Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Books Recently Read #2

Hello Poetteers, 

Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the poetry scattered through out, that writing and humming them kept her going. We get to experience the war zone, the life of flying planes and a concentration camp. We are able to see her help others and recover from her own struggles.


Hot Pink in the CityHot Pink in the City by Medeia Sharif

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It makes the story interesting when there is multiple conflicts going on. It makes it more relatable. We all have an inner conflict going on while dealing with an outer conflict.


Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Winter by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the longest and last installment of the series. I loved it. There were seems that made me cry and some made me laugh. Some made me laugh because you knew it was going to happen since it is retellings of some fairytales. I love how the author went with it. It came unexpected and felt new. The story kept me in suspense especially when the crew is separated but I'm happy it all ended well. Though, the ending itself is unexpected and bittersweet.

Love,

Fida

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Small Gems, a poem

Hello Poetteers,

Seeing this week's prompt was perfect. I was just looking through some old poems I've written almost 5 years ago. The prompt was to find an old poem and rewrite it. Here is the revised version:

Small Gems

It's hard to find
the meadows and empty roads
but when I do 
my heart grows
I can let the windows down 
play my music loud
and dance in the headlights
have a picnic in the field
share it with those I love.

(it was originally written in June of 2011).

Love,

Fida

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Books Recently Read

Hello Poetteers,

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (The Dowser #1)Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don't know how I feel about it through out the whole book. The magic part of the story was a bit creepy but I loved all the parts about baking and yoga. It was a plot twist unexpected but I was suspicious of it and was right. I'm unsure if I'll continue with the series.

Bestest. Ramadan. Ever.Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the main character. I could relate to her. I'm glad to see her come into her faith and start understanding it for herself. It is refreshing to see the kind of relationship with her mother. I'm glad to see how the friendships, new and old developed.

The Beginning of EverythingThe Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was thought provoking, funny and sad but hopeful. I loved it!





Thank you,
Fida

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Poetry Tuesday: Pantoum Form

Hello Poetteers, 


Poets on the Page have their weekly poetry prompt up and i'm participating again. This week part of the challenge is to attempt to write a Pantoum.

Winter Air 


The warmth seeped through my hands and reached my heart 
breathing the fresh air after the snowfall 
it touches my nose sharply
like ice fell onto my face 

Breathing the fresh air after the snowfall 
like daggers warning you of what is to come 
like ice fell onto my face 
I take my scarf to cover up, the next time I'm out I'll remember this

Like daggers warning you of what is to come 
it touches my nose sharply
I take my scarf to cover up, the next time I'm out I'll remember this
the warmth seeped through my hands and reached my heart. 

Love, 

Fida 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

If we were having coffee...

Hello Poetteers, 

I saw Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner do this kind of blog post a few times and decided to follow after her. 

If we were having coffee... I'd tell you I read BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER. I loved seeing the main character with her struggles and friendships. I could relate to her. I gave the story 5 stars. 

I'm also currently reading Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic. I don't know how I feel about it yet. 

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you how much I dislike that winter is finally settling in. But I'm happy the school break is over and I'm back in a quiet home. 

If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I want to and am starting to cut back on social media. I didn't delete my accounts in case I want to come back but I did log myself out and delete the apps off of my phone.

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you that I'm loving my new and improved evening routine. It is a time of the phone and internet. It is my reading and relaxing time. 

If we were having coffee... I'd tell you my second poetry book, Her Olives, is turning two on Feb 13th! I would love to see pictures of you reading it. You can share it on any social media with #FidasOlives. 

Thank you, 

Fida

Friday, January 8, 2016

Embrace the Real You, a Poem

Embrace the Real You

They tell me to wear makeup

but I won't 
they tell me I won't look beautiful without it
but I feel beautiful without it
I feel beautiful within me

They tell me to show some skin
that it will make me look beautiful 
but I won't show some skin
I'll let my mind show my beauty

They tell me to have a certain shape, size and color 
that those few things will make me beautiful 
but I will love every curve and every inch of my body

I will love the sound of my voice 
when no one else will
They tell you 
that you should be soft and quiet 
but I will let my laughter be loud
and fill the whole room

They tell me to sit still and be proper 
but I will run and stumble
and won't worry about a little dirt

Loving myself 
is what will make me beautiful 

Loving the differences 
in every person 
is what makes you beautiful 
what makes the other person 
feel beautiful

You do what you want
show some skin or not
wear some make up or not 

You do you and be beautiful
because you are beautiful.

Love, 

Fida 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Culling My Goodreads TBR list

Hello Poetteers, 

I have a todo list app that sends me reminders and that lets me really plan ahead, so I just set it in to remind me every month to check in with my goals. 

One of my goals is to cull goodreads tbr list. I had 1,200+ books. On day one I got it down to less than 800 books. On day two I finished culling my list. I got it to a total of 582 books, woohoo! My new goal is to keep my goodreads tbr list under 1,000 books. It makes me feel good to see a less daunting number and to know only the books i really want to read are on that list. 


Thank you, 

Fida

P.S. This may not help if you are also culling your goodreads tbr list but you can add my poetry books to your goodreads list. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year!

Hello Poetteers, 

Happy New Year!! As you may or may not know, I’ve been blogging for almost 8 years. I’m surprised myself. One of my goals is to bring my focus back to my blog. As you may have seen, i’ve slacked off but check out my other social media to see where i’ve been. 

My other writer resolutions are:

Edit/revise LOUDER ALONE
  • send it off to beta readers
  • query it by the end of this year
  • Along with Louder Alone I want to attempt to write 4 new manuscripts. Two of them I want to attempt novel in verse. 
Read at least 40 books this year
  • I want to read at least one classic
Expand my poetry skill
  • Try out calligraphy
  • Work on Spoken Word

I hope by the end of the year I can cross these off my list or at least be close to getting to cross it off my list. 

Thank you, 

Fida