I’ve Moved!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re having a fantastic Tuesday so far! After being away for a month and a bit I can finally let you guys know that I’ve moved my blog to a self-hosting platform! You can check out the new site at streetlightreader.com :). I have to give a special shoutout to Megan and Christine from Charm & Co for creating the beautiful design!

I’ve moved my reviews, interviews and some discussion posts to the blog.I don’t think I’ll be moving anymore posts onto streetlightreader.com. but I’ll probably keep this blog up.

Also there’s a giveaway happening, so make sure you enter!

Thank you once again for following this blog for so long!

Cheers,

Savindi

 

Future of The Streetlight Reader

Hi Everyone!

I hope all of you are looking forward to the weekend! I know I am! I’m heading on a four-day tour to the States tomorrow and I’ll be going four cities which I’m looking forward to! I haven’t been to the States since 2008 when I went to Buffalo for shopping. I only bought two things there though, but this time the inner history nerd in me is excited because we’re going to Boston, New York, Washington and Pennsylvania!

I know the title of this post seems a bit ominous, but that’s not the case to be honest. After thinking about this throughout the whole summer and because I want a change I’ve decided to go down the self-hosting route. To be honest I’m quite excited about it because the blog will be redesigned and will have a fresh new look. So I hope that those who’ve read my blog for the past two years will still keep reading it after I’ve moved!

Because the blog will be redesigned, I’m also planning on cutting down on some of the things that were featured on this blog. However I want some help from you lovely readers :). This is the first time I’ve created a poll, so I’m not sure if I created it correctly, but can you let me know which features/memes that you would like to see continued on my self-hosted site? If I haven’t created this poll correctly, you can just list them in the comments section if that’s easier!

I’m not sure if I will update this blog until the self hosted site is created, but I will definitely let you know when I’ve moved! However I did want to do a post about my Fan Expo 2014 experience and share some of the goodies that I did get when I was there- if that’s something you’re interested in reading about let me know:)

Thank You to all the old and new readers of The Streetlight Reader, I’ve enjoyed all the discussions I’ve had both on the site and off the site! I have to give a special thank you to Carrie from The Mad Reviewer  for letting me Guest Post for her. Thank You so much Carrie!

Have a great Weekend everyone!

Cheers,

Savindi

Top Ten Tuesday #41

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. I think it’s a fun and fantastic idea and here’s this week’s Top Ten.

Top Ten Tuesday Ribbet 2

It feels nice to be participating in TTT on a regular basis; well at least a semi-regular basis! I really like this week’s topic which is Top Ten I REALLY want to read but don’t own yet. So here’s my list!

All Images Courtesy of Goodreads.com

All Images Courtesy of Goodreads.com

Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

A lot of people who read this blog on a regular basis know about my undying love for Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire Trilogy with one of my favourite characters Jorg Ancrath. When I found out Lawrence was writing another book series set in the Broken Empire I knew that I wanted to pick it up. What interests me the most about Prince of Fools is that it’s about a character that is so different from Jorg, so it would be interesting to even see Jorg from another person’s perspective.

Mastery by Robert Greene

I became familiar with Robert Greene after watching his interview with Photographer Chase Jarvis  which was about his book Mastery. I’m always interested in people who talk about creativity and mastering something; whether it be writing, photography, playing the piano etc. I found some of the things he said really interesting and having a mentor etc.

You can probably see a lot of Matt De la Pena love now!

We Were Here by Matt De la Pena

I think I’m becoming a Matt De la Pena fangirl. I mean how can I not? He has some of the most beautiful YA covers and he has such realistic and memorable characters. I read his book Mexican Whiteboy which I enjoyed immensely. I really want to read this book because it seems so heartbreaking and emotional.

Ball Don’t Lie by Matt De la Pena

I love books about Sports, so I pretty much fawn over any book that is about Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Football etc. I know that sports has been a life savour for so many youth, so I’m really interested in reading a book about a kid who knows is like a prodigy in Streetball, which I find so engaging and exciting. Also HOW can you not love that cover?! I’ll stop my cover gushing now.

A Song for Bijoy by Josh Farrar

This book sounds so adorable and heartwarming. I really love the cover of this as well. Also the book is from the POV of both main protagonists, which I love. Ahhh I want this book!

All Images Courtesy of Goodreads.Com

All Images Courtesy of Goodreads.Com

The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez

This is one book that I want to read BADLY! The premise sounds so beautiful and heartbreaking. We never really get to read about the immigrant experience in America that much; or at least the books that focus on those experiences aren’t really publicized in the way other books are.

Alex Ferguson: My Ferguson by Alex Ferguson

I’m a Manchester United fan, so there’s no point in denying my want to read this book. The Premier League still seems strange without the presence of one of football’s greatest managers. But I want to read the story about how a boy from Govan become one of the football greats.

