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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-27/05/2017

Hey guys! Hope you've had a great week so far. If not- never fear, because it's the weekend! You all know what that means around here- another Saturday Snapshot post, hosted by Melinda. I'll be continuing my series about my trip to the UK in 2009. Here are some pictures of Warrick Castle, courtesy of my father:

A rather unconventional view of the castle.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer Heat

Hot, stilted air
Breeze laying dead
Behind the branches, 
Of the shrubs along the
Busy roads

Jasmine fragrance,
Artificial and dominating
Hangs in the air, 
Waiting to be replaced

By the nasty, putrid odor
Of the slums and sewers,
Lining the streets
As soon as the air shifts

Wind will come,
A miracle we hope for,
When it does move the air,
A rush of even warmer breeze

Tickles our faces, 
Replacing one desolate smell
With another one, 
Until the blessing of rain
Shallow or deep, 
Shifts the air again. 

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Publication Date:February 26th 2013
Genre: Romance, Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Eleanor is a social misfit. Her bright red hair stands out, she uses the wrong language, wears different clothes and she generally doesn't fit. She meets Park on the bus.

Park is a social misfit. He sits alone, always listens to music and just seems different. Together they are the perfect pair. They laugh before they finish their jokes, talk about the same things, worry about the same issues, and confide in one another.

I think this could possibly be one of Rowell's best books. It won the Goodreads Choice Award for 2013 (the year it was released) and warmed the hearts of many fellow readers.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-20/05/2017

For last week's Saturday Snapshot I shared some pictures of flowers I encountered during our family trip to the UK (2009). Continuing with that theme, this week I'm going to share with you some more pictures of nature that we saw on our trip.

Thanks to Melinda @ Westmetromommyreads for hosting this meme every week!

If I'm not mistaken, I believe that this is Lake District....

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Risk

Vivid green, not beautiful, 
but Electric!
In a pool seeped in acid.

Dip your fingers in, 
Then your hand
Dip your toes in, 
Then your feet

Feel the vibration,
Through your toes,
Push in further till your knees,

Electric! The risk will burn you out,
Delve further into the risk
Explore the liquid,
Feel the pain!

Tiled and painted,
The Pool is attractive,
Green and smoldering, 
You no longer are

The risk was great,
The adrenaline too,
You shall never feel it again,
For the pool drained you

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Genre: Middle-Grade
Publication Date: Aug 18th 2015
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Suzy is convinced that her best friend, the incredible swimmer, couldn't have drowned to death. She does some research and realizes that Suzy might have been stung by a rare jellyfish. She stops talking, communicating only with herself and her research, and goes through her first year in middle school as a child determined to prove the police wrong.

Her shock and grief resonate with the reader through every page, her sheer determination sets her apart from all other grieving characters and her belief in her friend's abilities strikes the audience. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome on page, Suzy Swanson!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-16/05/2017

Hey guys! Today's TTT theme is "Mother Freebie". The Broke and the Bookish have left the list up to us once again, and today I'm going to be breaking the list down into a few categories.

Best Books where the Mother Grieves:
I know it's a weird title, but what I mean is best books where the mother loses her chance to be a mother. So here are my Top 3 books in this category.

1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman- This is a tricky one, because technically Isabel becomes a temporary mother in the story. It was never something that could've lasted. Nevertheless, this Australian, post-war story shakes you to the very core.

2. Life Without Summer by Lynne Griffin-The mother in this story loses her young daughter while she is at school. The suffering and pain that is shown in the novel can be hard to bear, but it punctuates every word and accentuates every sentence.

3. Night Road by Kristin Hannah- This book doesn't focus on just the grief, or on just the mother. It revolves around a car accident and three high-school best friends. It's one of my favourite books.

The next category is "Best Books Where the Mother is Eccentric". Now I don't mean eccentric really, I mean books where the mother looks, acts, or thinks crazy!

4. When You Reach me by Rebecca Stead-  She dresses with more color than her tween, and she exclaims louder than the entire neighbourhood. This mom is definitely eccentric!

5. Chocolat by Joanne Harris- Now, I wouldn't say that she's eccentric, just that she breaks ALL the rules!

"Over-bearing Mom"
6. While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky- The local athlete has had an accident, and the mother thinks it's her fault. Why? She was more passionate than her daughter. There's a lot more to this book than my description, and I absolutely loved it!

"Confused Mom"
7. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia- As the main character struggles with Schizophrenia, her mother's only plan is to lock her away and deny her any chance of a future. Say no to college, friends and to a career. Say yes, to an asylum. 

I didn't really know what else to put in my list, so I'm going to stop at 7 this week. Hope you guys enjoyed- I can't wait to see your lists!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-13/05/2017

Hello everyone! It's Saturday- and by now, you should all know what that means! It's time for another Saturday Snapshot post! Melinda hosts this meme every week, and thanks to her, today I'll be sharing some more pictures of my family trip to UK in 2009.

Enjoy these pictures of flora in UK:
This is definitely my favourite picture!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Laze away

Languidly they lie,
Creating a Sepulchral,
Desolate emotion beneath them

For those lives underneath, 
Dusted by the dunes,
They provide hope of 
Temporary relief and sanity

They never give way to their 
Bulging stomachs, or to the
Wishes of those who pray

These clouds laze away
For all eternity
Through the summer haze

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ink by Amanda Sun (Paper Gods #1)

Publication Date: June 8th 2013
Genre: Young Adult & Mythological/Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5

Katie Greene has just lost her parents, but to make the situation even worse she's being sent across the world to live with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan. Katie feels lost in a new culture, struggling to learn Japanese and Asian cultures as she tries to fit in at her new Japanese school.

