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In Where Hope Comes From: poems for a broken world, Instagram superstar and poet Nikita Gill returns to her roots with her most personal collection yet. Sharing a number of poems that she wrote when the world went into lockdown, this collection will include the phenomenal Love in the Time of Coronavirus which was shared across social media over 20,000 times, as well as her In Where Hope Comes From: poems for a broken world, Instagram superstar and poet Nikita Gill returns to her roots with her most personal collection yet. Sharing a number of poems that she wrote when the world went into lockdown, this collection will include the phenomenal Love in the Time of Coronavirus which was shared across social media over 20,000 times, as well as her poems of strength and hope How to Be Strong and Silver Linings. This collection will be fully illustrated by Nikita with beautiful line-drawings, and moves her into an exciting new space in the market as she tackles themes such as mental health and loneliness.


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In Where Hope Comes From: poems for a broken world, Instagram superstar and poet Nikita Gill returns to her roots with her most personal collection yet. Sharing a number of poems that she wrote when the world went into lockdown, this collection will include the phenomenal Love in the Time of Coronavirus which was shared across social media over 20,000 times, as well as her In Where Hope Comes From: poems for a broken world, Instagram superstar and poet Nikita Gill returns to her roots with her most personal collection yet. Sharing a number of poems that she wrote when the world went into lockdown, this collection will include the phenomenal Love in the Time of Coronavirus which was shared across social media over 20,000 times, as well as her poems of strength and hope How to Be Strong and Silver Linings. This collection will be fully illustrated by Nikita with beautiful line-drawings, and moves her into an exciting new space in the market as she tackles themes such as mental health and loneliness.

30 review for Where Hope Comes From: Poems of Resilience, Healing, and Light

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alice Lippart

    *sent by publisher Really great! Felt especially connected to the parts dealing with living through a pandemic.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    As with all of Nikita Gill’s books, Where Hope Comes From is as poignant as ever. A soulful elegy to a tumultuous year, this book feels like a warm hug to soothe your aches and heal your scars. Gill speaks the words we’re afraid to say, the ones about how constant positivity can be so toxic, about how we need to heal in order to grow, about how no matter how alone we feel in self-isolation, we’re never truly on our own. This was just beautiful, and I cannot wait for the world to experience it. Th As with all of Nikita Gill’s books, Where Hope Comes From is as poignant as ever. A soulful elegy to a tumultuous year, this book feels like a warm hug to soothe your aches and heal your scars. Gill speaks the words we’re afraid to say, the ones about how constant positivity can be so toxic, about how we need to heal in order to grow, about how no matter how alone we feel in self-isolation, we’re never truly on our own. This was just beautiful, and I cannot wait for the world to experience it. Thank you to Orion Books and Nikita Gill for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Viv JM

    Poignant pandemic poetry.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jesika

    Some words come along and remind you who you are. Show you your own resilience, strength and power. Your own vulnerability, pain and humanity. With this new collection, Nikita Gill once again did this for me. This time, however, I felt her words help me pick up the pieces of myself, help comfort them and start putting them back together. There will come a time when future generations ask us what living through the current pandemic, the political landscape and the environmental crisis was like. Wi Some words come along and remind you who you are. Show you your own resilience, strength and power. Your own vulnerability, pain and humanity. With this new collection, Nikita Gill once again did this for me. This time, however, I felt her words help me pick up the pieces of myself, help comfort them and start putting them back together. There will come a time when future generations ask us what living through the current pandemic, the political landscape and the environmental crisis was like. With this collection, Nikita firmly establishes herself in the Canon of this time. It is one I will look back on many times in the years ahead and it will help reconnect me to this experience. It will remind me of my own resilience. It is such a gift. It is weird, knowing you are living through a time that will either break you or give you every experience you will ever need to KNOW you can get through anything. Yet, when we are living through a trauma, we just kind of....get on with it. It is what it means to be human. We manage, we fight, we help, we survive. Rarely do we take a moment to allow ourselves to feel the experience in our souls whilst we are going through it. That is what this book did for me. I had cried three times in 29 pages. And I mean, heartbreaking, grief stricken crying. It was relief, I think. Relief I had access to my emotion through these words. Emotion that with long term antidepressants in me, I struggle to sometimes process, to fully appreciate and which therefore sort of just carry on weighing me down, inaccessible under a surface of stability. Nikita Gill's poetry always teaches me something about myself. With this collection though, she showed me something about my own relationship with humanity. The ability to reflect such a painful time so accurately, whilst still within it, is incredible.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juliano