Starting Point (1979-1996) by Hayao Miyazaki

I seem to become a Miyazaki fan after watching My Neighbour Totoro which was so adorable. But I recently encountered a Miyazaki quote from this book and ever since then I’ve wanted to read this book. My brother says there’s a lot of political messages in Miyazaki movies which also interests me a lot. I have to get on watching Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. Have you seen any of Miyzaki’s movies?

Enter the Babylon System: Unpacking Gun Culture From Samuel Colt to 50 Cent by Rodrigo Bascunan

I first came across the book proposal for this book in one of my classes and as soon as I read it, I knew I wanted to read it. I wanted to know how gun culture is explored through Hip Hop Music; a genre that is rooted in social justice. I also want to know what big name Hip Hop artists have to say about how Gun Culture is romanticized in movies , but then it’s seen as ‘violent’ when it’s spoken about in Hip Hop music.

Those are my Top Nine Books that I REALLY want to read. What are books you REALLY want to read? Leave a link below so I can check them out!

Cheers,

Savindi

My Beats (2)

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Image Courtesy of Fanpop.com

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re having a great Friday and ready for the weekend :)I can’t believe it’s been a week since I finished school. It’s a bit surreal when I think about it. I can’t believe Summer’s almost over either! Anyways, it’s Friday and I thought that I’ll do another post about the music that I’ve been listening to recently.

Tatsuro Yamashita- Hikari to Kimi e no Requiem

This is one of my recent favourite songs. It’s from a Japanese movie called Hidamari no Kanojo. I believe it translates to The Girl in the Sun. My roommate loves Jpop and the male lead actor is from one of her favourite bands Arashi. I don’t understand a word of the lyrics, but I think the tune is so beautiful and when you watch the trailer for the movie, you realize how well it goes with the movie. If anyone speaks Japanese and can understand the song, can you tell me what it’s about? :)

Wab Kinew ft Tinsel Korey- Last Word

Wab Kinew is one of my favourite people and I only started to listen to his music recently. His music really opens a window into the injustices indigenous communities in Canada experience and it is something that all Canadians should be aware of. That’s why movements like Idle No More  are so important.

Ghost in the Shell- Torukia 

Can I just say again that I absolutely love Yoko Kano’s music?! Because I really really do. I kind of stumbled on this track by accident. I haven’t finished watching Ghost in the Shell yet, but this track is so beautiful. Again I don’t understand a word, but the choir music is incredible.

Andy Grammer- Back Home

I discovered this song after watching the trailer for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which I’m super excited about. But I guess the song is such a feel good song and it makes me happy lol.

Kal Ho Na Ho

I’m a sucker for Bollywood movies and this one of my all time favourite movies. Kal Ho Na Ho is such a beautiful story with equally beautiful music. This song which is also the same name as the movie is one of my favourites. Now I just want to go and watch the movie all over again.

So those are some songs that I’ve been listening to. What have you been listening to recently? Have you  heard any of these songs? Do you have any recommendations for me?

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Savindi

Book Review: The Rose That Grew from Concrete By Tupac Shakur

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From Goodreads

His talent was unbounded — a raw force that commanded attention and respect.

His death was tragic — a violent homage to the power of his voice.

His legacy is indomitable — as vibrant and alive today as it has ever been.

Tupac Shakur’s most intimate and honest thoughts were uncovered only after his death with the instant classic The Rose That Grew from Concrete.

For the first time in paperback, this collection of deeply personal poetry is a mirror into the legendary artist’s enigmatic world and its many contradictions.

Written in his own hand from the time he was nineteen, these seventy-two poems embrace his spirit, his energy — and his ultimate message of hope.

Cover Gushing Worthiness: What I like about the cover of this poetry collection is Tupac is the cover. I think this is one of my favourite pictures of the Rapper because he’s looking right at you. It’s almost like he wants you to read his poetry and have a conversation about it. I also like the fact that it’s Black & White. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a cover without full colour.

Review: 

In the event of my Demise,

When my heart  can beat No More

I hope I Die For A Principle

Or A Belief that I had lived 4

Because I feel the shadow’s Depth

I have come 2 grips with the possibility

and wiped the last tear from my eyes

I Loved All Who Were Positive

IN the event of my Demise!

Tupac Shakur was easily one of the greatest Hip Hop artists to ever grace the genre. His music was raw and honest; it inspired an entire generation of youngsters who felt alone and cheated by the system. The same thing can be said about Tupac’s poetry. The Rose That Grew from Concrete (TRTGfC) is a collection of 72 poems written by the rapper between the ages of 19 and 22. It contains a wide range of poems, from those about love, pain and death, to government assistance, liberty, drugs and freedom. With a beautiful forward  by  acclaimed poet Niki Giovanni, The Rose That Grew from Concrete is a window into the soul of a different Tupac Shakur, than the picture painted by the media. This young man was self-aware , sensitive, loving and above all filled with hope for a better tomorrow.

