A Christmas Poem

Not Mine (This is a picture of Hogsmede) 
the starry sky
heaps of white snow
scattered across the street.
thin slender icicles
hang lazily 
on houses' roofs
you lean into your window
your cheek touching
cold glass
your eyes looking up to the sky
you think that you must be 
imagining it
but you see nine figures 
dashing through the 
twinkling stars
each with protruding antlers
one with a bright red
followed by a man 
with a white tangled beard
in a shining red
you hum a soft carol
along with
the jingling bells that you hear
in the back of your ears
the only sounds
in the silence of 
the night.
you smile
close the blinds of the window
and walk back to
your bed,
envelope yourself in covers,
the sweet smell
of gingerbread from the kitchen
wafting up in to your nose
making you smile.
your eyes begin to close
you think one last happy thought
that Christmas is tomorrow
and you fall asleep.
Have a happy holidays!
Not Mine


R.I.P or Ship it Tag

I saw this tag on Anna's blog, and I thought that it was really cool!
1. Write down the names of characters from different books on scraps of paper. 
2. Put them in a container of your choosing. 
3. Pull out two names at the same time and show them to your audience in whatever way you like.  
4. Decision time! Do you ship them or do you want their relationship to die a peaceful/painful death?

BTW, for those of you that don't know...

R.I.P it means that I don't think that those two character's personalities would be compatible, and that I don't think that they would be good friends/family/couple.

Ship it means that I do think that those two character's personalities would be compatible, and that I think that they would be good friends/family/couple.

Without further ado, lets begin!
Warning: The pictures used below are not mine.

Round 1

Harry Potter + Prince Kai= Ship!
(The books: Harry Potter, Lunar Chronicles)

Hmm...I'm not really sure about this one. They both do have the same sort of humor (they both use a lot of sarcasm), but at the same time, I feel like Prince Kai is so serious compared to Harry Potter. Maybe they would be friends, but not really good friends? 

Round 2

Queen Levana + Neville Longbottom= R.I.P!
(The books: Lunar Chronicles, Harry Potter)

No way, would these two ever work well with each other. Poor Neville, he would be scared out of his wits by Levana! 

Round 3

Hermione Granger + Scarlet= Ship!
(The books: Harry Potter, Lunar Chronicles)

I think these two would be good friends! Scarlet kind of reminds me of Ginny from Harry Potter, and Hermione and Ginny have always gotten along with each other, so, yeah..ship!

Round 4

Peeta Melark + Ponyboy= Ship!
(The books: The Hunger Games, The Outsiders)

These two would probably be good friends, as they're both quiet people, that are passionate about something or the other. 

Round 5

Luna Lovegood + Katniss Everdeen= R.I.P
(The books: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games)

No to these two..just, no. Katniss Everdeen would get so annoyed at Luna! Katniss would be trying to shoot a deer or something, and Luna would be yelling at her from behind, to look out for nargles! 

Round 6

Rudy Stiener + Liesel Meminger= Ship!
(The books: The Book Thief, The Book Thief)

Yes! The Book Thief is one of my favorite books (I read it in one day) and I love how it is told from the perspective of death. It has so many wonderful messages, characters, etc in it, and if you haven't read it, you should definitely try it out. Anyway. Rudy and Liesel are two characters in the book who are best friends, and probably two of my favorite characters in the world! So obviously, ship!

Round 7

Captain Thorne + Cinder = Ship! 
(The books: The Lunar Chronicles, The Lunar Chronicles)

I ship these two as friends! I loved their scenes in the book, Scarlet (which is in the Lunar Chronicles series)

Well, that's the end of the tag! Have a good day! And yes, I'm aware that most of these characters are either from Harry Potter of the Lunar Chronicles. 


How To Accomplish Your To-Do List

Hey guys! Today, I'm going to be telling you guys how to accomplish your to-do list, in a few easy steps! 

1. Figure Out The Things That You Need To Do

Think about all the tasks you need to do, and list them on a piece of paper. Make sure to include a reasonable number of tasks, so that you can actually complete all of them.

Write a blog post
Complete math homework
Study for test

2. Order Your Tasks

Order your tasks from most important to least important. This way, you will know what you need to do immediately, and what you can save for later. 

