Saturday, September 16, 2017

Love, and you {book review + author interview + giveaway!}

Hi everyone! Today I'm reviewing one of my favorite poetry books. I'm so excited because there's also an author interview AND a giveaway! So let's get started with the review...

Book title: love, & you
Author: Gretchen Gómez
Genre: Poetry
Publication date: March 29, 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 130
How I got the book: Purchased it on Amazon

Ok, this is a short review. Like I said, this is one of my favorite poetry books. This book contains over 100 modern poems. It was a light read; I read it very fast. In terms of content, there are some strong poems that I suggest you practice self-care after reading them. This book was a journey from heartbreak to self-love. With the synopsis, you can tell this is very personal. Gretchen takes you into her life, and it's like a process... you can see her vulnerability, the love, you can experience the heartbreak, the pain, and then she gives you life! I'm not kidding! I felt like that in just a couple of hours, because I devoured this book. Every time I read it, it gives me different emotions. Even though I haven't been through a break-up, I could get myself in the story, I felt all the pain, I cried and I grew with her. By the way, this is not a book "just about a break-up"; it's SO much more! You can definitely get the meaning behind all the poems. That's why I'm always recommending this book!

Interview with Gretchen Gómez
Tell us a little bit about you, your blog and your book.

Hey everyone! First off I want to thank Mariely, a fellow Puerto Rican, for having me on her spectacular blog. My name is Gretchen and I like to read, write, and sing. I'm Puerto Rican born and raised in the bronx and my first language is Spanish. If I'm not at work, then I'm usually at home with my dog either reading, writing, blogging, or watching make-up tutorial on YouTube. I have a blog that shares my love for books in book review form, gush form, meme form, and I also share a lot of my long poems there too.
My poetry book, love, and you, is about a toxic relationship. The in and outs of my everything I went through while being with this guy, what I went through mentally and how found myself in the mist of the storm. It's also about my healing process and the things I learned because of this toxic relationship. It's not a pretty situation and I get really in-depth about my life. Please proceed with caution and self-care!

When you decided to share your poems?

Before blogging, I was on booktube and I found myself really angry because I wanted to do more. Not just with my passion on books but also with my art which is writing. At this point, there was a lot going on in my personal life and I had stopped making videos for months. I took some time to think of maybe going to blogging and once I found the platform I felt most comfortable with, I crossed over to blogging. I was really scared to share my poetry on my blog but I went for it. I never expected the positive feedback and here I am today. This all happened May-June of 2016. I now share my writing with literally the whole world.

What do you love the most about poetry?

I can name so many thing but I would have to say the expression of it all. I love the connection there is from words to soul. Sometimes, you read one poem that can change your whole day and not make you feel alone. The power of poetry and what it can do to a human is something I really love.

Are you currently working on another book? :D


Name 5 random facts about you.

1. I love lipstick and will buy one color in a million different shades
2. I'm dyslexic and a lot of people don't know it
3. The only child I will ever have is Baxter, my Pomeranian dog
4. I am a planner nerd! I use stickers, washi tape, and bullet points
5. I'm a pastors daughter lol

Thank you SO much, Gretchen! You can find her here:
Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

Ok, now it's time for the giveaway! One (1) lucky winner will received three (3) poetry books (paperbacks), including love, & you by Gretchen Gómez. Two months ago, Gretchen gave me some book recommendations, so I decided to add two of those books in this giveaway. I will not name the other two books because I will like for you to experience a blind date with a book. It is something that I've been seeing a lot in local libraries, and I actually tried it in my book club. We all loved it! So yeah, one lucky winner will receive love, & you by Gretchen Gómez; one poetry book about catharsis, self-love, and self-revolution; and another poetry book about love, loss and rebirth. If you already own one of the books, I invite you to pass it along so someone else can read it.


1. Follow me Instagram OR Twitter
2. Tweet about this giveaway, something like "Enter to win 3 poetry books, including love, and you by @chicnerdreads!!! Check out @MarielyVP giveaway: (and include a link to this post)".


If you don't have Twitter, you can post a photo on Instagram and include a caption similar to this one: "Enter to win 3 poetry books, including love, and you by @chicnerdreads!!! Check out @wereadblog giveaway."

Be sure to tag me, so I can be able to see it. Please notice that my Twitter handle is NOT the same as the one I use on Instagram. The Twitter/Instagram account has to be public. No giveaway accounts allowed.

*Extra entry: comment on this post on what do you love about poetry OR your thoughts about a blind date with a book.

Terms and conditions:

Open to legal residents of US and Puerto Rico, who are 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. Winner will be chosen using on September 23, 2017. Winner will be notified by Twitter and/or Instagram. Potencial winner will need to provide mailing address within 48 hours of notification. If potencial winner does not respond, another winner will be selected. If I don't receive a response, I will repeat the steps. This giveaway is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Twitter or Instagram.

Thanks everyone! And good luck!