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Monday, July 31, 2017

IMWAYR- 31/07/2017

"It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" is hosted every week by Kathryn @ Book Date. I'm trying to update you guys every week regardless of how much I've read- but I'm happy to report that I got in a decent amount of reading this week!

I finished reading "I, Eliza Hamilton" by Susan Holloway Scott- a historical fiction I received through Edelweiss. The book doesn't come out till late September, so you'll have to wait awhile for my review.

I also finished reading "Nothing" by Annie Barrows, another review book I received through Edelweiss. I didn't enjoy this book as much, but it got much better around the end.


I am currently reading "Running Full Tilt by Michael Currinder- you guessed it- yet another review book! I'm loving this one much more than I expected to, and my review should be out sometime in August.


I'm quite happy with this progress, especially since this week was my first week of school! Let me know about your reading weeks in the comments below!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

Publication Date: August 1st 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Olivia wakes up confused in a hospital bed. After a week-long coma, she can't remember the accident that brought her to the hospital. What she soon figures out however, is that she's lost four precious years of her life.

She can't remember starting- or graduating- from my high school. She doesn't remember her boyfriend Matt. She doesn't remember why one of her best friends is no longer in touch with her.

She realizes that she's quite different as an 18-year-old and struggles to figure out who she really is. With a constant army of people supplying her with memories she doesn't know she had, Olivia needs to hear from her savior to figure out the truth.


Olivia feels different with tight-lipped Walker, the man who rescued her. As she determines whether or not she still loves Matt, she finds herself getting closer to Walker. This love-triangle further complicates Olivia's complex situation- but who will she choose?


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Hot Air Balloon Rides

All right, so this will be the last Saturday where I'll share with you pictures of Mexico- at least for a while anyway! Hopefully, next week I'll be sharing some more trips of our family trip to Italy! I know I ended the series, but I've come across some more great pictures to share with you all!

Thanks Melinda, for hosting this every week!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Self-Proclaimed

Wreak havoc,
On the institution 
That tells you, you need them

Let them know,
You will be yourself,
Regardless of who you depend on

Declare yourself,
A beauty, a genius,
A protege, a star
Without their official recognition

Don't count on going far,
Without the authority's name,
Emblazoned across your chest

Know that you can do it,
With perseverance,
If you proclaim that you can

-Poem Fanatic


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Publication Date: 21st February, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Borrowed'

Aristotle is a confused teen with an elder brother in prison- who no one ever mentions. He barely has a relationship with his ex-veteran father and prefers to be alone all the time.

Dante is a smart teen with a unique perspective on life. He gets along great with his parents and adds his own flair to everything. He's artistic and science-oriented at the same time

When both immigrant teens meet one summer day, they begin hanging out unsure of where their friendship will go. What they discover is a relationship that lasts a lifetime and the opportunity to make a difference in each other's lives.

Monday, July 24, 2017

IMWAYR-24/07/2017

Hey everyone! I'm linking up with Kathryn@Book Date again this week to share an update of my reading week with you.

I finished reading "The Gallery of Unfinished Girls" by Lauren Karcz- a young adult book I received for review from HarperCollins through Edelweiss.


I finished reading "The Secret History of Us" by Jessi Kirbi- another YA book I received for review through Edelweiss. You can expect my review by 30th July 2017. 

I'm (still) currently reading "I, Eliza Hamilton" by Susan Holloway Scott- a historical fiction about Alexander Hamilton's wife, another Edelweiss review copy. (This counts as a Big Book for Sue's challenge)

I began reading "Nothing" by Annie Barrows, (Review copy) a story about young book lovers that has me really intrigued. I haven't had much time for regular reading this week, but next week I hope to pick up "The Dream Thieves" by Maggie Stiefvater. 


I hope you've all had a great reading week as well! I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs and hearing all about them!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz


Publication Date: 25th July 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Mercedes Moreno is an award-winning artist- who hasn't been able to paint anything decent for over a year. Her painting Food Poisoning #1 won her first place at the County Art Festival, but since then she's had a lack of inspiration.

This could be because her Puerto Rican grandmother is comatose after suffering a stroke. It could also be because she is in love with her best friend Victoria, but is too afraid to tell her.

