Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Open and Read (Review & Giveaway!)

Title: Open and Read
Author: James P. Burns III
Publisher:  Self-published
Published Date:  14th October 2015
Rating: 5 stars

*Thanks to the author for the copy for review*

Synopsis: This book is merely encouragement,
Guidance, and direction—
A collection of ideas
That are intended for reflection—
With a simple purpose,
Messages to take and read
If the day becomes a struggle.
Recall this dreamer’s creed.

If you’re willing to set sail,
The sea will push you around;
The sky overhead may turn quite dark
While the waves break you down.
Although you might be beaten and bruised,
You must remain on course;
The storm will soon run out of rain,
And the wind will calm its source.

When you finally reach the land,
You’ll know it was worth it to explore,
Because the fear you felt at sea
Becomes the courage you take ashore.
Remember, adversity gives life color;
Every challenge plays its part.
Our experiences are like brushstrokes
In life’s grand work of art.

Review: I loved this book and would count it as one of my top reads of 2015. However, there really isn’t too much I can say about it. This is a book of motivational poetry. The way you are supposed to read it is to simply have it. Then, on a day when you are feeling down or life is getting particularly tough, you are supposed to open this book and give it a read. You should read one poem, two, however many it takes to get you feeling happier and also more energized. Personally, I had a few weeks of having this book in my possession before I needed to read it for this review. I tried to use it as it told me to, and well, I have to say it really did work for me!



The poems in this one are simple and straight forward. There’s no digging to understand the meaning because the message of the poem is always blatantly stated in the title, and the poem isn’t complicated at all. Even so, you can tell it has taken genius to write them because they are all rhyming poems and don’t sound forced in the slightest, which sometimes can be a bit tricky to master properly like this book has managed to do. They were neat, they had brilliant moral messages and every time I read one, it made my day. What more is it to this?

If you’re a beginner at reading poetry I would advise you to read this book as well. It’s not too difficult. And this one really does cheer you up. I managed to find some quotes from the poems that I liked above all the rest. Nearly every line was a quote worth keeping and sometimes I just knew who could use the poem more than me.


Quotes: “While worrying keeps you occupied, it never gets you anywhere.”
“Don’t take life too seriously. No one survives anyway.”
“The quieter we become, the more we can hear.”

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Giveaway Time! Enter to win one in five signed paperbacks of the book! Open internationally!


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Olivia’s Question: Do you read poetry books? Would you like to start doing so?

Olivia-Savannah x 

110 comments:

  1. I've always shied away from poetry, thinking I wasn't up to it. This sounds like a gentle way to give it a go.

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    1. This is exactly that, a lovely smooth way to get into poetry!

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  2. This sounds really beautiful. I'd love to read that poetry~

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  3. I'm not the biggest fan of poetry because I always have a hard time with it but I might actually try this one since you said it's "easy" to grasp and to be fair, I can't say no to something that will help me out when I'm sad now, can I?
    Thanks for sharing Olivia! :)

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    1. That was the best thing about the book - that it never failed to cheer me up!

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  4. Very nice review, Olivia. The thing I don't care for about poems is having to dig deep to understand their meaning. So, it's so nice to know that these poems are simple and straight forward. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I think you could really enjoy reading this then because everything is so easy to understand.

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  5. I love poetry and this sounds like a great collection. How cool that you just read it when you are feeling down and stop when you are feeling better. I really enjoyed your review and look forward to checking this one out. Thanks for the giveaway. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I hope you do get to read and enjoy this one just as much as I did, and that it works for you too. Always good to know another poetry lover as well :)

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  6. This reminds me of The Purpose Driven Life. That book too is inspirational, but not poetical. I love books like this, and I've needed some over the last 5 years when I've been at my worst emotionally. Thanks for the heads up about it being free.

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    1. I haven't heard of that one before, but it sounds like the kind of thing I need to go and check out. I hope this one can be good for you, Lekeisha.

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  7. I've never been a huge fan of poetry, but I have grown a new appreciation for it since taking my poetry workshop class this semester. People think good poems are easy to put out...uh, no! Like you said, producing rhyming poems that don't seems forced takes a TON of work.

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    1. And you made such a brilliant portfolio! But yes, it is pretty hard to master and that makes me admire this collection all the more.

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  8. Love poetry, would like to read this. I also really find the cover very interesting and really nice.

