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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills is the tale of a young girl from New York (Sloane) who moves to Florida and finds herself in a great friendship with twins; Vera is a social-media star with an incredibly bright personality and Gabe a serious and profound boy.
 Vera and Gabe's father has recently remarried, and the twins are struggling to accept the loss of their mother. When one of her beloved paintings goes missing, the twins are absolutely crushed. Feeling a fierce sense of protectiveness for her friends, Sloane takes it upon herself to track down the missing painting and secure her friendship with Vera and Gabe.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-25/04/2017

The Broke and the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday every week. It's a meme where bloggers around the world make a list of their Top Ten Items related to a certain theme. This week the theme is "Top Ten Things that Instantly Make Me want to NOT read a Book"


So in no particular order here is my list this week:

1. Zombies
I've never been much of a violence fan, so books involving zombies are very uninteresting to me.

2.Horror 
I neither enjoy horror books or movies, and find that the writing can be over-dramatized in these novels.

3.Pirates
Similar to zombies, I never had an interest for them. Not growing up, and certainly not now. I actually don't think I've ever read and enjoyed a book with pirates in them!

4.Bad Grammar
I often put down books that compromise grammar for characterization. Sometimes it's alright, but when coupled with bad grammar in the narration, I just cannot deal with it!

5. Government-controlled dystopia/utopia
I've read way too many of these books. I find that while they are interesting during the reading period, you later realize that they are all very similar.

6. Book Jackets/Sleeves
I love beautiful covers, but book jackets are extremely hard to maintain and just get in the way of reading! I prefer books where the cover is printed on rather than printed on a jacket and then slid over the book.

7. Low ratings on Goodreads
No matter how great the summary, low ratings will always turn me away from a book, unless it is a recommendation by a trusted reader.

8. Biographies
While I can read some autobiographies and memoirs, I find that biographies have a very dull tone and I've never completely got through them. I only pick up autobiographies by people whose stories I am extremely determined to find out.

9. More than 7 books in the Series
I will never knowingly pick up a book in a series with more than seven books. It gets very tedious and monotonous to read, All of this of course, is countered by recommendations!

10. Robot or Cyborg World
I love a lot of sci-fi books but I've never really tried a Robot or Cyborg book! I can't say I hate them without having tried them, but I guess I'm just waiting for the right book!



Monday, April 24, 2017

IMWAYR-24/04/2017

Hey guys, I'm back with another reading update! I'm linking back up with Kathryn @ The Book Date for this weekly meme.

This week I finished reading Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas. Sequel to the amazing Because You'll Never Meet Me, I was expecting great things. It was great, but for some reason I found it quite hard to get through and it took me around two weeks to read!

I also finished reading Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. She's the author of the Delirium trilogy, which was definitely not on my favourites list, but I can say for sure that I enjoyed this book. It tells the story of a high-school senior who lives her last day alive 7 times. It's the perfect quick, yet deep read for a teen.

I attended the Shakespeare Comedy Theater Festival in Delhi last weekend, and after watching Macbeth felt inspired to read it and understand the differences between the play I watched and the original. I finished reading The Modern Shakespeare's Translated version of the play.

I began reading "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead. My cousin recommended this middle-grade, mysterious novel to me, and I have to say I'm enjoying it!

I'm currently reading The Postmistress by Sarah Blake. Yup, that's right, I'm still working on that one! I've been sharing the book with my mom, which means we've both been reading it simultaneously. It's fallen a bit on the back-burner.


Here are last weeks posts, in case you want to check them out:

-Top Ten Tuesday-18/04/2017
-Mosquitoland by David Arnold (Review)
-Mountain Ridge (Poem)
-Saturday Snapshot-22/04/2017


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 22/04/2017

Happy weekend! I'm back with another mini-series on my blog. Hosted by westmetromommyreads.com , Saturday Snapshot is a meme that encourages bloggers to post pictures they've taken.
 This series will be about a family trip to the UK in 2009. Here are some of the "Heights of UK".


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mountain Ridge

Deep wedges emerge,
Surrounded by meaningless,
Yet intricate carvings
Whose detail is only revealed,
To a caressing touch

Pray, though I may to the mountain,
It replies with coarse,
Strangled speech that drives,
My visible being to bleed.

Flat though it once may have been, 
Crushed and battered,
It now presents itself as
Simply a challenge

A fear overriding the prey, 
Accepts this presentation,
Refusing to succumb to
A similar presence

But time will prove,
the Scratches will stay,
It is the blooms that will leave the ridges,
Darkened by the Winds

-Poem Fanatic


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Hey guys- I'm back with another review of an amazing book! I read "Mosquitoland" by David Arnold early last year, and found out that I never shared it with you guys! I rated this book five stars on Goodreads- and would have given it ten if I could.