Then she meets Tomohiro, the star of the school's Kendo team. His mysterious scar draws Katie in, but when she sees his drawings moving, she understands that she may not be prepared to understand how he really got hurt. Katie and Tomohiro make a dangerous team. A team dangerous enough to put a target on their backs.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- 09/05/2017

Hey guys! Today, I'll be sharing with you the Top Ten things I'd like to see more of in books. I'm linking up with The Broke and The Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday this week. Hope you enjoy my list (which hasn't been written in any particular order)!

1. Historical Fictions set in Asia- Th only series I've read that falls into this category is Alex Rutherford's Empire of the Moghul series. I've read many historical fictions set in Germany and England. But I need more Asian History!

2. YA Books set outside US and UK-  I know I'm not the only one who struggles with this! I've read so many YA Books, and most of them are either set in the US or UK, or they're set in a completely different world. Someone please recommend a good YA book set around the world!

3.Books about book-haters- I can't help but think how interesting it would be for a group of book lovers to sit together and read about a main character who actively hates books!

4.YA Dystopia where the revolution isn't accidental- The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Delirium all shows us revolutions where a girl stumbles upon something, falls in love and (in a lot of cases) accidentally becomes the leader of a movement. What about focusing on someone who's been planning a revolution for years and uses the young girl as just a figurehead? I want more books that focus on all the behind-the-scenes.

5. Books about translators and secretaries- Can you imagine how many small things these characters would be able to pick up on? How many opportunities there would be for the author to turn a boring character into an exciting one? Have any of your read any books like this?

6. Books about geniuses/proteges- I've recently started watching the TV Show Scorpion, and was thinking how exciting it would be to read a book where the main character is literally a genius!

7. Fictional travel books- What I mean is, I'd like more books about travel that aren't actually travel books. Books that focus on the characters but still expose you to different cultures. The one book I've read that might fall into this category is Almost French by Sarah Turnbull.

8. Books where the characters don't fall in love- Do we really need so many books that aren't in the romance genre but still end up with the main characters falling in love? Friendships people, let's focus on friendships!

9. Books set from 1950-70- For some reason, I don't think I've ever read any books set in this time period. I'll definitely need to go exploring for some good recommendations!

10. Books that are in between middle grade and YA- Books like When You Reach Me or The Thing About Jellyfish, that aren't really YA but are still a great read for everyone!

Well, that's it for my list guys! If you have any recommendations for books that fall into these categories, please let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 6/05/2017

Hey everyone! It's time to link up with Melinda once again, for another Saturday Snapshot. As you know, I've been sharing pictures of the family trip to UK back in 2009, so I'm going to show you some more pictures of the same vacation today.

These pictures are all from "The World of Beatrix Potter", the author of the Flopsy Bunny series. We'd read the series as kids, and so of course, we just had to go visit the Flospy Bunnies!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Publication Date: January 1st 2014
Genre: Memoir (both middle-grade and YA)
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Maya Van Wagenen used to be a shy, antisocial, awkward girl who attended a public school at Brownsville, Texas ( shares a border with Mexico). That all changed, however, when Maya found an old '50s book teaching girls how to be more popular.

Maya signed herself up for a social experiment, following contemporary teen model Betty Cornel's advice for the entire school year, and documenting it as a memoir. This true story brought my attention to the entire genre of memoirs and opened my eyes to the world of young-adult non-fiction.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-02/05/2017

Thanks to Broke and Bookish, I'm back with another Top Ten Tuesday Post. This week's theme is a Freebie about Covers- which means I can basically create my own topic. I know there'll be some really creative lists out there, but I'm going to post my favourite blue covers and stick to the basics. So here are my Top Ten Favourite Blue Covers ( in no particular order)

I love the texture that this replicates!
2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
I wish I could say that I loved the book as much as I loved the writing.....

3. Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Doodles on covers aways draw me in. No matter what!

If you hadn't guessed already, I have a weakness for watercolour/inked paintings!
5. The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin 
I just finished this book and I absolutely LOVED IT!
(Look out for my review soon)!
6. Crossed by Ally Condie
This entire series was OK, I loved it while reading it,
Then got slightly bored with the concept. It's quite similar to Divergent etc...

7. The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness by Maddie Dawson
This book is fictional, not a self-help book...

8. The Selection by Kiera Cass
I think the reflections really add a lot to the cover.
9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is definitely one of my all-time favourite books!
10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I didn't love this book either. But the cover is beautiful!
I had so much fun writing this post! What's your favourite blue cover? I just can't choose!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 29/04/2017

Hey guys, it's time for another update on my family trip to UK in 2009. Last time, I shared some of the "heights" of London. This time, I'm sharing some of the majestic buildings we encountered. This meme is hosted by Melinda @ westmetromommyreads

As seen from the London Eye

Thursday, April 27, 2017


False, is the smoothness of your face,
That brushes and creams,
Help you portray;
Disguised, is the uniqueness,
The character, of your face

The confidence is temporary,
The attraction fleeting,
The power is a possibility,
The addiction is permanent

To be more confident,
Various others  may use it
To be more beautiful,
In their own eyes

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Publication Date: 4th October 2016
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

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.

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

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


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 , 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

Publication Date: 3rd March 2015
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

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 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 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

Publication Date: November 8th 2016
Genre: Fairy-tale retelling, Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

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


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

Thursday, April 6, 2017


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

Publication Date: October 1st 2005
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5
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


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:
The Bishop's Girl
The Hollow
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ice Station Zebra
After the Funeral

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

The Bishop's Girl

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

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