absolutely recommend this to anyone who likes poetry.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Iz

    omg my heart Thanks to Shelby for providing me an ARC💓 today, I love you and it is probably a moment that I should not write down and it should be easy to ignore [or pretend to ignore] but I dont because today, I love you and though it is definitely something I should not be doing today I probably will tomorrow, too" omg my heart 🥺🥺🥺 Thanks to Shelby for providing me an ARC💓 “today, I love you and it is probably a moment that I should not write down and it should be easy to ignore [or pretend to ignore] but I don’t because today, I love you and though it is definitely something I should not be doing today I probably will tomorrow, too"

  23. 4 out of 5

    Trianna/Treereads

    I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. The author uses many unique formats which were a nice change of pace. I will say that some poems I did not connect with at all and some spoke to my soul. *thanks to the author for an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

  24. 5 out of 5

    mary ❀

    Just not really my cup of tea, especially subject matter wise, but I can see why other people like it. And there are definitely other works by this author that I want to give a try.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chandra

    This is *chefs kiss* 😘 ARC provided by the author

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jule ☀

    too much of this hit too close to home and now i'm in pain bc of things that i thought i was over by now lol

  27. 5 out of 5

    sam

    alright, so this hit me HARD. please read this and read all the beautifulness of these words.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aminah -

    I really did enjoy this contempoary collection. There were a few favourites possibly newer ones to come when I make re-reads.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Anne Hamilton

    I adored this poetry collection! I have to be honest and say that I don't think anything will ever top the author's collection "Goddess of the Hunt" but that doesn't mean I enjoyed this any less. Powerful and beautiful and I just love Shelby's work!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elke

    you should read this

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