 Mim Malone, who has been residing with her mother in Northern Ohio since the whirlwind of her parents' divorce, is suddenly sent to the "wastelands" of Mississippi to live with her father and step-mother. Before she has time to process what happened, she learns that her mother is sick back in Cleveland, so she packs her bag and boards a bus to travel back home.
  She meets various interesting characters along the way, who become as much a part of her story as the final journey of meeting her mother one last time. Among these characters is young Walt, a homeless teenager suffering from Down's Syndrome, who becomes a sort of brother to Mim.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- 18/04/2017

Hey everyone! I'm back with yet another Top Ten Tuesday list- courtesy of brokeandbookish.blogspot.com. This week, the list is about the Top Ten Things that Will Instantly Make Me want to Read a Book!


So here I go!

NOTE: None of these items are all-consuming. They are either background elements or share the limelight with some other concept in the novel.

1. Set in World War II
I have a weakness for books set during WWII (I'm a huge history fan). Since personal feelings are rarely explored within the walls of a history classroom, I seek books that incorporate great writing and history into a work of fiction.

Recommendation: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 

2. Teenage Girls Trying Something New
Whether it's a social experiment, a new hobby or a family adventure, I usually love reading stories about new experiences!

Recommendation: Popular by Maya van WaAgenen

3. "Travel"
Don't get me wrong- I don't mean books that advise you on where to travel. I mean books where travel is a main theme and plays into all that is important about the characters. I really like travel-journalism books as well.

Recommendation: Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

4.Artistic/Hobby Related
If the book is about a talented young artist I will immediately want to know more! Whether they're musical proteges, artistically inclined or graceful dancers, there's ALWAYS more to the story! Whether or not the hobby is the main focus of the story, it usually adds essential elements to the narrative and the character.

Recommendation: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

5.High-School & Fitting In 
My favourite type of High-School books are always the ones where an unlikely friendship springs up. Where opposites attract and it forms a dramatic relationship!

Recommendation: Night Road by Kristin Hannah

6. Character is stranded by family
Where the main character is an orphan, or has either abandoned or been abandoned by her family. (Literally or figuratively). I really enjoy the development of the characters as they learn to trust others and get over the tragedies they have suffered.

Recommendation: Mosquitoland by David Arnold (review comes out tomorrow), One for the Murphys by Lynda M. Hunt

7. Beautiful Covers
We all say we don't judge a book by its cover, but who are we kidding?

Recommendation: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

I'm going to stop the list here, because most of the other things I have in mind are conditional... what topics would make your list? Leave me a link and I'll go check it out!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 15/04/2017

Hey guys, I'm back with yet another Saturday Snapshot, a meme hosted by westmetromommyreads.com. I couldn't find any more pictures from Italy, so I decided to conclude the series and give you a quick glimpse at a trip we took to the state of Zacatecas, Mexico, before jumping into another series.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Want to be

Dead you say, you want to be,
Be lifeless and still,
Still you won't attempt to be,
For that is much harder.
.
Harder than the life you live,
Live as though you are dead,
Dead you say, you want to be
Still you won't attempt it

Bright you say, you want to be, 
Be exuberant and energetic,
Energetic you won't attempt to be,
For that is much harder

Harder than the life you live,
Live as though you aren't bright,
Bright you say, you want to be
Still you won't attempt it.

Smart you say, you want to be, 
Be intelligent and knowing,
Knowing you won't attempt to be,
For that is much harder

Harder than the life you live,
Live as though you are dumb,
Smart you say, you want to be,
Still you won't attempt it

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I recently finished reading "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer, a story based on the characters of "Alice in Wonderland". The novel tells the story of Catherine, before she was the infamously heartless "Queen of Hearts".

Lady Catherine is an immensely talented baker, who hopes to one day open a baker with her lady-in-waiting and trusted friend, Mary Anne. Her parents however, the Marquess and Marchioness of Rock Turtle Cove, do not deem it a profession proper for a Lady of the Court.
 For you see, Catherine has been in the clumsy King's sights for a while now. At a ball where he is expected to propose to her, she meets the new court joker, Jest and begins to court him secretly.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesdsay- 11/04/2017

Hello everyone! I'm linking back up with The Broke and the Bookish this week to participate in another Top Ten Tuesday. I didn't participate last week, because I couldn't relate to the topic. This week's topic however is very interesting. So find below, "Top Ten of The Most Unique books I've Ever Read".

Note: I'm not listing these books in order of preference, simply numbering them as they come to mind. 

1. "I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson. I read this book in the beginning of 2017. Noah and Jude Sweetwine are extremely artistic twins who suffer from loss in a non-linear novel. She writes as an artist, describing all items as colours and people as emotions. 


2. "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer. I finished this book very recently. Meyer tells the story of The Queen of Hearts, before she was The Queen of Hearts, using Caroll's writing style from the classic "Alice in Wonderland".

3. "Mosquitoland" by David Arnold. This unique book is about a young girl who's mother is suffering from cancer- and her journey towards her home. It's hard to describe curtly, but you can expect my review soon!

