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Book Review: Traveling Light, by Vickie Johnstone

About the author:
Vickie Johnstone is a UK based author and poet. She has also authored a collection of poems titled Kaleidoscope, a collection of haiku and a fantasy series about the adventures of a magical cat named Kiwi.

Thoughts on the cover page:
Bright, a simple design that is appealing. I like the silhouette of the girl with the birds flying above her. It gives a sense of freedom.

My thoughts on the book:
Reviewing poetry is not easy for me, and neither is reading it. I’m a poet, so I can write fairly well, but to understand what another poet has put into their verse, and get the same meaning is something that doesn’t happen always. This book of poetry was something I chanced upon while browsing the free section of Amazon Kindle.

What I enjoy in poetry is a feeling of familiarity. It’s wonderful when you look into the soul of a poem and find yourself there, or that you’ve been there. I found that in one of Vickie’s poems titled “Smile”. The poem felt true because I’ve experienced that. Looking at a stranger and smiling, and feeling that you know that person. I’ve even wondered if the person felt the same as my smile was returned. It’s like they say… Smile, because you don’t know who’s smiling seeing you.

The poem that immediately follows it, titled “Hope” also reverberates. It reminds me of my childhood, the carefree times and the dreams, those dreams which are not as free or just as same now.

It’s always nice to see haiku in a poetry collection. They’re from that haiku collection I mentioned earlier. From the eight she has shared, I like the one about rain the most. The musty smell of earth is something I could imagine from her haiku.

Last but not the least, the poem titled “Nightmares” was another favorite. It has both the whimsical and the logical for me, something that I very rarely see together. I can relate to the opening verse though.

One of the poems I did not like was the Footsteps poem, which felt like prosaic poetry of which I’m not that big a fan.

To me, this collection was exactly what it said it was: a search for something new yet familiar in life’s journey. The poems inspire other poets and I enjoyed reading it.

Rated a 7 on 10!
Rated a 7 on 10!

Book details:
Title: Traveling Light
Author: Vickie Johnstone
ASIN: B00537SN0E
Type: Kindle eBook
Genre: Poetry


The book is a personal copy. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

Shared with the First Reads challenge at b00k r3vi3ws.

(May 11th, 2013)


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Traveling Light, by Vickie Johnstone

  1. Hi Leo, I stumbled across this review by accident today when I opened my Outlook and got a prompt. Thank you so much. I am really happy that you enjoyed my book. It contains a mixture of different poems, written during different periods of my life, and it has received a big mish-mash of reviews. I’m glad that you fall into the group that enjoyed it and that you got some of them. Not everyone likes poems, so it’s always so nice to find someone who connects with them. If you’d like a copy of my other two books, drop me a line on my blog or Facebook, and I’ll happily send you them.
    Have an inspirational day!

    1. Hi Vickie. Nice to know the author saw the review too 🙂 Yes, poetry would get a mish-mash of reviews coz not everyone would be able to relate to the emotions. That being said, I liked it a lot. Some poems of course went over my head, but that’s bound to happen. I’d love to read n review the other two books too. Do send me a copy if you don’t mind. I’ve sent you a mail at ur hotmail id, which I got from the comment 🙂

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