Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Enjoyed Outside My Comfort Zone

Hello Poetteers,

When I first got into reading I enjoyed the MG mysteries. As I got to YA novels I mostly stuck with contemporary and historical. It shows that in my bookshelf. Here are top ten five books I enjoyed that weren’t my type of book.

1. The Lunar Chronicles 
It was my first sci fi series I read and loved!

2. Ms. Marvel
The first comic book series I read and enjoyed. 

3. Throne of Glass series
The first high fantasy series I read and fell in love with. 

4. Unwind 
My first dystopian read. It was interesting and I liked it. I still need to continue the series but I haven't be pulled to finish it. 

5. My Name is Memory 
This is the first novel I read with time travel.

Thank you,

Monday, February 22, 2016

Love-a-Thon: The Bookshelf Colors Challenge

Hello Poetteers,

While participating in Love-A-Thon I found one of the challenges I didn't do. It is originally made for booktube since they are trying to expand to different platforms. I know it's late since Love-A-Thon is now over yet I still wanted to share my answers.

Thank you to the lovely hosts Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), Cee (The Novel Hermit), Hazel (Stay Bookish) & Mel (The Daily Prophecy) for another great weekend of Love-A-Thon.

You’ll need to pick books based on the color of their spines as listed below, and then follow the prompts:

RED: Flip to page 119, and find the first line of the third paragraph. This line is the first sentence of a book about you. 

"Clearly filming was still going on, but of a scene that didn't need the huddle of locals in their Regency outfits."

ORANGE: Flip to page 3. The first name you see when you crack open the book is your book BFF.

Grace is my book BFF. 

YELLOW: Flip to page 185. The first body part mentioned is where your superpower is.

My superpower comes from my head.

GREEN: Flip to page 238. The first place mentioned is where your book is set.

My book will be set at Marlowe's Bookstore (perfect!)

BLUE: Flip to page 45. The first name you see when you crack open the book is your book boyfriend/girlfriend.

 Cassidy is my book girlfriend.

PURPLE: Flip to page 77. The first adjective used describes your book boyfriend.

My book girlfriend is intelligent. 

PINK: Flip to page 94. The first name you see is your fictional nemesis.

 My fictional nemesis is Tami (that hurts!)

BROWN: Flip to page 216. The first object you see is your weapon of choice.

A phone is my weapon.

BLACK: Flip to pages 198, 228 & 146, and find one name on each page. These people will be your apocalypse squad.

My squad consists of Muna, Majid and Elizabeth.

WHITE: Flip to page 28, and find the second sentence of the fifth paragraph. This is the last thing you will ever say in your book. (Or is it?)

Apparently the last thing I will say is, "See, you will wear this for a short while."

This was fun to do and that's a wrap! Until next year,


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Love-A-Thon: Book Spine Poetry

Hello Poetteers, 

It is another day of LoveAThon challenges. This morning we have to come up with some book spine poems. 

Rose under fire
burned into cinder
my name is memory. 
Out of the easy
and between shades of gray 
say what you will
every last word. 
Her treasures
are written in the stars
because every soul is a star.

I had too much fun with this. I hope you enjoyed this! You can find more poetry hacks here. My poetry book, Her Treasures, is available here

Thank you, Fida 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Love-a-Thon: Mix and Match

Hello Poetteers,

I love reading and writing stories. This challenge is to combine that with a non-bookish passion of ours. My recent passion is calligraphy. I'll be sharing books with typography that drew me in.

It shows the expansive-ness of what the word means and what the story is.
I love the simplistic style and the different sized lettering. It puts the model in the center. It's all pointing towards her. 
It is simplistic but puts emphasis on the point of the story. 
It is enchanting like the story itself.
I love that the title is able to make a shape out of itself.
This is another title where emphasis is put on the word that seems to be the theme of the story. 
I just love this one. It's simple, big and bright.
It stands out from the background. It goes with the story. 
The arrows pointing to the title is what adds to the cover. It will still look good without them but it just shows the goodness. If that even makes sense. 

With that, what books have typography that stood out to you?

Love, Fida

Love-A-Thon: Introduction

Hello readers,
Hosted by: Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), Cee (The Novel Hermit), Hazel (Stay Bookish) & Mel (The Daily Prophecy)

I'm Fida Islaih. I call my readers Poetteers. It was inspired by my love of poetry and having the title three musketeers stuck in my head. I was part of a collaboration blog where I shared my poetry once in a while and the people I collaborated with pushed me to have my own blog. My blog is currently titled Hugs and Kisses of Poetry because I write poetry and that's how words make me feel. I even have a poetry book titled, Hugs & Kisses.

