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Monday, 29 August 2016

IMWAYR- 29/08/2016

Hello everyone! I'm back with another IMWAYR post. This meme is hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com. I didn't blog about my reading week last week because I felt it was quite uneventful. However, this week I have a little more to share, so let's get right into the post.
 This week I finished reading The Tainted Throne by Alex Rutherford, which is the fourth book in the Empire of the Moghul series. I strongly recommend this historical novel to any of you who haven't tried it out yet, I promise you'll be surprised. The book was over 400 pages, and therefore counts for my Big Book Challenge. It's my 10th Big Book of the summer.
 I also finished reading "If you could see me now" by Cecilia Ahern. The book wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. I found it to be a slow read with a plot line that I thought was too childish. It's a good book however, for anyone who's looking for a break from serious novels.
 56 I am currently reading "Dead Ends" by Erin Jade Lange. I have barely read a couple of pages, so I can't say much about the book. I'm looking forward to reading "All the light we cannot see" by Anthony Doeer sometime this week, as well as starting "The Serpent's tooth" by Alex Rutherford as well.

I didn't get in a lot of blog posts last week:
-Saturday Snapshot 27/08/2016
-Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
-For a while now
-The Time

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 27/08/2016

Hey everyone! I'm back with another post about my trip to Turkey a few years ago. This is part of the Saturday Snapshot meme, hosted by westmetromommyreads.com.
Medusa's head

Underwater cavern



Wednesday, 24 August 2016

For a while now

The thrill is gone
It's gone away 
It isn't coming back
For a while now

The buzz has died down
No one else cares
They aren't going to care
For a while now

When it comes back
There will be buzz
But that's for the world to decide
And they won't decide
For a while now

While you continue
To be mesmerized 
The world has moved on
They won't return 
For a while now

They won't realize
The endless charm
They understand it
For a while now

-Poem Fanatic

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Hello Everyone! It's been a while since I last reviewed a book, so today I'm going to share with you my thoughts on a book I recently read- Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard. It was a great book, and although it may sound like a typical novel about friendship and trust, this book has interesting characters, realistic scenarios, and a great story line.
 This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I'll admit that I was a little skeptical about the novel at first. It seems like your everyday friendship and self-destruction novel, but it's so much more than that. Cadman and Rosie have been best friends for ten years, even though they're not in the same school. They embody the spirit of the saying "opposites attract". While Cadman is shy and timid, Rosie is loud and out-going in the best way.
 When Rosie meets Suzanne at school, Cadman grows jealous of her ubiquitous presence. However, the tables soon turn when Suzanne is more drawn to Cadman than to Rosie, and dark secrets are revealed. Suzanne has led a troubled life and often disappears into her own realm. Prone to sneaking around and living a secret life, Suzanne's aunt worries as she drags the perfect Cadman into her schemes.
 This book is truly wonderful, and I advise you all to take a leap of faith and try out this book. Barnard weaves through issues and triumphs, depression and joy and character and plot beautifully. Although I felt that the plot would be a predictable one at the beginning of the story, some parts really surprised me. I wouldn't call this a Young Adult novel, however I wouldn't classify it as a Middle Grade one either. Let's just say that it's somewhere in between. If you're an adult looking for a light read, or a tween looking for something deeper, this book is just perfect for you.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

The time

The time hasn't come
The moment isn't great
The situation is bad
The time isn't right

The moment will come
The time too
The situation will become better
The time too will come

It will always be an excuse
It will always block your path
The time that isn't right
The moment that isn't perfect

The time will never be amazing
The day will always bring sorrow
The moment will pass by
The time will never come

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 20/08/2016

Hey guys, I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*. Today I'll be starting a new mini-series, about my trip to Turkey back in 2013. It was a great trip, but I don't have a lot of pictures. This series will be quite short, lasting maybe three or four posts.
  Enjoy your weekend!
 *This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com
A small "rest" restaurant along the trek that had individual cabanas for each customer group

