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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Winter in Summer

The icy chill of winter is back
It brings with it the frost 
The white of the snow
But winter has been contained

For all around it
We see blooms of summer
The color of the flower
Summer has spread

The blossoms of winter
Settle with those of summer
Their harmony can't be trusted for long
For how can winter sustain in summer?

Their current harmony
Proves to us
Co-existence
Is a possibility

Winter is re-created for us in Summer
Just like Summer is recreated in Winter
The heat and the cold
Co-exist in harmony

-Poem Fanatic



Dread

Dread
It seeps into your skin
Like a fog 
That never lifts

It's poisoned water
Water that never evaporates
Darkened by your own thoughts
This dense liquid
Will always remain

Dread
It spreads to your heart
Like a cancer
That can never be cured

It's a viral infection
That cannot be treated
Rushed by your own pulse
This disease will always remain

Dread
Cured only by courage
Cured only by risk
Evaporated only
By the heat of our trust
The heat of our love
The heat of our bravery.

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 25/06/2016

Hey guys! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot!* This week- I'll be showing you some more pictures of Spain. I've decided to make a mini-series of pictures from Spain. Once I've shared them all with you, I'll move onto a new topic.
* This meme is hosted by Westmetromommyreads.com

Small Alley- I remember it was filled with buskers


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

 Publication Date: March 18th 2003
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Hey guys! I'm back with another update for my Big Book Challenge of 2016. This challenge is hosted by Bookbybook. If you're unsure of what it is- you can check it out here.  The first Big Book I read was "Inferno" by Dan Brown*. Someone had gifted it to me- and I started reading it without realizing that it was part of a series- the Robert Langdon series.
 Inferno was in fact the fourth book in the series. Fortunately, my parents had the 2nd and 3rd books at home already, so I found two more big books to read this summer. "The Da Vinci Code" is the 2nd book in the series.


Monday, June 20, 2016

The Ray

Through the clouds
Through the fog
I see a ray of sunshine
A ray that everyone's eyes seem to be ignoring
Everyone's but mine

I cannot feel its warmth yet
But no doubt, 
I soon will
For a ray of positivity
Can't be ignored for eternity

The fog seems to weaken
And once the ray is sighted
I feel warmth spreading on my back

The cold is gone
With the sighting of the ray

-Poem Fanatic

IMWAYR-20/06/2016

Hey guys! I'm back with another update on my reading. I didn't read much this week- because I was away for a conference, but I will update you on the little progress I have made.*
 *This meme is co-hosted by unleashing readers and teach mentor texts.
I finished reading "Almost French" by Sarah Turnbull. I found the book a little slow, but it did give a very realistic insight into the dilemmas of living abroad. This was the first non-fiction book I read this year. You can find the review for this book here.
 I am still reading "Lord Edgware Dies" by Agatha Christie. Unfortunately, I haven't made much progress from where was last week- although I hope to finish the book within the next two or three days.
I just started reading "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. It's a part of his Robert Langdon series, along with "Inferno". I haven't been reading them in order- but I'm enjoying it so far. Look out for a review of this book soon!
  I found a very interesting book on Sue Jackson's blog, titled "My name isn't Friday". I look forward to reading this book as well. Although it may be awhile before I acquire it- it's definitely going to the top of my T.B.R. list. Let me know if any of you have read it!


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Supposed to be


She saw from your eyes
She heard from your ears
She spoke from his throat
But somewhere inside
She felt with her own heart

She knew what to do 
She knew what to say
She knew how to act
But deep down inside
She knew she couldn't fake it

She spoke like she was told to
She walked the way they did
She dressed just like everyone else
So why didn't she fit in?