    “It’s midnight and I’m talking to the fridge again. / It never responds, only listens. // This house is not haunted / by anything except me.” In Where Hope Comes From, Nikita Gill returns with a beautiful reflection on hopefulness and kindness in the face of collective hurt, loss, darkness. Responding to the events of 2020, from the pandemic to Black Lives Matter protests to well-known political implosions, Gill retains a position of patience and resplendence, making that hard active decision to “It’s midnight and I’m talking to the fridge again. / It never responds, only listens. // This house is not haunted / by anything except me.” In Where Hope Comes From, Nikita Gill returns with a beautiful reflection on hopefulness and kindness in the face of collective hurt, loss, darkness. Responding to the events of 2020, from the pandemic to Black Lives Matter protests to well-known political implosions, Gill retains a position of patience and resplendence, making that hard active decision to be hopeful, mindful that hope must be actionable. With humour, and directness, she writes such poems as ‘On My Government-mandated Walk’ and ‘Baking Banana Bread as the World Ends’. The collection as a whole is in five sections, reflecting what Gill sees as the five stages of hope, paralleled in the life cycle of stars; in this way, the collection recalls the concept-driven nature of her previous works, tying everything together with a flourish. Perhaps because I spent the last three days reading Mary Oliver, but echoes of her work recur in Gill’s, even before Gill’s standout ‘The Fawn (After Mary Oliver’s ‘Wild Geese’)’. These tender, loving poems, presented alongside her stunning, minimalist artworks, remind us that all is light, calling out: “May everything good thrive despite this ruthlessness.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mitta

    This book is something I didn’t know I needed till I got it. I love all of Nikita’s poetry, she is incredibly talented and also just kind. It shines through her writing, time and time again. This book is a little reminder of all the good that can come out of the bad, and I think we would all use that right now. Her ability to reach inside you and put your feelings that you didn’t even acknowledge you were feeling on paper? Genius!! This poetry collection touches on too familiar themes of loneline This book is something I didn’t know I needed till I got it. I love all of Nikita’s poetry, she is incredibly talented and also just kind. It shines through her writing, time and time again. This book is a little reminder of all the good that can come out of the bad, and I think we would all use that right now. Her ability to reach inside you and put your feelings that you didn’t even acknowledge you were feeling on paper? Genius!! This poetry collection touches on too familiar themes of loneliness, grief and exhaustion while reminding the reader that it is enough to just survive this pandemic, to get through it. We don’t have to do much more than that and in doing that we are already doing something incredible. Anyway I love Nikita Gill so just sign me up to the fanclub.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jess (PassportsandPaperbacks)

    Everyone should read this. This book is such a beautiful reminder of the good in the world and how resilient we are as human beings. There are some incredibly powerful messages in here and it’s comforting to see my worries and anxieties from the last year being shared by other people. It definitely makes me feel less alone. This book is like a reassuring hug and a gentle push to keep going.

