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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 31/12/2016

Hey everyone, and welcome to the last Saturday Snapshot of the year!!! I'm going to start a new mini-series on my blog within Saturday Snapshot. This time, I'll be sharing pictures from a family trip to Chile way back in 2008. All credits for the pictures go to my dad for these pictures!

*This meme is hosted by westemetromommyreads.com

Today I'll be showing you some pictures of Santiago and the towns of Patagonia. Next week, I'll share pictures of the wildlife we encountered in Patagonia.


A view of Santiago


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Only One Option

Ask a question,
Don't take no for an answer
Force a matter,
Give halfway through

Blame the model,
Don't consider yourself
Calculate the logic,
Remove all emotion


Monday, December 26, 2016

IMWAYR- 26/12/2016

Hey guys- it's time for the final reading update of 2016!* I didn't get much reading done this week, but I really don't want to miss out on the last memes of the year...


*This meme is co-hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 24/12/2016

Hey Everyone! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*! This week I'll be sharing with you a few pictures from a trip my family and I took to Acapulco (Mexico) way back in 2008.

*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com 



Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

The next book in the series
Publication Date: April 27th 2003
Genre: Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

I initially stumbled upon this book while surfing through my Goodreads Recommendations. I'm quite glad that I decided to pick it up, because while it's not one of my favorites, it's an arguably light read and an interesting perspective on friendship.
 Lydia Hoffman, a cancer survivor and ardent knitter, decides to "affirm her life" by opening a knitting shop. Knitting and her father were the two main things that helped her get through her bout of cancer, and now that her father was gone, she had decided to set up her life as a knitter. A Good Yarn would be home to knitting classes and exquisite yarns that she'd love to use herself. To her sister though, this idea seemed incomprehensible.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winds Down the Streets

Winding down the streets,
A Young Girl, 
Unruffled by the Breeze,
Untroubled by her speed,
Undeterred by the size of the lane.

Undisturbed by the color,
Of her bike or her hair,
Unperturbed by the stains,
On her shoes or her shirt,
A Young Girl, 
Winds Down the Streets.


Monday, December 19, 2016

IMWAYR- 19/12/2016

It's time for the final few reading updates of 2016! IMWAYR (Kid lit version) is a meme hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com. Today I'll be sharing with you the progress I've made on my Goodreads Challenge as well as the reading I've managed to finish this week.



I had planned on reading 100 books this year. Unfortunately, it seems like that won't be a possibility. I'm currently reading my 90th book, so I'm hoping to finish 95 books this year. It's a little bit disappointing to finish five books away from my goal, but my goal is still ten books more than what I read last year, and progress is what counts, right?


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 17/12/2016

Hey Guys! It's time for another Saturday Snapshot*! Last Week, I got to attend a wedding in Kolkatta (India), and participate in all the traditional customs. One of those customs involves applying Mehndi, or Henna to all the girls hands. This week, I'm sharing some pictures of the ceremony with you.
*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com 

Applying the Mehndi


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Would you?

Would you dare
To get closer
To a being that's dead
That's alive in spirit
But dark in it's head?

Would you mind
Getting nearer
A Person that's changed
That's the same in spirit
But different in their head?

Would you feel fine
Walking slowly
With a stranger you just met
That's similar in spirit
But random in your head?

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, December 12, 2016

IMWAYR- 12/12/2016

Hey Guys! I'm back with another reading update! I actually managed to read a lot more than I thought I would this past week, which is why I'm back sharing with you.

