Daylight Dialogues: A Literary Proof that I’ve Grown As a Reader|| A Book Review

Daylight Dialogues

Author:  Charissa Ong

Publisher: Penwings Publishing

Released: June 1st, 2018

Genre: Poetry, Short stories

Pages: 152

Format: Paperback

Back by popular demand, Charissa Ong Ty’s second Poetry and Short Stories book re-explores heartbreak, deep aspirations of love, self-actualization and fictional short stories.

Pushing her boundaries with more challenging technical poetry writing, she hopes her readership would appreciate Daylight Dialogues as much as they did Midnight Monologues.

Source: Goodreads

As I read the synopsis above, I disagree with many things. I don’t understand which part of the poems in Daylight Dialogues is considered as technical poetry writing, or maybe it’s just me who is shallow and lack of knowledge. Next is, no, I don’t appreciate it as much as I adored Midnight Monologues.

Wow, I started off strong, forgive my manners. When I picked this book up on very Merry Christmas, I was expecting I’m not going to like it. The reason I put it off for so long since I bought it back in June 2018, when it was launched, is because I realised this year, my reading preferences have shifted. I am no longer into pop/ modern poems, especially those 1, 2, 3 or 4 lines ‘poems’ like I did in 2018. Those poems could basically come from random tweets on Twitter. It’s just one sentence broken into few lines. Plus, I couldn’t relate to most of the poems in this book and again, maybe I’m just to dumb to see the beauty of these poems.

Then, I was hoping the short stories could make up for the poetry. Well, guess what, it started off with ‘My Life As A Pencil’. Still, I was trying to be positive. This is not gonna be our primary or lower secondary school essay Aku Sebatang Pensel. But NOPE! It is what it is and with a bit of Toy Story touch to it. My heart was shattered. There were 6 stories in total. The other 3 are more of fable/fairy tale type of stories, which I understood the message but it didn’t wow me, AT ALL. Then, the remaining 2 are stories that are more moving about single parent and disabilities and family relationship. Still, these 2 stories didn’t leave any impact on me. The whole book just really fell into my worst books read of the year before I finished it. I couldn’t process anything anymore. The stories were poorly written, the idea is there but maybe the author should have come up with a theme or more focused story line cause they were a mess to me.

To compare with Midnight Monologues, Charissa’s first book, this was a mess, like I said. In my opinion, Midnight Monologues carries more meaningful poems and the short stories are way better, even though without a solid theme but some of the stories really touched me.

Overall, Daylight Dialogues is a huge miss. I don’t know much about poems but this one really didn’t speak to me. Also, I guess this kinda shows how much I have grown as a reader and I’m clearer about what I like and dislike. I don’t easily fall for stories, not everything that I read these days would be great unless it moves me and leaves an impact after I finish reading the book.

2 thoughts on “Daylight Dialogues: A Literary Proof that I’ve Grown As a Reader|| A Book Review

  1. It’s a shame these poems didn’t resonate with you, Jessica. Nice review, and I can relate to what you say at the end. As I have grown as a reader, I have become aware of what makes a book outstanding, in my eyes. 🙂


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