4. "Popular" by Maya van Wagenen. I read this teen memoir back in 2015, and this list reminded me of how much I loved it. Maya follows a 1950s teenage guide and attempts to make herself more popular in Middle School. 

5."The List" by Siobhan Vivian. This book is about an anonymous list that rates the girls in school every year. I absolutely loved it- and still remember it vividly, although I read it two years ago.

6. "Because You'll Never Meet Me" by Leah Thomas. I just finished reading the sequel to this book and I have to say that you should definitely read both!

7. "The Leaving" by Tara Altebrando. While I can't say this was one of my favourite books, I can say that I loved how different the plot was and how unique the characterization was!

8. "This Adventure Ends" by Emma Mill. This story revolves around a young girl, two twins and their pain and love. I read this book late last year, and would definitely recommend it to all of you!

9. "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library"by Chris Grabenstein.  This Middle-Grade Novel is extremely funny and interesting. Although it's a quick read, it's definitely not one you should miss!

10. "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell. I liked this one better than most of Rowell's other books, mostly due to the characterization. 

I've just realized that in this list of unique books I've read in the past two years, I've only reviewed three! You can look out for reviews of these books coming soon. I will definitely be reviewing "Because You'll Never Meet Me", "Popular", "Mosquitoland" and "This Adventure Ends".

My review of "Heartless" comes out tomorrow- be sure to look out for that!

What books have you read from this list? Any suggestions? 


Monday, April 10, 2017

IMWAYR-10/04/2017

Hey guys, it's time to update you on my reading progress once more! This meme is hosted by Kathryn @Book Date. 

I finished reading "Fire Study" by Maria v. Snyder, the third book in the Chronicles of Ixia series. It's a fantasy series about a poison taster in a militarist society- where most people are content, who develops magical powers and discovers she is actually from the democratic enemy lands.

I am currently reading "Nowhere Near You" by Leah Thomas. This is the second installation in the "Because You'll Never Meet Me" series. I read the first book last year, and was so shocked to discover that I haven't reviewed it yet. Look out for a review of both books coming soon


I've decided to put aside "The Messenger" until I have more time to read- so probably until the summer vacations.

I am also currently reading "The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake. This is a story set in WWII following the lives of an American radio jockey in London; the wife of a doctor in US; and the Postmistress in the town of Cape Cod. It's slightly confusing, but I've just begun the book and I'm sure I'll be able to make out the characters more easily towards the middle.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 08/04/2017

I'm afraid we've run into a slight problem (with an easy solution)! This will be my fifth post about my trip to Italy in 2012. Since it's a much larger "mini-series" than any of my other ones, I am now officially calling this a series.

So.... today, in continuation of last week's post, I'll be posting about a trip to the Roman city of Pompeii. 

*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com




Thursday, April 6, 2017

Musicality

Fluid, is the movement
Of the fingers, playing a
Movement, symphony 
Or scale

Taut, is the grip
Of the mouth, gripping 
An instrument from the heavens

Steady, are the breaths
Of the lungs, breathing into
An instrument that it loves

Such is the musicality
The monstrosity
The divinity 
Of the instruments from the heavens

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder


Hey everyone! As some of you might already know, I finished reading "Poison Study" by Maria V. Snyder" a few weeks ago. As it was such a quick read, I finished the sequel in the same week, but never got around to reviewing the book. So, here goes:

 Yelena is a criminal- she accepts the fact. After murdering her guardian (self-defense) she has been awaiting her execution in the dungeons of the Commander's Office. About to be hung, she is sent to the Chief of Security, who offers her a reprieve. She can die quickly, or she can risk a slow and painful death, while living in luxury.
Yelena chooses to become the Commander's food taster- and to face death at every meal. The Chief of Security however, is not letting her slip away so easily. He poisons her on the first day of the job. Unless she returns every day for her antidote, she will face an excruciating day before death. Soon however, she discovers that she possesses some sort of powers- that are forbidden in the Territory of Ixia.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Apex

At the apex,
Everything else looks small,
Smaller than the world

Worldly does one feel,
Floating above the rest.
Rest while you can, For
Forgetting the climb you will regret

Regret not the climb,
Nor the arduous journey
Regret instead the view.

View the apex 
As not the culmination of 
a task, but the beginning 
Of a new beginning  

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, April 3, 2017

IMWAYR- 03/04/2017

Hey guys! It's time for another reading update. I'm linking up with Kathryn at The Book Date, , the original host of this meme.

I finished reading "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer. This is a story about The Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland) before she was crowned the Queen. I loved the quirky characters and writing style of this book! Look out for a review next week!

I'm currently reading "Fire Study" by Maria V. Snyder, the third book in the "Chronicles of Ixia" series. I sped through the first two books and I'll be posting my review of the first book this week .