I mostly read and review contemporary YA. I'm slowly getting into fantasy, etc. I'm excited for more books by Sarah J Maas and Marissa Meyer. One book I wanted to but didn't read last year and will try to read this year is Susan Abulhawa's The Blue Between Sky and Water.

I really love book and stationary shopping, shopping for clothes would be next. There was a TV series called Little Mosque on the Prairie, I want more TV shows and books similar to that. Two books that come to mind that I want more of is Does My Head Look Big In This and Bestest. Ramadan. Ever.

Other than that, my dream library would have wall to ceiling shelves and big windows that could be window seats along with regular big comfy chairs. Maybe it would even have a tea and snack bar.

Love, Fida

Friday, February 19, 2016

Poetry Hacks

Hello Poetteers,

Poetry is easier when you know what you are doing. It's fun to try new things. This is for my own reference in the future but you are welcome to read on and check out the links.

1. Look at the books on your shelf or side table, does it sound like a sentence or unintentional wordplay? Write it down. Rearrange the books to make the poem and take a picture. Maybe even share it on #bookspinepoetry.

2. If your poem talks about love or something that has a shape, make the poem into a heart or that specific shape. It will make it visually appealing. Share it on #shapepoem.

You can find more here: Poetry Writing Hacks.

You can a different kind of hacks to improve your poems here: Poetry Editing.

Stay inspired,


P.S. I have a new poem on my Instagram page for you, read it here

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

On Repetition in Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

I love repetition in poetry. Here is the top five reasons why:
  1. Emphasizes on an important or just specific point
  2. Brings a poem in full circle
  3. It's a transition point
  4. With one sentence in two different stanzas you can show opposite directions 
  5. It looks pretty
Do you agree with the reasons I gave? Is there a reason I didn't mention that I should know of?

Thank you,


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Books on Your Syllabus: Poetry

Hello Poetteers,

I did a similar post a few months ago and I enjoyed doing it I decided to do it again but this time a bit differently. The prompt is what books would be on the syllabus if you taught (book genre). My class would be on poetry.

Week 1: I'm a published poet, so we would have to highlight my work.

Week 2: We would look at poems by Tyler Knott to study haikus.

Week 3: Our next read would be Poisoned Apples because it mixes fairytales with feminism.

Week 4: We have to take a look at Shakespeare and study the sonnets.

Week 5: Another classic poet we should study is Edgar Allan Poe.

Week 6: We took a look at single poems, now we have to transition into novels-in-verse. For that, we would study Ellen Hopkins.

Week 7: Written poetry isn't the only form of poetry. There is also spoken word. We will take a look at Sarah Kay for that.

Week 8: We should end with some light hearted reading and will be looking at Shel Silverstein.

Final Exam: Your choice between writing your own poem or read a poem we haven't highlighted and write an essay on your thoughts about the poem.

What are your favorite poetry books? Also, I'm now on SoundCloud, take a listen

Thank you,


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Her Olives' 2nd Book Anniversary

Hello Poetteers, 

Today is a special day. My second poetry book, Her Olives, was published two years ago today. 

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Have you read Her Olives? Let me know. Buy a copy here

Love, Fida 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Now I See, A Poem

Hello Poetteers,

It is another weekly Poets On The Page prompt. 

Now I see

they were holding me back
how they were holding me back
Now I see how I change that

Now I see
all the possibilities in front of me
Now I can plant seeds
for all the times they said I shouldn't.

Were you told you couldn't or shouldn't do something? Leave a comment below!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ten Poetry Instagram Accounts to Follow

Hello Poetteers,

I've been loving Instagram lately. It's filled with beautiful pictures and words that are inspiring me. So here is ten poetry Instagram accounts i've been following and you should follow to. 

I recently started following her. Along with her poems is awesome sketches. 

She has a simplistic black and white theme but that adds to the poems she shares. Her poems are short but powerful. 

His poems are amazing and puts love together in a beautiful way. 

Most of his poems are in haiku. He is known for his typewriter series. What makes him stand you is his handwritten poems and that he pictures it with where he's at. 

His poems are just awesome! This one is one of my many favorites. 

I've been following Noor for a while and her poems feel like a big, warm hug. 

Most of her poems are in a format i'm used to reading in but some poems are different as she writes in lists. She has an amazing series going on called, how to be alive. 

Some of my favorites from her are like bits and pieces of advice. 

The best kind of people are those who remind you of your faith and God. Her poems show the beauty in God's attributes and in our lives. 

She is an author of the poetry book, Preparing My Daughter For Rain. I know it is a reflection of the amazing poems she shares on her Instagram account. 

There you have it! As you may or may not know, I also share my poems on my Instagram account. You can find me @poetfida. 

Do you already follow some of them? Is there someone I didn't mention that I should know of? Who are your favorites? Leave a comment below!