 I have to admit that I had to be educated on Tupac’s music this year. Prior to becoming familiar with his music, I had seen a lot of his quotes and I knew that he was probably one of the smartest people to ever exist on this planet. Then my roommate and I spent a night jamming to Tupac’s music and after that I was hooked. So that was my introduction to Tupac-  the award-winning artist. However his poetry collection was my introduction to Tupac, before he became a sensation.

For a person with zero interest in poetry, I devoured TRIGfc in two days. I couldn’t stop reading Tupac’s words; they were beautiful, sad, bitter, angry, and at the same time filled with hope and love. The frankness of Tupac’s poetry is heartbreaking because no person, regardless of race, gender, young or old, should ever have to experience the suffering Tupac speaks about. For all the sadness in TRTGfC, there are livelier and romantic elements such as the poems the rapper wrote to the many loves of his life, which had me squealing like a teenage girl. Tupac just made me raise my standards for men; to potential significant others- you need to be able to write poetry like Tupac. That’s one of my conditions:P… except not really because it would be pretty hypocritical of me to ask someone to write poetry for me when I can’t even write poetry for myself. My temporary weakness aside, what grabbed my attention were the poems dedicated to Nelson Mandela, Afeni Shakur (Tupac’s mother), his unborn child as well as those addressing racism, inequality, classism and fame. The poems “Government Assistance or My Soul,” “Ur Ripping Us Apart!!!,” “Liberty Needs Glasses” and “The Promise” are poems that spoke to me because social justice is something that I’m passionate about. With everything that is going on in the world from the shooting of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin to what is happening in Gaza and Iraq, I think Tupac’s poetry is more relevant than ever. To hear Tupac as a 19-year-old talk about all of these social justice issues is inspiring on its own.  However, for all the respect and love I have for Tupac’s poetry, what was most disheartening to read was the poem In The Event Of My Demise. As I read the poem, I felt as if Tupac had created his own self-fulfilling prophecy and it had come true.

   Apart from the wonderful and emotional poetry in TRTGfC, an interesting aspect of the collection is its layout. The pages on the left contain the handwritten version of the poem and the right has a typed version. Personally I recommend reading the handwritten poem because there is a greater emotional impact and it is a glimpse into Tupac’s creativity with poetry. He would use symbols to represent words or he’d draw images to affirm his opinion.

   And 2morrow I wake with second wind

And strong because of pride

2 know I fought with all my heart 2 keep my dream alive

 This has been said time and time again and I’m going to echo the sentiment: Tupac Shakur was truly a man before his time. While the millennial generation was unable to experience his music and strong voice, through his poetry there is an opportunity to understand who Tupac Shakur was as a teenager and young adult. As someone who has found inspiration in his words, I can’t recommend this poetry collection highly enough to those interested in contemporary poetry and to those who just want to understand the rapper a bit more.

My Rating: 5 out 5

Would I recommend it? See above!

Top Ten Tuesday #40

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. I think it’s a fun and fantastic idea and here’s this week’s Top Ten.

Top Ten Tuesday Ribbet 2

It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday Post and I can’t believe it’ll be my 40th one! I didn’t think that I had actually published so many TTT posts, but apparently I have. So this week’s list is Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read (based on how you are as a reader or they’re books that are recommended often). So here’s my list :)

Images Courtesy of Goodreads.com

Images Courtesy of Goodreads.com

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

So many people have recommended The Hunger Games series to me, especially with the movie franchise being so popular. I saw the movie first before I even understood what it was about. A part of me knows that I should pick up the book, but then the other part of me knows that it’s so similar to Battle Royale another graphic novel that I want to read. So I’m still undecided about reading it.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Oh man, I’ve heard NOTHING but GOOD things about Saga! From the people at my local comic book store to my friends, everybody’s been talking about this graphic novel series. It is definitely something that I want to read.Hopefully I will get to it soon, but I have so many things to read!

Legend by Marie Lu

I’m not really someone who reads YA Dystopia, but Legend has come highly recommended from one of my good friends, who was also nice enough to let me borrow her copy of the book. I have to say that the Legend series has some beautiful covers. I really hope I enjoy this book!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The funny thing is, I’ve gifted this book to friends who have loved it, but I’ve never read the book even though it’s been recommended to me so many times. I know myself to know that I’ll probably end up ranting about this book and the characters in it. But I’m SO tempted to buy the books with the new covers. They are so gorgeous!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This is another book that has been recommended a lot to me. I admit that Rowell has some of the most beautiful/quirky covers I’ve seen in a long time, but after how she handled Park’s character in  Eleanor and Park I don’t think I want to read any of her works. Although I would be interested in this book. Oh well.

