New Word #16: Words Recently Learned

Really enjoyed learning some new words from this post and decided to share it with you guys so we can learn them together 😁

Haoyan Do

sprightly: lively; full of energy. I learned this word from Pooja here. It also shows up in William Wordsworth’s poem, “Along the margin of a bay:/Ten thousand saw I at a glance,/Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.”

bugbear: a cause of obsessive fear, irritation, or loathing. I learned this word from Pooja here.

calisthenics: gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement. I learned this word from Heterodox Buddhist here.

sitch: a situation or state of affairs, usually a bad situation. I learned this word from Bonnyword Manor here. This word is not to be confused with snitch, which means to secretly tell someone in authority that someone else has done something bad, often in order to cause trouble.

plink: a short, sharp, metallic or ringing sound.
tendril: A slender threadlike appendage of a climbing plant. I learned…

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Blog tour highlights and Poetry

Blog tour highlights and Poetry

So excited for the live release! If you haven’t already checked out Jude’s blog and this book I would highly recommend doing so immediately.

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Author Me (Jude Itakali) 14/05/2021

Hi everyone. It’s just under three days to the live release of my new book; CROSSROADS (Winds of love) on Amazon.

In this post, I’ll be sharing clips from the Pre-order blog promotion tour. The blogs and websites that hosted and promoted this book are amazing so I hope you read on and explore them.

I’ve written and placed some poetry within this post, which is close to a few themes that are found in the book.

The ocean rages and the falls cascade
Thrills rise, then plummet to impetuous depths
And I think of you
Where once there was love
Now pain remains

If you have been following my blog for a while you probably know that I really admire Jude’s blog and I am a huge fan of his writing. I was so happy to hear that he had put out…

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Crossroads (Winds of love): Poetry and Prose By Jude Itakali

Crossroads (Winds of love): Poetry and Prose By Jude Itakali

If you have been following my blog for a while you probably know that I really admire Jude’s blog and I am a huge fan of his writing. I was so happy to hear that he had put out a book and it was now available to preorder. I wanted to share this news with you guys because I know a lot of you are fans of poetry and I think you will really enjoy his work.

If you guys have a minute feel free to check out his book on Amazon by clicking here. I think it’s always a good idea to support one another in the blogging world and I am sure he would really appreciate it if you guys took the time to read his book. He is a wonderful writer, blogger and person and I am very proud of him for his achievement and I have no doubt that there will be many more wonderful achievements in his future.


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Sunshine Blogger Award #24

Thank you!

I want to thank Anjali for nominating me for this award. She has a really interesting multi-niche blog with posts about fashion, lifestyle and so much more. To check out her blog click here. 

Rules 

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask 11 questions.
  4. Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their posts.
  5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

Questions

What would your best day look like? Explain.

Sleeping in, eating a lot and doing nothing because I’m lazy… 

What genre of books is best for your eyes to consume?

Cheesy romances… kidding! I actually love thrillers or dystopian books. 

What dream place would you really enjoy visiting?

Bhutan or Europe. 

What is your dream type of work life?

Blogging!

Have you ever thought of moving to another country to live?

I have and I did!

How do you deal with stress?

I don’t- I just cry lol!

Favourite movie.

Star Wars!

Favourite dessert?

Ice cream or cake.

Where would you want to spend your summer vacation in?

At home in Kenya. 

My Nominees

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A Touch Of Death By Rebecca Cruden

Introduction

As you guys may remember I reviewed a book by Rebecca Cruden a while ago called Haze and I had such an amazing experience reading that book that I decided to pick up another book by her. This one is called A Touch of Death and is a part of a dystopian romance series. As you guys may know romance is not my favourite genre but I do love dystopia so I decided to give this one a try.

About Rebecca Crunden

Rebecca Crunden is a writer and fellow blogger. She has written multiple books over the years all of which you can check out by clicking here. She also has an amazing blog where she writes reviews and you can check that out by clicking here. If you want to read Haze by Rebecca Crunden you can find it on Amazon and Goodreads.