1. Complete Math Homework
2. Study for Test
3. Write a Blog Post

3. Estimate How Much Time You Will Need

Next, estimate how much time you will need for each task. Figure out what time you will do each task.

1. Complete Math Homework (30 Minutes: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM)
2. Study for Test (35 Minutes: 8:45-9:20 AM)
3. Write a Blog Post (45 Minutes: 9:45-10:30 AM)

4. Get on to Doing the Tasks

Next, you can start completing the tasks. Stay focused while you are doing them, and don't worry about the time, or how long it is taking. Make sure to take breaks! A 15 minute break every hour is a good idea. 

5. Reward Yourself

After you've finished all the tasks, reward yourself! 
Some ways that you can reward yourself:
  • a new book
  • a new song from iTunes
  • a nap
  • a dessert     

So, that is all there is to accomplishing your to-do list! I hope this post helped you out!

Bye! (#harrypottergifs)



A Guest Post from Neri: Places to Go While You're in London

Hey everyone! Today, I have a guest post from Neri who blogs at My Life In A Tab.  Thank you Neri, for offering to guest post! Neri wrote a really interesting post about places to go while you're in London, that I'll definitely use as reference when I visit the UK!
Anyways, on to the post!

London is the capital of England and there are so many things to do that you can sometimes feel overwhelmed with what attractions to visit, so I have put together a list of my favourite attractions.

1 | Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussaud London is amazing because you can pose with your favourite celebrities, which may be the only time you will be able to see them in 'real' life!

2 | Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

I love visiting the fountain because it is the perfect way to cool of in the summer and you can pack a picnic and spend the afternoon just lounging in Hyde Park!

3 | Science Museum London

The science museum is one of few museums (that I know of!) that have interactive exhibits so that you can learn and have fun at the same time!

4 | London Eye

I know this is a typical one, but the London Eye is perfect place to take stunning photos of London!

Now you have a few places to visit while you're in London!

Love, Peace and Snickers x }|{


Little Memories

Looking through photos from the past,
photos that I didn't know existed.
Tattered pieces of memories flooding 
into my head,
but I can only remember some of it,
as if each of my memories 
were a puzzle
with several pieces missing.

The things I can remember, 
are odd,
they're the little things,
the crisp smell of the early winter,
the softness of my worn pink jacket,
the long log that I used as a balance beam,
sitting quietly with my family,
a tub of fries that were perfectly spiced,
the feeling of excitement,
and I just wonder,
after all this time,
why do I remember those small things?

Those things,
moments that I didn't think were important
when they happened
are the things I remember
the building blocks of who I am today.
And I've realized,
that it isn't the huge things that effect our life greatly,
its the little memories,
that build on top of one another,
that's what makes us who we are,
they're the things we'll remember for ever. 


Lately: The Raven Boys, Once Upon A Time, Gum under Desks, Autumn, etc.

I know, I know. Its been 16 days since I've written my last blog post. I'm failing my goal of publishing a post once a week. I've been busy from school, and I've been in a blogging slump. It might take a while for me to figure the whole blogging schedule out, but I hopefully will, soon. Disclaimer: None of the pictures used in this post are mine.

Anyway, lately I've been....

Reading: I've been reading "The Dream Thieves" by Maggie Stiefvater, the second book in "The Raven Cycle." Its actually a pretty amazing series, and it isn't really the typical fantasy that you would expect. It has more of an urban feel to it, and its basically about psychics, a ley line, and finding a dead king. 
If you've read this series, who is your favorite character? My favorite character is Noah.

Watching: I've been watching Once Upon a Time and Doctor Who. For Once Upon a Time, I've just been re-watching old episodes, as season five is beginning tomorrow. I think that the new plot line is going to be very interesting, and I'm excited to see all the new characters that are going to be introduced, and the ones from the older seasons that are going to be brought back (I'm talking about Mulan!) As for Doctor Who, I just finished the episode, "Family of Blood" with the human version of the Doctor, John Smith, and let me just say..WOW! 