I'm still stuck on "I am the Messenger" by Markus Zusak. I think I'm going to give it a break for a while, and get myself out of the slump that I face every time I read it.

This week I hope to start reading "Nowhere Near You" by Leah Thomas, the sequel to "Because You'll Never Meet Me"- a novel about two friends who will kill each other if they ever meet. One is allergic to electricity, the other has an electric heart.

An update on my "Travel the World in Books" Challenge:
My goal is to read books set in 15 different countries. So far I've read books fully or partially set in:
1.UK
The Bishop's Girl
The Hollow
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ice Station Zebra
After the Funeral

2.USA
I'll Give You the Sun
The Sun is Also a Star
Made You Up
Souls of Angels

3.France
The Bishop's Girl

4. Germany
Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 01/04/2017

Hey everyone-I'm back with more pictures of my trip to Italy. In this post, I'll be focusing on Rome again. If you'd like to see more pictures of Rome, you can check out my last Saturday Snapshot Post.

*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- 28/03/2017

Hey guys, I've only done one Top Ten Tuesday* on my blog before, but I've decided to try and do at least two a month from now on. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by brokenandbookish.com  that encourages bloggers to make lists of their top ten..... of a topic they provide every week.

This week, the topic is Top Ten Authors you've met or would like to meet. I've actually never met any authors, so my list includes my Top Ten Favourite Authors.

1. Malala Yousafzai. This amazing woman is the youngest nobel laureate, and has done great things for female empowerment around the world. Her autobiography "I am Malala" is one of my favourite books.

2. Agatha Christie. I know that this isn't a possibility, but I can't help dreaming about a day when I meet the "Queen of Crime"!

3. J.K. Rowling. Author of the "Harry Potter" Series, Rowling has been an inspiration to me since fourth grade. I haven't encountered another author who writes such heavy, yet fantastical material in the light style that she does!

4. Suzanne Collins. I've watched so many interviews where I've heard the author of the Hunger Games say that she developed the concept by flitting in between a reality show and war news-coverage on television. Inspiration really does lie everywhere for her.

5. Anthony Doerr. I've only read "All the Light We Cannot See" by Doerr, but I'm looking forward to trying out his other books. Meeting Doerr would be like meeting the creator of the Book Thief..... who ironically is next on my list!

6. Markus Zusak. While I love "The Book Thief", I don't particularly enjoy his other books. He is however a great writer, and it would be an honour to meet him. (I'm still halfway through "I am the Messenger")

7. Dan Brown. I am a huge fan of his Robert Langdon series, which is odd because I usually do not enjoy thrillers. His perfect blend of religious history and action makes for great novels that make me want to fangirl all over him!

8. Marina Budhos. I've only read two of Budhos' books, but "Ask Me No Questions" struck me as an extremely honest and emotional novel that touched my heart and that of many of my friends and family.

9. Rick Riordan. This list wouldn't be complete if I didn't include him. I haven't read every single one of his books, nor have I loved all of them, but he is a large part of my childhood, and therefore meeting him is a dream of mine.

10. Cassandra Clare. Similar to Riordan, I haven't read all of Clare's books, but I did enjoy most of them and I would LOVE to meet her!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 25/03/2017

Hey guys, I'm back with another post about my trip to Italy, this time highlighting a few tourist destinations in Rome.

*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com


Colosseum- viewed away from the tourists!

Pantheon

Inside the Colosseum 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Turbulent Sea

Sailing on a calm sea,
For far less time than 
Other sailors and crewmen

Soon it is not sailing, but 
Soaring, over a calm sea
On a safe hand-glider

Sailing it is, once again
For a brief period only
She is able to glide
Most of the time
Sail, just for the ease

When the boat tips,
Slight water fills.
Before cleaning it up,
She is pushed overboard

Without the trust,
That she will find her way
Back, ever to the hand-glide
Probably never, to the boat

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

I recently finished reading "Made You Up" by Francesca Zappia, a young-adult novel about a schizophrenic teenager finding her way into normality.   Alexandra is a high-school senior who's recently shifted schools. Over the summer, she makes a friend while working at a restaurant, and uses the owner's Magic 8 Ball to navigate through both her paranoia and schizophrenia.
  While waiting on a customer, she bumps into a character she from her childhood, whom she always thought that she'd imagined. When she realizes that he goes to her new school, she's confused by the fact that everyone else can see him as well.
 Alex uses her camera regularly to take pictures of what she feels might be a product of her schizophrenia. Over time, the reality is captured in the image, and the imaginary items fade away, allowing her to have a clearer recollection of what happened. It seems however, that Alex doesn't need to take a picture of "Blue Eyes", because everyone else already thinks that he's real.
 As the new school year begins, she finds that she's in six classes with Miles ("Blue Eyes'" actual name). Her exuberant curiosity shines through all of her thoughts, which constantly include the Magic 8 Ball, her younger sister (Charlie) and "Does Miles remember me?".
  For some unknown reason, relating to an incident that occurred at her previous school, Alex is put into the community service team, that basically sets up the gymnasium for the sports teams' practice every day. This team also, is head by Miles, and is a place where she gets to know him better, and make some new friends.
 Battling stereotypes and high-school classifications in a school where her real identity is concealed, Alexandra makes her way to parties, restaurants and classes, almost like a normal teenager, until her schizophrenia kicks in again.
 I'd recommend this book to fans of young-adult novels, or of contemporary fiction. It has very expressive, colloquial language, therefore the language does not stand as a barrier between the reader and the author. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cry