  8. 5 out of 5

    The Story Girl

    3.5 stars Nikita Gill is one of my favorite poets, and I'm always excited to read another collection by her! This one revolves around poetry that describes what we've all lived through in the past year with the pandemic and lockdown. Some parts were hopeful, but at times, it can be hard to read about the pandemic while we're still living in it. 3.5 stars Nikita Gill is one of my favorite poets, and I'm always excited to read another collection by her! This one revolves around poetry that describes what we've all lived through in the past year with the pandemic and lockdown. Some parts were hopeful, but at times, it can be hard to read about the pandemic while we're still living in it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    My annotating pencil had a fantastic run with these beautiful poems! Our shared experiences over this last year means there's no one I wouldn't recommend this to. Fantastic. I'm sure this.will become well thumbed and well loved, with new favourites with each reread. My annotating pencil had a fantastic run with these beautiful poems! Our shared experiences over this last year means there's no one I wouldn't recommend this to. Fantastic. I'm sure this.will become well thumbed and well loved, with new favourites with each reread.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    With her previous books, Nikita Gill has firmly claimed herself the place of my favourite poet, so when I heard she was releasing another book of poetry, Where Hope Comes From, about living during the coronavirus pandemic, I knew I had to have it. And while I adore Gill's poetry and have been so moved before, I didn't realise just how hard her latest offering would hit. We're not yet on the otherside of this pandemic, we've not yet made our way through that tunnel, so Where Hope Comes From really With her previous books, Nikita Gill has firmly claimed herself the place of my favourite poet, so when I heard she was releasing another book of poetry, Where Hope Comes From, about living during the coronavirus pandemic, I knew I had to have it. And while I adore Gill's poetry and have been so moved before, I didn't realise just how hard her latest offering would hit. We're not yet on the otherside of this pandemic, we've not yet made our way through that tunnel, so Where Hope Comes From really effected me. My mental health has taken a number of hits over the past 11 months, and the grief has been so heavy. So reading this book brought everything - which is only really just below the surface, really - right back. Still stuck in this quagmire, Where Hope Comes From is at times really difficult to read, with poem after poem like a sucker punch. But there's something beautiful about someone being able to say what you can't find the words for, and in seeing you're not alone in what you're feeling and experiencing - a theme of the book itself. It's such a personal book in how Gill lays herself bare in talking about the difficulties she experienced through living in a pandemic, but those experiences are experienced by all, and so it's personal to us all. But, as the title suggests, it's also a book of hope. It's a book of believing there is a way to the otherside, of coming out of this and living life as we once did. It's a book that reminds you of the importance of all the things you took for granted before, of friendship and community and love, but it also reminds you of the things you once thought important but aren't at all. It's a book of new perspectives, or hardship and opened eyes, and how hope can give you the strength and the resilience to keep on going. It's astoundingly beautiful, and achingly raw. While reading Where Hope Comes From, I was reminded very strongly of being back at school and reading the poems of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, of how their poems written in the trenches during the First World War are studied today to teach us not just about poetry, but about a very specfic period in time, and the experience of those soldiers. I strongly believe Where Hope Comes From will be Gill's equivalent in years to come, of living through the pandemic. She's captured this period of time in poetry, and long after we're all dead, Where Hope Comes From will be there, showing future generations what it was like. She's immortalised this time in history, and I feel because of this, it might just be her most important work yet.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy A

    4.5 I do not read a lot of poetry, and I've never read any by Nikita Gill before. But I was very intrigued by the idea of Nikita Gill so directly tackling the pandemic - and the challenging year we've all been through - in poem form along with a kind of bigger declaration of how all of us together make up this wonderful, fantastical universe combating the loneliness many of us felt during this extremely trying time. I cannot even count how many times I would be reading through one of the poems an 4.5 I do not read a lot of poetry, and I've never read any by Nikita Gill before. But I was very intrigued by the idea of Nikita Gill so directly tackling the pandemic - and the challenging year we've all been through - in poem form along with a kind of bigger declaration of how all of us together make up this wonderful, fantastical universe combating the loneliness many of us felt during this extremely trying time. I cannot even count how many times I would be reading through one of the poems and it would just hit me how much I related to the words on the page. How they fit into my own personal feelings and experience from this past year especially as it's been over a year and I've started to reflect upon where me and my family was this same time in 2020 with each passing day. These poems are so relatable and kind of stand as a testament of life. What's more, it's a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Gill makes sure to highlight that these experiences are not singular. That they are shared by everyone. While there are variances, every single person was hit in some way by this pandemic. That we are not as alone with this as it oftentimes felt. I think that human connection is one of the most important things to convey in all of this. That we've all felt the loss in some way, shape, or form. It's something that will stay with all of us for the rest of our lives. But looking to the smaller victories, things we learned, people we loved and spent our time with, etc. that's where we succeed. I can certainly see myself going back to this collection sometime in the future as a look at where we were in 2020 and hopefully as a prediction of where we will find ourselves. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Li

