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Pillow Thoughts Paperback – August 29, 2017
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About the Author
In August 2018, Courtney published Pillow Thoughts II: Healing The Heart.
Courtney is working on two new poetry collections and two new novels.
When Courtney isn't writing, she enjoys exploring, listening to music, drinking coffee, and hanging out with her two dogs, Hero and Dakota, and her cat, Bailey.
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1449489753
- ISBN-13 : 978-1449489755
- Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing (August 29, 2017)
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I adored this book of poetry.
It was sweet and genuine. I found myself smiling, laughing, and tearing up as I read. The vast majority of the poems were pleasant and relatable, but there were some flashes of true genius in Courtney's descriptions that left me speechless.
My only criticism (and the reason I knocked off half a star) is that I feel like it got a bit repetitive at times and there were a few cliches that made me wince. Honestly though, all poets are guilty of that, and it did not much effect my overall enjoyment of this book.
It was also really nice to read an Own Voices LGBTQ+ book of poetry that focused on love and the normal ups and downs of relationships. Sometimes, it feels like the majority of LGBTQ+ literature involves some sort of strife that rooted in our sexualities. It was nice just to read about a love story for a change. That sort of queer literature is just as important as the stories that focus on coming out etc.
I highly recommend it to fans of The Chaos of Longing and milk and honey.
It kind of feels like the author did not pour her own feelings and thoughts into this, but rather snatched other people’s emotions and scribbled them down. Some of the poems feel empty and not strong enough to pull you in with it. It is almost as if she is not feeling the certain emotions she is writing about at the time of writing.
I don’t want to be that person that compares but this is no ‘milk & honey’ book for sure. You can tell Rupi Kaur, the author of ‘milk and honey’, really poured her heart and soul to share her experience with her readers, yet this left me feeling blank after several pages.
The cover and art is amazing, and I love the black and white aesthetic although it came with a substance wiped on the front (not noticable unless directly under light).
Simply put, I found this collection to be absolutely beautiful. Each poem was thoughtful and moving and an absolute joy to read. It touched my life at a time when I needed it most, so I could not help falling in love with Pillow Thoughts. Peppernell’s writing flows perfectly, and her poetry paints a stunning picture of life’s ups and downs. She eloquently coveys every poem—breathes life into them—and gives them a great amount of depth. These poems are the sort that readers can truly connect with, and each person’s interpretation will be different. They reach into every corner of our hearts and remind us that it is okay for us to feel—gives us a raw and vivid portrayal of what it is to be human.
This is a collection that I believe most people will be able to connect with and find meaning in. Every piece is straightforward yet incredibly profound—very accessible for anyone, no matter who they are or where they are in life. I found comfort in these words as they told me that I am not alone, even when I’m feeling lonely in the midst of my troubles. These poems transcend their own simplicity to create a meaningful depiction of the most basic and universal experiences we face in our lives. The reader will find their own unique meaning depending on their personal lives, and take away what their soul is craving at that moment. I look forward to reading more of Peppernell’s work in the future.
Top reviews from other countries
The topics spoken about are not original and i felt like i was reading something that i had read before ... there were no unique points of view that i saw only cliche references that have been overused in poetry.
If you like lang leav, Nayyirah Waheed, button poetry or spoken word this book is not for you (as these are some of my favourites and this book did not hit that same level)
I would say this book has to be read when you are first getting into poetry and are younger otherwise the pieces may feel to ‘samey’ or too familiar to you.
Every poem is written with thought and they’re so relatable.
The book has quality paper and fresh and new.
The author did such a good job with this book.