Beautifully composed and written by international bestselling author Lang Leav, this new collection of poetry and prose will positively influence your life.
September Love captures the magic of each passing season, a pearl of wisdom waiting to be discovered with every page turned. A book that will inspire you to reach for the stars.
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This is my first Lang Leav book, but I've always heard wonderful things about her works and I can honestly say they were right.
Her words are poignant and powerful and can seem to understand you when no one else can. I especially related to her pieces about writing and being a writer, because I used to write poetry as well and I felt exactly the same way she did: you can't hide when you're writing poetry, everyone will see you and pick apart your words and will have a say and not everyone will like you. I think that's a very important statement to keep in mind, especially in the social media age.
I also loved when she talked about this generation always under scrutiny and how we can't escape our mistakes, because they're written or recorded somewhere forever.
I highly recommend this to anyone who's looking for strong pieces about feminism, self-empowerement and love.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this early and thanks to Lang Leav for writing a stunning collection.
I have always enjoyed reading Lang Leav’s poetry and this one is just as beautiful as the other books. My favorite poem from this was “Grief”, I found it absolutely touching. The other poems were really great and if you love any of their previous works you’ll definitely enjoy this!
i'll always be a fan of Lang Leav's poetry, she is so honest and open about what she thinks and feels, it feels like and old friend telling me what's on her mind at 3 am.
** A copy of September Love was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **
I've read almost all of Leav's collections since I first discovered Memories in an airport bookshop. With September Love, Leav continues to write poignantly about love, poetry, grief and beauty.
⭐️ 4.75 / 5 ⭐️
Lang Leav takes your hand and guides you through a modern look at love, heartbreak, and self-empowerment in her newest collection of poems and prose.
I was knee-deep in the Poetry section on Netgalley when I found this book. I have been dipping more into the genre lately just because it’s quick, and it’s easy, and it makes you feel something (hopefully). I was so surprised when I found this beautiful little treasure! The forward by Lili Reinhart was a nice touch, but the real prize here is (shocker) THE POETRY. I loved everything about this collection of poems. It was raw, honest, and so freaking empowering.
I love a good inspirational quote. And luckily, this book is full of them. Also, "Give You" when I read it for the first time gave me such a visceral image, as well. It officially made it onto the list of my Favorite Poems ever. Yeah, there’s a list 😂 I would have included it in this review, but it’s a chunker. It’s just such a beautiful book overall. Read this if you want All the Feels!
Big thank you to Netgalley + Andrew McMeel Publishing for sending me a review copy of this book!
This is my first time reading a work from Lang Leav but I'm definitely going to read other books written by her. I just felt identified with some poems that I just thought, "this book is connected to me."
This is the first time i read Lang Leav and i completly fall in love.
I enjoyed very much reading and i felt identify with some of the poems. I´m definetly going to read all of her poetry because its amazing.
Thank you NetGalley & Andrews Mcmeel Publishing for sending me an ARC of September Love Lang Leav. All thoughts & Opinions are my own.
I have always held a special place in my bibliophile heart for poetry and going into this book never reading any of Leav's work I was very impressed at the sheer amount of soul and rawness put into the work.
The collection of poems revolves around the concepts of love, nature, toxicity and general grasps of the ever expanse of the universe. I was really able to resonate with Leav through this piece of work and I truly think the best writing is when you can see the little pieces of an author's soul left behind in the words.
We have entered this new era of poetry that really expands on heavy yet simplistic metaphors and shorter length poetry in general. I take each of these poems and collections as a case by case basis and can certainly say I felt very moved by some of the pieces and really loved this a lot more than I imagined. I really think it's a beautiful thing to see what has been created in such uncertain times like the pandemic and by putting all of their pent up energy and thoughts into writing, author's have been tapping into a very interesting and raw part of themselves that have really showed us the rose that blooms from the concrete.
Overal Rating: 4 / 5
Poetry collections sometimes feel daunting to me because I'm not the biggest reader of the genre and despite knowing Lang Leav's name, this is my first time reading a complete collection by her. September Love captures the feelings of self-exploration that comes with navigating different components of life, love, and one's own art. Despite not being familiar with her work, Lang Leav manages to create such a personal conversation through her poetry that made me feel enveloped in this sense of familiarity and companionship so that even if I hadn't experienced all the life events she had, I could relate because of how genuine her voice was. There were definitely poems that stood out to me and lines that have become some of my favorite quotes and, from my limited knowledge of poetry, that feels like the collection did its job in creating a lasting emotional bridge between the reader and the poet.