    𝘼𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙣 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙣. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙙𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙧𝙧𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬. 📖 This is a collection of poems written during this global pandemic. It shines a light on the collective trauma, grief and anxiety we are all experiencing right now. In the midst of darkness, we can show strength, feel hope and look to heal. ’𝙃𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙝 𝘼𝙛𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙣 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙨 𝙮𝙤𝙪. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙣. 𝘿𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙙𝙧𝙤𝙬𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙧𝙧𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬. 📖 This is a collection of poems written during this global pandemic. It shines a light on the collective trauma, grief and anxiety we are all experiencing right now. In the midst of darkness, we can show strength, feel hope and look to heal. ’𝙃𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙜𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙛, 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙟𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙣𝙚𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚, 𝙩𝙤𝙤... 𝙄𝙣 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨, 𝙄 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙤𝙧. 𝙅𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙜𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙛, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙨𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙤𝙥𝙚. 𝙒𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙗𝙞𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧.’ 💭This is a gorgeous book filled with beautiful illustrations and powerful poetry. It is an uplifting book to have close by as we continue to battle with the uncertainty of a global pandemic, the loss of loved ones, feelings of isolation and the mourning of a life we once knew. This book of poetry has been a source of comfort as my emotions have been up and down the last week or so. I feel seen and I feel less alone as a result. Each poem resonates and relates, and reading from the beginning to the end takes you on a process of healing and hope. ⚖️ A wonderful collection of poems to read and reread. Personal, deeply relatable, and comforting. Perfect book to shine light and hope in the darkness.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    Nikita Gill is my most favourite poet. Her approach to poetry feels personal but also strikes a nice balance between being cathartic for her and intended to be for her readers and whatever they need. I think, in truth, I actually really like her human approach and I imagine she would be someone I would love to sit down for tea with. Where Hope Comes From is a very different collection to her usual work. Typically Gill's poems are lyrical and have deeply emotional implications, resulting in some Nikita Gill is my most favourite poet. Her approach to poetry feels personal but also strikes a nice balance between being cathartic for her and intended to be for her readers and whatever they need. I think, in truth, I actually really like her human approach and I imagine she would be someone I would love to sit down for tea with. Where Hope Comes From is a very different collection to her usual work. Typically Gill's poems are lyrical and have deeply emotional implications, resulting in some poems affecting you and others just acting as pretty additions. This collection, all the poems will apply to everyone because the intent of this piece is, I believe, to consider how the impact of COVID-19 has hit us all. Having said that, this does mean that the beautiful qualities of the poetry have been parked in favour of being more hard hitting. Despite the relevance and the uncomfortable truth of these poems, and despite the fact that actually I think these poems will bring everyone together with revisiting the influx of Zoom calls, working from home and being world's apart from our families (because there is shared solace in that), I think they did lose their sparkle. A nice collection, aptly named because it really does feel sprinkled with hope. But not her best work by any means.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This poetry collection was great. I was initially nervous to read this as the majority of poems are directly linked to the pandemic, and I wasn't sure that I wanted to consume more media related to the pandemic. However, I found the poems to be poignant, relatable and inspiring. I enjoyed the majority of the poems, and appreciated some of the affirmations. I also really loved the illustrations that were placed throughout the collection; they were beautiful and tied nicely to their respective poe This poetry collection was great. I was initially nervous to read this as the majority of poems are directly linked to the pandemic, and I wasn't sure that I wanted to consume more media related to the pandemic. However, I found the poems to be poignant, relatable and inspiring. I enjoyed the majority of the poems, and appreciated some of the affirmations. I also really loved the illustrations that were placed throughout the collection; they were beautiful and tied nicely to their respective poems. Some of the poems really hit me hard, and I loved the imagery and theme of stars/constellations/the sky. I felt like each poem was crafted with intent, and I can see myself going back and re-reading some of the poems again and again. My favourites in this collection: - No Accidents - The Answer - Stay - I Wonder What They Would Put in a Museum for Our Times - After the First Death - In Self-quarantine, Watching my Cat from my Bedroom Window - Notes on Survival - Small - The Present - 2020 Redux - In Isolation - Affirmation for Days of Self-Loathing - Reminder for Days of Uncertainty - Listening to the Rain at the End of the World - Kindness - 93 Percent Stardust (might be my favourite) - Where Hope Comes From * Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bookclubforme

    𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦, 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸. Where Hope Comes From is a collection of poems written by Nikita Gill during the uncertain times many of us world over find ourselves living through. At a time where we are restricted by covid 19 lockdowns, being kept away from friends and family, these poems of hope, resilience and heal 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦, 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯. 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸. Where Hope Comes From is a collection of poems written by Nikita Gill during the uncertain times many of us world over find ourselves living through. At a time where we are restricted by covid 19 lockdowns, being kept away from friends and family, these poems of hope, resilience and healing reach out to the reader, bringing comfort and allowing them to feel less alone. I must admit I don't read all that much poetry, but Gill's book with its promise of shining a light into the darkness, sounded like something we could all use right now and I found reading a couple of poems each morning, to be soothing in a way that left me feeling that little bit more hopeful. It really is a beautiful little book, full of uplifting and thought provoking poems with the most gorgeous illustrations. It's the kind of book that will be lovely to dip in and out of if times feel a little bit tough. If you are a reader of poetry, I couldn't think of a book more revelant to add to your bookshelf right now! 🌠🌊

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mariah Wamby

    “You have learned how to take all the negativity around you / and turn it into oxygen for easy breathing.” I was given an eARC of Where Hope Comes From by Nikita Gill by Netgalley and Hachette Books — here is my personal review! 🦠 The year of 2020 was a disaster, to put it lightly. No one has left this year without some level of trauma and in Nikita Gill’s collection of poetry Where Hope Comes From she explores what it’s like to live through a worldwide pandemic. I wasn’t sure what to expect “You have learned how to take all the negativity around you / and turn it into oxygen for easy breathing.” I was given an eARC of Where Hope Comes From by Nikita Gill by Netgalley and Hachette Books — here is my personal review! 🦠 The year of 2020 was a disaster, to put it lightly. No one has left this year without some level of trauma and in Nikita Gill’s collection of poetry Where Hope Comes From she explores what it’s like to live through a worldwide pandemic. I wasn’t sure what to expect, reading about a major world event that we are still living through, but I was surprised by just how moving this collection was. Poetry is always so emotional, and to read someone’s intimate moments with the hardships so many of us have had in common this last year was powerful to say the least. Despite having moments of darkness the overall message of this collection is hope in the face of adversity. Where Hope Comes From comes out on June 1st and gets 5 stars from me! Go pick up your copy and find some comfort in this chaos! 🦠

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Nikita Gill has been one of my favorite contemporary poets since I stumbled across her collection Fierce Fairy Tales several years ago. Where Hope Comes From is her collection of poems written during the pandemic that captures the struggles of loneliness and sense of loss, but also the pervasive hope that keeps us going. The structure of the book is woven around the lifecycle of a star to split the poems into sections. I thought that was an interesting way to structure it, though I didn't conscio Nikita Gill has been one of my favorite contemporary poets since I stumbled across her collection Fierce Fairy Tales several years ago. Where Hope Comes From is her collection of poems written during the pandemic that captures the struggles of loneliness and sense of loss, but also the pervasive hope that keeps us going. The structure of the book is woven around the lifecycle of a star to split the poems into sections. I thought that was an interesting way to structure it, though I didn't consciously take much note of the way each section of poems were connected. I enjoyed the series of mantras and the fact that they were well spaced throughout the book also to avoid them becoming repetitive. The poems included in this collection painted an accurate and lyrical portrayal of life in lockdown and put into words many of the emotions and circumstances I've personally experienced during the pandemic. While I sometimes find pandemic reflections tiresome at this point in time, these were quite the opposite. Gill manages to capture the dark feelings she experiences in a way that is relatable and does not feel self-pitying. Her words also encourage the reader to remain hopeful in a way that is approachable without being patronizing. I found this best to dip into for a few minutes throughout the day. I've already revisited several of the passages I bookmarked on days I needed extra encouragement and I can't wait until this is released in the US so I can get my hands on a physical copy. Thank you to NetGalley and Hachette Books a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Where Hope Comes From: Poems of Resilience, Healing, and Light is an outstanding collection of poems which were written after the world went into lockdown as a result of the Corona virus pandemic. The author poignantly speaks of isolation, anxiety, loneliness, fear, and all the other emotions that we have felt during this most difficult and trying time. Yet she also speaks of resilience, strength, our ability to rise up and be better for our struggles, reminding us that this too shall pass, life Where Hope Comes From: Poems of Resilience, Healing, and Light is an outstanding collection of poems which were written after the world went into lockdown as a result of the Corona virus pandemic. The author poignantly speaks of isolation, anxiety, loneliness, fear, and all the other emotions that we have felt during this most difficult and trying time. Yet she also speaks of resilience, strength, our ability to rise up and be better for our struggles, reminding us that this too shall pass, life does go on, and there is much to be celebrated with each moment, each day. Reading this gave me a breath of fresh air and perspective that I so very much needed! Where does hope come from? This book!! Don't miss it! My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Books for allowing me to read an ARC of this book which is scheduled to be published on June 1, 2021. All opinions stated in this review are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellesha Syke