Listening: I've been listening to lots of covers from Jasmine Thompson. Her voice is really beautiful, and I really do recommend that you check her covers out. Also, I've been liking "Renegade" by X Ambassadors. And, all of the songs by Imagine Dragons.  And of course, I can't forget "Riptide" by Vance Joy. 

  Mad World covered by Jasmine Thompson

Not Liking: I've not been liking all the gum I've been seeing under desks at school. You're not even allowed to chew gum at school, so why would there be gum under the desks. Its just disgusting, and me being a germaphobic, it takes a lot of power to stop thinking about the gum and focus on my school work.
 Also, I haven't been liking the 90 minutes of math homework I'm getting every day. 90 minutes of homework is a lot, and I could deal with it, but the thing is, I have other homework from my other subjects, and when you add all those minutes up, its a lot. Its just hard have 1 1/2 hour of math class, and then come home and do another 90 minutes of math work. Nevertheless, I do enjoy doing math, and I find the math work fun. And yes, the reason why I've been having so much math homework is because I'm in a advanced math class, and I have two periods of math a day, rather than one. Basically, what I'm doing, is a double-up class. Last year, I was in fifth grade, but I completed sixth grade math, and half of seventh grade math. So, this year, I'm having double the amount of math classes that you would normally have, and I'm completing the remaining math material for seventh grade, then completing eight grade math, and then completing ninth grade math. Basically, that just means a lot of work for me. 

Liking: I've been liking the nicer weather. It hasn't been so hot, and the sixties weather has been great. That's one of the reasons why autumn is my favorite season. I also love all the leaves changing colors. I think its the most beautiful time of the year. 
Other than the weather, I've been enjoying my English class. My English teacher is very straightforward, and actually pretty fun, and I really do enjoy my class with her. 

That is it for this post! I hope you guys have a great weekend!


A Guest Post From Edie: A Poem Titled "Swimming in the Lake"

Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing a post from Edie, at Minty Perfections. Edie sent a poem to me, that is very beautiful. So anyway, let's read her post!

Swimming in a lake

The water,
deep and warm
makes me shiver with happiness.
I feel feeble like a mouse cornered by a cat with a rumbling stomach
Yet as bold as that cat, satisfied with his catch 
I take a plunge

I feel that satisfaction is finally in my grasp
That life is finally in my grasp
For it is, indeed, precious.

As the water covers me up I feel I could not hurt a souI 
I question how someone could possibly hurt anyone
We should value life
Nobody does
Not you, not me
We wish we would die
We want the ground to swallow us up
We wish others would die
We shout and scream

I swim a few metres
I can't get enough 
of this happiness

I know
of course
when I get out life will be the same
I will start wishing I am dead
I will want the ground to swallow me up
I will
I guarantee

Because I'm part of the vicious, bloodthirsty, hurtful race that is 


About Edie Rose:
I am a blogger from London who enjoys reading and writing. I started Minty Perfections in April 2015 and have had many opportunities because of it. I am a proud member of Guardian Children's books. 

Have a good day, 


Barbie is Physically Impossible

Barbie. We've all seen her in the stores. We've probably all played with her, unless of course you were too busy battling dragons clothed in fake armor, and yes, I did do that when I was a kid. And, we've definitely seen others playing with her.

I've seen several small girls say that they would love to look like her, but really, the way Barbie looks, is really just impossible. Her neck is twice as long as average necks, but half as skinny. And in reality, her neck wouldn't be able to support her head.

If Barbie was a real life woman, she would be crawling on fours, as her feet are too small to support the rest of her body, being only a size three. Her arms are much smaller than her legs, and are very thin. The circumference around her wrists are very small, too small to pick anything heavy up.

The hip/waist/bust ratio in Barbie is ridiculous. Barbie's waist is 16 inches in circumference, a little over half the size of her hips, and less then half the size of an average woman's waist. The size of Barbie's waist would only be able to fit half a liver, and a few inches of intestines. Barbie's hips are smaller, than the average woman's, as well as her bust.

I hope you found this post interesting. I'm sorry that I haven't been posting much lately. I've been really busy with school, and I'm trying to figure out a post schedule. Anyway, I'll be trying to post at least once a week, sometime during the weekend, probably.