This meme is co-hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com 

I finished reading "The Good Earth" by Pearl S Buck. I was slightly hesitant going into this classic, because it was the unabridged version and seemed quite slow. Surprisingly, I found that even though the book was based in China and written by an American, there was no prejudice in the book.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

"The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke is a testimony to the love and pride men felt towards their nation, before the First World War. "Under an English Heaven" is the most prominent line in the poem, that truly brings out the theme of patriotism and nationalism.
 Brooke does not fill his poem with extravagant images or ostentatious depictions, rather, he uses simple words to express his profound love for his nation. The words that he uses, such as "laughter, learnt of friends" give way to reminiscences of fond memories, allowing the reader to delve into their own mind and evaluate the greatness of their country.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Never Unearthed

The liquid of life,
Drips with a meaning,
Never Unearthed,
For it was custom, 
That mandated it

The marks of a whip,
Burn with a meaning,
Never unearthed,
For it was custom,
That allowed it


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bear an Idiosyncrasy

                                                                    An Idiosyncrasy,

You'll find in me
A slip of the tongue,
A Breath of the lung


                                                                   An Idiosyncrasy,

If you would please,
To Bear in your soul
My sweet tongue roll


                                                                    An Idiosyncrasy,

You'll find in me
An Idiosyncrasy,
That's me

-Poem Fanatic

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


Publication Date: April 14th 2009
Genre: Fiction, Grief
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

 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.

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!


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 unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com

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?

Memories:

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.
* This meme is hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com

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, 
Second-guesses,
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

Escape

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


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!
*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Expect me to Believe

I'll grant you a wish
I'll change your life
But don't expect me to believe

I'll help you rise
I'll help you conquer
But don't expect me to believe

Pretend for a minute
Pretend for another
But don't expect me to believe 

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, October 31, 2016

IMWAYR- 31/10/2016

Hey Guys! It's time for another reading update! This week wasn't a very busy week, but I somehow managed to neglect my reading. I was really looking forward to a book that refused to cooperate with me.
 I wanted to read the Survivor's Guide To Family Hapiness by . This isn't a self-help book, but a fiction novel about a broken family. For some reason though, it just refused to download on the Kindle!
 I'm currently reading Life Without Summer by Lynne Griffin, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I don't think this classifies as Young Adult, so I'm going to categorize it as Adult Fiction. It's about a mother who loses a child and her therapist- but also about so much more.

I didn't finish any other books, but I dedicated my week to getting two reviews out, which I'm happy about, and working on some tweaks for the blog.

Happy Reading to all of you!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 29/10/2016

Hey Everyone! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*. I finished my mini-series on my trip to Scandinavia in my last post. This week, I'll be starting another mini-series- this time about a trip I made way back in 2007 to Brussels, Belgium.
 *This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Publication Date: July 31st 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction ( in a historical setting)
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Hey everyone! I'm back with a book review. I was supposed to upload this one sometime last week, but I completely forgot about it...whoops! Anyway, today I'll be reviewing M.L. Stedman's "The Light Between Oceans".
 This book was the Goodreads' Choice Winner for 2012, so when my mom recommended it to me, I decided to give it a go. Admittedly, I was a little hesitant at first, because for some reason the story didn't sound very interesting to me at the time. Once I got into it though, I was really happy with my choice.  
 Tom Sherbourne served in the Australian/British forces in the first war, and after four years on the fronts, he's come back to serve in the lifeguard committe. He's sent to Janus Rock, a quiet island almost a day away from the coast. Not too long into the story, he marries Isabel, a bold, caring young girl from the nearby town.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Clarity

Clarity lies within they say,
It's the fog of the cities,
That prohibits clarity

Clarity is not necessary,
Or so they convey.
For when the rulers decide,
Clarity walks away

Clarity is in peace of mind
Clarity comes from a prayer
Clarity is nothing they say,
But what the rulers have said

Clarity is in freedom,
Clarity is in choice
Clarity does not come only from one,
Clarity comes from life.

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Publication Date: March 22nd 2011
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Grief
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

This novel was a recommendation by my mom, and I was surprisingly  interested in the story right from the beginning. I can't say that this book has been on my to-read list for a long time, but I simply can't understand why I didn't pick up this book earlier!
 Night Road by Kristin Hannah follows the story of a young teen who's been in the foster care system since she can remember. Alexa (or Lexi) has finally found her permanent home with her Great Aunt. Her social worker enrolls her in a prestigious high school, where she befriends Mia, an introvert who's twin brother is the school's most popular boy.