Regardless of her struggles, art worms its way into Mercedes' life. A piano shows up on her doorstep one day, and a mysterious artist moves in next door. She gets invited to the Red Mangrove Estate.

At the Estate, Mercedes paints and creates like never before. The only problem is that she can't take her work, emotions or "newfound clarity" outside the Estate. As she struggles to deal with her life, Mercedes must choose between her Utopian Estate or her current life.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Puerto Vallarta

Hey guys! Today I'll be sharing with you some pictures of a short trip we took to Puerto Vallarta back when we were living in Mexico. This is thanks to Melinda who hosts Saturday Snapshot every weekend @ Westmetromommyreads. 

Have a great weekend, and I hope you enjoy the pictures!





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Discoveries of a Purge

Purge, and in doing so,
Discover the forgotten
That were deemed redundant

Yet for some reason, 
The redundancy didn't motivate 
The purger at the time,
To dispose of the object

Now, purger debates;
At the time, I felt the need
To hold on, but not grasp it
Will I ever grasp it?

Purge, and in doing so,
Discover the memories
That were deemed embellishments

Yet for some reason,
The embellishments didn't make it,
To the disposal process

Now the purger debates;
At the time, I felt the need
To hold on, but I have never grasped it
Will I ever grasp it?

Discover and debate, 
As part of the purge
For afterwards,
The purge will fade away

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose

Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
My Goodreads Rating: 3.5/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Lee has just broken out of juvenile prison after taking the fall for her perfect friend. On the run, she encounters a homeless shelter called the "Crystal Castle" where she takes up refuge for a few days.

Suspicious of the "too good to be true" environment, Lee discovers that the groups of homeless children disappearing have some inexplicable link to this secret society. After moving away from the shelter, she finds an unexpected ally.

Tomi is a young artist and hacker- who has deep knowledge of the cities abandoned buildings and the dark web. Using these skills, Lee and Tomi find perfect hide-out spots to unravel the mystery of the secret society.

The further Lee gets from them, the worse damage the society does to the outside world. Is there anything Lee is supposed to be doing to stop it? Can she stop it? Will she risk her life and safety to save homeless children who are missed by no one?


Monday, July 17, 2017

IMWAYR- 17/07/2017

I know I missed last week's update, but I didn't really have much to share. I've decided however, to keep everyone updated regardless of how many books I've finished.

I finished reading "Holding Up the Universe" by Jennifer Niven. Look out for a review- sometime in August! I have a lot of books to get through that I've been meaning to review but just haven't yet. They're all great books- so I really want to share them with you!


I also finished reading "The Ready-Made Thief" by Augustus Rose. It's a thriller that I received through Edelweiss. You can expect this review on Wednesday (19th July).

I am currently reading "I, Eliza Hamilton" by Susan Holloway Scott, another review copy from Edelweiss. This one is a historical fiction about the family of an American Founding Father. I know nothing about this time period, so I'm excited to get into it!

I hope you all enjoy your weeks and read plenty of great books! Thanks, Kathryn@Book Date for hosting this meme every week!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Taxco

Hey guys! Unfortunately, I'm not ready to start my next series for Saturday Snapshot, so I thought I'd share some more pictures of our weekend trips in Mexico! While we were living there, we took a trip to Taxco. Here are some of the animals we saw!

*This meme is hosted by Melinda @ Westmetromommyreads








Thursday, July 13, 2017

Discordance

To paint requires the stroke,
Of a dark-tinted brush, 
For the completion of a masterpiece

To compose requires the touch,
Of a discordant note, 
For the rendition of a melody

To narrate requires the voice, 
Of an obvious villain,
For the context of a tale

To dance requires the landing,
Of a heavy foot upon the floor,
For the movement of a piece

To act requires the pain,
Of a guilt-stricken character,
For the drama of the play

To learn requires the mistake,
Of a well-meaning student
For the betterment of a life

The discordance,
That comes naturally,
And that cannot be feigned
Must not be reprimanded

This darkness is but a blimp
On the light that shines,
From all our efforts,
And the knowledge we gain,
From our temporary discordance

-Poem Fanatic



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Publication Date: September 3rd 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own copy

Three women and three secrets create one compelling story in Jenny Downham's Unbecoming.

