Summer Reading

Reading is one of my favorite activities, whether I’m on vacation, camping, at the beach or curled up in my couch at home. Last summer, I read lots of books as there were not many events or outdoor activities to do, due to the pandemic. Anyway, in today’s post, I’m going to be listing a couple books on my summer reading list and a few resources you can read on.

So, here are some books on my summer reading list:

  1. 7 Habits of Effective Teens By Stephen Covey
  2. The Line Tender by Kate Allen
  3. Arise by Tara Hudson
  4. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  5. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  6. The 47 People You’ll Meet in high school by Kristin Mahoney
  7. The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  9. The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
  10. Britfield and the Lost Crown by C. R. Stewart
  11. Broken Strings by Eric Walters
  12. The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman by Ben H. Winters

There are many online sites that provide free resources – lots of ebooks, audio books, movies, webinars and various activities. If you want to read on the internet, here are some resources:

Audible – Audible has millions of audiobooks.

Many Books – There are tons of eBooks on Many Books that are 100% free.

Open Library– They have published more than 130,000 public lists. 

Planet eBook – This site is pretty easy to navigate and is suitable for advanced or older readers.

Google Books – Google Books is a search box that has varieties of digital books. Type any book’s name in the search bar and from a drop-down list select “Free Google eBooks”.

Storynory – This site has a collection of books with audio stories that let kids read along. You can even translate the text into different languages.

Vancouver Public Library – They have tons of books, ebooks, movies, music and magazines across 21 locations in Vancouver. All members get free access to these resources.

Surrey Libraries – you can find many books and other resources on the Surrey Libraries Website. 

epic – there are many books on epic including, audio books, regular books, read along books, and it even includes videos.

I have used many of these sources and they’re all amazing. I do plan on reading a lot this summer, as I already mentioned. Anyway, what are some books on your bucket list for this summer?

BLOGGER UP SERIES WITH AADHYA!

I was recently interviewed by Nabeeha, from BrainStorms. Nabeeha is an amazing blogger, with awesome content. The way she introduced me really put a huge smile on my face and I absolutely loved working with her! Be sure to go check out her blog! Once again, thank you, Nabeeha!

Hello everyone! BrainStorms is back with another Blogger Up Series post! This time we would be interviewing Aadhya from Adyas Diary. 🙌🏽

I love the purple hair, it’s super cute and outgoing. Adyas tagline, is “Love what you do” and I must say she lives up to it. Her content is always fresh and informative. Aadhya did a post recently based on “25 Commonly UsedAbbreviations” and I am forever thankful. My friends always use abbreviations when they text me and I am that clueless kid 🙈 who has no idea on what they are trying to imply. If you haven’t checked out her blog already then go do it right now!

Everything inboldis me commenting or asking questions! While everything that is not bold is totally Aadhya’s words!

1.What was the purpose of starting Adyas Diary?

First off, thank you so much Nabeeha for taking…

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Award Catch-up

So, I have gotten a couple awards and I kind of didn’t know, but now I do. So, have fun reading through the awards I got. And thank you to the people who nominated me!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much Poorwa for nominating me for this award! Poorwa is an amazing blogger, I love her content and you should go check out her blog here!

Rules…

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog

My Answers…

What’s the most useless talent you have?

Making weird eyebrow movements.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

I forgot what the article was called, but it was about people who could remember their before life.

What memory do you just keep going back to?

The time I ‘hurt’ my leg, but then ran to my room to grab a blanket (this was when I was like 5, I don’t do that anymore. Lol).

What are you completely over and done with?

Biting my nails.

What song speaks to you the most?

It’s You by Ali Gatie. Although I’m not so sure why.

What’s the one thing that you miss from when you were little?

Okay, I can’t pick one thing there’s a couple. Having no stress, being careless, having no homework, and not having to worry about grades.

How do you practice self care in your worst days?

Skincare.

What are your pet peeves?

Nails on a chalkboard and when strangers stare at me.


What do you do in your free time, when you’re bored?

Listen to music.

Which one has been your most favorite post on your blog so far?

Definitely my One Year Blogiversary and 200 Followers!

What made you realize that you wanted to be a blogger?

Honestly nothing made me realize it. It kind of just happened after I took a web development course.

I nominate…

Divi from The Name is Divi

Nabeeha Jameel from Brainstorms

Namrata from A Writer’s Deli

Miriam from Inside Miriam’s Mind

Shaneessa from My Days in Montana

Shristy Singh from Shristy’s Art Blog

Sweta Suresh from My Random Ramblings

Chloe from Confessions of A Reading Geek

Petey from Stories of Petey

Aadya Singh from Aadya Pens

Shivani ‘Vaniheart’ from Storytime with Shivani

My questions to the nominees…

I loved all the questions I answered. So, please select any 11 questions from them and I can’t wait to read your answers.


The Aesthetic Blogger Award #1 and #2

Thank you so much to Divi and Poorwa! The wonderful bloggers who nominated me for this award! I absolutely love the contents of their posts. Be sure to go check out their sites!

Rules…

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Asmita @the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me a something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favorite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

I admire…

Courage. People who are courageous really inspire me.

My favorite form of creativity…

Music. It actually is a form of creativity according to a study

My answers to Poorwa’s questions…

What’s one thing you will never do?

Choose dogs over cats.

A movie that made you laugh just so hard?

I can’t remember many movies I’ve watched, but I feel like it’s “Daddy Daycare”.

If you could change one thing in the blogosphere, what would it be?

Honestly, nothing. Everyone is so nice and I like it just how it is.

What’s something you never wanted to do but you did?

Make a website.

My answers to Divi’s questions…

Which book’s lead character do you wish that you could be in real life, and why?

I feel like I’d probably want to be Snoopy. He’s a genuinely happy dog and I like genuinely happy dogs.