Monday, October 24, 2016

IMWAYR- 24/10/2016

Hey everyone! I'm back with my weekly reading update. This meme is co-hosted by teachmentortexts.com and unleashingreaders.com. Let's diver right in, shall we?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Feast or Starve

Feast your eyes,
Feast your heart
Feast your mind
On what could've been

Starve your bones
Starve your nerves
Starve your mind
On what has been given

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 22/10/2016

Hey Everyone! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*. This week, I'll be concluding my mini-series on my trip to Scandinavia.

*This meme is hosted by Westmetromommyreads.com

A street well known for it's shops 


Friday, October 21, 2016

Count the Stars

Count the stars 
That line the skies
Count the tears
That scar a face

You will find 
The numbers are the same
Count the stars
Tonight

Count the stars 
That line the skies
Count the pieces of a game

You will find
The numbers are the same
Count the stars
Tonight

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Confident

Pacing is not her style
She strides,
She never struts

Murmuring is not her style
She announces,
She never shouts


Monday, October 17, 2016

IMWAYR- 17/10/2016

Hey guys! I'm back with another IMWAYR* post!!! I chose not to upload posts in between because I was too busy to have any good reading progress- but I'm back on my feet.
*It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is co-hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday Snapshot-15/10/2016

Hello Everyone! I'm back for another Saturday Snapshot, hosted by westmetromommyreads.com. This post will also be about my trip to Norway.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Publication Date: February 7th 2012
Genre: Post-apocalyptic, Dystopia, Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 2/5

Hello Everyone! I'm back with another book review- I know it's been a very long time since I uploaded one. I recently finished reading Delirium, by Lauren Oliver. This is a book for fans of Divergent, Hunger Games, Matched or any other post-apocalyptic dystopian books about futuristic societies. I can't say I loved this book, but I didn't dislike it either.

Monday, October 10, 2016

With your soul

Hold me,
With your power
Release me,
With your control
Tear me,
In your rage
Piece me together,
With your soul

Maim me,
With your flame
Trap me,
In your spell
Frighten me,
With your noise
Comfort me,
With your soul

With your soul,
Apologize, for the terrors
Of your mind

With your soul,
Convey, your love
Of life

With your soul,
Let us know, 
You love us
Evermore

With your soul
You shall grow
From the flower
To the tree

-Poem Fanatic


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Pretend

Pretence is no longer a game
Pretend if you must
Pretend if there is no option
Pretence can be useful

Pretend to have the joy
If it will spare someone's pain
Pretence won't harm you
Till the very end
Pretend to love it then
Pretence is no longer a game

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 08/10/2016

Hey guys! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot, in continuation with my mini-series about my trip to Scandinavia. This post will be about Norway, and all credits for pictures go to my dad for this series.
Cottage where we stayed


Blossom

Blossom, 
A bloom you're meant to be
Nurture,
The rain is your feed
Enchant me,
A magical world awaits


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Don't Dare

Don't dare to move away
Don't dare to stay in one place
Don't dare to be the one
Don't dare to be no one

Don't dare to call out your fears
Don't dare to remain silent
Don't dare to help a friend
Don't dare to watch again

Don't dare to make a change
Don't dare to sit on the side
Don't dare to reject your friends
Don't dare to stay alone

-Poem Fanatic


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 24/09/2016

Hey Guys! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*. Today, I'll be starting a mini-series of my trip to Scandinavia a few years ago. This post is based on Copenhagen. Hope you enjoy your weekend!
*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com
View of Castle from across the Lake


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's been a while

I agree,
That it's been a while
It's been some time
I know

I believe
That it'll all come back
It's been some time
I agree

I understand
It won't be as great
Because it's been a while
I know

I assert
The time has done me good
That it's been some time
I agree

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Horrors

Dim, the lights flicker
Dark, the lights are no longer
Scuffles, something moves
Shrieks, something dares her

Breathing in, inhaling poison
Breathing out, unable to let it go
Close her eyes, the horrors sing
Open them, the horrors dance


Burning, her throat has retched
Parched, yet it longs for more
Lying, she needs to stretch
Standing, she shall soon collapse

Close her eyes, the horrors sing
Open them, the horrors dance

-Poem Fanatic

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Always

Together, always
Separate, always
Chained, always
Free, always

Destined, always
Lost, always
Decisive, always
But what was always?

