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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gush in a hurry

Rushed, it speeds downhill,
Drowning anything in its way,
Wayward and upward,
Onward and downward, 
Warding off evil as it shines.

Gushing, blushing, nervous 
It lets out a roar of anxiety
Anxious of its intentions,
Intently the onlookers,
Look on at its velocity.

Fluid, it's beautiful motion
Moves its watchers,
Watching the spectacle,
Spectacularly performing

Gushed in a rush,
Rushing downhill,
Wayward and upward,
Onward and downward,
It rushes forever

-Poem Fanatic

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- 20/06/2017

Hey guys! Today I'll be sharing with you the Top Ten Series I've been meaning to start- but haven't. (This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish).

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass

2.Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


3. Daughters of Saraqael by Raine Thomas



4. Wild Orchid by Beverly Brenna



5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


6. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

7. Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain



8. Firebird by Claudia Gray


9. Heist Society by Ally Carter 



10. Soul Charmer by Chelsea Mueller



Have you guys read any of these books? Maybe you have some suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Snapshot- 17/06/2017

Hey Guys! I'm back with yet another post about the family trip to UK in 2009. This week, I'll be sharing three pictures of brown, stone buildings we encountered in the UK, thanks to Melinda, the gracious host of Saturday Snapshot.

Here goes:
Bridge of Sighs, Oxford


War memorial, Edinburgh Castle



I can't seem to remember what the second picture is. Perhaps one of you can let me know in the comments? Have a great weekend guys!

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Escape Artist by Dianne Chamberlain.

Publication Date: March 1st 1997
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery-Thriller
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Susanna Miller has just lost custody of her beautiful eleven-month-old son, Tyler, but there is no way she is giving him away. Her ex-husband Jimmy and his new wife, Peggy, may be able to offer Tyler financial stability, but they will never be able to replace her motherly lvoe.

Susanna leaves Boulder, Colorado as a fugitive, who has defied the law to stay close to her son. She doesn't say goodbye to anyone, including the man she has always loved. 

Linc Sebastian has been her neighbor and confidante since she was a school-girl. She realized her love for him after her divorce. But confiding in him now poses too much of a threat to Tyler's safety. She hides herself in Annapolis, Maryland and finds herself drawn to a troubled artist.

When Susanna encounters evidence that could save lives, she debates approaching the police and revealing her identity over staying silent and watching people die. Sitting on the information doesn't seem to be an option, but should she give up her child for strangers?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Publication Date: January 1st 2015
Genre: Young-Adult and Middle-Grade
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Stewart is the gifted and talented. He's also geeky and socially awkward. His mom passed away last year and he finds himself missing her quite often.

Ashley is gifted and talented. She's popular and stylish. She's also failing 9th grade. Her dad has just come out and divorced her mother.It's a year later, and both her parents have now found themselves boyfriends.

Enter the parents- Ashley's mom asks Stewart's dad to move in with them, creating the most awkward living situation for both Ashley and Stewart. Stewart's excited about this new adventure in his life. Ashley... not so much.

Stewart doesn't fit in at school and Ashley struggles at home. When both of them attract the attention of Jared, a popular boy at school, things start to go terribly wrong. Do they have a strong enough relationship to confront the problems together?


Monday, June 12, 2017

IMWAYR-12/06/2017

Hey guys! I'm back with an IMWAYR post after who knows how long! I'm linking up with Kathryn @ The Book Date for this post, as she graciously hosts this meme every week. Without further ado, let's get right into it!

I finished reading "Back Home" by Michelle Magorian. I picked it up from the school library and enjoyed it much more than I enjoyed another Magorian novel "A Little Love Song". The novel is about a young girl who was evacuated to the US during WWII who comes back to an unrecognizable Britain.



I'm currently reading "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" by Benjamin Alire Saenz.  This book has been on my TBR for the longest time so I borrowed it from a friend of mine. I'm really enjoying it so far.


I'm also currently reading "The Shock of the Fall" by Nathan Filer. It's not as great as I'd hoped it would be, but my friends and fellow readers tell me that it gets better towards the end of the novel...I'll stick it out and see how that goes!




So I didn't have a  great reading week, but I think I did well in terms of my blog-posts last week. In case you'd like to check them out, here they are:

Saturday Snapshot-10/06/2017
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
Top Ten Tuesday-06/06/2017
The Abode of Clouds

Hopefully this week, I'll finish both the books I'm currently reading. I'm hoping to pick up the Sherlock Holmes series next week as well, as part of the "Big Book Challenge" I'm participating in this summer.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-10/06/2017

So far, I've shown you the heights, the flora, the castles, some buildings, a museum and the natural beauty of the UK. Today's post will be about our visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace, back in 2009. I'm linking up with Melinda @Westmetromommyreads for this post.





 Hope you all enjoyed this post. Have any of you visited Shakespeare's birthplace? Let me know in the comments below and have a great weekend!

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

Publication Date: February 17th 2016
Genre: Young-Adult (Contemporary)
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Maddie has just graduated from high school and she plans on spending the summer before college ticking items off her bucket list- or her "loose ends" list, as she likes to call it- with her best friends.

