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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Natural Creation

Where the natural,
Melts into the creation,
Molded by the hands of an era,
Propelled by the minds of a generation 

Where the memories of a past,
Blend into relaxation
Guided by the feet anew,
Blessed by the hearts of a generation

Where the waters,
Churn into an activity,
Assisted by the yearning of an era,
Continued by the hearts, 
Of a Generation 

-Poem Fanatic

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The City

By the Crow's Eye,
The city is a tiny,
Urban area of destruction

By the Peasant's Eye,
The city is a large, 
Urban area of opportunity 

By the Tree's Eye,
The city is a vast,
Urban area of death

By the resident's Eye,
The city is a huge,
Urban area of normality

By the foreigner's Eye,
The city is a massive,
Urban area of pollution 

The City is viewed,
By the Eyes of Many,
Not just the resident

The city should be considered,
By the Eyes of Many,
Not just of the resident. 

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Life Without Summer by Lynne Griffin

 Hey Everyone! I don't know if you remember, but a while ago I mentioned that I'd like to review "Life Without Summer" by Lynne Griffin. I was scrolling through my posts today, and I realized that I never actually did! So without much ado, here I go!

 Tessa Gray's life is ruined when she loses her young daughter, Abby, to a hit and run accident. As she struggles to get over her grief, she confides in Celia a therapist her family has encouraged her to see. Tessa's unfortunate situation is worsened by the incompetent police officers who claim that they will never be able to solve this case. As the story continues, more of Celia's broken family is revealed, and through the novel the readers develop a bond with both characters.
 The story concentrates primarily on love, loss, relationships, and family. Tessa seems to be losing her husband as well herself as she wallows in grief, and Celia has lost touch with her teenage son (Ian) after re-marrying the man she loved. When Celia's ex-husband and Ian's father returns, things take a turn for the worse.
 Meanwhile, Tessa decides that she will be able to do a better job than the police, and secretly hunts down Abby's murderer. She convinces herself that this is the only way to find closure, but soon finds herself developing a friendship with Celia.
 The novel is written as a journal, both from Tessa and Celia's point of view. While Tessa's journal is definitely more pessimistic and is titled "Day 52 without Abby", Celia's is more blunt and fact-based. Her entries are headed with the Day, Date and Time. However, both writing styles vary through the book, and eventually one perceives that Celia's writing is slipping into the more depressed tone, and Tessa has brief spurts of joy present in her entry.
  I wouldn't say that I've identified with Griffin's style, however I feel that I'd be able to recognize her writing if presented her second novel. I'd caution anyone interested in this book; It's not a light read. In saying that though, I''d also like to recommend it to the YA and Adult readers who are interested in a story similar to Kristin Hannah's "Night Road".

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Lost City by Ronald Reddy

Hey Everyone! I'm back with an analysis of a poem- after a LONG time! Today, I'll be analyzing the imagery used in Ronald Reddy's "The Lost City". It's a simple read, but has an interesting theme and underlying message. Hope you enjoy!

"The Lost City" by Ronald Reddy is a vivid poem centered around the concept of Utopia. Unlike various other poets, Reddy uses a wide variety of stylistic and rhetoric devices to emphasize on the possibility of personal Utopia in our present lives. Phrases such as "shimmering like silver" truly do transport the reader into Reddy's own Utopia.
 The poet begins his poem with a realistic yet fantastical descriptions of dull items that have been beautified. The gravelly, cracked roads have been replaced with "Roads paved with gold". His use of subtle olfactory imagery seems to bring the second stanza alive, and stands out among all the other visual descriptions.
 Reddy does not rhyme his words, rather he uses rhetoric in his stanzas. He uses metaphors to compare emotions to locations and to present his general idea, however he does not use many similes. Reddy has replaced the regular statement of a stanza with thought-provoking questions. These questions, coupled with Reddy's use of imagery, create the essence of the poem.
 Unlike many poems, this poem has neither a defined character nor a defined setting. As the reader progresses through the stanzas, they realize that the setting is ever changing. The transition is barely noticeable until Reddy shocks the reader with sudden bursts of description. Phrases such as "fragrance of flowers" an alliteration, and "profound and unified" help to create a gentle, informal tone.
 However, as the third stanza approaches, his tone seems to be melancholic and accusatory at the same time. To a reader, the most prominent mood is that of optimism and relief. This is brought to life by the vivid descriptions Reddy uses to compliment his simplistic style.
 The use of colloquial language through the poem is very evident. Reddy asks the readers questions, and even refers to himself in the poem. Although there are some formal words in the descriptions, the poet usually writes in a modern form of speech, to emphasize his descriptions. The poet glorifies and ruminates over the concept of Utopia through his simple yet lively imagery. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