    🌊 Written against the backdrop of global crisis, Nikita Gill’s most personal collection yet shines a light into the darkness. ⁠ Weaving words that explore our collective trauma, through the life cycle of a star she invites the reader to feel connected to the universe. ⁠ ⁠ Nikita Gill’s masterful poetry and beautiful illustrations take us on a journey through the five stages of grief to the five stages of hope. If you or someone you know is mourning the loss of a loved one, or a way of life, let Nik 🌊 Written against the backdrop of global crisis, Nikita Gill’s most personal collection yet shines a light into the darkness. ⁠ Weaving words that explore our collective trauma, through the life cycle of a star she invites the reader to feel connected to the universe. ⁠ ⁠ Nikita Gill’s masterful poetry and beautiful illustrations take us on a journey through the five stages of grief to the five stages of hope. If you or someone you know is mourning the loss of a loved one, or a way of life, let Nikita’s words help you through the process to heal. 🌊⁠ ⁠ 🕯️ What a beautiful book, in both language and artwork. It is an uplifting and affirming read, to me it felt like a reminder to sit still, get away from social media sometimes and just breathe. It is one to read again, especially while still stuck in lockdown – in this 3rd UK lockdown that is due to end properly this summer I think. It’s a reminder to be grateful for what you have too, I feel very lucky to have everything I need right now. There are so many fantastic poems in this, it was difficult to choose just one that stood out…⁠ ⁠ 🕯️ Someone once told me,⁠ We are the universe expressing itself⁠ as a human for a while.⁠ ⁠ It makes me think⁠ of every person I meet⁠ as their own little universe,⁠ ⁠ each with their own planets of thoughts⁠ and solar systems of dreams⁠ and galaxies of emotions in their bloodstreams.⁠ ⁠ People are so much bigger⁠ on the inside than they seem⁠ on the outside.⁠ ⁠ Imagine a whole world⁠ of universes constantly⁠ bumping into each other,⁠ ⁠ listening and learning,⁠ and sometimes,⁠ just sometimes,⁠ ⁠ building a perishable forever together. 🕯️⁠ -People-shaped Universes⁠ ⁠

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather Smith

    A Light In The Collective Goodness, I'm a little perplexed that anyone might feel moved to leave a blah first review of such a beautiful book from an incredibly talented female writer. This is a collection of work that offers light in the darkness, hope in the conflict of grief and despair and words to soothe souls in pain. I am one of those, having lost my son recently. Nikita's book is a soft pillow, a warm blanket and the outstretched hand of a stranger who says, 'I know, and I love you'. I r A Light In The Collective Goodness, I'm a little perplexed that anyone might feel moved to leave a blah first review of such a beautiful book from an incredibly talented female writer. This is a collection of work that offers light in the darkness, hope in the conflict of grief and despair and words to soothe souls in pain. I am one of those, having lost my son recently. Nikita's book is a soft pillow, a warm blanket and the outstretched hand of a stranger who says, 'I know, and I love you'. I read it all in a sitting and will no doubt return to it again and again. This is a wonderful read, much needed in these times. Thanks to the author for writing and sharing your messages of love.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I'm a huge fan of Gill's "Fierce Fairytales" collection, so I was excited to read this one. This is an incredibly timely collection that focuses a lot on the current pandemic and the pain and emotions surrounding it. Gill also includes poems about news events like George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests for racial equality. I thought the variety of content was great - focused enough to feel cohesive, but broad enough that it didn't ever feel boring. There weren't any poems that I wanted to I'm a huge fan of Gill's "Fierce Fairytales" collection, so I was excited to read this one. This is an incredibly timely collection that focuses a lot on the current pandemic and the pain and emotions surrounding it. Gill also includes poems about news events like George Floyd's death and the ensuing protests for racial equality. I thought the variety of content was great - focused enough to feel cohesive, but broad enough that it didn't ever feel boring. There weren't any poems that I wanted to screenshot and save, so I can't give it 5 stars. But Gill is a beautiful writer who knows how to tap into despair in a really captivating and moving way. I'll definitely be checking out her future collections. *Free ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Thompson

