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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Publication Date: August 8th 2011
Genre: Middle-Grade, Science Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Source: Own Copy

Miranda is a pre-teen living in New York City with her eccentric mum. Her best friend lives only a few apartments away from her, and her mom is auditioning for a reality TV show. Her life begins to unravel, when Sal (her best friend) gets hit by a street-side bully for no reason.

Then her mom's spare key is stolen, and a rather mysterious note arrives. The note claims that the writer is coming to save the life of one of Miranda's friends. It asks Miranda to write a letter to the anonymous sender of the notes.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda realises that the writer seems to be able to predict-accurately predict-the future. Each message leads her to believe that she can prevent a disaster. The last note however, makes her think she's too late to avert a tragic death.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-Warrick Castle

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
Source: Own Copy

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-Lake District

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
Source: Library Copy

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- Mother's Day Freebie

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-Flowering UK

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
Source: Own Copy

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- Things I'd like to see more of in books

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- The World of Beatrix Potter

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
Source: Own Copy

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- Favourite Blue Covers

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!

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