This is the first of Lang Leav's poetry collections that I've read all the way through but I had read her poetry as a teenager on Tumblr. Even now, her words resonated with me in ways that few other poets' and authors' words do. Some of her poems feel like long-forgotten memories that she has pulled from my subconscious. She has the ability to transplant me back into the depths of heartbreak and then the light of empowerment. I appreciate how she can make me feel deeply in only so many words.
There were some poems that did not resonate with me, but I believe that's a natural part of poetry. The poems that hit you are supposed to hit you. And the ones that don't are meant to impact someone else with a different history.
Overall, I think this collection is a great way to round off 2020. This year has been tumultuous and September Love encapsulates a multitude of emotions that people have probably felt this year. I'll be off to pick up some of her other collections so that I have them when my heart needs them.
Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the arc!
This is the first poetry collection I have read by Lang Leav and it did not disappoint! I honestly fell so hard for her writing. They way she wrote about self, love, and femininity really resonated with me. There was a poem where she explains her clarity on life once reaching and passing 30 which is so true. I have yet to reach 30, but I am a little over two years shy, and I felt the ticking time bomb she mentioned. To relate so much to her writing and then seeing her promising a future for young women was so comforting. I just feel incredibly safe in Leav’s words and will definitely pick up her earlier collections.
Lang Leav is a great poet and novelist, international bestselling author, she was the winner of the Goodreads Choice prize for poetry in 2014. I have read some of her works and I must say that her poetry is so exquisite and deep, it makes you feel alive.
Poetry is another language, a deep world where literature makes a mixture of thousand feelings at the same time. Well, this beautiful book is a collection of poems about love, life, relationships, and sensations, makes me want to feel alive, to feel free.
I enjoyed reading this book, easy and fast to read, but I think is specially written for those who love poetry and find in it a world of deep thoughts that will inspire them.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this advanced copy.
This is the second poetry collection of Lang Leav's that I have read, and I absolutely loved it. Leav's writing is so poignant and emotional, and the rhythm of her words is beautiful. When reading poetry collections, I like to note my favorite poems in the collection, but I marked too many of them to reasonably list them here. A very good poetry collection that I would recommend.
Thank you so much for this review copy. I was familiar with the author from my old school Tumblr days.
This collection truly did not disappoint; it was raw and full of emotions that made me feel nostalgic for my early twenties, and the feeling of easily being in and out of love. Leav's work is relatable, can be applied to many relationship situations that I'm sure many readers will have experienced, and leaves you feeling satisfied and concluded.
It can be a quick read - but I encourage readers to sit with the words, rather than quickly rushing through.
I really loved this collection of poems.
I read it in one sitting, cozy and warm on a lazy Sunday. It was like I was talking heartache with an old friend, or my mother.
As always, Lang Leav writes in a way that makes you connect, feel not so alone, and bloom like a flower.
Lang Leav never disappoints me! I purposely read this slow and took it one day at a time because I didn’t want to end it.
Her ‘Memories’ collection had been one of my favorites for so long and I always recommended it when people asked for poetry recs. This one takes that place though because wow.
This collection focuses on relationships, past and present and each poem was so raw, powerful and overall beautiful. I was blown away
I think my favorite one was “A Women” and “Like it was”
Thank you to NetGalley for sending me an ARC
Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC!
As an avid reader of poetry, I have come across Lang Leav's name on multiple occasions. However, this is the first collection of Leav's that I have actually read. I went in with an open mind and was very pleasantly surprised by her work; much of what she wrote about in regards to identity, self, love, and nature resonated with me. Nearing my late 20s, I related so heavily to the feeling that a clock is hanging over my head, and it was comforting to read something so relevant to where I am at in my life.
Often times, modern minimalist poetry collections like this one can be rather hit or miss for me. Fortunately, the majority of poems in September Love were nuanced and moving. The experience of reading this collection combined the comfort of being wrapped in a cozy blanket and sipping a cup of tea with the catharsis of crying during a shower. I will definitely be picking up Lang Leav's past collections, and looking forward to more in the future!