    Nikita Gill has a talent for taking the magical and meta elements of our natural world and synthesizing them into scenarios and conversations that impact how we see each other as humans. Gill is at her strongest when she is at her most abstract; the "Daily Mantras," were a highlight of this poetry collection, and I even jotted one down to keep at my desk. I wish there had been a little more of cosmic abstraction in this book. I sympathize with a poet wanting to write poetry about the coronavirus Nikita Gill has a talent for taking the magical and meta elements of our natural world and synthesizing them into scenarios and conversations that impact how we see each other as humans. Gill is at her strongest when she is at her most abstract; the "Daily Mantras," were a highlight of this poetry collection, and I even jotted one down to keep at my desk. I wish there had been a little more of cosmic abstraction in this book. I sympathize with a poet wanting to write poetry about the coronavirus lockdown, but depending on how the pandemic impacted you, or what restrictions were like where you lived, you might not connect with the situations described in the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Thompson

    Nikita Gill has a talent for taking the magical and meta elements of our natural world and synthesizing them into scenarios and conversations that impact how we see each other as humans. Gill is at her strongest when she is at her most abstract; the "Daily Mantras," were a highlight of this poetry collection, and I even jotted one down to keep at my desk. I wish there had been a little more of cosmic abstraction in this book. I sympathize with a poet wanting to write poetry about the coronavirus Nikita Gill has a talent for taking the magical and meta elements of our natural world and synthesizing them into scenarios and conversations that impact how we see each other as humans. Gill is at her strongest when she is at her most abstract; the "Daily Mantras," were a highlight of this poetry collection, and I even jotted one down to keep at my desk. I wish there had been a little more of cosmic abstraction in this book. I sympathize with a poet wanting to write poetry about the coronavirus lockdown, but depending on how the pandemic impacted you, or what restrictions were like where you lived, you might not connect with the situations described in the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I am a long-time Nikita Gill fan, and so any time she has a new poetry collection I am DOWN. I was very excited to receive an ARC of Where Hope Comes From from NetGalley because I honestly needed Gill's poetry to just help me get through the day. Where Hope Comes From: Poems of Resilience, Healing, and Light might be Gill's best collection yet. During the quarantine and the ongoing pandemic, I've been reading a lot of poetry because that's where I find my comfort. Many of the collections I've r I am a long-time Nikita Gill fan, and so any time she has a new poetry collection I am DOWN. I was very excited to receive an ARC of Where Hope Comes From from NetGalley because I honestly needed Gill's poetry to just help me get through the day. Where Hope Comes From: Poems of Resilience, Healing, and Light might be Gill's best collection yet. During the quarantine and the ongoing pandemic, I've been reading a lot of poetry because that's where I find my comfort. Many of the collections I've read have been good (and some haven't been), but Where Hope Comes From is the collection that feels most of the moment. Gill is one of the few poets (and probably the best) writing about what it's like to be alive right now amongst the pandemic: how we're all dealing with depression, loneliness and the inability to socialize, the inability to properly grief and bury our dead... She writes about these subjects with a lot of empathy and isn't afraid to ask questions to which she doesn't offer answers because no one can. I also enjoyed how she wrote about the pandemic in perspective to history and how societies have dealt with and come back from pandemic times. If you need a poetry pick me up right now, you really can't go wrong with Nikita Gill. Where Hope Comes From is fantastic, and I highly recommend it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Komal Yadav

    Author has written these poems in the backdrop of pandemic. We all are feeling lonely, depressed and frustrated during this time. Some have lost loved ones, some are struggling for survival. These poems focus on telling readers that they are not alone. They aim at giving strength and hope to people. Some of the poems are too powerful. They really hit me hard and made me cry. Some were so heartwarming that tears of happiness filled my eyes. Illustrations are really beautiful and soothing. Althoug Author has written these poems in the backdrop of pandemic. We all are feeling lonely, depressed and frustrated during this time. Some have lost loved ones, some are struggling for survival. These poems focus on telling readers that they are not alone. They aim at giving strength and hope to people. Some of the poems are too powerful. They really hit me hard and made me cry. Some were so heartwarming that tears of happiness filled my eyes. Illustrations are really beautiful and soothing. Although I am not a big fan of poetry, I am glad I choose to read this book especially during this time when all we need is a shoulder to cry on.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Indi Lane

