Saturday Spotlight: Scattered Constellations by Ankita Singh

Introducing Saturday Nite Reader’s weekly meme: Saturday Spotlight! Each Saturday I will spotlight a book (I could have read it, am currently reading it, heard about it, what-have-you); and, of course what I think is special about it. I invite you to participate as well! Just link back to my weekly post and don’t forget to add your spotlight link in the comment section for all to see. Happy Sharing! XO, Nikki

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Scattered Constellations by Ankita Singh

Publish Date: July 31, 2018 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
Category: Poetry, Young Adult

I met poet, Ankita Singh, through a Facebook Book Bloggers group and couldn’t be more proud to introduce her first published book of poetry to you all!

At the tender age of 18, Anikta’s poetry collection is currently ranked among the Top 15 while on Wattpad, a feat that she’s extremely proud of.

Goodreads Stats:
4.23 average rating * 13 Ratings * 9 Reviews

Goodreads Synopsis:
Words tumble out, with no pause;
From the pen, my anelace,
That I hold so graciously,
(In awe of its majesty, its power)
In my hand.

They form thoughts, hopes and musings;
Reflect my soul, my entire being,
And spread across the page,
Like scattered constellations
Across the sky.

Scattered Constellations is a YA Free Verse Poetry collection.


Want to learn a little more about Ankita? Check out our interview below:

1. How old were you when you wrote your first poem? Do you remember what it was about?
I wrote my first poem when I was thirteen! I actually collaborated with my bench mate at school, because we were bored! The poem was in my mother tongue, Hindi, and talked about female infanticide. That poem is still one of my favourites.

2. Where do you find writing inspiration?
There’s no particular place or thing that inspires me to write, but some of the best of my poems did take birth during lectures at school, so maybe there is!

3. Is there a piece of work that you have created in which you most resonate? Could you walk us through your process in creating this piece?
Most of my poems reflect me in some way, but the one that I think I resonate the most with is ‘Taboo’. It talks about the barriers people have put in the act of loving, and how it destroys a beautiful bond.

I don’t really have a process, to be honest. I just write whatever comes into my mind, and then go back to it and edit. I have a really great friend who always points out the off sounding lines and helps me perfect the poems.

4. Do you have a preferred structure or stylistic technique that you use when writing a poem?
My favourite style for writing poems is free verse. I don’t like restricting my words into a particular format to create a poem. I prefer letting them flow as they want to and create the poems they wish to create.

5. If you had to pick one object that would be reflection of your work, what would it be? (i.e. a flower, a certain animal, etc.)
My poems are pretty simple, easy to understand and often carry a message for the readers, so I think I’d pick a grey, common pigeon as a reflection of my work.

6. Outside of writing, tell us your favorite fun fact about yourself.
I absolutely love cats! My book even has a poem solely dedicated to my fur-baby, Harry.

7. Where can people find your work published? Where can they purchase your book of poems?
My poetry collection, ‘Scattered Constellations’, is available for purchase on Amazon as an e-book and a paperback.

I’m currently working on a YA Fantasy novel. If you’d like to keep in touch, you can subscribe to my newsletter through my website!

Thanks for having me over Nikki!

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Purchase Links
Amazon Kindle
Amazon Paperback (available July 31, 2018)


Poet Ankita SinghMeet the Poet
Ankita, though lives in the historical city of Aurangabad, spends most of her time between the pages of a book. If she’s not reading, she can be found scribbling ideas into her journal or petting her cat, Harry.

She used to write under the pen name ‘Swibells’ until she realised that her own name isn’t all that bad. (Though she still manages to use her pseudonym at times!)

She’ll soon be starting her Bachelor’s in Arts, and is shocking excited about it! (She’s 18!)

Ankita is also an avid blogger at Anky’s Book Bubble, a blog where all she talks about is books! She loves interacting with her fellow bibliophiles, so don’t hesitate in contacting her through any of the below ways:

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Website: https://authorankitasingh.wixsite.com/website
Email: authorankitasingh@gmail.com



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Book Review: Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Published: July 24, 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
Category: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

But were they really?