I adored Lang Leavs’ latest collection. I’ve read every book by Leav and this one is my favourite. This one is especially relevant to these uncertain times and I felt like Leav was speaking to me personally. I appreciate that Leav bares her soul on every page and that will resonate with the reader.
I’m quite a fan of the poet. I’ve read most or if not all of her collections now. She’s become a name I look for when in search of new poetry collections to devour. September Love is her best work so far. I really loved it. Leav writes about universal experiences and emotions but in a very personal way, as if granting temporary access into her life. This collection explores themes that come up in her work again and again such as love, relationships and break-up’s but with a new maturity. Some of the poems were quite emotionally raw and painful to read at times. The best poems were Above You, After Thirty, Always Will, Before Love, Every Other Heart, More a Poet, Shame and We Were Loved.
This is the first Lang Leav artwork that I read. I was quite surprised to find a lot of treasure inside. Lang Leav's poetry provides vivid images of life, love and conflict in a subtle and profound way. It is undeniable why so many people out there love Lang Leav. Really it describes my heart in many ways. I can't wait to wait for other poems from Lang Leav.
Lang Leav never fails to deliver such a lovely poetry book. I enjoyed all the entries and it feels like I am stuck with her previous book, which is the Sea of Strangers. But overall, I love the book, it gives me feels and chills.
I really loved this collection. It was the perfect combination of melancholy and soft. It had poems that made me reminisce in a way that made me feel validated- it’s okay to miss those that left, you loved them once. It was beautifully put together and I never tire of Lang’s metaphors. Her soft spoken poetry always leaves me part heartbroken and part put back together. A wonderful new addition to Lang’s expanding poetry collection.
I've been a big fan of Lang for a few years, and September Love is a continuation of her amazing use of words. I can read in this book the change in her surrounding and experiences. She could never disappoint.
No matter how many times I read/review a poetry collection I still find it a difficult task. Having read all of Lang Leav's poetry collections Love remains a constant theme that runs throughout her writing.
This time around September Love feels, like the changing of the seasons, somewhat transitory. Dealing a lot with the movement of time. There's a feeling of contentment arising from a love that's either long gone (and finally coming to terms with the loss) or one that's long-lasting (and finding peace with someone you know so well).
Beyond the themes of partner love. I felt like there was also self-love. Being, again, content with who you are and who you're growing into from season to season.
I feel like this collection is a bit more soft-spoken, if that makes sense, than her previous releases. The poems are almost, I feel, meant to be savored not rushed through, but ruminated upon. I found myself only maybe reading through a couple of the poems in the collection at a time, putting the book aside, and later coming back instead of taking everything in at once, and I think that's pretty apt for how this book of poems flows.
I like that this collection pairs perfectly with the feeling of hunkering down in a cozy blanket as the weather outside cools. Holding onto these poems and keeping those that you love close.
This was a painstakingly beautiful read. I was enraptured by every word. While I am not usually a poetry lover, I loved this read. Leav eloquently captured universal feelings. Her use of descriptive imagery and figurative language is divine. I highly recommend this book whether or not you usually gravitate toward poetry. In my eyes, these poems are for everybody—poetry lovers and haters alike. I recommend this book to everyone, truly. If you enjoy quick and thought provoking reads filled with heart, you will love this book. I will undoubtedly be reading everything Lang Leav writes from this point forward
I love Lang's poetry so much, it just hits you right in the heart. Her words are truly beautiful and always make me think and feel love. So grateful to have good poetry in times like these. Thank you to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the ARC.
I have fallen in love with Lang Leav's words ever since I first came across her work a while back. This book was no different.
I found myself relating to quite a few poems and it made me feel less lonely, especially during a time like this, with everything going on in the world.
“September Love” was a well-written poetry book that had a way of making me feel seen and understood. It is a poetry book I would recommend to everyone.
Lang Leav just has one of the most beautiful writing styles and she also wrote one of my favorite poems ever and therefore I was really excited for her newest poetry collection. ‘September Love’ is just a love letter to poetry and you truly feel that her poetry comes from the heart and touches you as the reader.
