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Poetry Review: The (Forgotten) Laws of Expectations by Nicole M. Jacob (5/5)

17 Mar

I almost didn’t write this review because if I’m being honest with you, I’m terrible at poetry. I read things quickly and poetry doesn’t lend itself well to being read quickly. But then I realized I owed it to the author who is a dear friend of mine. Because I know what she’s talking about in these words and the way she’s conveyed her feelings really is moving.

Cover image via Createspace.com

Cover image via Createspace.com

The (Forgotten) Laws of Expectations by Nicole M. Jacob

Summary from Goodreads:

A collection of poetry and truths from 2014.

I’m not a poetry person per say. I’ve never bought a book of poetry (that Nicole didn’t write) though I have a few on my shelves that were gifts or my husband’s. I almost didn’t write this review because I didn’t know what to say. I think knowing the author personally helped me understand how poetry can be used. There were things in this book that I’d heard straight from Nicole’s mouth. But she wouldn’t use the same words to describe it to me as she would use to describe the events in this book. For example, on page 89,

It’s much easier to think of the hours than the miles [between us].

To me, she would have said, “I hate thinking about how far away he is.” Nicole has made her feelings very universal for a reader who doesn’t know her to understand and relate to. Though I had my ‘novelist hat’ on and was looking for plot, I found myself relating to the feelings described. Missing my husband when I was in Europe and he was in Michigan. The guy I dated in high school that led me on for months. I remembered these things while reading Nicole’s words.

I could tell that she was talking about a few different people in this book and I think it worked because there were similar feelings playing around each person. You can feel betrayed by more than one person at a time. (I was glad to see there were no references to “my annoying turtle-obsessed reader friend.) This worked well for me because it added a bit of a mixture to the story.

Nicole M. Jacob Image from the author's Facebook page

Nicole M. Jacob
Image from the author’s Facebook page

The layout of the book played a lot of font, style and language. There are quotes in Spanish throughout the text that sometimes relate directly to the poem and sometimes supplement it. In case you’re curious, yes, I did help translate them! (And thus my name in the dedication). Some lines of the poems are larger, helping a poetry novice like myself focus on the important parts of the book. There are a few quotes (one by yours truly!) that reiterate that these are universal feelings that other writers have shared for years. The mix really worked well for me.

Writer’s Takeaway: Reading something outside of the genre in which you write. Poetry reminds me to never forget emotions and to never be afraid to use metaphors to describe things. Maybe my characters would describe things in black and white and maybe they would use poetic language each person needs to speak in his or her own way.

Call it biased if you want, but I enjoyed this book. Five out of Five stars.

Until next time, write on.

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WWW Wednesday, 4-March-2015

4 Mar

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading, and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. So, let’s get to it!


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:  I’m still working on my resolution to read a book in Spanish and I’ve picked La Sombra del Viento by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. No movement on it this week but I keep seeing it on my bed-side table and thinking I need to get back to it.
Left BehindI’m working on my new eBook, Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. This past week was really busy and I slowed down my reading in general and didn’t get to a lot of this one, unfortunately. I hope it takes a turn soon because the action seems to have slowed.
I’m reading a physical copy of The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. It’s really great so far and I’m enjoying the story a lot. There’s nothing better than well-written historical narratives to me. They make me feel well-informed and happy at the same time.
I started a new audiobook to bide my time until my library hold comes in. My mom recommended Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell to me a while ago. She said it reminded of of Ken Follett and that got me to pick it up right away.

Recently finished: We finally finished The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway! It’s been a long journey but after a lot of driving this weekend, we finished it off. I’m glad we did and I’m hoping I remember the beginning well enough to write my review!
Ptolemy GreyI finished the audio for The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley on Friday. The story started out a little hard to read for me but by the end I was really enjoying the story. I’m glad I read this one. Review coming soon.
On Monday night, I spent an hour or so going through The (Forgotten) Rules of Expectations written by my good friend, Nicole M. Jacob. This is a great little collection of poetry and if you’re a fan, I recommend this read.

Only one review written last week, but it seems to have been a really popular one; Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I adored the book and it seems a lot of you did, too!

Reading Next: I’m still waiting to read The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. The woman who owns the copy went on vacation but just got back and gave our other member a copy. I’ll see how long until I get a hold of it.
Round HouseMy book club’s next selection is The Round House by Louise Erdrich. I have the audiobook on hold and I hope to start it soon!

Leave a comment with your link and a comment (if you’re so inclined). Have any opinions on these choices?

Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on GoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!