17-year old Katie falls in love with the wrong person- or so she thinks. She keeps up her secret tryst without revealing the identity of the one her heart yearns.

Caroline, Katie's mother, is rigid and strict and afraid of her past becoming her present. Her confusing childhood has taught her to constantly protect her children.

Mary, Caroline's mother, makes a startling  reappearance in her daughter's life after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's following the death of her husband. Still capable of breaking all the rules, Mary is not your usual grandmother.

Katie spends her summer caring for Mary, attempting to learn about her mother's disgruntled attitude towards her. As Mary struggles to grasp her memories she reveals her family's secrets to Katie, the rule-abiding young girl who Mary somehow sees herself in. Inspired by Mary, Katie begins to discover herself and uncover the truth about her mother.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Beauty

Bless the child,
Who believes in innocent, untarnished beauty,
Who revels in the glow that surrounds
What they believe to be a natural 
Artistic sentiment of expression

Insufficient, is what we begin with,
What we are given, is nothing,
But a seed that we must grow well
Enough to harvest and cultivate beauty

Bless the adult, 
Who foresaw this disastrous outcome,
This unnatural craving, 
for decadence upon our lives

Tinker not a machine or automation,
But your very self, to ensure
A new being as lavish as you wish
That you shall have to maintain

Bless the artist, 
Who gave into this greed,
and tinkered with themselves truly,
But who emerged more than a shadow

The beauty that makes a difference,
Remains without perfection
Ultimately, struggles with the concept

Should this beauty emerge, 
It shall be forever yours,
Undiluted and pure
But never the innocent beauty,
That a child perceives

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Valle de Bravo

Hey guys! Last week, I finished my series about my trip to the UK in 2009. This week, as I usually do in between series, I'll be sharing a post about a short trip. This was a trip we took to Valle de Bravo (Mexico) also in 2009, when we were living in Mexico City. Here are some pictures of the Monarch Butterflies we saw there:


Two of the many dead butterflies on the ground


*This meme is hosted by westmetromommyreads.com

Have any of you visited Valle de Bravo? Perhaps you've visited some other place in Mexico? Let me know in the comments section below!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Publication Date: March 31st 2003
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5
Source: Own Copy

Francesca has recently shifted to St. Sebastian's, a formerly all-boys school. The school has recently made the shift to co-ed, but students frequently forget that the girls are a part of the school.

She surrounds herself with girls, but finds friends only in a dorky musician, passionate activist and rumored slut. She can't find any boy she'd rather hang out with. The burping and farting masters are disgusting and the serious prefects are way too self-absorbed.

Just when Francesca needs her the most, her uber-confident mom is diagnosed with acute depression. Her family doesn't want to talk about it, her dad pins everything on her and her younger brother is sent away to live with their grandparents.


Monday, July 3, 2017

IMWAYR-03/07/2017

I had a decent reading week- and by decent I mean I finished two books. Not a great reading week, but hey- at least I finished a few books right?

I finished reading, and uploaded my review of "Secret Sisters" by Joy Callaway. I absolutely loved this historical fiction about the formation of the first sorority. This was my first DRC (ever)!

I also finished reading "See you in the Cosmos" by Jack Cheng. I haven't reviewed this one yet, and unfortunately I have a lot of reviews to get through before I get to it. Maybe I'll just bump it up on my list because I really enjoyed this one as well!


I'm currently reading my second DRC, "The Readymade Thief" by Augustus Rose. It's an interesting concept, but I haven't made a lot of progress yet.
Hopefully you guys made more reading progress this week than I did. I'm afraid I'm still seven books behind on my reading challenge- and I only have a few more days of summer left to catch up! 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- Museums and Rivers of the UK

We're starting a new month-and unfortunately ending a series here on my blog. For the past few weeks, I've been posting about my trip to the UK  back in 2009 every Saturday, as part of Saturday Snapshot hosted by Melinda. Today, I'll be sharing with you guys the last post in that series.

I debated whether or not to publish this post for a while, because I can't remember where we took these pictures! I decided to share them with you anyway though- so I hope any of you hoping to visit the UK will forgive me for not providing you with details!




Perhaps someone who lives in the UK will be able to help me out with the locations? 

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