Blog Tour: Please Pick Me by Reina Regina

Hello, folks! Today I am here with a blog tour of a wonderful poetry collection called Please Pick Me by Reina Regina hosted by Caffeine Book Tours! I am so excited to be sharing this post with you all! A HUGE thanks to Shealea and Caffeine Book Tours for allowing me to take part in this tour and providing me with a digital copy of the book!

About the Book:

Publication Date: November 11, 2020

Trigger Warnings: Mentions of anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma and a suicide note

Synopsis:

In a garden of a thousand other volumes, my little yellow book with its earnest plea and hopeful flowers on the cover sits waiting for you to pick it up. It’s got a heart it wants to give away.

These haikus, poems, and prose pieces are about

the miracle of being wanted back by someone we want,
the desperation of hoping they’ll fight harder when they waver,
the rawness of seeking reassurance that we are loved as we are, and
the tenderness we feel when we’re sending love out to others

—all those moments when we are making our need to be accepted plain and praying, please pick me.

This book was born after twenty-six years of learning that it’s okay to want to be wanted, that vulnerability is merely throwing open the gateway to honest connections, and that fighting to be loved the way you deserve is bravery and not weakness.

I hope you open it. I hope it invites you to be open too.

About The Author:

Reina Regina is a writer, professional tarot reader, Instagram creator, and former nurse.

She is published online as Reina Bambao on 8List, The Manila Times, Play Without Apology, and the Fully Booked First Look Club.

Reina resides in Manila, Philippines, and is the lady of the house for a doctor and two dogs.

Please Pick Me is, to her great and pleasant surprise, her first book.

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My Review:

I fell in love with this poetry collection. Firstly, the cover is really pretty. There are also quite a few illustrations in the book and all are beautiful. The book is divided into several parts, with each part consisting of poems, haikus and prose pieces centred around particular topics.

There are poems on yearning for love or feeling betrayed by loved ones or simply on the importance of self-love and self-acceptance. I liked almost all the poems, barring one or two which I felt were quite cheesy. However, the majority of the poems were highly impactful and inspiring.

 If my heart is 
so broken

 why can't 
all the hurt 
and fear 
and doubt 
and resentment 

 just leak out 
of the cracks 
and leave me
 
 {impaired integrity}   

The above poem is one of the many I loved.

Overall, the poems really struck a chord with me and I could relate to some of them on a personal level. I started reading the book from the foreword itself, which was beautifully written too, reminding its readers to not forget that they are worthwhile while looking for love. Overall, I highly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to everyone who is looking for a poetry collection. I will surely revisit this book from time to time.

Star Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Do you read poetry? What are some poetry books you love?

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