Synopsis

A thousand years in the future, the last of humanity live inside the walls of the totalitarian Kingdom of Cutta. The rich live in Anais, the capital city of Cutta, sheltered from the famine and disease which ravage the rest of the Kingdom. Yet riches and power only go so far, and even Anaitians can be executed. It is only by the will of the King that Nate Anteros, son of the King’s favourite, is spared from the gallows after openly dissenting. But when he’s released from prison, Nate disappears.
A stark contrast, Catherine Taenia has spent her entire life comfortable and content. The daughter of the King’s Hangman and in love with Thom, Nate’s younger brother, her life has always been easy, ordered and comfortable. That is, where it doesn’t concern Nate. His actions sullied not only his future, but theirs. And unlike Thom, Catherine has never forgiven him.
Two years pass without a word, and then one night Nate returns. But things with Nate are never simple, and when one wrong move turns their lives upside down, the only thing left to do is run where the King’s guards cannot find them – the Outlands. Those wild, untamed lands which stretch around the great walls of the Kingdom, filled with mutants and rabids.

My Review

On the one hand, as mentioned above, romance is a genre I tend to avoid except the occasional cheesy romance I like to read once in a while. On the other hand dystopia is a genre I fell in love with in high school as we had to read dystopian books for our exam and write dystopian stories of our own. Ironically, even as a history student I tend to really enjoy reading books about the future and I always think it’s interesting to read about what other people think the future will be like.
I was a little unsure whether I would enjoy this book or not but I decided to give it a try since the last book I read by the author was from a genre I usually tend to avoid by all means possible and I still ended up really enjoying. This one did not disappoint either and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book- even the romance parts of it. So, I’m just going to go ahead and discuss the plot now. I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum but there may be a few ahead so just giving you a heads up.
The story takes place a thousand years in the future where under a totalitarian kingdom the rich thrive while the poor are left to suffer. We are introduced to the main character- Nate, Catherine and Thom. Catherine is Thom’s fiance and Nate is his brother. Nate has always been a trouble maker and has often caused trouble some of which involved Catherine and Thom. Although Thom forgives Nate for everything including openly dissenting Catherine does not and holds a grudge against him for making her and Thom’s life more difficult.

“In all her memory, Nate had never been scared of – or reasonable about – anything.”

Catherine has always enjoyed a sheltered and privildged life- one that she quite enjoys the perks of. She is a stark contrast to Nate who although eccentric is much more aware of what is going on politically, socially and economically. I enjoyed the contrast between the two as it was often used by the writer as a symbol/metaphor for the contrast between the rich and the poor in their society.

“Small, elegant taps on the wall were filled with soaps, softeners, moisturisers, scents, dyes, delouser, thickeners, straighteners, curlers, and other various puddings,jellies and potions which would do anything desired to the hair or body.”

Unfortunately for Catherine, she is forced to leave behind her privileged life and go on the run with her much hated nemisis, Nate, to the Outlands. I just want to pause her and say that I love the way that the author described everything in this book. Personally, I feel that it takes a lot more work to describe things in dystopian novels because the vision that the writer has may not be the same thing the reader imagines as a very large chunk of things in dystopian books are the writers imagination. Therefore, description can really make or break your book and in this case the writer did a wonderful job with description which was one of the most enjoyable parts of the book for me. It really helped me imagine what the writer had in mind and it also really helped paint a more accurate picture of everything going on.

“Thunder boomed in the distance, and a crack of lightning brought a cold rush of wet wind and a streak of blinding brightness across the horizon, giving her a brief glimpse of the terrain.”