    This has come at the perfect time in my life. As silly as it sounds, sometimes we need a reminder that it's ok to hurt, and we need that in order to heal and become stronger. This poetry collection was exactly that for me. It was the warmest mug of hot chocolate, the tightest hug, and the cosiest blanket. And although the poetry is the focal point of this book, I cannot fail to mention the artwork and beautiful presentation of this collection. Truly excellent work. Thank you Trapeze and Nikita for This has come at the perfect time in my life. As silly as it sounds, sometimes we need a reminder that it's ok to hurt, and we need that in order to heal and become stronger. This poetry collection was exactly that for me. It was the warmest mug of hot chocolate, the tightest hug, and the cosiest blanket. And although the poetry is the focal point of this book, I cannot fail to mention the artwork and beautiful presentation of this collection. Truly excellent work. Thank you Trapeze and Nikita for a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review ❤️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sosha D

    I've been a fan on Nikita Gill's poetry for awhile now and this collection is lovely. Where Hope Comes From contains inspirational poems about finding light in the darkness and hope in times of sadness. There are several beautiful poems revolving around the pandemic, anxiety, depression, feeling trapped and similar themes. The poems have messages of never giving up, finding your inner strength, seeing the positives during times of struggles, and the beauty that come from the darkness itself. I h I've been a fan on Nikita Gill's poetry for awhile now and this collection is lovely. Where Hope Comes From contains inspirational poems about finding light in the darkness and hope in times of sadness. There are several beautiful poems revolving around the pandemic, anxiety, depression, feeling trapped and similar themes. The poems have messages of never giving up, finding your inner strength, seeing the positives during times of struggles, and the beauty that come from the darkness itself. I highly recommend reading this collection of poetry.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angie (angieoverbooked)

    This is a beautiful poetry collection. Written as the world went into lockdown, this feels like opening a time capsule. It took me right back to the feelings, fears and challenges from the beginning of the pandemic and throughout the past year. But I also relived the moments of resilence, hope and light. The titles of a few of my faves: ~ 𝘐𝘵'𝘴 2020 ~ 𝘐 𝘞𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘞𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘗𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘶𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 ~ 𝘏𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 ~ 2020 𝘙𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘹 ~ 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭 ~ 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘶𝘴 ~ 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘛𝘩 This is a beautiful poetry collection. Written as the world went into lockdown, this feels like opening a time capsule. It took me right back to the feelings, fears and challenges from the beginning of the pandemic and throughout the past year. But I also relived the moments of resilence, hope and light. The titles of a few of my faves: ~ 𝘐𝘵'𝘴 2020 ~ 𝘐 𝘞𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘞𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘗𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘶𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 ~ 𝘏𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 ~ 2020 𝘙𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘹 ~ 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘚𝘶𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭 ~ 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘶𝘴 ~ 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 Thank you @hachettebooks for the review copy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Collinson

    I’ll be putting this right in my pile of ‘things I’ve read in lockdown that have helped me deal with my unease’. I am a fan of Nikita’s writing anyway and this did not disappoint. I tell you where hope has come from, this book, books, poetry, the arts, creative minds helping us escape mind numbing and tedious realities, and reminding us to get in the moment, feel the feels, and slow your thinking right down. This was a great affirming read and would recommend to anyone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

    I received a publication of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review. This was a stunning culmination of deep thoughts tieing together the universe's vastness with the pain our world is going through presently. She poetically analyzed feeling that so many people can relate to during this time. While some of the poems appeared highly specific and personal, the events discussed can be likely be applied to everyone's lives during these trying times. All in all, this collection of p I received a publication of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review. This was a stunning culmination of deep thoughts tieing together the universe's vastness with the pain our world is going through presently. She poetically analyzed feeling that so many people can relate to during this time. While some of the poems appeared highly specific and personal, the events discussed can be likely be applied to everyone's lives during these trying times. All in all, this collection of poems was a wonderful reminder that life is made up of a series of emotions and experiences and that we are all made of stardust.

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