#20: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

This was one of the books that came up on a list of ‘books you should read in your 20’s,’ but I really didn’t know anything about it or about Rupi Kaur. Milk and Honey is a series of a poems, divided into four chapters that together forms a full story. Many of the poems can be read stand alone and after reading the book, I realized I had seen some of these poems on social media before. The story is simultaneously heartbreaking and inspirational. I highly encourage young women to get their hands on this as soon as possible.

I’m not usually a big poetry fan, but this was excellent. I think I highlighted (well “highlighted” on my kindle) over half of the passages in the book. It only took about 30 minutes to read all the way through, so you can read it over and over again in the amount of time it takes you to read other novels (and you should).

Here are some of my favorite passages (and it took a while to just decide on a few…)

“every time you
tell your daughter
you yell at her
out of love
you teach her to confuse
anger with kindness
which seems like a good idea
till she grows up to
trust men who hurt her
cause they look so much
like you
-to fathers with daughters”

“you tell me
i am not like most girls
and learn to kiss me with your eyes closes
something about that phrase – something about
how i have to be unlike the women
i call sisters in order to be wanted
makes me want to spit your tongue out
like i am supposed to be proud you picked me
as if i should be relieved you think
i am better than them”

And this next one I am sure many of you have read before…

“i want to apologize to all the women
i have called pretty
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is the most you have to be proud of when your
spirit has crushed mountains
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re pretty
but because you are so much more than that”

 

If you choose to read this book, please comment below with your thoughts. I would love to hear from others about this wonderful piece.

Next up, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain…

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