Also look out for a guest post from Edie, on Thursday.

Bonne journée, <<< I'm learning French so I thought that this would be appropriate


Change: It Comes With Good and Bad Things

Change. It's a word that we experience throughout our entire lives. Everything is constantly changing. Think about it. Our friends, our personalities, our surroundings, our experiences, they are all things that change as time goes on. 

Change can be a scary word. It can be a happy word. It can be a sad word, too. It can be a whirlpool of emotions all at once. There are multiple ways that change can make you feel, depending on the situation. In my case, change made me feel scared. It made me feel worried.

I still feel a bit scared and worried, even now. I'm still exploring the large change that I'm experiencing, and figuring everything out. There are things that I don't like about this change, but there are plenty of great things, as well. And, I'm excited to experience all of them. 

That's the thing with change- it comes with good and bad things. You just have to accept those bad things. You have to take a deep breath, and say to yourself, "I can do this. I'm strong enough to deal with all the bad that will come, and I'll enjoy all the good." Because you are strong enough to deal with any change that comes. The proof of that is that you've dealt with change already throughout your life. For example, when you were learning to walk, or when you started Kindergarten, or when you moved to another house. All of those times, you dealt with change. You got through all the hard things about your change, and you enjoyed all the good things. 

So, what I'm basically trying to say is, you can get through change. It may seem scary, but at the end you'll be fine. 

Have a nice day,


Interview with Noor

Here's an interview from Noor who blogs at A Little Bit of Sunshine. Thank you Noor for taking time to answer the following questions. 

1. Tell a little bit about yourself (Name, age, hobbies, blog name, etc.)

 I'm Noor! Hai! I'm from A Little Bit of Sunshine! I like fangirling, reading, blogging, writing (horribly), dancing awkwardly (it's usually just arm flailing)

2. Who are your role models in your life?

Hmm...Fall Out Boy because their music is my inspiration. Mia Hamm because she's my soccer inspiration. JK Rowling and Rick Riordan because they got me into reading hardcore. And Morning because she inspired me to keep my blog going :)

3. What kind of music do like to listen to?

EMO SCREAMO HARDCORE WOOO. Nah just kidding. I really love Fall Out Boy! I'm also a pretty big Paramore and Melanie Martinez fan!

4. What are some things that you fangirl about?

Harry Potter, Doctor Who, bandsss, band members, Youtubers, books!

5. Why do you blog?

To connect with other people, share my ideas with the world, and I try to aim to help people and make them smile!

6. What is the most challenging part of blogging for you?

Posting regularly, it's been a challenge this summer, I'm just so busy :(

7. I know you are a Potterhead, so I just have to ask: Who is you favorite character in Harry Potter? Least favorite? Why? 

Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger. I feel like Draco is just so misunderstood and that he was like born into an evil family and that he was good, deep down, so therefore I love him. Hermione because I can just relate to her so much! I don't really have a least favorite besides the obvious Umbridge and Voldemort.

Thank you Noor for the answers! I enjoyed reading them!
Have a nice day, everyone! Bye!


Mysterious Thoughts #001: Simply Part of a Child's Imagination

What if the universe
was a 
The earth,
a small room
tucked in the corner. 
Little girls and little boys
walking the dolls 
that live in the house
positioning their 
making them speak,
controlling their actions,
what they do,
what they know.,
Tossing dolls away,
when bored of them,
into the waste,
where they will slowly 
The little girls and boys go on
twisting and winding
the fate
of the small dolls,
enjoying their little game.
And, everything inside 
the doll house,
all the people, 
their personalities,
the world that they know,
all of it
is just simply
 a part 
of a child's imagination.
What if?



A Little Post to Celebrate Little Things

My one year old cousin pointed towards my foot.
"Socks! Socks!" he cried.
My mother, who was folding laundry handed me a pair of socks to put away in the cupboard. Again he cried, "Socks! Socks!", a humongous smile evident on his face. 
"And what color is the sock?" I asked, pointing to the blue stripe on it,
"Geen," he said, thrusting the sock out of my hand, and pointing to his feet. I gently lifted one foot up, sliding the oversized sock on, and then the other. He laughed and laughed, nose scrunched up, then plucked the two socks off and proceeded to laugh some more. 