While on the run they end up contracting a disease and they are not able to touch anyone but each other. Their lives were already in danger and now the situation has gotten much worse. I admit, this twist was a really good idea because it kept me on the edge of my seat. I don’t know about you guys but I really enjoy books with lots of twists and turns otherwise I end up getting a bit bored after a while.
“…We’re not sure why. It hurts her if anyone touches her.”
The plot in general is quite interesting. As I mentioned it does have a good amount of description, twists and turns and also some quite emotional moments.
“The world did not care that everything had gone terribly sideways for Catherine and Nate”
I wanted to end this review by talking about the book in general minus the plot. Before I begin I wanted to say that I saw someone say in the comments on Amazon that the start of the book was a bit slow. I just want to address that because I know a lot of us readers like faster plots where things instantly start to happen. However, that is very difficult to do with dystopian books because you need to first introduce this world you have created to the reader in a organic way that’s not just a bunch of details showed in their face. As someone who spent months working on dystopian stories (maybe just one story- I’ve forgotten how A levels work but if anyone is doing their GCSE’s let me know in the comments) I can say that it is insanely difficult to write a very fast paced dystopian plot. With a dystopian story line you do not get the privilege of the reader knowing exactly what you’re talking about. That being said, I personally felt the writer handled it quite well and I did not think the story started out slow because I found it helpful that she took the time to give a description and explanation of what was going on. I think in the end it kind of depends on your personal preference.
I also enjoyed the writing very much. I feel like the author has a very unique style of writing and she has this gift where she takes genres that are generally not for everyone and gives them a twist and that ends up making a very specific theme/topic/genre interesting for a much more diverse audience. I don’t know if I explained that well but all I meant to say was that she writes genres that I personally don’t generally read because from prior experience I personally don’t find them interesting but the way she combines them with other genres it makes them much more interesting for me and I’m guessing for other people too. Plus, it creates a very unique combination which I love.
The characters were great- I definitely felt a connection with all of them. I found Catherine to be a little annoying to be honest but she did grow on me as the book progressed. I was definitely a little emotional when events took place that effected the characters.
I also thought the whole idea of the rich living a sheltered/privileged life and going out of their way to maintain this life by crushing all opposition was quite fitting because we see that in the past in history, we see that currently and I am pretty sure it’s not going to change anytime soon- although we should keep trying to change things of course. I love it when dystopian books take inspiration from historical events or current events.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed the book- even the romance parts which as I have mentioned is not always my favourite. I thought the idea for the plot was a really good one and it was written really well too which helped bring the authors dystopian world to life. If you are a fan of dystopian books I would highly recommend giving this one a go and even if you are not a huge fan of dystopia I would recommend checking it out because you may still end up liking it. This is part of a series so I am currently reading the next book and of course the review for that will be up as well as soon as I’m done reading it.

Thoughts

Do you enjoy dystopian books? Are you a fan of romances? What book are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below- I always enjoy hearing your thought!
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Her- A Short Story

I usually write blogging advice but as you probably know if you read yesterdays post I accidentally burnt my fingers and hand while cooking so I can’t type a lot right now and my blogging advice posts are quite detailed so they tend to be much longer. So, instead of writing a blogging advice post I decided to do something that I have wanted to do for a while now which is write a short story. I will save the blogging advice post for later on in the week when my hand/fingers are a bit more healed. I really hope you enjoy this post and if you do enjoy it please let me know in the comments below. It’s been a while since I’ve written a short story so I am very nervous about sharing this but I hope you enjoy it. I was inspired by Shweta Suresh who always writes really amazing short stories on her blog!

I quietly lie in the closet waiting for her to come home. I still remember the first time I saw her at the bookstore. She walked in with her friends, the biggest smile on her face. Her eyes eagerly moved from title to title as she looked at the books one after another. Her friends seemed bored but she just grew more excited with every summary she read. Her eyes were filled with longing as she assured her friends she would only be a few more minutes. She kept looking and I kept staring at her in awe of her beauty. She hadn’t noticed me yet- I mean why would she notice me? No one ever noticed little old me in the corner. But then something happened. Something that changed my life forever- she actually looked at me. “Well, hello there,” she whispered with a grin on her face.
Since that day I have been waiting in her closet. Waiting for her as she leaves and drinking in her beauty whenever she comes home. Sometimes she brings friends over which I always find annoying. They don’t know her like I do. They don’t love her like I do. Sometimes she brings new friends over which is even worse. They spend a couple of days together, sometimes a couple of weeks but it never lasts longer than that. They can never appreciate her like I do, they never seem to see her true value
I can hear her opening the door, she’s talking to someone on the phone. No she’s yelling at someone on the phone… “I never want to see you again, it’s over between us, ” she yells into her phone. Goodbye Jonathan who likes sports, energy drinks and something called monster trucks. She sobs for a while on her bed and goes for a shower. She comes back in her towel and I can see her approaching the closet. She’s coming towards me, I can see her long hair dripping with water, I can smell the scent of her shampoo. I can’t take it anymore. I want her to find me, I want her to notice me, I want  to hold me instead of those worthless fools she calls boyfriends. The closer she gets the more frightened I get and yet I feel excited at the same time. She open the doors and looks directly at me.
“There you are,” she sighs looking down at me. “Time to finally read this book I guess,” she mutters to herself. And now I am content because everyone knows that people come and go but book? Books are forever.


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Sunshine Blogger Award #22

Thank you!

I want to thank Akshay Kumar Das for nominating me for this award. He has a really interesting blog with posts about science, music and more. Be sure to stop by his blog by clicking here. 

The Rule

• Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
• Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
• Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
• List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

My Questions:

1.How do you want people to react with you? when you fail.

I want people to keep supporting me because they know I can get back up and I am lucky that I have so many people like that in my life. 

