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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- Natural beauty in Chiapas

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

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Publication Date: June 7th 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Source: Own Copy

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!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


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-Churches in Chiapas

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

Friday, February 17, 2017


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 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


Hey guys, I'm back with another reading update. I'm linking to 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-Chichen Itza

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

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

Friday, February 10, 2017


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

Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

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


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


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

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 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-Amazon Rainforest

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
*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

Publication Date: September 16th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

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
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