The poems are emotional and slightly feminist and that is exactly how I like it. Emotions such as love, grief, forgiveness and heartbreak as well as experiences are addressed and they are also reflected on and I really liked that. Furthermore, some poems are also about poetry itself and how those affect a reader and also generally from a writer’s perspective. The poem September Love was originally published in Sea of Strangers and I’m so happy that this poetry collection arose from it and I really liked it. My favorite poems in this one were A Life Unlived, Locked Boxes, Crystal Ball, Among the Stars and Facade.
Overall, this is a wonderful poetry collection and I can definitely recommend it. 4,5 stars.
(ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.)
Beautiful, i really do adore Lang Leav’s poetry!!! Althought the heartbreaking poems I cannot relate too, I do connect really well with these poems. Really beautiful and easy to read!
Lang Leav's poetry book September Love had a lyrical sort of writing about moments from everyday life. It felt like this book was, in a way, the author's love letter to life in that it covered the good but also the bad. Her poetry covered various subjects like romantic love, self-love, but also expanded to include topics on being a creator and writing poetry.
I feel like with some poetry books, it's easy to go through, read it in one sitting, and have it adorn your bookshelves after. Leav's book did not feel that way — it was something that stayed with me as I read and moved from poem to poem. They all felt interconnected in some intangible way, which added to the dreamy way this book was written.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC!
If you have read Lang Leav's previous works and enjoyed them, then this book will definitely not disappoint!
The book titled "September Love" is a continuation of Lang Leav's signature poetry and prose delving into the subject matters of Love, Life, Age, Being a Woman and more. Through every poem you find a piece of yourself and sometimes more than one piece in one poem.
The first few poems are a little slow going to be honest, but as you read you find the pace and the poems building up to end in a crescendo of magical musical writing.
I especially loved her poems After Thirty, To Past Generations, Taking Time and Self Control. There are more but these four really stuck with me.
If you haven't already gotten this book, it is out now and I recommend if you love her poetry to do so!
Thank you Net Galley for the ARC.
[ thank you netgalley for providing me this arc ]
I wish I could sum up this required review with a crying meme but I can’t. I don’t even have a costructive review— just buy it, read it because Leav is always amazing and her words are subtle destructive and comforting at the same times.
F*ck it, leave me alone I’m going to cry for unknown reasons in my bathtub.
I love how honest the poet is with how she thinks and feels. I really enjoyed reading this, I gave it a three out of five stars.I want to read more of her other books of poems.
I received an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lang Leav is one of my all time favourite poets and so naturally I just had to have this book in my hands.
Another beautiful edition to her collection of books, I was not disappointed by this one. It is just gorgeous, every part of it. She has a great knack of making her books enticing and the reader wanting to keep turning pages. Each poem is unique however fits together in the collection of the book perfectly.
Here we are, searching for things we want but don’t yet know the depths of. In this collection of poetry, there’s an overwhelming yearning: the feeling of being isolated but reaching your hands out, grasping, into the dark - toward a sliver of light. Rife with words caught in an undercurrent of sadness, it feels like a love letter to the wrong timing that ends up being right. I read this as a reflection of the wisdom of looking back with awe and regret. It’s both fleeting (as the title suggests, a time limit: something seasonal) and steady at the same time: curled together inside for the upcoming hibernation. That dichotomy between being kept and being free. And, while it’s about love, it’s more than about love: it’s a love letter to the moments in life you realize you need to learn to know and love yourself. There’s a glimmer of hope, but it’s been hurt - and don’t worry, it’s stronger for it. Some wise thoughts on how to bravely be a woman in this heartbreaker of a world: words, my heart agrees, were just what I needed right now.
I’m not sure if I could have enjoyed this collection any more than I did. Lang Leav is brilliant - the atmosphere in entries like “Being an Artist” the comparisons used like in “The Path of a Writer”, the importance of the words like in “A Woman”, the shifting between heartbreak and hope...was just all so utterly beautiful. I’m so glad I received this ARC, and I look forward to purchasing it for my collection.
Each time i read Lang Leave's work i'm astounded by the emotional impact achieved with just a few words. Each book is wonderful and i always treasure the experience of reading it for the first time. So beautiful.