Three long time friends (Ashley, Natalie, Lauren) take a girls vacation to Mexico. Three is a crowd. Two are always competing for the leader of the pack’s attention: while loving and hating her at the same time. Make up your darn mind ladies! Anywho, Ashley goes missing after getting into major blows with Natalie and Lauren (separate fights that Natalie and Lauren don’t know all the details of…hmmm).Read More »

Book Review: Silent Hearts by Gwen Florio

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Publish Date: July 24, 2018 by Atria Books
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Cultural

I came across Silent Hearts during one of my many NetGalley searches and was lured in by the message that it would appeal to fans of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns; my most recommended book. There is no doubt that Gwen Florio is an extremely talented writer. Her words created a setting in which I could easily visualize the scenes themselves (which is usually hard for me, I am more of a dialogue fan than description for that reason). Her years as a journalist – and experience covering conflict zones – aided in her crafting the unlikely friendship between Liv and Farida, our two protagonists in Silent Hearts.Read More »

Audiobook Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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4 disco balls

Published: August 9, 2016 by HarperAudio
Narrator: Katie Schorr
Length: 11 hours, 29 minutes
Category: Women’s Fiction, Chick-lit, Romance
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Romance, 2016

I absolutely loved this audiobook. Narrator Katie Schorr was perfection. I couldn’t wait for my drive to and from the Path train in order to be able to continue listening to the back-and-forth banter between Lucy and Josh. It made folding laundry enjoyable too: and if you don’t know, I detest folding and putting away laundry. Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl, but here I was doing multiple loads because I needed to keep the story going.Read More »

Saturday Spotlight: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Introducing Saturday Nite Reader’s weekly meme: Saturday Spotlight! Each Saturday I will spotlight a book I have read or am currently reading; and, of course what I think is special about it. I invite you to participate as well! Just link back to my weekly post and don’t forget to add your spotlight link in the comment section for all to see. Happy Sharing! XO, Nikki

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Published: October 12, 1958 by Random House
Category: Novella, Classics, Short-Stories

I hate to admit it, but I have never read this book! As an Audrey Hepburn fan, I love the movie – its one of my go-tos on rainy days. I recently bought my own copy and aim to read it before the end of 2018. I didn’t even realize it was actually a novella.

img_0115.jpgFirst published in 1958, they would go on to release the movie in 1961: Holly Golightly being one of Hepburn’s most iconic roles.

I have dressed up as Golightly twice for costume parties: the first being for what she was most remembered by: black dress, black hat, pearls and cigarette holder; the second as the wardrobe from the end scene with “cat” even making an appearance. The funny thing is, I hate Halloween and dressing up but any excuse to be Audrey Hepburn for the day and I am in.

img_4326My best friend is also a book lover. In this picture our costume theme was “literary characters.” She went as Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s quotes:
What I’ve found does the most good is just to get into a taxi and go to Tiffany’s. It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there.

Never love a wild thing…If you let yourself love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky.”

I don’t mean I’d mind being rich and famous. That’s very much on my schedule and someday I’ll try to get around to it.”

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Book Review: On Beauty by Zadie Smith

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3.5 disco balls

Published: June 4, 2005 by Penguin Books
Category: Contemporary Fiction

On Beauty by Zadie Smith is 442 pages. A very, very slow 442 pages in which you need to be fully engaged and present while reading. This is not a book you can breeze through, as the book would mention of certain characters: it is intellectual. There is no doubt that Smith is a talented writer, I just struggled a bit in establishing a reading pace with this one.

On Beauty follows the Belsey family: an interracial couple, Howard and Kiki, married thirty years living in an upper middle class town with their three children, Jerome, Zora and Levi.

  • Howard is an art history professor at a local liberal arts college who is hard to like; he always has an opinion (its most always negative) and he’s always right (or so he thinks)
  • Kiki used to be a beautiful spitfire but has gained a significant amount of weight; still a spitfire but that magnetic confidence doesn’t exude from her like it used to (I blame Howard)
  • Jerome is a young man trying to find himself in religion and grapples with adulthood and his relationship with his family; he is the rational one of the bunch
  • Zora is Howard 2.0 with the spunk of Kiki; she yearns to be accepted but her approach in getting what she yearns for is more alienating than endearing
  • Levi is sixteen and going through an identity crisis; he is passionate and loyal and trying to find something worth fighting for (his family doesn’t understand him – as any teenager would say)Read More »

Audiobook Review: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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3 disco balls

Published: June 5, 2018 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing
Narrator: Phoebe Strole (whom I just discovered was Penny on Glee)
Length: 8 hours, 46 minutes
Category: Young Adult, Supernatural, Mystery, Thriller

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I recently downloaded Penguin Random House’s Volumes app on my iPhone and registered as an audiobook reviewer. I like to listen to at least 1 – 2 audiobooks a month during my short drive to the Path train, and especially while doing laundry. I hate folding laundry but audiobooks somehow make it more doable. But I digress.