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    1. The cover shows the serenity and peace this book can bring, if you ask me ;)

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  9. I immediately got the book because of the review. I do read poetry, but very rarely and rarely an entire book of poetry from the same author.

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    1. I am glad you did get it and I really hope you can enjoy it as much as I do as well! Maybe this one can introduce you to more poetry then. ^.^

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  10. I see open internationally and I was ecstatic. :)
    Good luck to everyone.

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    1. Couldn't limit this book from the potential readers! :D

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  11. Love the look of this :) good luck everyone xx

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  12. I like the picture, looks really pretty

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  13. I love the cover. I just downloaded it from Kindle. Thanks for posting this review.

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  14. This sounds great!! Thank you for sharing, I just downloaded it on my kindle :D I love things that get you motivated :) I'll admit I even have those meditating apps that tell you pretty things while you rest and then you end up feeling so much better hahaha :3

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. I hope you can enjoy it just as much as I did! Motivation is so important in life and shouldn't be something overlooked. Those apps sound epic ;)

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  15. The cover on this one is so eye catching!

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  16. I love the book cover. Interesting, makes you want to read it.

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  17. I've only recently begun delving into poetry, but I like the look of this and I would certainly appreciate a read of it. :)

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    1. I hope you continue to really enjoy your poetry journey!

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  18. I've read a few poetry books but it's a genre I want to explore more :)

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    1. I think more people should appreciate poetry. Good on your for already having done so and enjoying it so far :)

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  19. I have never really been into poetry but I have read some encouraging and uplifting poems that I could relate to. That is the beauty of the written word the power to connect.

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    1. Yes, words can hold so much weight to them sometimes :)

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  20. I have read some books of poetry in the past and really want to read more. I love poetry.

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    1. I am glad you love it so much! I hope you get to read more of it :)

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  21. I think poetry is one of literatures best motivators and communicators (if that makes sense, LOL). I've seen poetry used in so many ways. I truly beautiful and amazing.

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    1. Ooh, what a beautiful description of poetry <3

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  22. i hope i win and had the chance to read this book

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  23. Recently I've started reading poetry which actually surprised me.

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    1. I hope you continue to enjoy doing so.

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  24. As someone that writes poetry this giveaway is amazing, I would love this!

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    1. Yay! I love writing poetry and it is so good to know you still enjoy doing so too :3

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  25. I have not read a good poetry book in a long while. Refreshers are always welcome! Awesome giveaway!

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  26. Sounds like a sweet book I can read on cosy rainy days! :)

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  27. i truly believe it is an amazing book

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    1. You should download the kindle copy whether you win or not :)

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  29. I have a lot of friends who are poets and I enjoy a good open mike poetry night!

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    1. That sounds so cool! I have never been to one of those before, but I would love to go DD:

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  30. Sounds, Awesome! I like poetry & everyone needs lifting up.

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  31. I love to read, so thank you for this opportunity. Good luck all.

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  32. I love poetry and reading poems but I only do so online. I'd really to start reading poetry books, though.
    By the way, your blog is awesome! Love it. X

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    1. Thank you, Magali <3 I hope to see you around more, and I need to read more poetry collections myself too, I think.

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    1. I had to physically stop myself from quoting the whole book! That's how many good quotes there were.

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  34. wow Love it ! i really want to read this book after reading this and the book cover look amazing

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  35. Lust the thing for a cold winter night

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  36. Pick meeeeee1 I want to read it sooobad :( Pick me please, I beg.

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    1. Hope you have a good chance! Also, don't forget you can download it for free on the kindle ;)

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  37. Wow! the cover looks sooooo amazing! Fingers crossed :)

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  38. i would love to win

    raffelcopter name is aarone mawdsley

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    1. Thanks for joining in with the giveaway :)

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  39. I love poetry and I love to discover new authors. Thanks for the chance! (Valentina B. -on the raffle)

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  40. I'd like to read this collection of ideas!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  41. I love the sound of this, I am a big poetry fan :)

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    1. Always happy to meet another poetry fan!

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  42. I cant wait to read this! I love poetry. And I just finished a book so i'm looking for my next one! :)

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    1. I hope you can find another worthy book to read soon :)

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  43. I would love to win for my husband, he loves poetry.

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  44. Poetry is great - would love to read

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    1. It's so great to connect with all these poetry lovers ^.^

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  45. Sounds a great read for holiday.

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    1. I think it would be a great read for any time!

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  46. I have already sent you my address if you receive it please tell me


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