Exhausted from the effort,
Efforts further cannot be put in
By the eyes that have once cried

For all your misfortune,
Misfortune further follows,
Eyes that have once cried,
Refuse to put the matter aside

Cry into your shell,
Shells that you cannot come out of
For the eyes that have once cried,
Will not let the matter die

The tears will dry,
The day will go by,
But it is at bedtime,
When you will feel like you cried.

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, March 20, 2017

IMWAYR- 20/03/2017

Hey guys! I know it's been a while since I've updated you all on my reading, but to be honest, I haven't really been reading much. The week of 6th March, I was away on a camping trip, so I didn't get in much reading at all. Last week however, was much better in terms of reading!

I finished reading "Made You Up" by Francesca Zappia (look out for my review this week). This book is about a schizophrenic girl attempting to adjust to normal teen life when she stumbles upon a person she always thought was imaginary.

I also finished "Poison Study" by Maria V Snyder, a young adult novel about a prisoner/poison taster in a militarist country. The series soon turns into a fantasy one. It's a series that you can go through in a month, as the language is colloquial and simple.

  This week, I read"Magic Study" the second book in the "Chronicles of Ixia" by Maria V. Snyder. They're quite light reads, and I've had a lot of free time on my hands.


I've been re-reading "The Giver" by Lois Lowry for a school assignment. For those of you who don't know, "The Giver" is about a futuristic society where opinions and expressions don't exist. Everything is black and white and only one person has any memories of the real world.

I recently visited "Full Circle" Bookstore in Delhi. For those of you living in the area, you should definitely check it out, it has a lot of books that I've never found in Indian bookstore. including recent releases of YA and Debut Authors. I picked up "I am the Messenger"  by Marcus Zusak, which I hope to read this week.

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-18/03/17

It's that time of week again! I'm back with yet another Saturday Snapshot*. This week I'll be further elaborating on my trip to Italy in 2012. So sit back, relax and soak in as many Mediterranean vibes as you can get from your screen!

*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust by Barbara Rogasky

I recently picked up "Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust" by Barbara Rogasky from my school library. We'd been studying about WWII in History and I picked up the book for further information. I'm so glad I did, as I found out so many things I'd never have known otherwise, including various horrendously overlooked elements of the Holocaust.
 I read the second edition of this historical book, which had a revised format and more information. What struck me most about this was the dedication at the beginning, to Rogasky's fifty family members who'd been killed during the Holocaust in the U.S.S.R.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Anticipation

Rise up, gurgling,
Boiling, it's almost over 
The edge of containment

Be held within a beating
Body, pulsating with the beat
Of energy and excitement

Energetically awaiting,
The rush, the whirlwind
Of the awaited

Whirling through the 
Stormy days before,
The anticipation surges

Straight into what becomes
Anticlimactic in reality

-Poem Fanatic


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-11/03/17

Hey everyone! I'm back with another Saturday Snapshot* post. Today, I'll be starting a new mini-series, about a family trip to Italy back in 2012. This post highlights some of the quaint, small-town expressions of a few places we visited.

*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ice and Insect

Flitting between cracks,
In the ethereal ice,
This minuscule, magnificent
Being considers them gorges

Of delicate ice, yes,
Not of the gray, scratched
Rock that makes a gorge
So harsh and hurtful

The majestic ice-cap,
Prepares for its funeral,
Slowly gives way to the 
Haunting presence above

Cracking for relief, is a 
movement the insect applauds
For the Ice that is dying,
Has preserved far too many 
dead insects

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Hollow by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot has been invited to Lady Angkatell's weekend house party. Also invited are a few cousins and family friends, who all arrive before the famous Belgian detective. When he does arrive, he doesn't appreciate the elaborate murder tableau that has been set for him.
 Dr. John Christow lies near the swimming pool in a large puddle of red paint, and his meek and timid wife stands over him holding a gun. The rest of the party, scattered around the scene look shocked.
  What Poirot doesn't realize immediately is, that this is no scene. However fake it may look, Christow is dead and the immediate suspect is his wife, the seemingly simple-minded Gerda Christow.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-04/03/17

Hey everyone! Now if you're a regular here at Poems and Poets- you'll know that every Saturday I post a Saturday Snapshot*. You'll also have guessed that in between holiday mini-series, I often have a post about a short trip my family took. Well this is one of those posts. Today I'll be showing you some pictures from a family trip to a hill-station in India, called Kasauli.