She lost her sight
She wasn't blind though
She lost her hearing
She wasn't deaf though
She lost her vocal cords
But she knew how to speak

 Everything was
The way it was "supposed to be"

-Poem Fanatic

Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

Publication Date: January 1st 2003
Genre: Travel
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5

I recently finished reading "Almost French" by Sarah Turnbull. This book, based on Turnbull's life is a new spin on the classic travel journal. Turnbull strays away from the tourist destinations and instead speaks of her passion for the country, without denying her dislike.
 "Almost French" is the story of a young (20..) Australian journalist who takes on the challenge to stay with a stranger. Travelling in Budapest, she meets her future husband, who asks her to live with him for a while in Paris. Excited by the prospect, she quits her job and starts work as a freelance writer.
  However the term "freelance" seems to mean rejections, icy replies and no money. Meanwhile, she also struggles to fit in with Frederic's French friends, who strictly follow outdated societal norms.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 18/06/16

Hey guys, I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot*. I'm continuing to share more snippets** from my trip to Spain- I may do this for a few more posts. Have a nice weekend.

*This meme is hosted by Westmetromommyreads.com
**These pictures were taken by my father

Friday, June 17, 2016

Secret

It's a secret,
But I know
It's gossip
But I don't

When it's friendship
The truth is no more
When it's non-existent
The truth spills out

You think I don't
But I know
I look at you
And I know

I know what you're hiding
And it's not something bad
No one betrayed you
I just know

To you it's a secret
To me it's the truth
You think it'll create a rumor
I think it'll start a friendship

-Poem Fanatic

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

Publication Date: March 1940
Genre: Murder-Mystery
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5

Hello everyone! I recently finished reading "Sad Cypress" by Agatha Christie. I really liked the story, characterization, and the narration, but I can't say that I loved it.
 The main character, Eleanor is accused of the murder of Mary Gerrard. It seems that she was the only person with both motive and opportunity. The story is recounted as she sits in the dock at court, from her point of view.
 Following this, Hercule Poirot investigates the case, and his final point of view is given through the assessments and inquiries of various witnesses.
 Initially, the case is presented as a clear-cut case. Eleanor's motive was jealousy and she had a great opportunity. Eleanor herself seemed to believe that she was guilty. However, its a Poirot novel- there has to be something more to the story than what's being told.


Monday, June 13, 2016

IMWAYR- 13/06/2016

Hey everyone, I'm back with another IMWAYR* post. By the time you read this post, I'll be away on a school conference, so this post may not be completely up to date. Anyway, here we go!
*This meme is hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com
I finished reading " Sad Cypress" by Agatha Christie. It's a Hercule Poirot novel, and I really enjoyed it. I loved the plot and the characters, however I feel that Poirot wasn't in the story for too long. Look out for a review of this book soon!
 I'm also currently reading "Lord Edgware Dies" by Agatha Christie. I recently went to the bookstore and picked up these two Agatha Christie's, so I'm devouring them up as fast as I can.
 I'm currently reading "Almost French" by Sarah Turnbull. I hope to finish that soon. It's going alright so far, but I can't say I'm loving it.

I did quite well with the blog last week, I've uploaded every day! Well- as I'm writing this, some of these posts haven't yet been uploaded, but I've written them all and they're scheduled to upload this week!
Blog Posts Last Week:
- Inferno by Dan Brown (Review)
- Thorns and Petals (Poem)
- Saturday Snapshot- 11/06/2016
- May Be (Poem)



Sunday, June 12, 2016

May be

Today I am bold
Today I am free
Tomorrow I may be scared
Tomorrow I may be chained

Today I am smart
Today I am joyous
Tomorrow I may be stupid
Tomorrow I may be miserable

Today I am loyal
Today I am passionate
Tomorrow I may be treacherous
Tomorrow I may be apathetic

I am today
I may be tomorrow
I'm not what I may be
I am what I am

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Saturday Snapshot- 11/06/2016

Hey everyone, I'm back for another Saturday Snapshot*, but by the time you read this post, I'll be away on a conference for school. I'm pre-scheduling this post, so I won't be sharing any new pictures this week. Instead, I'm sharing some more pictures of my trip to Spain last year.** Enjoy your weekend!
 * This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads
** All these pictures were taken by my father
City of Madrid

