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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- Authors I'd Like to Meet

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  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- The Colosseum

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

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Colosseum- viewed away from the tourists!


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

Publication Date: 19 May 2015
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


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.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-Mediterranean Italy

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!

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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


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-Italy's quaint houses

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.

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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

Publication Date: June 7th 1946
Genre: Murder-Mystery
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Source: Own Copy

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-Kasauli

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.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017


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
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