IMWAYR- 21/11/2016

Hey Everyone! It's time for another reading update! I think I made good progress on my reading this week, and am happy to say that I finished two books. IMWAYR is hosted by and

I finished reading "This Adventure Ends" by Emma Mills. The story is about a young girl who develops a strong friendship with a pair of twins and their group of friends. I really enjoyed the colloquial and honest way in which this book was written. I know we shouldn't judge books by their covers, but I fell in love with this one!

 I also finished reading "Beneath Wandering Stars" by Ashlee Cowell. This book is about a non-religious pilgrimage that ends in love and self-discovery. I found the story a little bit predictable in some ways, but surprising in others.
 I'd like to start reading "The Shop on Blossom Street" by Debbie Macomber next. Hopefully I'll love it as much as I loved these two books. I don't think I'll have a very informative reading update next week though, because my exams start this week!

Wish me luck and Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Memories

Hello Everyone, I'm back with another poem. My intention while writing this poem was to subtly imply that memories are experiences, and it doesn't matter whether they're good ones or bad ones. They are a platform for education and awareness and shouldn't be hidden. I had hoped to question the common practice of hiding the embarrassing moments in one's life. You may not want to display them, but you don't have to delete them either. What do you think? Do you agree with my perspective or do you have one of your own?


Store the beautiful,
Ensure the ugly is hidden,
But only from public view
For the memories will always remain,
As long as they are allowed

Challenge the conscious,
To delve deep into the subconscious
To extract the painful,
To merge with the joyous
For the memories will behave,
As they are instructed

Do not fear the act of forgetting, 
Cherish it with open arms, 
Relive your memories
While the memories are yours

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, November 14, 2016

IMWAYR- 14/11/2016

Hello everyone! I'm back with another IMWAYR* post- or a reading update.
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I finished reading "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown this week. I'd started the series backwards, and I finally borrowed this book from a friend to complete the series. The series is about a Harvard symbology professor who uses his talent to solve mysteries. You could wait for my review of this book, or check out my review of Inferno here.
 I also finished reading "Pretty Little Liars" by Sara Shepard. It's not a book that I wanted to read, but I was in a reading slump, and wanted a quick light read. The book was okay, but I wouldn't recommend it to any of you.

I am currently reading "This Adventure Ends" by Emma Miller. It's about a young girl who forms strong bonds with a popular girl and her twin. I'm liking it so far, but I'm not sure if I'll love it at the end.

What have you read this week? Anything interesting- maybe you could recommend it to me?

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Journey

The Journey Begins, 
Without room for doubt, 
Or quitters

The Journey Begins, 
Transporting to a new milieu, 
Straining friendships, 
Tearing bonds

The Journey Begins, 
Changing lifestyles, 
Challenging cultures, 
Forming relationships

The Journey Never Ends,
The Journey is unique,
The Journey of travel,
The Journey of modern life
-Poem Fanatic


Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Engulfed by an eerie mist,
Drowning in the deep dark waters,
Scratched by the long grass blades,
Exhausted from her nightmare,
She tries to escape

The tangle of emotion,
The monstrous nature,
The complexities of life

Tormented by raucous cacophony,
Burnt by the scorching sun,
Rattled by the horrific visions,
Exhausted from her nightmare, 
She tries to escape 

The web of rumors,
The lifeless living,
The complexities of life

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 05/11/2016

Hey everyone, I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*, further elaborating on my trip to Brussels way back in 2007. Hope you enjoy your weekend!
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