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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Unreal

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

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-25/04/2017

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.

2.Horror 
I neither enjoy horror books or movies, and find that the writing can be over-dramatized in these novels.

3.Pirates
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

IMWAYR-24/04/2017

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- 22/04/2017

Happy weekend! I'm back with another mini-series on my blog. Hosted by westmetromommyreads.com , 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

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- 18/04/2017

Hey everyone! I'm back with yet another Top Ten Tuesday list- courtesy of brokeandbookish.blogspot.com. 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- 15/04/2017

Hey guys, I'm back with yet another Saturday Snapshot, a meme hosted by westmetromommyreads.com. 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
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