My first audiobook through this program was Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl, which my friend recently read and recommended. I am not sure if I would have had a different experience with the story had I chose to read it versus listen to it; there was too much going on. I found myself losing interest and it was almost a DNF had I not wanted to figure out what the heck was going on.

I will preface my review with: I typically do not read supernatural and found myself feeling the story was a bit farfetched, but still with a rather interesting concept so I was intrigued. I know I need to make up my mind.Read More »

Saturday Spotlight: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Introducing Saturday Nite Reader’s weekly meme: Saturday Spotlight! Each Saturday I will spotlight a book I have read or am currently reading; and, of course what I think is special about it. I invite you to participate as well! Just link back to my weekly post and don’t forget to add your spotlight link in the comment section for all to see. Happy Sharing! XO, Nikki

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She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Published: August 24, 1992 by Pocket
Category: Fiction, Contemporary, Coming of Age

Ever read a book and remember you had strong feelings for it and would go on to say that it was one of your top reads of all time…and then time goes by (a lot of time) and you forget the story but know it was good (or at least you felt moved when you read it)? BTW – how long did I make that sentence, holy heck. Well that is me and She’s Come Undone.

I read this book in high school, and remember being so in tuned with the story; a relation not felt due to similarity of situation, but knowing what the main character, Dolores, may have been feeling on an emotional level. Man, do I need to reread this book again. I am hoping it will bring back memories from when I first experienced it.

I always thought I would not reread books: why would I want to waste time reading something I already experienced when there are so many good books out there? But, I was wrong. I read this book almost 20 years ago – and hundreds of books since – that how can I possibly remember the full, detailed story? I will be rereading this one very soon.

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Mid-Year Review: My Top 10 Reads from January – June

I was inspired to join in on Top 10 Tuesday by my fellow Facebook Book Bloggers Group  members Book Tales by MeThe Limit of Books Does Not Exist, and Bloodthirsty Little Beasts. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic was Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far).

I am obviously tardy to the party by posting so late (though it is still Tuesday!); I wanted to share my Top 10 list because this year has been my best reading year yet!

Here are my Top 10 Reads from the first half of 2018 (January – June):

Want to know why I loved this group of books so much? My review links can be found all in one place here: https://saturdaynitereader.com/book-reviews-a-to-z/

What have been your stand out books that you read this year? Have you read any of one’s I listed above and agree/disagree with their top 10 status? Can’t wait to hear how your reading year has been!

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Book Review: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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Publish Date: July 17, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Category: Thriller, Psychological Suspense, and what I consider Horror

Anyone remember this 90s movie? You have no idea how fitting this reference is, but if you read Baby Teeth you will soon find out.

Long story short: Suzette thinks her 7 year-old daughter, Hanna, is straight up trying to kill her. Only thing is her husband, Alex, has a hard time believing her. Hanna is only her creepy, demonic self when with her mother – or strangers – but never Daddy. Suzette isn’t Mother Teresa – you will wonder about her a bit – but no one can hold a candle to Hanna. Read More »

Saturday Spotlight: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Introducing Saturday Nite Reader’s weekly meme: Saturday Spotlight! Each Saturday I will spotlight a book I have read or am currently reading; and, of course what I think is special about it. I invite you to participate as well! Just link back to my weekly post and don’t forget to add your spotlight link in the comment section for all to see. Happy Sharing! XO, Nikki

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Published: May 22, 2007 by Riverhead
Category: Historical Fiction
British Book Award for Best Read of the Year (2008); Book Sense of the Year Award for Adult Fiction (2008); California Book Award for Fiction (Silver) (2007); Exclusive Books Boeke Prize Nominee (2007); Lincoln Award Nominee (2011)

My Future Mother-in-Law would gift me this book during one of my first trips to meet her. Once I started it, I could not put it down. I do remember it was right before dinner and the polite house guest in me (plus someone newly introduced to the family) should have been helping, but I couldn’t step away from this book. My husband (then boyfriend) called me in for dinner, but my future MIL responded along the lines of: leave her alone and let her finish, the book is that good. Thanks Mom 😉 

A Thousand Splendid Suns is the first book I recommend to anyone when asked to recommend my favorite book: I don’t even have to think about it, I just spit it out (not literally, don’t worry).Read More »