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, September 12, 2016

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


Publication Date: May 6th 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Hello Everyone! I'm back with a book review after a long time- but I promise this one was worth waiting for. I'll be reviewing Anthony Doerr's "All the Light We Cannot See" today, and trust me, just as soon as you read the book you'll understand why I love it so much.
 Doerr's novel, set in the Second World War, revolves around the life of a blind French girl and an orphaned German Boy. Flitting through years and countries, Anthony Doerr depicts marvelously the struggles of life during a war, no matter which character he is writing about.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Among The Stars

As she lay among the stars
She breathed the light of honesty
She rid herself of deception
She found herself in a pure world

As she lay among the stars
She made her commitment
She made herself better
She blossomed into being

As she lay among the stars
She guided the world
She grew into a true human
She cleared herself of fears

But it was only,
As she lay among the stars
That these thoughts were the truth
For when she lay upon the grass
What she was among the stars
Was a mere memory

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Saturday Snapshot-10/09/2016

Hey everyone, I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*! Unfortunately, my mini-series on my trip to Turkey has come to an end. This week, I'll be sharing some pictures of traditional celebrations in Mexico that honour the dead on "Dia de Los Muertos". I lived there for a while, and was fortunate enough to be able to view and partake in  the festivities.
* This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com

Decorative Urn

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Craving in your heart

If there's too much
There's pain in your mind
If you don't have any
There's a craving in your heart

No matter how much you take
No matter how little 
There'll be a craving in your heart

Whether it be to fulfill
Or to complete
By necessity
Or because of that craving in your heart

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 03/09/2016

Hey everyone! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*. This week, I'll be sharing the last few pictures from  my trip to Turkey. Stay tuned for another mini-series!
* This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com

Turkish dancers


Thursday, September 1, 2016

The path

There's an endless path
Guiding your life
It's never supposed to end

When you have to walk in the forest
On a path that doesn't exist
Remind yourself
You're helping to elongate
The path you were once on

There's an endless path
Guiding your life
It's never supposed to end

One day you'll find
That it's over
And you'll be lost
But when you journey on

Remind yourself
You're helping to elongate
The path that you were once on

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hiding in the shadows

The moment's disappeared
It's been a while 
I can't remember it anymore

The hour's gone as though 
It was a second
It's been a short one
I can't remember it anymore

Where's it gone?
I wonder to myself
Why is the things we want
Will never show themselves?

Hiding in the shadows
They'll show themselves 
One day

Until then
That moment's disappeared
The hour's gone as though
It was a second
I can't remember it anymore

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, August 29, 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.


Saturday, August 27, 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


Wednesday, August 24, 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, August 23, 2016

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

Publication Date: February 11th 2016
Genre: Friendship, Young Adult Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

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.


Sunday, August 21, 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, August 20, 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

Thursday, August 18, 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, August 17, 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 you 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, August 16, 2016

Raiders from the North by Alex Rutherford


Publication Date: January 1st 2009
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

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, August 15, 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.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 13/08/2016

Hey Everyone, it's time for another snapshot*! I've shared with you all of the pictures from my trip to Singapore, so today I'll be sharing pictures from a trip I took to Shimla in the winter of  2014. Shimla is the capital of a North Indian State, and it can be quite cold!
 Enjoy your weekend.
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Overview of the city


Friday, August 12, 2016

For you

What it was
 I don't recall
Because it fell apart
Too soon for me to realize
If my heart was yours at all

I wonder now as I am free
Did you ever care
Or was it my mind
That you sought
For yourself?