*Saturday Snapshot is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thorn

Packaged as one would
A beauty, a gift
Is a thorn of a rose

Acceptance of the water,
Is rare, but penalties
For nonchalance are commodities

When presented, without an option
Without a say, without a choice
As a disguise of a self,
The thorn blooms further,
Than the rose ever will grow 

-Poem Fanatic

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Jaipur Literature Fest 2017- "The Page is Mightier Than The Screen"

In quite a few posts in January this year, I apologized for a delay in responding to comments as I had been travelling for a few days. I had in fact, taken a few days off from school to attend the Jaipur Literature Fest with my mother.
 The Jaipur Literature Festival is a festival where authors and writers from around the world come together to read, discuss, debate and introduce their works and ideas. As you might have guessed, it is held in Jaipur, India, although recently JLF has branched out to Boulder and Melbourne.
 Today, I'll be discussing with you one of the discussions I attended, titled "The Page is Mightier than the Screen". Moderated by Chandrahas Choudhary, the discussion featured Richard Flanagan, Allan Hollinghurst, Neil Jordan and David Hare. All screenwriters and fiction authors of note, their literary knowledge shone through their witty remarks and questions.
 I am definitely for this statement. However, this does not mean that I don't like films or tv shows- because I do love those as well! In this write-up however, I plan on explaining some of the great points brought forth by the speakers, rather than present my own opinion. Nothing beats being at the festival, but hopefully these little tidbits encourage you to go to a similar Literature Festival some time in the near future!

I'd like to know from you all whether you'd like to hear about these debates and discussions. Hopefully I've given you a good glimpse into the festival culture, and if you want to hear about these discussions, let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 25/02/17

Hey everyone! It's Saturday- and if you hadn't guessed by the title of the post, it's time for another Saturday Snapshot*! This will be my last post about my trip to Chiapas, Mexico. This week I'll be sharing with you a couple of nature shots as well as two shots of border limits. We actually crossed into Guatemala from the border of Mexico for a brief amount of time....

*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com

I just didn't want to leave this picture out!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was a novel that everyone seemed to have read. It had an interesting synopsis, a fantastical setting, and great reviews- so I decided to give it a shot and add my review to the thousands of others that are already out there!

This book is about a sixteen-year old boy, Jacob Portman who finds reason to believe in the fairy-tales his grandfather, Abraham, told him when he was a boy. These weren't fairy tales with happy endings or even happy beginnings. They were stories of monsters and death and fantastic creatures. Jacob's parents had always passed it off as exaggerations of Abraham's life as a Jew in German Poland. Jacob had eventually dismissed them too. Somehow, with the death of his grandfather, these tales become real again.

 This is not a self-help book. Nor is it a book about trauma and stress. It is not a novel that describes shock and grief. It is certainly not a novel about death. What is this book about then? Fiction, Fantasy and Adventure!

 Jacob is a lonely young boy who lost his friends near his grandfather's death. He doesn't enjoy sports and outdoor activities, and is quite mediocre at everything. His parents worried about him earlier, but now, after he claims that he saw a monster murder his grandfather, his parents send him to therapy. His therapist deciphers that in order for Jacob to put Abraham's death to rest, he must travel to the island he so frequently described in his tales. With the help of his grandfather's dying words, Jacob sets off to explore nothing other than Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

 Ransom Riggs describes the bleak conditions of this Welsh island and the mangled vocabulary of the young rapscallions. What really hooks you to this book though, are the characters. They're not written with "literary finesse". They don't possess perfection or pretend to be perfection. They're just people. People who believe, people with opinions, but most importantly, people who remember.

That my friends, is why you should try Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The title is quite a mouthful- but everything else about the book is very interesting. This book is part of a series, and while I haven't read the next books, I'd still recommend that you at least try this one. It will remind you of the vast differences that exist within the spectrum of creativity.  It truly is an experience in and of itself.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sky

A shade of the
Purest color marks 
The top of our view

Obscuring a glow 
Of the happiest shade
It sets a mood in
the Top of our view

Faded away by showers
And washes, a light
Version of the initial 
Top of our view remains

Sky, more than land
Sky, more than water,
Sky, more than the winds
Is Enigmatic and bright

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-18/02/17

Hey guys- it's Saturday Snapshot* once again! I'm back with more pictures of my trip to Chiapas, Mexico, but this time the pictures are about some of the churches and cathedrals we visited.

Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend! (These pictures are coming to you thanks to my dad.)
*this meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com



Friday, February 17, 2017

Construction

Scratches, slits,
Buzzes, burns
Constant noises,
Blessed silences

Creaking, loud for all to hear
Whining, never stops, 
For the animals fear,
The sounds on the walls

Blades move, weld,
Destroy the existing
Constant noises,
With Blessed silences

Like a microphone 
Has been held to a bee
That projects for miles around,
"I'm here, I don't plan to leave".