I have read all of Lang’s books. I believe some of her best work is in this collection.
What I thought was lacking in the book was a through line. The title of the book suggests that the book is about someone’s lover, but the book has poems about writing (which I loved!) but seemed kind of out of place with the talk of love and self-love.
I enjoyed reading this book and if you like Instagram poetry (think Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace) then I think you will enjoy this book too.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Once again. Lang Leav made me fall in love with poetry all over again. Everytime she releases a new collection, I swear it's an auto read for me. It just amazes me how her mind works. How her words are like therapy and how they also hold power. You know modern poetry wouldn't be the same if not for her, so please pick this book up.
Lang Leav does not disappoint with her new book. Her words seem to come natural but, at the same time, are filled with such emotion that can only happen when someone works hard on what they do. And a poet not only understands words, but understands human emotions, their own emotions. And it is not easy to face one's feelings. But the author does it beautifully and across a variety of subjects, all intertwined by love. I didn't connect with every poem or text, but that is just because the human experience is unique to each person. But the poems that I connected with, those are saved in my heart and in my mind for the days I need words of understanding and hope.
This is the second poetry collection I've read from Lang Leav, and I very much enjoyed it. I actually underlined a lot of poems and quotes with which I felt identified and will probably visit in the future.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read this before publication date.
Enjoyed this book, it was very evocative and full of feeling. I recommend it if you're into sentimental writing.
Lang Leav does it again. Her newest collection of poetry is so heartbreaking and beautiful it will bring tears to your eyes. I highly recommend reading these poems aloud - it just feels different and might make your heart skip a beat.
Lang Leav has the most beautiful way with the most simple of text. Few words turn to big emotions, and this collection is another masterpiece she should be proud of
September Love by Lang Leav is a deep and emotive prose and poetry collection that seized my heart and refused to let it go.
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The cover is simple and gets the job done.
I love Lang Leav's work. Her poetry is raw and emotional.
I'll definitely be looking out for other work by this author.
I requested Lang Leav’s ‘September Love’ because when I first began writing poetry in 2014, I had come across her work online. I was taking the plunge and pouring my heart out in a different way than I ever had before.
Poetry is incredibly personal and special to the poet themselves which is why I do not believe in calling poetry bad or good because the subjectivity is there and with a very strong presence. Personal taste will continue to influence how we as humans view certain poetry.
As I write this review, I am listening to the band Japanese Breakfast which fits the mood of this poetry collection. Just like my own work, Leav explores love and human emotion through words and metaphors. Ultimately, as the reader, you must put yourself in the shoes of the writer and see the experience through their eyes.
In the poem ‘More A Poet’, Leav says;
“One day I woke up with every breath
I thought of you”
Your initial impression would be that this is a very broad thought but we mustn’t forget that this line will evoke something wholly different for Leav. She wrote that line with a specific memory in mind. Despite the broad subject matter, it can strike a chord with anyone.
More often than not, strangers to poetry are intimidated by it. They believe that Shakespeare represents all forms of poetry. However, they are mistaken because poetry has become far more accessible over the years.
In conclusion, Lang Leav is a contemporary poet for those new to poetry and also people who are avid readers of the form. Leav manages to put the feelings that you have never been able to express into sweet words.
another good one by this author! she makes books meant for a coffee table for sure. Each one of these poems is different and its fun to just open the book up and flip to a page and see what is to offer.
Highly recommend. Love all of Lang Leav’s poetry. Definitely a favorite of mine! Go buy! Being able to just express yourself through such a small amount of words is incredible. Can’t even describe how great this collection was!
Thanks to #Netgalley for making this book available to me.
I have always enjoyed poets ability to pour their emotions like ink. Lang is no different. She makes you experience things not just through her eyes but through yours. to question relationships, suituationships, life changes and even the next book you plan to pick up. She influences you like magic and helps create a positive impact. This collection whilst short packed a punch of positivity, love, longing and hope in a time when isolation seems to be all we know.
As a long-time lover of Lang Leav, reading this book was a practice in emotional expression. I expressed emotions, on my couch, in my pyjamas, while reading poetry.
For long-time fans, this book is definitely one for the collection. However, for new fans, I would suggest going back to read her old works for the full effect.