What I did
I don't remember
But I know it was for you
Did you think I wouldn't realize?
(That my heart was never yours)

As I dwelled upon your words
I understood that they were orders
And I was reminded that is was for you
It's always for you

-Poem Fanatic


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Shine with the Angelic Glow

Shine, 
With your Angelic Glow,
Light up this dim world of ours,
Guide with your indirect light,
The path we should tread upon

Shine,
With your Angelic Glow,
Thrust away the grey figures
Replace them with your envoys 

Shine,
With your Angelic Glow,
Remind us in this dim world of ours
Of the path that was tread upon
And the path that should be walked

Shine, 
With your Angelic Glow
For one last moment
Till I let go

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, August 8, 2016

IMWAYR-08/08/2016

Hello everyone! I'm back with another IMWAYR* post. It's been a while since my last reading update- and I've read a lot of books since then. I'm just going to write about this last week though.
 I finished reading "United as one" by Pittacus Lore, the last book in the Lorien Legacies. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, but it was quite gripping, and a good ending to the series. This book was more than 400 pages, and so it counted for my  The Lorien Legacies are one of the only series I've ever read about aliens- but it did feel quite like a normal series after the first book.
  I also finished reading "Cards on the Table" by Agatha Christie. I'm absolutely loving it so far, and I think it may be one of my favourite Christie novels!

I'm currently reading "Brothers at War" by Alex Rutherford. It's the second book in "The Moghul Empire" series, and it's about Humayun. I'm enjoying it, although I did prefer the first book "Raiders from the North". Both of these books also count for my Big Book Challenge.
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 06/08/2016

Hey everyone! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot.* I had a great time with my cousin in Singapore, and one of the first places she took me to was the South East Asia Aquarium. Today I'll be sharing some pictures of the creatures there.
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Some "mushroom" jellyfish

Friday, August 5, 2016

If I could

If I could,
I would, 
I know I'd do it,
If I should

Should I?
Be that strong?
Or should I 
Be weaker than I was?

Hide from my heart
Hide from my soul
Hide from my life

If I could 
I would
I know I'd do it
If I could

-Poem Fanatic

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Dew

Flexible glass,
Sits on a bed of green
Pearls of white
Lay on the surface
While domes form 
Over top
Streaks of blue 
And streaks of green
Marbled into white
The soft breeze
Carries the soothing scent
The one that belongs to 
Dew

-Poem Fanatic

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Daydream

She was a daydream
She was a nightmare
She was nothing 
But the perfect scare

She was perfect
That's what she was
Until she wasn't 
The Perfect girl went away

She had wings sprout
Out of her spine
She was the perfect girl
Who knew how to fly

Until they decided
That she wasn't great 
She didn't deserve them
The wings went away

She's no longer a daydream
She's been a nightmare
Way too many times
She's been a perfect scare

She doesn't want greatness
She doesn't want fame
She wants to be a living thing
She doesn't want to be a dream

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 30/07/2016

Hey everyone, I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*. I'm taking you on my trip to the OCBC Skywalk, in Singapore. This Skywalk is in between two "Super-trees", that are made of strong metal, and are a prominent part of the Singapore skyline.
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View from atop the skywalk. This view is of the more secluded part of "Gardens by the Bay"


Friday, July 29, 2016

There was a time

There was a time
I knew what I wanted
There was a place
That used to give me it

I ruled the world
At least the one that was mine
I wasn't alone
But there wasn't a crowd all the time

There was a time
When life meant happiness
Sugar and hearts
That used to give me it

-Poem Fanatic

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Your fault

You won't let me get a word in
So I have to scream
You won't listen just like that
So I start to weep

You stop caring the second I
Contradict your speech
You then think of your pride
So you start to scream

It wouldn't be my fault
If you let me speak
The second you deny my speech
I will start to bleed

But what you fail to see
Is that you stopped listening
So you started this whole thing.

