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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-16/09/2017

Last week, I shared some pictures of our family trip to Meghalaya this summer. Today, I'll be sharing some more pictures of our trip, this time of some natural formations around the state. In case you hadn't figured this out already, I'm participating in Saturday Snapshot, hosted by Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads.

A bridge made out of living roots near Mawlynnong village

A cave in Mawsynram, the second wettest place on Earth

A Shiv Ling inside the cave
Hope you guys enjoy all your weekends! Leave a link to your blogs, and I'll be sure to come check them out.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Blood and Ink by Stephen Davies

Publication Date: September 19th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Kadi is a young girl in modern-day Timbuktu. Daughter of a scripture librarian. A fan of literature, music and art, she hopes one day to become the esteemed guardian of the scriptures her father currently looks after.

Ali is a small-town boy from the villages of Mali. He's joined the Defenders of Faith, a branch of Al Qaeda and is an important player in the take of Timbuktu.

As life changes drastically in Timbuktu, Ali and Kadi meet. They hate each other instantly- but something about their natures encourages them to interact with one another. Opening up to each other was a huge mistake- or was it?

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 09/09/2017

Hey guys! This week I'll be linking up with Melinda @ Westmetro Mommy Reads to share some pictures of our summer trip to Meghalaya this year. Meghalaya is a state in North-East India. These are some pictures we took on the drive up to Shillong.

Have any of you ever been to Meghalaya- or anywhere else in India? Let me know in the comments below! Hope you guys all have a great week!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Neighborhood Girls by Jessie Anne Foley

Publication Date: September 12th 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
My Goodreads Rating:4/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Wendy's dad was a police officer in Chicago. She always thought he resembled the heroes in movies. That is, until he was arrested. Her life turns upside down when she is ostracized for her last name. To make things worse, she gets threatened on the way back from a party one night.

Finally, Wendy meets exactly the right kind of girl to help her build up a defense system. Kenzie is mean, popular, and an alpha. Along with two other girls, Wendy has become part of the school's most popular clique- where no one can touch her.

This "toxic friendship" begins to drain Wendy. She knows bullying others to protect herself is wrong. She knows that Kenzie is possibly one of the worst people she has met. But is she so addicted to the safety and power that she should compromise her values?

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 02/09/2017

I'm back with my last post about Italy (2012). I know I've said that before- but this time I honestly think that I don't have any other Italian pictures to share with you! Here are some last pictures of Venetian buildings and cathedrals.

This meme is hosted by Melinda @ Westmetromommyreads.

St Mark's Basilica

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Willing and Capable

Willing to plunge into ice-water,
Watering my empty seed,
Sowing seeds of forgiveness,
Capable of forgiving life

Willing to race across fire,
Flaming, my heart will beat,
Constant beats of joy,
Capable of giving life happiness

Willing to fly among smoke,
Choked, my lungs will try to breathe,
Breathe out my expressions,
Capable of giving life meaning

Willing to pound through wood,
My wooden, numb arms moving,
Rudimentary human movements,
Capable of giving life purpose

Willing to burn and freeze
If only it would offer a purpose,
A meaning, a hidden value

Capable of destruction,
If only it would offer a happiness,
A forgiving nature
To all of what was expressed

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Running Full Tilt by Michael Currinder

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

Leo and Caleb aren't best friends. Then again, most siblings have complex relationships. When Caleb's angry though, his outbursts literally send Leo running. This violent behavior forces the family to relocate, to a new setting where Leo and Caleb both hope to prosper.

Over time, Leo develops the ability to run fast and think ahead. He joins the cross-country and track teams at his new school, and even befriends a state champion. Learning from the best runner his age, Leo improves his skills and even meets a girl he has a crush on.

Yet Caleb still hasn't managed to settle down in his new life. Leo's newfound peace won't last long, because Caleb's jealousy will soon start to show in violent beatings and scary behavior.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 26/08/2017

This will be the second-to-last post in my series on Italy ( this time for sure)! Today I'm sharing the interiors of some cathedrals in Venice- most likely the St. Mark's Basilica.

I'm linking up with Melinda @ Westmetromommyreads for this weekly meme. She writes great book reviews so you should go check her out!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nothing by Annie Barrows

Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
My Goodreads Rating: 2/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Charlotte and Frankie are ordinary, boring high schoolers who live with their almost-normal parents. They don't have a perfect body, or a soulmate (except maybe each other). They haven't had the perfect romance, the best adventure or the wildest party. They are just teenagers.

Until Charlotte decides to document their lives in a book to prove how boring they are. Sophomore year is just the same as freshman year, her friends are still the same and she's the kid she always was. Or is she?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-22/08/2017

Hey guys- today's list is a bit of a freebie. Over at The Broke and the Bookish the only guideline we've been given is "Back to School". I've been wanting to do this list for a while- because my school began over a month ago! Today I'm listing my Top Ten Historical Fictions to Complement History Lessons.

*All links are to my reviews

(World War II and The Holocaust)

2. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

5. No Stars at the Circus by Mary Finn

6. The Siege by Helen Dunmore

(Post-War Fiction)
7. Back Home by Michelle Magorian 

7. Anne Frank- The Diary of a Young Girl

(Indian History)

Hope you guys check out these books if you have a history class this term!

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