Her socialite grandmother, who's young-at-heart and fiercely passionate- calls a suspicious family gathering at her town house one day which changes the way Maddie looks at life forever. Her amazing grandmother has been diagnosed with cancer- and she doesn't want to be treated for it!

To spend as much time with her family as she can, the O'Niell Matriarch books an international family cruise. The up-side? Great food, interesting people, amazing destinations. The down side? Grandma O'Niell may not come home at the end of the trip.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary)
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Julia finds something nasty written about her best friend on a wall at the Kingston School for the Deaf. As a true best friend, she covers it up with a beautiful graffiti mural. This so-called best friend snitches, and gets her expelled from her school.

Julia's two mothers send her to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's treated like an alien for being the only deaf student. The only thing she has left is her art- and although she promised her mothers she would give up graffiti, Julia finds herself being more and more dependent on her art.

Eager to let the world know that she's willing to declare art turf even in the suburbs, Julia paints everywhere. Soon, she realizes that someone is improving her tags, adding their own style to them. Julia has been dragged into a "full-blown graffiti war".


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday- 06/06/2017

Hey guys! I haven't participated in The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday meme in a while, but I've decided to put up a list this week. The topic this week is "Top Ten Books From X Genre that I've added to my TBR List Recently". My TBR list is honestly a muddle of various different genres, styles and time-periods. So I'm going to colour a little outside the lines and change the topic for my list.

Here are the Top Ten Books I've Added to my TBR List:
(in no particular order)


The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Lilian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone


The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck



See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng 


Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Seanz

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

With Malice by Eileen Cook


Have you guys read any of these books? Perhaps you have some recommendations for my TBR list? I'd love to hear them in the comments section below!

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Abode of Clouds

No room for brown,
The soil is deep red,
Bright and dull at once,
Like blood of the Earth

The blood covered,
With the widest array of 
Greens you could imagine

No room for smog,
The skies are barely visible,
Through the shifting clouds,
Comfortable in their abode

The clouds separating
Into wisps, thin as sticks
Flit into man's abode
As though it is their own

-Poem Fanatic

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saturday Snapshot-3/06/2017

Am I the only one struggling to believe that we're already in June 2017? And here I am, posting about a trip I took in June 2009. It's been 8 years since my family trip to the UK, but thanks to Melinda@Westmetromommyreads, I'm able to post about it through Saturday Snapshot. Continuing with my series, here are some pictures of Scotland.

Let me know which picture's your favourite in the comments below!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Big Book Summer Challenge 2017

Every year, Sue @ Book by Book hosts a "Big Book Summer Reading Challenge" and this will be the third year that I am signing up for it!
  The aim of the challenge is to read at least one "Big Book". Any book that has over 400 pages qualifies as one of these books. The challenge isn't restrictive at all- you can decide which books you want to read, how many books you want to read, and when you want to read them! The challenge spans the entire summer, beginning on Memorial Day Weekend and ending on Labour Day. 
  I'm signing up so late because I've been travelling the past week, but I'm glad that Sue allows people to sign up at any time over the summer! If you'd like to participate but don't have a blog, you can visit Sue's blog where she leaves instructions stating how you can do so through Goodreads or a blog comment. 
  I took advantage of my travel time and decided to start reading a Big Book before I even wrote my sign-up post. The great part about it was- I finished it! I read "The Escape Artist" by Diane Chamberlain, and you can all look forward to a review soon. Even though I read it before publishing my sing-up post, I'm going to include it in my overall total of Big Books at the end of the summer. 
  In 2015  I read eight "Big Books" because I was reading Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" series (each book is at least 400 pages long). Last year, I managed to read 10 Big Books because I was reading "The Empire of the Moghul" series by Alex Rutherford (all of these books are also quite Big)! This year unfortunately, I don't have a particular series in mind for the summer, so I'm going to take my chances with the books already on my TBR.
  There is one Big Book that I definitely plan on reading over the summer- and that's Sherlock Holmes! I've just discovered that we own two of the books in the series (both of them Big Books) and I plan on reading them for the challenge this year. 
  I'd encourage all of you to sign up to test the outer limits of your reading potentials- even if you're not a book blogger (or a blogger at all). I know there are some of you who read books that are primarily only 400+ pages, and for those of you I'd encourage you to try and read a set amount of such books over the summer, because one definitely won't be a challenge. Use any of the links to Sue's Blog above to sign up!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Latin Dance

Swish, swoosh,
The fabric gleams,
Catching the light,
As the skirt fans out

She bends her knee,
Striking a confident pose,
She lifts her gaze,
Threatening anyone who 
Dare Meet her eyes

Her ankles tease the crowd,
Dressed in heels of 
Phenomenal height,
As she steps proudly towards
Her tall, stiking partner

Swathed in exquisite cloth,
She moves her hips rapidly
Confusing her fabric,
Confounding her audience

She twirls, her skirt twists,
Red imprints in the mind
Of the thousands
Of impressed viewers
Of her Latin Dance

-Poem Fanatic


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

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-27/05/2017

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

Sickly-sweet,
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

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-20/05/2017

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

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-16/05/2017

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-13/05/2017

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

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.


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