Constant noises,
They're definitely worse
Than music or even sounds
Blessed silences,
Evaporate within the minute

-Poem Fanatic

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Winter 2017 Comment Challenge (March)

Hey guys! I'm really excited to share with you that I'm signing up for a challenge this March. The Winter 2017 Comment Challenge is hosted by Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense and Lonna @FLYLeF. The host blogs pair you with another blogger who has similar interests, and from there you are encouraged to comment on your partner's blog a certain number of times for that month. 

 I'm signing up for the March Challenge, and I intend to comment on my partner's blog 5+ times. I don't know who my partner is yet- I'll be assigned one at the end of the month, but come March we'll both frequent each other's blogs quite regularly. Maybe you can guess who my partner is?

I heard about the challenge on westmetromommyreads.com. She'd participated in the summer challenge last year, and I was really eager to try it out. I hopped over to Alicia's blog, and was really happy to see that there was a Winter Challenge as well.

If any of you want to sign up for the challenge, you can see the details here.  You can sign up any time until March 25th. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sounds of Life

Whirring, grinding,
Murmuring, whispering,
Chattering, Talking,
Screaming, Yelling

Loudly, softly,
Noises, music
Sounds, symphonies
Mozart's melodies

Ticking, clicking,
Snapping, Wrapping,
Crinkling, Wrinkling
Crushing, Rushing

Loudly, softly
Noises, music
Sounds of life
Mozart's melodies

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, February 13, 2017

IMWAYR-13/02/2017

Hey guys, I'm back with another reading update. I'm linking to bookdate.blogspot.in today, because she is the original host of this meme. I've been participating in the Kid-Lit/Young Adult version of the meme, but considering I've had just general fiction and non-fiction reads this week, I'm participating in the regular version.

I (finally) finished reading "The Hollow" by Agatha Christie. Although I've been hesitant about reviewing Christie novels in the past, you can definitely expect a review of this one! It's very different to all her other novels.

I'm currently reading "Ice Station Zebra" by Alistair MacLean. I wasn't a fan of one of his other books, but this one seems to be slightly more interesting.

I'm also currently reading "Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust", by Barbara Rogasky. It is a non-fiction documentation of various aspects of The Holocaust. I picked it up from the school library, because we're studying about this topic in History.

What have you been reading this week?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 11/02/17

Hey guys- today I'm starting a new mini-series, and I'm using Saturday Snapshot* as my forum. I know that my last mini-series was only two posts, so I'm hoping to share some more with you this time! Once again, all credits go to my dad for these pictures.

*Saturday Snapshot is a meme hosted by westmetromommyreads.com

This time, I'll be sharing pictures of my trip to Chiapas in Mexico, home to the World Wonder, The Chichinitza Ruins.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Time

Right, turn, right, shift,
Left, back, left, reverse
Knobs and gears, machines,
Parts and pieces

Count down the numbers,
Left for an expression
Of art, love or thought
Right, left, back and forth
The gears will keep on turning

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I've finally got down to reviewing "The Sun is Also a Star" by Nicola Yoon. This contemporary romance, about two incredibly different characters who attempt to get past each others' boundaries is a very interesting read. It's also quite a quick read, as it deals with heavy emotions in the colloquial style that is more common today.

Natasha is a Jamaican girl who has lived in America since she was 8 years old. She is a strong believer in fact and science, and from experience, has learned that practicality outdoes passion, and that plans are better than poetry. She is most definitely not the type of person who falls in love- especially when her family is 12 hours away from being deported back to Jamaica.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rapids

Forces and currents,
Of turmoil and storm,
Streams of anger,
Ages of wrath

Isolate me in the center,
Centered in my heart,
The calmness flows
Flows slower than the rapids
Rapids that want me breathing

But just barely, so barely 
I'm almost dead, dead to 
The world around, yet 
Alive in the cruelest sense

Sense the shifts from side 
To side, that shift my mind
From the focus of life
Focusing my thoughts,
Through torture that's nice,
 On immaterial garbage

Garbage that floats in the rapids
Rapids that want me dead,
Death by river,
Current or stream
Rapids shift,
Rapids in my dreams

-Poem Fanatic 


Monday, February 6, 2017

IMWAYR-06/02/2017

Hey everyone, it's time for another weekly reading update, that's co-hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com.

I'm afraid I don't have much to report this week. I'd picked up "Tess of the D'urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy last week, but unfortunately I'm returning the book to the library. It's written in English of the "yester years" as they say, and I find it too taxing to read. If I can't find another copy, I might issue the book for the summer holidays.

I'm currently reading "The Hollow" by Agatha Christie. This novel is about a murder with a seemingly obvious suspect.... that's never how it turns out, is it?

I'm looking forward to starting "Ice Station Zebra" by Allistair MacLean. I'd read another book of his which I didn't quite enjoy, but this one seems to have considerably better ratings and reviews.