Small children seem to always notice the little things. They notice small things, like socks, and amuse them self with that small thing. 
There are so many things in life that we overlook, that could give us happiness if we let them.
Life is much more enjoyable if we treasure the little things in our life, that we take for granted. The little things around us in nature, the little things that other people do for us, and the little things that we can do for other people.

Some of the little things that I treasure:
The fluffiness of the grass after it has just been cut
The smell of freshly baked cookies
The sounds the birds make in the morning
When someone cooks something incredibly delicious for you

What are some of the little things you treasure?

I hope that you enjoyed! Have a nice day!



Hey guys! During my trip to India, I got to visit Udaipur, with nine of my relatives: My grandmother and grandfather from my mother's side, my aunt, uncle, and my one year old cousin from my mother's side, and my grandmother and uncle from my father's side. Udaipur is a small city in Rajasthan. It is known as "The City of Lakes." The people in Udaipur were so hospitable and friendly, even the cab drivers, who told us lots of information about Udaipur as we were driving around. Of course this information was not valuable to me, as it was spoken in Hindi, which I do not understand, but I know my relatives enjoyed it very much. 

The view from our first hotel, Lalit, was absolutely stunning. In the grass outside, we had the view of a serene blue lake, with beautiful grassy mountains. At sunset, a powerful dark orange bled through all the clouds, and dripped into the lake. The mountain was illuminated, and its green grassy hills had a tint of yellow.

My grandfather told me that the queens and the maidens used to bathe in the garden. The picture above has a fake stone statue in it, standing in a place where the women could bathe. 

We all visited Saheliyon ki Bari, which is a garden. The gardens are very beautiful to look at. There were lots of vibrant colored flowers, elephant statues, and pillars joined together by a roof on top. My one year old cousin who is very enchanted by water, observed the fountains, dragging his tiny fingers through the water that leaped into the air, and looking very closely at a small faded green leaf. Somehow (I don't know how), my cousin obtained a small pink flower. He held it gingerly, running after me, and gave it to me. 

The next hotel we went to was Taj Lake Palace, which was originally a palace, but then converted into a hotel. To get to the palace, we had to ride a small boat to the center of the lake, where the palace rested. The lake that the palace rests upon is actually man made, and was created after Taj Lake Palace was built. When we got off the boat, when we arrived at the hotel, we were welcomed fondly, and there was a rose petal shower in honor of us coming (they do that for all the guests.) The staff sat us down in the waiting room, and gave us some complementary drinks (and they gave me free books about the mythology that took place around that area!) . Then, one of the staff members gave us a tour around the palace.

The above picture shows the garden in the palace.

The above is the view of the palace, Jag Mandir in the night, from the terrace. Lots of famous celebrities have been married in Jag Mandir. I actually didn't go to the terrace, because I caught a cold, but all my relatives say that it was amazing, and the above picture proves that. 
We watched a traditional Rajasthani dance. The dancer was very talented, and it was amazing to see all the intricate hand gestures, and complicated stunts. 

I had a wonderful time in Udaipur, and am so glad that I visited there,

Have a great day! Bye!


A Book Review: The Book Thief

Hello everyone! I'm back from my vacation from India, and I had a great time. I didn't get a chance to blog at all in India, but now that I'm back home I'm ready to jump back into the blogosphere!

While I was in India, I purchased a book, The Book Thief on my kindle fire. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and though I rarely write book reviews, I thought that it might be fun to write one on this particular book.

Summary: It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.  - Via goodreads

I thought that The Book Thief  by Markus Muzak was researched well and written in a very creative way. The way that the book is narrated does not exactly fit into first person, second person, or third person. Instead, a character called "Death" who takes away people's souls after the die, narrates the story, based on his own experiences of when he's seen the main character of the book, "Liesel Meminger" and based on Liesel's writing about her own experiences. "Death" remembers deaths by a color, and he describes the three times he saw Liesel with the following colors: White, Red, and Black. The way that "Death" narrates may seem odd at first, as he mentions the different souls he is picking up, and tells parts of the ending of the book in the beginning. but after reading a few chapters, you'll get used to it. 