-Poem fanatic

The day has come

I never thought
That this day would come
That you would end up
Chaining my life

I never knew
That this day would come
That you'd keep me
And my thoughts a prisoner

I never considered it
That this day could come
That you'd torment me
For your pride

I never had to hope
That today wouldn't come
That there wouldn't be a day
When you'd refuse to listen

I never felt
That you would be my devil
That you would be my enemy
But that day has come

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I don't need it

I don't need an explanation
I don't your guarantees
I don't need your reactions
I don't need an apology

I don't need your helping hand
I don't need your cheerful smile
I don't need a favour  from you
I don't need your make-up time

I don't want it
Whatever you're offering
I don't need it
I'm fine without you there

I don't want it
Whatever you say is mine
I don't need it
I'm fine without it in my life

-Poem Fanatic



Saturday Snapshot- 23/07/2016

Hey everyone! It's time for another Saturday Snapshot, and this week I'll be sharing some more pictures of my trip to Singapore. These are some snaps of my "tourist detour". I visited the URA, or the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore. My cousin encouraged me to go after having visited the place on a field trip.
 This government office is open to the public, and they are able to view all the changes that will be made to the country over the next ten years. Among other things, there are games that help kids understand how hard planning is, a wall that takes us back in time and a 3-D map of the country. Let's get started!
 I was really impressed with the whole concept of the URA. It's proof to the citizens that change is going to happen, and it gives the room to move themselves out of or into an area, and also allows them to plan efficiently for the future.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Watch out

Drop the pebble into the river
Skip the stone into the lake
Watch out for the ripples
Because they'll be there

Shake the branch of the tree
Snap the stem of the plant
Watch out for the leaves
Because they'll be there

Break down the door
Hammer in the nail
Watch out for the splinters
Because they'll be there

-Poem Fanatic



I heard

I heard that you,
Wanted to go away,
Wanted to leave this place,
Wanted to do something different

I heard that you,
Needed a helping hand,
Needed a better friend,
Needed a way to move on 

I heard that you,
Wanted to change your name,
Wanted to break the rules,
Wanted to act like you don't care,

I heard that you,
Needed a partner in crime,
Needed another day
Needed something different

I heard that you were
Practically a 
Different person 
Than the one you used to be

I heard that you
Were me
But now you're just a 
Voice in my head

-Poem Fanatic

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lovely Tree by Rita Reed

Hey Everyone, I'm back with another Poetry Appreciation post. This won't be a very long review, in accordance with the length of the poem, and instead will simply point out a few things in the writing of this poem.
  I was surfing through a list of modern-day poems when I came across this one. It struck me immediately, and stood out for all the right reasons. The poet personifies the sun, the wind and a tree and does it very well. I was drawn into her short descriptions and her casually dominant use of imagery.


Lost to the world

Fazed by the thought of complexity,
Distressed at the sound of anger,
Denied the expression she requires,
She, is lost to the world

Forced into a comatose state,
Pushed away from the core,
Trembling it runs away,
Her emotion, is lost to the world

Balanced on the edge of a cliff,
Tipping over into a hole,
Shivering on the brink of extinction,
Her words, are lost to the world

-Poem Fanatic 


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Race

The whistle is blown
The race has begun
Everyone's running
The race has begun

The race hasn't ended
It never will
The race that is life
Is  not a thrill

Adrenaline surges
But it soon comes to a stop
What is the point
Of running a never-ending race?

The whistle is blown
The race has begun
Everyone's running
Except for one

-Poem Fanatic

There was

There was a secret chord
That managed to lift my mood
There was a secret key
That managed to turn me

There was a special place
That managed to help me be
There was a special room
That managed to make me happy

There were so many things
There were so many joys
There were so many little beings
That no longer are the same

There were too many things
For me to care about anymore
There still are a few
But they're different
Just like me

-Poetic Fanatic

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Doubt

She slides it across the room
Drags it down the stairs
Pushes it out of the house
Pulls it into the forest
Throws it into the river

It will find its way back home
No matter where it lies
No matter how far away it sleeps
It will find its way back home
For home is in her mind

She may stab it with a knife
She may electrocute it with a wire
She may shoot it with a gun
It will find its way back home
For doubt,
Home is in her mind

-Poem Fanatic
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