On the trek

A house peeking out from the nature

Some houses on what I believe is Princess Island

Thursday, 18 August 2016

It won't kill you

Put it away
It isn't that hard
Push it off
It won't kill you

Slide it off the glass
Thrash it on the floor
Make life better
For the people around you
I promise you won't die

If you don't
It'll suddenly be
My time to shine
That I'm sure 
You won't stand

So push it away
Before I do
I promise it won't kill you

It won't kill you
I promise

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Hold on

Hold on,
Don't take that step
Wait for the moment
The one you're told is best

Hold on,
Are you sure?
Do you think that prize is yours?
Should try at all?

Hold on,
Stay right where you are
Remain on par,
Don't try to move ahead

Hold on
It doesn't seem great
It's better than worse
But it isn't the best

Hold on,
Till you're absolutely sure
Nothing's in the way
Victory's yours

-Poem Fanatic


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Raiders from the North by Alex Rutherford

Hello everyone! Today, I'm going to be reviewing "Raiders from the North" by Alex Rutherford. It is the first book in her "Empire of the Moghul" series, and revolves around the life of the first Mughal emperor, Babur.
 Babur became king of Ferghana at the young age of 12, following the death of his father. From the moment of his coronation till his last few breaths, Babur's life was one of danger, ambition, courage and war. He lost control of his lands several times, but came back to build an empire in India ( that was previously known as Hindustan).
 The book takes us through the long journeys that Babur undertook as a child, and shows us his growth from a King to an Emperor, and from a warrior to a leader.
 Rutherford tells her tale as a narrative from the third person point-of-view, and creates fictional characters along the way. Most of the events have basis in real life, but some have been skipped or merged together to create a more legible novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and have now finished the second novel as well.
 I didn't quite think that I'd enjoy the book, but I loved it, and am surprised that I want to continue with the series. This book was over 400 pages, and therefore counts for my Big Book Challenge as well. I know that this review was quite short, but I wanted to let you know about the book without spoiling it for you. The book does involve a lot of war and expansion of territory, and telling you about any one could ruin the whole book for you.
 I'd recommend all of you to try out this book- trust me, you will be surprised!

Monday, 15 August 2016

IMWAYR- 15/08/2016

Hey everyone! I'm back with another reading update for IMWAYR. This meme is hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com. I've had quite a good reading week, and I've made good progress with my reading challenges as well.
 I finished reading "The Leaving" by Tara Altebrando. I loved the book. It was different, thrilling and suspenseful. Look out for a review of this book soon. This book was 432 pages, and therefore counts for my Big Book Challenge, which ends on September 5th this year.
 I also finished reading "Ink" by Amanda Sun. This books is based on Japanese mythology, but told in a modern way. I went out on a limb with this book, and though the synopsis isn't great the book was fast-paced and exciting. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy,
 Our school started two weeks ago, and we've just received our textbooks. The text we will be studying this year in English is "The Giver" by Lois Lowry (Newberry award-winning book). I finished this book as well. I didn't love the book, but I found it unique in comparison to most other post-apocalyptical science fiction books I've read.
 I'm done reading "Dumb Witness" by Agatha Christie, which was more than 400 pages, so it counts for my Big Book Challenge as well. I found the ending quite surprising, but I can't say that the book is one of my favourite murder novels.
 I finally finished reading "Brothers At War" by Alex Rutherford. It's the second book in the "Empire of the Moghul Series" and I found it slower than the first one, so it took me a long time to finish it.I also finished reading the third book in the series, "Ruler of the World". I liked this one a lot better, and finished it in 2 days! Both books count for the Big Book Challenge.
 I'm currently reading the 4th book in the series, "The Tainted Throne". Guess what? It counts for my Big Book challenge. It will be the 10th Big Book I've read this summer.
 I've outdone myself in terms of reading this week, and I don't think I'll be able to do so well anytime in the near future. I've had a great week though, and I have a long list of TBR books awaiting me next week.

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