There was lots of research put into the book, and it was interesting to see how the people in Germany were living during the time of World War II. Before reading the book, I thought that it was only the people that the Nazis targeted that were suffering, such as the Jewish. After reading the book, I realized that the citizens of Germany were going through hard times then as well. 

I especially loved the characters in The Book Thief, as they were all very unique and most were good role models. For example, how Hans Hubberman comforted Liesel in the night when she had nightmares, and read to her, how Rudy Steiner remained a loyal friend to Liesel, and helped her in many ways, how Liesel loved to read, and so much more. 

A theme that was emphasized in the book, was that words are very powerful and that you can do anything with them. It was said that is how Hitler got power, by using his words. It was said that words can build up, and become very powerful. They can cause destruction and sadness, but they can also lead to happiness and joy.

Book Details:

Romance: There wasn't really any romance, except for the fact that Rudy Steiner often asked for a kiss in return for all of his favors.

Language: There were some German curse words in the book, but not a lot. 

Violence: There were some air raids, and talks of war. 

Age Recommendation: 11 and up (It depends how sensitive your child is to death and sadness)

My rating: 5 Stars

I hope you enjoyed this review, and will check out The Book Thief! Have a great day!



Graduation was the past Monday for me. Its funny how all of my classmates and I were just coasting throughout the year, smiling, and suddenly we were hit with a realization, at an unexpected moment, and we finally realized the depth of what was happening.

Graduation day was the last day that we'd come to that school as students who attended there. It was the last day that we would get to roam the same halls with our binders in our hands (though we actually didn't bring our schools stuff on that day.) It was the last day that all of us were together. IT was the last day that some of us would see each other again.

Yet, we all smiled and celebrated, having lots of fun. Graduation was a wonderful event.

It started with us walking to our seats, and raising the flag, saying the pledge of allegiance. Our principal came up to the stage to give a speech. We all listened intently, leaning forwards in our chairs. After his speech, our vice principal came up and called out different groups, and the people belonging in that certain group, stood, and were applauded.

Then, the first student speaker rose to the mike, and spoke. And then, three other student speakers came up, one after the other. They spoke about our school and their own experiences there. They spoke about the memorable things that had happened to them.

Later, some awards were given out. I got an award for my language arts skills.

Next were the teacher's speeches. They spoke wise words of advice to us. We walked across the stage, one after the other, and got our diploma.

Afterwards we had refreshments. I took multiple pictures with my friends and teachers. Then, I left the school.

On Thursday, I'll be traveling to India. I'm very excited to meet my relatives, again. While I'm there, I may not be able to blog. So, for the next month, there is a chance that you will not be seeing many blog posts from me.

I hope that you're enjoying you're summer!



Tutorial: How to Add a Picture Link to Your Blog That Links to a Separate Page

Many of you bloggers have separate pages attached to their blog, such as an about page, a writing page, a contact page, etc. Picture links are an interesting way to link these pages onto your blog. I added picture links to my blog a few months ago. They're somewhere around the middle of my sidebar.

So, here is how you make a picture link:

1. Make Your Picture

First, you have to make the picture that will link to your separate page. I recommend using PicMonkey to do this, but you can use anything to make your picture! Make sure that your picture is clean and simple. Put your separate page name on the picture. 

2. Paste Your Picture Into a New Blog Post

Open a new blog post. Insert your picture into it. 

3. Give Your Picture a Link

Highlight your picture, and then click the button, "Link." Paste the web address of the page you want to attach to your blog inside the pop-up that comes up. 

4. Copy the HTML

Click the HTML button at the top left corner of your computer screen. Copy the HTML that comes up.

5. Find the Correct Gadget

Click your blog in the blogger homepage, and head to layout. Click, "Add a Gadget." Scroll down through the gadgets until you find the gadget that says, "HTML/Java Script." Click on it. 

6. Paste the HTML

Paste the HTML you copied in step four, into the HTMl/Java Script gadget. Click save. 
Now you're done! Go to layout, and move the gadget to the place you would like it to be on your blog! Ta-da!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial, and that it helped you! Have a great day! Bye!