  She’s one of the people who always supports me 💖

2. How do you tolerate people’s mistakes?

So I am one of those people where if we are friends and you mess up I will be there for you till the end. However, if you betray me I will give you one chance and that’s it. After that I will fully cut you out of my life. 

3. What are the best books you suggest to me to read and write a review? (Max 2 Books only)

Pride and Prejudice and Catch-22. 

4.The best source of inspiration for you to write.

Life.

5. How to Balance Career and Passion?

Be ambitious, be ready to work your ass off and never give up.

6. What you think about Spirituality?

It’s one of the most important things in my life.

7. How one can know, its love or attraction?

When it’s attraction it’s all about the beast with two backs but when it’s love you just want to talk and be around that person. They are more than your partner- they’re also your friend. 

8. How to be not so vulnerable to depression, what’re your tips to calm our mind? what you do personally.

Meditate, meditate, MEDITATE. However, if your depression is really bad please seek help. 

9. What you do on Sundays or on holidays?

Sleep, eat and sleep some more. 

10. What you eat and think or feel good for health (not the recipe but you know the name of food).

As my mum always tells me- if you want to stay healthy make sure the majority of the food you eat is homemade and no cheating and eating junk at home. 

11. Define your present life, and write a few words.

Not too much is going on at the moment due to the pandemic but I’m excited about the future. 

My Nominees

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Liebster Award #18

Thank you!

I want tot thank Princess for nominating me for this award. She is an amazing blogger based in Philippines that has an incredible multi-niche blog. Her blog includes posts about poetry, lifestyle, self-care and much more. Be sure to stop by and check out her blog by clicking here.

RULES:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
2. Answer the 5 creative and unique questions given to you.
3. Write a small post about what motivates you in life (not just in blogging).
4. Nominate 2 – 6 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award the award.
5. Create 5 creative and unique questions for your nominees.
6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

Questions

If you can eat only 5 foods in your life, what would they be?
Kimchi stew, khichdi, jjajangmyeon, kimchi pancakes and lasagna.
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If it is possible to migrate on another planet, would you leave Earth? Why or why not?
Yes but only if I could leave with my family.
If you would write a book, what would it be about?
Probably about my life and experiences.
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Would you prefer living deep in the mountains or near the ocean? Why?
The mountains because I’m not a big fan of water.
Would you prefer being a creative genius or a science genius? Why?
Oh man, this is a tough one… I think creative genius- I’ve always been the creative type.
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My Nominees

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Original Outstanding Blogger Award 2

Thank You!

I want to thank Jojo Al-waealy for nominating me for this award! He has an amazing blog full of incredible poetry that you should definitely check out by clicking here.  

Rules:

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

This award was created by Colton Beckwith.

Questions:

What do you do in 5 Years?

I hope to be a full-time blogger. 

Reading or writing, what do you love more?

I can’t choose just one- I love them both so much!

Fiction or non-fiction? (or both)

Both- it just depends on my mood. 

Your all time favorite book?

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen.

TV-shows or Movies?

Both- just depends on my mood.

What’s your daily routine?

I actually have that in detail in my A Day In My Life post.

Your guilty pleasure?

Reality TV- in particular Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta…

My Nominees

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The Liebster Award #17

Thank You!

I want to thank beingflawesome for nominating me for this award- also awesome username! She has an amazing blog about lifestyle, beauty, fashion and more. Be sure to check it out by clicking here. 

Rules for this Award:

-Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.

-Answer the 11 questions given to you.

-Nominate 5-11 other bloggers.

– Ask your nominees 11 questions.

-Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

Questions

• Last book you read?

The Little Prince- technically I reread it. 

• What is your favourite piece of jewelry?

I LOVE rings!

• A quote which you swear by

• Do you prefer loud music or soft?

Both- it just depends on my mood!

• What motivates you to blog?

You guys!

• What is your goal with your blog?

To become a full time blogger.

• If you could offer any blogging advice what would it be?

Be patient- you don’t grow/get famous over night but it’s worth the wait. 

• Whom do you look up to?

My parents…

• Do you binge watch everything in one day or take your time?

Binge watch for sure!

• How would you describe your style?

If you mean clothing it’s kind of neutral and if you mean writing a lot of my writing is like a stream of consciousness. 

• What do you do for fun?

Blog, read or watch TV/movies. 

My Nominees

If you’re reading this post and feel as though this may be something you want to participate in please consider yourself nominated and use the same questions I did- I would love to read your take on them! And if you don’t want to do an entire post dedicated to it you can leave the answers in the comments below.


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