All Images courtesy of Goodreads

All Images courtesy of Goodreads

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I don’t think I’ve met a single person who hasn’t enjoyed reading Between Shades of Gray. It’s been highly recommended to me by several people. I’m not sure when I’ll actually get around to it, but I will at some point.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

I’m a sucker for boarding school stories; no wonder Emperor’s Club is one of my favourite movies of all time. The Secret History was recommended to me by one of my good friends. She says The Raven Boys reminds her a lot TSH. I’ve seen it a couple of times at the bookstore, but I never picked it up. But once I finish some of the books from my never-ending TBR pile, I plan to give this one ago!

That’s it from me for this post!

Have you read any of these books? What are some of the books that are highly recommended to you? Leave a link below so I can check them out!

Cheers,

Savindi

The Book Blogger Test

The Book blogger test

Hi Everyone!

I’m officially done school which is a relief! Now I can have some time to read, relax and hopefully do some baking  which I haven’t done in a really long time! Anyways I’ll write a post about my plans for this blog later, but right now I wanted to do do this tag because it’s been ages since Cayce from Fighting Dreamer tagged me for the The Book Blogger Test Tag! So here are my answers!

What are your top three book pet hates?

Oh dear, I feel like this is something that I can go on ad on for. But I’ll just talk about my top three instead of making it out to be one of Hermione Granger’s essays :P

  1. When female characters are required to have a male character come and save them or having the need to have a male companion in order to have  a satisfying life/existence. This is something that makes me want to pull my hair out and scream. Not all girls and women dream about having a Prince Charming or that suave male character that lifts them off their feet. I find it to be insulting and somewhat degrading that women are often portrayed as being incapable of functioning without a male character in their lives. Yes we all are co-dependent on one another, but it does not mean that women cannot function as human beings without having a boy or a man present in their lives. We can function just fine without having a significant other. We won’t lose our heads over it.
  2. When authors don’t do their research -I cannot talk about this enough. It bothers me when authors write about POC or characters with disabilities without doing an ounce of research or even talking to POC and people with disabilities. It’s incredibly disrespectful, insulting and hurtful. It makes me more angry when those works become bestsellers and portray people in such a negative light sometimes. So authors please do your research. You’re in a position where you have all the resources in the world to write a good book. So take advantage of that opportunity and write a good book.
  3. The use of the word ‘exotic’ to describe a POC. When are authors going to learn to stop using that word?  It has such negative connotations towards POC. Just because we’re different it doesn’t make us exotic. We’d also like to be viewed as human beings thank you very much.

Describe your perfect reading spot

 

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 My bedroom isn’t this beautiful, but I love reading in bed. It’s the best place for me to read. The bus isn’t too bad of a place either!

Tell us three book confessions          

   Book Confession 2

Book Confession 1

Book Confession 3

When was the last time you cried during a book?

I haven’t really cried while reading a book in a while! But I do know that I cried while reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and I was definitely emotional while reading both Indian Horse and Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. It takes a lot to get me to cry while reading a book.

How many books are on your bedside table?

Um…I don’t really have a bedside table. Does my desk count? Because that is the table that is next to my bed and currently it has over 30 books. My headboard for my bed is also a book shelf and I think it has over 20 books as well. I usually keep the book that I’m currently reading on my headboard/shelf or on my desk.

What is your favourite snack to eat while reading?

I don’t think I ever snack while I’m reading to be honest. I think I would be more worried about the fact hat I might get my pages dirty while reading. I do drink plenty of tea and water while I read lol. I usually keep my mug of tea on my desk and sit on my bed and read all the time :). My favourite teas to drink though are : Glitter & Gold, Matcha Tea, Organic Stormy Night and Earl Grey!

Name three books you would recommend to everyone

  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz -This is one of my all time favourite books. It’s so beautiful and lyrical. ‘
  2. The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur I was never really interested in poetry until I read Tupac’s collection. It was beautiful, sad, inspiring and educational. I love how there’s so much incorporated into Tupac’s poetry.
  3. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese I’m a fan of anything Richard Wagamese writes. His writing is poetic, lyrical and beautiful. He captures the human condition and spirit so well.

Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf 

I’m being a bit lazy because all of my bookshelves resemble Mr. Ollivander’s Wand shop with things stacked here and there. But here’s a picture of my bookshelf/headboard

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Write how much books mean to you in just three words

Friends, Educational, Inspirational

What is your biggest reading secret?

Hmmm…probably fangirling a lot when some of my favourite fanfiction stories are updated :P

And I Tag

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings 

Sam @ Realm of Fiction

Nuzaifa @ Say it With Books

Mishma @ As The Pages Turn

Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile 

Thomas @ The Quiet Voice 

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts 

Have a great Monday!

Cheers,

Savindi