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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Majestic Buildings of London

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
Source: Own Copy

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-Ten Things that Tell Me not to Pick Up a Book

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- Heights of UK

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
Source: Borrowed

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- Things About a Book that make me Instantly Pick it Up

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- Zacatecas

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
Source: Own Copy

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-Most Unique Books I've Read

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- Pompeii

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
Source: Own Copy

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Ruins and Roads in Rome

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.

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