What has your reading week been like?
You can catch some of my posts from last week here:
-Saturday Snapshot (meme)
-Fear or Freedom (poem)
-I'll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson (review)
-The Fog (poem)



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Reading Challenges 2017

Hey everyone! Just wanted to inform you that I've signed up for two challenges this year. One as usual, is the Goodreads Challenge, that just tracks the number of books you read. I'd set my target at a 100 books last year, but missed it by 6 books.

This year I aim to read 80 books

I've also signed up for the "Travel the World in Books" Challenge, hosted by momssmallvictories.com. It aims to diversify the settings and milieus of books that you read. So far this year, I've read books set in three different countries. 

This year, I aim to read books set in 15 different countries

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-04/02/2016

Hey everyone, it's time to wind up my short mini-series on my blog about my trip to the Amazon back in 2007. Here are some more pictures* for you to enjoy, as a part of the Saturday Snapshot meme hosted by westmetromommyreads.com
*These pictures were taken by my dad

A canopy walk


Friday, February 3, 2017

Fear or Freedom

Seize the time, 
Time that is essential,
To spread the messages of 
Freedom and Fear

Fear in the hearts of 
The Free Thinker is, Freedom,
In the hearts of those who
Fear freedom 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Anyone heard of this title? I'm sure you must have. "I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson is one of the most famous Young Adult books out there today. Not without reason though. Nelson explores the imagination of an artist, and writes without hesitation from the perspective of each character. She lets loss and faith seep into the page, but doesn't hold back on the joy either. Simply stated, "I'll give you the sun" is a novel to read.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Fog

Whispering, Wailing, Wheezing,
The white blanket awaits,
To coat the tips, the tops,
The very beings that sit

The wisps emerge,
From an unknown location.
Locations through these wisps, 
Will remain unknown

Whining, Whistling, Withering,
A dull grey settles above,
Below the above, The beings
Are blind to the world they know.
Knowing is different from seeing,
Seeing is what makes a house a home

The wisps flit in and out,
Outside the blanket grows,
Like a knitter, knits away
The sheets themselves will go

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 28/01/17

Hey everyone! It's Saturday- and unless you're new around here- you should know the drill. It's time for another Saturday Snapshot*! Last week, I shared the last of my pictures about my trip to Chile with you, and so I'm back with pictures about a trip to Amazon Rainforest that we took in 2007. You guessed it! It's a mini-series here on my blog. Because this trip was so long ago, I didn't have that many pictures to choose from. I think this will be the shortest series on my blog yet- only two posts!

*Saturday Snapshot is a meme hosted by westmetromommyreads.com 

These pictures were all taken by my dad, and are all about wildlife that we encountered in the rain forest. These aren't even half of the animals we saw. Apart from these we saw a jaguar, went to a butterfly farm, had a scary encounter with a tarantula and met some excited spider monkeys.

This little guy thought our breakfast table was the perfect place for a snack. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Seed

Unfurl, the red awaits,
Like a rose, 
Learning to bloom again

Yet so does the wisdom,
Patiently, it will come
After the rose has bloomed,
The flame is gone

Shattered,
The glass seems to break
The petals all fall of,
Yet this appearance.
No one seems to recognize

It is mesmerizing,
How often one sees,
That the sins of the senile
Were not sins but seeds

Seeds, for the future,
That would pave a path away
From the sorrowful hearts,
That ail our burdened home

Remember, the seeds are in you
Recognize you are naught but a seed
Naught but a sapling yet to grow

A Sapling that would do well,
To conform with a different tree
And a different seed

-Poem Fanatic




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Bishop's Girl by Rebecca Burns

For a while now, I've been undecided about my favourite genre. This book, however, helped me realize that Historical Fictions are the books I love to read the most. "The Bishop's Girl" by Rebecca Burns is an intricately woven story that deals with identity and identification, love and romance, jobs and family life, and most of all, discovery.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dream of Conflict

Silky, the air feels,
Glowing white,
With embers of a dying smoke
The embers of normality

Flowing, the air shifts
A Slight Breeze Emerges
Rocking the Clouds to Sleep

Coarse, the air has changed
Radiating purples so harsh
With a trapped wind,
A wind of callouses 

Furious, the hand emerges
Playing with strings 
Oh the wind is now a storm

The air shall no longer be pure,
The dream is torn apart
The normality no longer normal,
The soul of conflict,
Has blown this heart

-Poem Fanatic

Monday, January 23, 2017

IMWAYR- 23/01/17

Hey Everyone! I'm back with another weekly book update, hosted by unleashingreaders.com and teachmentortexts.com.

This week, I finished reading Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. I quite enjoyed the book, primarily because it's something so different from what I usually read.

I also finished reading "After the Funeral" by Agatha Christie.


I'm currently reading "The Sun is Also a Star" and I'm really enjoying it so far!

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