Pages to Ponder:

A Reading List

Hey there, Ponderbots!

Recently, I have been reading some incredible books that have been feeding my soul. I decided I would share them with you so that you can also experience their magic! Take a look below to see what I’ve been reading, the impact they’ve had on me, and where you can find them to read yourself. I will be adding to this list each month as I read, so check back every so often to see the next book!

Mia Savant

August’s Read:


by Donna Hilbert

My Thoughts: What motherly warmth awaits you in Donna Gilbert’s book, Gravity: New & Selected Poems! It is the comfort of sitting at the kitchen counter, talking about life while you feel the aroma of food enter your soul before you even take a bite. She describes wife and motherhood, treasuring both the joys and sorrows as each one is a crucial part of existence. Her poetry teaches how every seemingly non-consequential moment matters, and that a domesticated woman can have adventure along with her reliability. Without sugarcoating struggles, she faces life and it’s full reality while bringing steadiness to each page. Like a mother’s gentle yet confident hug, this book will make you feel that everything is going to be alright.

A Quote I Loved From the Book: “days of tedium, nights of dread: I want them back, not for exchange, but to exclaim, this, too, my human life!”

You can get this book at:

July’s Read:

Fight Evil With Poetry

Edited by Micah Bournes & Chris Cambell

My Thoughts: The title is only the beginning of epic-ness in this book. This is an anthology with 30 diverse authors on a mission to face the hatred and evil of this world, not with more hate, but with poetry. I appreciated that they are not trying to make the reader agree or disagree. Instead, they focus on the simple act of hearing one another, truly listening to the soul underneath. Their poems aren’t about the easy things to hear. They are about the necessary things to hear; the rawness of inner thought. Each poet’s heart is soaked in love and hope while talking about their very real struggles. These poets came together in collective vulnerability to awaken deep understanding of others. They are courageous warriors with their words and I have so much respect for them. I don’t feel that I can properly do this book justice. But I will say that especially right now, in the heat of divisiveness in our country, this book is a must read. 

Exerpt from the Introduction: “Allow your ignorance to be informed, your ugliness to be transformed by beauty. In the pages to come, poets speak boldly against the evil in the world and confess humbly the evil within themselves. My prayer is that everyone who engages this anthology will find the courage to do the same.”

You can get this book at:



June’s Read:

Adele and Tom: The Portrait of a Marriage

by Chella Courington

My Thoughts: What a pleasure it was to read the novella Adele and Tom: The Portrait of a Marriage by Chella Courington. It is a candid look at a woman’s married life and the intricacies within it. Chella Courington really captures the behind the scenes perspective into a woman’s mind with all the soft struggles and processing of events. I felt like I got to be a fly on the wall throughout her journey, being able to witness those snapshot moments that we aren’t usually privy to in other people’s lives. The kind of moments that make up most of our every day and yet, somehow, are usually only reserved for ourselves. There’s something especially sweet about seeing these micro-moments even when some of them are sad ones. Chella Courington’s writing is superb in this and I would highly recommend this book with some afternoon lighting and a cup of tea!

Read Some Exerpts from the Book:

You can get this book at:

Breaking Rules Publishing


May’s Read:

Contortionist Tongue

by Dania Ayah Alkhouli

My Thoughts: This book says what I didn’t know needed to be said. Dania Ayah Alkhouli captures everything it means to be a woman with striking and powerful punches. She speaks on family, love, and loss, each poem with passion. Her words embody fierce honesty with poise and grace. It’s genuineness wearing high heels. Reading this book is time well spent!

A Quote I Loved From the Book: “R.I.P. Every dress I ever bought to wear for a man instead of myself.” (from the Poem, Soundproof Mouths)

You can get this book at:

Moontide Press

April’s Read:

Out of the Weeds

by Heather D. Pease

My Thoughts: This book felt like discovering a person, while at the same time feeling like I’ve always known her. Heather fills her pages with the full scope of life by being vulnerable with her trauma and pain, while also enjoying the love and beauty of the world. She explores her sensuality, and also shares her journey of finding her inner strength. She writes so purely from her heart that it restores my faith in humanity. From start to finish, each page is filled with greatness, and I couldn’t recommend it more!

A Quote I Loved From the Book: “Sit beside me, let’s hold hands, turn off the world around us, and yarn words into a blanket we call our favorite.” (from the Poem, Talk to Me)

You can get this book at: Amazon/Out of the Weeds

Keep Reading, Ponderbots!

Let your life be filled with art.

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