Review: Planting Gardens in Graves

Greetings and Salutations bookworms!

Once again, I am on a poetry binge and most of my January reads are poetry books. However, this month I have been granted access to review two poetry books by authors I’ve been dying to read their books. Before I start, I’d like to thank NetGalley and the author for allowing me to review and advance galley.


34325193Title: Planting Gardens in Graves

Author: r.h. sin

Genre: Poetry, Contemporary

Publication Date: 6 February 2018

Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5 /5

I received a galley at no cost from the author or NetGalley.

From the author of Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel, comes a new collection of poetry dealing with love, loss, heartbreak, and motivation/inspiration. The poems are short with some increasing in length. The wording is not too flowery or frivolous. They can be short and packed with a lot of thought and meaning. As the first work I have read from r.h. sin, I have to say I was not disappointed. 

I did feel that some poems were a bit repetitive as if he just rearranged the words to sound different, but that was not always the case. Some poems were repeats, but felt different in a way. 

I try not to read other reviews while conducting my own but I felt like this certain aspect needed some attention. One review mentioned romanticizing suicide.

I loved you

But heaven loved you more

I needed you

But heaven needed you more

I lost you but gained an angel

-r.h. sin

I can see why that person felt as if it was about suicide, but to me that wasn’t the first thing that popped into my head. I connected it to deaths from forms other than suicide. I thought about my grandmother who died from natural causes. I thought of my cousin who died too soon from surgery complications that left him brain dead. It’s all about perspective. 

Personally, I did enjoy it and I would consider reading more works by r.h. sin in the future.

Thanks for tuning in folks.

Stay amazing my friends,

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