Thursday, June 9, 2016

They'll remain

There's a path
That we must follow
There's a road
That's been marked

There are walls 
To keep us safe
There are doors
To free us again

There are houses
To host our needs
There are homes
For our memories

But there's also trees
And leaves
And colourful birds
Flower and butterflies
Wasps and Bees

Mountains, Deserts
Snow and Rain
None of these are man-made
They're still there
At the end of the day

The path will disappear
The paint will fade
The walls come crumbling down
But the birds, they'll remain

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Thorns and Petals

Thorns,
 they stab her
Petals, 
they embrace her
Alliances, 
they help her
People, 
they haunt her
Songs,
 they relieve her
Noises, 
they demean her
Fragrances,
they elevate her
Fumes, 
they murder her
Stars,
 they let her see
Large stars, 
they blind her
Thorns, 
they stab her
Petals, 
they embrace her

-Poem Fanatic

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Inferno by Dan Brown

Hey everyone! I finished reading Dan Brown's "Inferno" a few days ago. It was my first "Big Book" of the Summer. If you are unsure about The Big Book Challenge, you can read my blog post here, or check out Bookbybook's description.

Publication Date: May 14th 2013
Genre: Thriller
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

If you hadn't guessed already, Dan Brown's Inferno revolves around Dante's Inferno. The story is about a Harvard Professor and a young doctor as they run from governments for reasons unknown to them.   The story is a blend between science fiction, action and adventure. Merged with countless tales of European History, Inferno truly is an exciting read.
 The book begins in a hospital, and continues through monumental settings. As the characters are introduced to the reader, audiences have a lot of time to speculate about the cause for hospitalization and the events that follow. Nothing is known to the reader, nor to the characters.


Monday, June 6, 2016

IMWAYRR- 6/06/2016

Hey Everyone, I'm back with a review of my reading week. There isn't much to write unfortunately, but this is just a short update.*
 This week, I finished reading "Inferno" by Dan Brown. It's the first book I finished for my Big Book Challenge. I'll be writing a review of the book soon. so look out for that.
I am currently reading "Almost French" by Sarah Turnbull. I haven't progressed very much, because I was focusing solely on Inferno.

Happy reading to everyone out there-  hopefully you read more than I did this week.

Blog posts last week:
Alone The Ascent
While my sister sleeps by Barbara Delinsky

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

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Ascent

Hope before the ascent begins
That they will elect to endure
Refuting them their bliss
Their pain has been obscured
But the time has come

Dream over the stagnant being
Of whiles yet to come
Pray that they choose to drift
Among the beauties of your soul

Make haste and imprint
Their image, sound and feel
While you dream, hope and pray
The ascent of your loved one
And of your recollections
Has begun

Divert your heart,
As you leak emotion
Their ascent shall be your undoing
But the ascent isn’t over yet

Suppress the fear
As your memories escape
The ascent of your loved one
And of your recollections
Is finished

-Poem Fanatic


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

While my sister sleeps by Barbara Delinsky


Publication Date: January 1st 2009
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Grief
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

I just finished reading "While my Sister Sleeps" by Barbara Delinsky. It was a phenomenal story, sprinkled with emotion and dressed with a simplistic style. I really enjoyed the story, in fact I finished it in a day!
 Molly is a young woman working in the family business. The Snow's run a flower and plant store atop "Snow Hill", and Molly retreats to the greenhouse quite often and shares a cottage with her elder sister, Robin, who's on her way to the Olympic Track Team.
 Unfortunately, Robin gets into an accident, and from there on story revolves around the family's bottled secrets and emotions. Their overbearing mother is devastated, it was she who pushed Robin to run.
 The cool, collected father is the pillar supporting the family, while the younger brother is facing problems of his own with his wife and child. Molly bears the brunt of her mother's hate, as she always does, but she realizes in time, that nothing could have been done to prevent Robin's accident.


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