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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Faithful to her Pride

Faithful to her Pride,
Disloyal to her emotion
She hides, she skulks,
Away from prying eyes

Eyes that tear her apart,
Evaluating her soul,
Eyes that mean well,
That feel entitled to judge

Faithful to her Pride,
Trembling at a confession,
She screams, she shouts
To conceal her emotion

Emotion that threatens,
To make her vulnerable
Emotion that is her truth,
That needs to be expressed

Faithful to her Pride,
Scared of her reality,
She pretends, she imagines
To avoid her certainty

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

Publication Date: 26th September 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher (Through Edelweiss)

Daughter of a well-respected General, Elizabeth Schuyler is well-versed in the standards of social etiquette. Her family often entertains officers and messengers, but none of them leave as much of an impression as her future husband.

Alexander Hamilton, soldier and aide to General George Washington, causes Elizabeth's heart to flutter and never really leaves her heart. She courts Alexander briefly and they marry quickly.

Amidst the chaos of the American Revolution, Eliza and Alexander find time for their ever-growing family. After the war,
Hamilton finds himself devoting more time to work and less to his health, as he becomes an essential part of the government.

Hidden from the public eye, Eliza manages the house-hold, calms her husband and helps to stabilize her family. In the capital, she entertains regularly, socializing with the wives of important men while struggling to deal with her own familial issues.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-15/08/2017

Before I say anything else- let me wish all the Indians reading this a Happy Independence Day! We celebrate our 70th year of Independence this year!

Getting back to the post- I'm linking back up with the Broke and the Bookish for a Top Ten Tuesday post- the first after a break they took over the summer. My theme today is Young Adult books that are a must read- even for people with a strong dislike of Young Adult books!
(All links go to my review)

4. Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

6. The List by Siobhan Vivian

These were some of my all-time favourite reads. I think that any of these books will be enough to re-spark an interest in YA and in reading for anyone who has slowly given up. Have you guys read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, August 14, 2017

IMWAYR- 13/08/2017

Hey guys! I've had a busy few days. My sister just left for college for the first time- so naturally our house was a mess! I'm linking up with Kathryn @ Book Date to update you all on my reading.

I finished reading a review book "Neighborhood Girls" by Jessie Ann Foley. I absolutely loved it- the review will be coming out sometime in early September.

I didn't finish anything else this week, but I did start reading another review book."Blood and Ink" by Stephen Davies is a story of teen radicalization. 
I began reading a light, non-review book "Heist Society" by Ally Carter. It seems like just the quick read I need now!

Hope you guys all had great reading weeks too! Let me know all about your week in the comments below.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 12/08/2017

Hey everyone! I'm back with more pictures of my family trip to Italy in 2012, as a part of Saturday Snapshot (hosted by Today I'll be sharing some pictures of Piazza della Signoria in Florence. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hoped and Dreamed

We dreamed, when we were kids,
Of a love, Of a life
We hoped, that when we grew,
We'd have a fair chance
At success, At life

We dreamed, when we were teenagers,
Of truths, that were concealed
We hoped, that when we grew,
We'd have a fair chance,
At integrity, at truth

We tried, when we were in between,
To have a fair life, a truthful one
We hoped, that someday
We'd be better, we'd be stronger

We dreamed, as adolescents
Of world, we could believe in
We hoped that if we worked,
We'd have a fair chance,
In a world that was ours

We tried, when we were so lost,
To have a compass, a moral one
We hoped, that someday 
Our world'd be lively not murderous

We dreamed, when were sorrowful,
Indignant at the world,
Of a humane place for us to grow,
For us to learn in

We hoped, when we couldn't act,
Of a power, of a protest
To help us, make it possible,
For us to live, a better life

We tried, when we had hopes,
To achieve them, for all the world
We hoped, that someday
Our world'd be clean, and safe

We hoped, we dreamed
As kids, and as future leaders
We know, our mission, 
Is impossible, unbelievable

We'll try to make it better,
Piece by piece, In a hopeless world,
We'll try not to dream,
But to work for a chance at life

We know, that our dreams
May never, be a reality
We believe, that we're capable
Of being a spark, inspiring a movement
Giving us all, a chance at life

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Publication Date: January 5th 2016
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Source: Own Copy

I know that this is normally where I have a summary of the book- but this book is just so hard to describe without ruining the story. I'm going to say this- the story is about a school shooting.

The Opportunity High School students find themselves locked in the auditorium after the principal's speech. A few minutes later someone starts shooting. "Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun".

This book has been quite a controversial one. I've been through so many reviews and ratings and what I've understood is that people either hate it or love it. I absolutely loved it!

Monday, August 7, 2017


This week has been quite busy- but I'm happy to say I still managed to get in a decent amount of reading. I'm linking up with Kathryn @ Book Date to update you all on my reading week.

I finished reading a review book by Michael Currinder, called "Running Full Tilt". I absolutely loved the book and its unique take on sports.

I also finished reading "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon. I've been meaning to read this for a very long time- and I must say it was worth the wait! This has been my first non-review book in a while.

I'm currently reading "Neighborhood Girls" by Jessie Anne Foley, another review book I received through Edelweiss.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 05/08/2017

Some of you may remember that in last week's Saturday Snapshot post I mentioned that I'd be sharing some more pictures of our family trip to Italy in 2012. I began the series knowing that there were some pictures that I'd probably never find. Luckily- last month, I found those pictures! Today I'll be sharing some pictures of our brief trip to Milan.

(You can check out the rest of my series here.)

This meme is hosted by Melinda @ Westmetromommyreads

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fly with the Wind

Pin me down,
Staple my wings
(That you claim you can't see)
I'll still fly with the wind

Tie me up, 
Chain me to my seat,
My wings will still
Find a way to sprout

Fly with the wind,
I will, one day soon
A day that you won't
Determine, delay, or deter

I'll reach new heights,
Stand atop skyscrapers,
My wings will back down,
Only when they need to

My wings grow with me,
They'll disappear only,
When I decide it's time
Not when your torture,
Puts them in discomfort

Fly with the wind,
I will, one day soon
A day that you won't
Determine, delay, or deter

-Poem Fanatic

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Publication Date: February 28th 2017
Genre: Middle Grade/ Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Source: Own Copy

Alex Petroski is an 11-year-old, space obsessed boy. He also happens to love his mother, his older brother and his dog- named after his hero, Carl Sagan.

Alex dreams of launching recordings into space the way Carl Sagan (the hero) launched his golden record on the Voyager. Along with Carl Sagan ( the dog), Alex travels from Colorado to Nevada and from New Mexico to California.

What Alex discovers are secrets about his family and a new family that he never imagined existed. When he gets home however, he meets a version of his known family he has never been able to embrace.

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- 29/07/2017

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


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


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- 22/07/2017

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- 15/07/2017

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

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