What would you define as your perfect life? (Haha, no philosophy class, okay?)

Being with the people I grew up with and love, and having a job that doesn’t really feel like work.

Where do you envision your blog to be 2 months from now?

More posts, more interactions with other bloggers and more followers.

Are you guilty of doing something silly? (How about you confess it?)

I’m not really sure if this is silly, but I’ve pretended to text someone while actually taking a selfie. Honestly, I don’t even know why I did that.

I created

My wordpress account- Adyas Diary. I mean it’s accurate.

I nominate….

Siya from The Dramatic Drama

Lokesh from The Gondwanaland

Merlyn from Curly Thoughts by Merlyn

Sabrina from Girl Chat

Akriti Pandey from positivitymonger

Pavithra from Small Talks

Maya from Maya’s Life and Travels

My questions to the nominees…

I really liked Divi and Poorwa’s questions, so please pick out any four of them to answer.


The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award #2

Thank you so much Poorwa for nominating me for this award. Please take the time to visit Poorwa’s Blog here

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you with the link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero to qualify for a free blog promotion, shoutout and more blogging opportunities.

My answers…

Which celeb would you want as your BFF?

Olivia Rodrigo. Her music’s great and she seems like an easy going and kind person.

What did you dream about last night?

Being attacked by cats.

Out of all your family members, who are you closest to?

My parents.

What do you do when no one else is around?

I usually eat or dance.

Where do you want to travel the most?

Bora Bora.

I nominate…

Aanya from Potterheadaanya

Siya from The Dramatic Drama

Sneha from Read, write and believe

Emily from Emily Voilet Essays

Anita from Love All or Perish

Arnav from BookWorm

Maya Rajesh from Pretty Little Scribbles

Saumya from Draw-Write-Inspire

Maith from favial pages

Meg from heyo its Meg

And YOU!!!

My questions to the nominees…

I really liked Poorwa’s questions for this award, so those are the questions I’m also using for my nominations.

Once again, thank you to my nominators and hopefully my nominees enjoy answering the questions, can’t wait to read your answers!

My Summer

Hiya!

I basically wanted to share what I am doing this summer and what I’ve done so far. SO that’s what today’s post is about. To start off, last week, it was like dying weather (not kidding). We have never experienced such heat around this area in BC, Canada, it was a record-breaking temperature of 41 degrees Celsius. I spent the entire day with a fan in my face, refilling on lemonade every 10 minutes. Literally, it was bad. This week is a lot better and I am in the mood to talk about my summer plans.

This week, the province officially kicked off the third phase, meaning less restriction and we are allowed to meet people indoors and outdoors. Usually, during the summer break, some of my friends come over and we hang out, but that won’t be possible until we all get our second vaccines. Anyway, I am pretty excited for this summer, still doing lots with family and a few friends. Most of my summers are pretty laid back, but this year it’s pretty busy, here are some things I’m doing this summer:

Camping

I’ve already gone camping twice this year and I’m going again in August. This time we’re going to Tofino. Tofino is a town located on Vancouver Island in Canada, filled with lakes, inlets, sandy beaches, an ancient rainforest and a very popular tourist destination.

Hiking

I love going hiking. It’s like technically every weekend we hike these days. Whenever we go hiking, there’s always some sort of view that makes me forget everything.

Swimming

One thing I love about summer is swimming in the ocean. I am not comfortable with the indoor swimming yet due to COVID, but there are many other places to swim.

Volleyball

Starting next week, I have volleyball classes, which I’m doing with a close friend. There isn’t really any reason I wanted to play volleyball, I guess I wanted something different this year.

Drama class

In August I’m starting drama classes at a local art centre with practicing artists and experienced art educators. Long waited for this class!

Vocals & Guitar

Furthermore, I’m continuing my vocal training again. I started online vocal classes in January, but I stopped for a couple of months after getting braces. I am also continuing with guitar practice.

Reading

Last year, I read about 300 books. I have a long list of books for this summer too. And I definitely will write another post on that.

That’s basically what I’m doing this summer. And I forgot to include I’ll try to post every week from now on, but it might be on and off because I want to relax too this summer as this is more than what I usually do.

Anyway, what are you doing this summer?

25 Commonly Used Abbreviations

Abbreviations are things that most of us, especially teens, use a lot these days. An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word/ group of words. They come in handy when there’s a letter or word limit and to avoid the repetition of long words.  For example NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but that one’s too long to use repeatedly in a sentence.

I use abbreviations in my blog posts too. They’re pretty simple if we know how to use them properly.

Here is a list of some most used abbreviations you might already know or want to learn:

  • TBH – To be honest
  • TBF – To be frank
  • LOL – Laughing out loud
  • TNTL – Trying not to laugh
  • B4N – Bye for now
  • ASAP – As soon as possible
  • FYI – For your information
  • GTG – Got to go
  • TTYL -Talk to you later
  • IMO – In my opinion
  • MFW – My face when
  • MRW – My reaction when
  • IFYP – I feel your pain
  • IDC – I don’t care
  • IDK – I don’t know
  • ZZZ – Sleeping, bored, tired
  • TIME – Tears in my eyes
  • BAE – Before anyone else
  • POV – Point of View
  • DM – Direct message
  • BRB – Be right back
  • LMK – Let me know
  • CYA – See you
  • TMI – Too much information
  • TL;DR – Too long, didn’t read
  • GRADE – Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation

Abbreviations are useful in many ways, but it isn’t appropriate in writing a formal letter, email or even if we’re writing an essay or paragraph for school. They save lots of our time, but we should also know that only some letters can mean a lot of different things to different people. It might lead to misunderstandings. Always write them in full form when you first use them. Don’t overuse them. Never use them if you don’t know the proper meaning.

Do you use any of these abbreviations?

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