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Sunday, September 24, 2017

The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt

Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Middle Grade
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Christa loves Christmas. The holiday season is her favorite season of all time- it's just so perfect! Unfortunately, this year, the holidays are stained by her parents separation.

She can't imagine spending the vacations without her father, even when her mom tells her she'll be joining her on a trip across Europe for the winter.

A cautious, play-it-safe kind of girl, Christa isn't really looking forward to the crowds and new foods. When she gets to her hotel though, there's a package from her father awaiting her. The first of 12, the letter dares to her complete a task she normally wouldn't.

As Christa works to finish the dares and make new friends within her mom's acting troop, her father shapes her into a more confident girl, from halfway across the world!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Meghalaya Waterfalls

Hey guys! I'm back with my last few pictures of our family trip to Meghalaya this summer! Don't worry though- I have some more exciting pictures to share with you from other trips we've taken over the years.

I'm linking up with Melinda @ WMMR to share these pictures with you guys!

Nohkalikai Falls- Cherrapunji

View from hotel room

Seven sister falls- Cherrapuji
Have any of you visited Meghalaya? Perhaps you've visited another similar state in India? Let me know in the comments below and have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Mawylnnong and Mawsynram

Last week, I shared some pictures of our family trip to Meghalaya this summer. Today, I'll be sharing some more pictures of our trip, this time of some natural formations around the state. In case you hadn't figured this out already, I'm participating in Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads.

A bridge made out of living roots near Mawlynnong village

A cave in Mawsynram, the second wettest place on Earth

A Shiv Ling inside the cave
Hope you guys enjoy all your weekends! Leave a link to your blogs, and I'll be sure to come check them out.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Blood and Ink by Stephen Davies

Publication Date: September 19th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Kadi is a young girl in modern-day Timbuktu. Daughter of a scripture librarian. A fan of literature, music and art, she hopes one day to become the esteemed guardian of the scriptures her father currently looks after.

Ali is a small-town boy from the villages of Mali. He's joined the Defenders of Faith, a branch of Al Qaeda and is an important player in the take of Timbuktu.

As life changes drastically in Timbuktu, Ali and Kadi meet. They hate each other instantly- but something about their natures encourages them to interact with one another. Opening up to each other was a huge mistake- or was it?

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Drive to Shillong

Hey guys! This week I'll be linking up with Melinda @ Westmetro Mommy Reads to share some pictures of our summer trip to Meghalaya this year. Meghalaya is a state in North-East India. These are some pictures we took on the drive up to Shillong.

Have any of you ever been to Meghalaya- or anywhere else in India? Let me know in the comments below! Hope you guys all have a great week!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Neighborhood Girls by Jessie Anne Foley

Publication Date: September 12th 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
My Goodreads Rating:4/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Wendy's dad was a police officer in Chicago. She always thought he resembled the heroes in movies. That is, until he was arrested. Her life turns upside down when she is ostracized for her last name. To make things worse, she gets threatened on the way back from a party one night.

Finally, Wendy meets exactly the right kind of girl to help her build up a defense system. Kenzie is mean, popular, and an alpha. Along with two other girls, Wendy has become part of the school's most popular clique- where no one can touch her.

This "toxic friendship" begins to drain Wendy. She knows bullying others to protect herself is wrong. She knows that Kenzie is possibly one of the worst people she has met. But is she so addicted to the safety and power that she should compromise her values?

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Landmarks of Venice

I'm back with my last post about Italy (2012). I know I've said that before- but this time I honestly think that I don't have any other Italian pictures to share with you! Here are some last pictures of Venetian buildings and cathedrals.

This meme is hosted by Melinda @ Westmetromommyreads.

St Mark's Basilica

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Willing and Capable

Willing to plunge into ice-water,
Watering my empty seed,
Sowing seeds of forgiveness,
Capable of forgiving life

Willing to race across fire,
Flaming, my heart will beat,
Constant beats of joy,
Capable of giving life happiness

Willing to fly among smoke,
Choked, my lungs will try to breathe,
Breathe out my expressions,
Capable of giving life meaning

Willing to pound through wood,
My wooden, numb arms moving,
Rudimentary human movements,
Capable of giving life purpose

Willing to burn and freeze
If only it would offer a purpose,
A meaning, a hidden value

Capable of destruction,
If only it would offer a happiness,
A forgiving nature
To all of what was expressed

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Running Full Tilt by Michael Currinder

 Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Leo and Caleb aren't best friends. Then again, most siblings have complex relationships. When Caleb's angry though, his outbursts literally send Leo running. This violent behavior forces the family to relocate, to a new setting where Leo and Caleb both hope to prosper.

Over time, Leo develops the ability to run fast and think ahead. He joins the cross-country and track teams at his new school, and even befriends a state champion. Learning from the best runner his age, Leo improves his skills and even meets a girl he has a crush on.

Yet Caleb still hasn't managed to settle down in his new life. Leo's newfound peace won't last long, because Caleb's jealousy will soon start to show in violent beatings and scary behavior.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-Cathedrals of Venice

This will be the second-to-last post in my series on Italy ( this time for sure)! Today I'm sharing the interiors of some cathedrals in Venice- most likely the St. Mark's Basilica.

I'm linking up with Melinda @ Westmetromommyreads for this weekly meme. She writes great book reviews so you should go check her out!

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