This is a guest blog (review) from a reader/reviewer over at Goodreads.com. First, a quick introduction to Janine, AKA midnightfaerie. Midnightfaerie is a voracious reader and reviewer. Her goal this year is to read and review one thousand books. At last count she was at number 750. She is the mother of three young children (a five-year-old and three-year-old twins), and reads and reviews many children's books as well those she is reading for herself. Her reviews, there, are not just one or two word reviews; they are well-written, insightful, and thought-provoking. She also has a website: ClassicsDefined.com in which she posts reviews of books that she particularly liked (not all of her reviews from Goodreads ends up on this site). She also has an editing service which can be directly linked by choosing the Services page. Frankly, I don't know how she does it all, and so well.
Recently she posted the following review of my haiku book, Ohayo Haiku., at Goodreads.com With permission, I post it here:
Haiku was never something I put much stock in. As far as poetry goes, I felt it was too easy to create a work of art, based on syllables, and it being so short, have any real meaning. Brady blew this theory out of the water. I've never read Haiku that touched me so immediately and deeply both at the same time. Perhaps it's because we're fellow Ohioians. Many of my favorites poems from this book had to do with weather, which I love in Ohio. Right now it's Autumn, my favorite, and her poem, Falling Leaves, encompassed my feelings of fall so completely. I also love snow and her poems on snowy Ohio weather warmed my heart. Ohio's Tundra, Silent Earth, and December delights were my favorite. And the ones on love, well, anyone who knows love can relate to these beautiful homages about the experience. Just to be clear here, when I reference the poems, I use the last line of each poem to name it, because I felt it was fitting. But Brady doesn't title these poems so I hope I don't glean her ire upon doing this. It just seemed the best way to distinguish between them. Also, Loved Ones, was one of my favorites. It elicited an overall feeling of protectiveness and beauty in me.
Overall, this enchanting book of poetry reads more like a devotional. You have to really absorb each poem individually to get the full experience. And it's not something you can rush through and you shouldn't read it all at once. Brady has a true talent for using few words, but potent ones to describe a feeling. This lovely and refined book of art is a wonderful addition to any library. I highly recommend it.
Thanks, Janine, for the review and allowing me to post your review of my first book of haiku.
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