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Last Few Days of School, Ramadan, and May

Hi guys,

I’ve been putting off blogging for a while now. As always, I’ve been incredibly busy–but moreover, I just haven’t felt like it. I haven’t felt like reading, or blogging, even when I did have the time and energy. It’s Ramadan and also the end of high school for me and I’ve been much more preoccupied with actual…life. As of right now I’m really not as interested in the things I used to be when I blogged constantly.

And it kind of hurts to say this, because I’ve been ignoring the truth in my head for so long, but I don’t think I’m going to be blogging much on here anymore. I don’t think I’ll ever quit, or stop entirely. I might post something once a month or when I feel like it. But as of right now–where I am in life–I just am not feeling it. Besides not wanting to read in general, I need to work on improving my life before college starts. There are so many things I want to do, so many things I need to do, and thinking about blogging is only stressing me out.

Not to mention, at this point, the spark that was in my old posts is almost gone. It’s just me. As much as I try to not think about it, I’ve been really unhappy the past couple months. I could even generalize and say the last couple years. I need to be more thankful, I need to change my mindset…I can’t read and blog happily when I’m like this. Maybe I’m making the wrong choice–maybe I need to get back into these things to force my head out of this. But I still think this post needed to be written because I like closure. I like making sure people know what’s up even if I do eventually come back to blogging. Without writing this I would feel like I left blogging with a gap, with emptiness. It’s time for me to accept the fact that I’m moving on. I can’t act like I’m the same person I was four years ago when I first made this blog.

That being said, this blog has also added a lot to my life. For so many years it’s what I turned to when I needed to rant or be excited about something. I wrote about it on my college applications. It was my hobby, my thing. That’s why it feels so weird to say I don’t think it’s my thing anymore. And quite frankly, I don’t know what my “thing” is right now. I need some time to figure things out for myself, to get a new hobby that doesn’t involve staring at a computer screen.

So–for now, this is some closure, mainly for myself rather than anyone else. If you took the time to read this, thank you. If not–this was for me, anyway, so oh well.

Love,

Silanur

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Nova Teen Book Festival 2019

Hi guys! Today I wanted to write about my experience this year at the Nova Teen Book Festival, which I attended a couple weeks ago.

On March 30th, I went to the Northern Virginia Teen Book Festival, which is an annual festival that I have been attending since 8th grade. The event is really great because it aimed for YA readers, with about 25-30 newly published authors coming to the event. They have panels and fun activities throughout the day that you can end, with a big signing line at the end where you can meet all the authors. It was my 5th time going there, and my 4th time volunteering at the event. This year was different than past years because the location was changed for the first time, and I didn’t know what to expect. I was also a bit wary because last year I thought that a couple of the adults who ran the volunteering were kind of rude, though luckily, I had no problems this time around.

My volunteering shift was around the afternoon, closer to the time slot in which all the authors convene at the end of the day and everyone gets into a large signing line. Because there were so many volunteers, I basically had nothing much to do and could just hang out and attend some of the author panels. I listened in on the main panel, but left a little after to meet my friend. The best part about volunteering for the event, in my opinion, is that you don’t have to wait at all for the big signing line at the end of the day. If the coordinators know you’re a volunteer, you can go in and not have to wait in the huge lines that inevitably form to meet the authors. The past two years, since I’ve been reading less and have not been as in touch with Young Adult literature, I haven’t really had a list of authors I really, really wanted to meet. But even when I don’t want to read a book super badly, at the event, I have always tended to buy extra books and get them signed. This year was not any different in that sense for me.

I ended up meeting four authors at the event: Libba Bray (I got a copy of The Diviners signed), Emily X.R. Pan (The Astonishing Color of After), Katherine Locke (The Girl With the Red Balloon), and Heidi Heilig (For a Muse of Fire). This was the first year that I had not read any of the books that I got signed, which usually makes it kind of awkward to meet the authors, especially if you’re not used to it. Fortunately, I would say I’m pretty much a book-event expert at this point, so no awkwardness ensued. (Or so I hope!)

In a way, the event was kind of bittersweet for me—not because it didn’t go well, because that’s not true, it was quite pleasant—but because I realized I wasn’t as excited as I used to be attending NTBF. The event was well-run despite there being so many people, all the coordinators were nice, the authors were super sweet, and I bought new books—which was all great! I really don’t have much to criticize about it. The issue was that I felt cut off, less passionate. The festival used to be one of the highlights of the year for me. I counted down for it and immediately went home to write a blog post about my experience. I would get ready for the event by reading a good number of books from the author list. This year, none of that happened, because my mind wasn’t really on the festival, I don’t think. Unfortunate to say, but I was too preoccupied with college decisions and everything else happening around that time. I haven’t been reading for fun consistently in two years, either, so I couldn’t get the feeling I used to get. I’m not sure. It may even just be that at this point I’ve probably met at least 50 authors, so I’ve become desensitized since it doesn’t feel like a big deal to me anymore. (In contrast to middle school when I had met none). However, I don’t want this to make it seem like the event itself was bad. I really did enjoy it, and I would have regretted it if I hadn’t gone. It’s like a tradition at this point for me, and I hopefully will still continue to go in the future.

Thanks for reading,

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Books I Really Need to Finish

Hi everyone!

Now that I’m finally on spring break, I truly hope that I will be able to blog more. I have been gone for nearly a month now, which is the longest time that I haven’t posted anything on my blog since its creation. I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out, and as I said before, school is still taking up a huge chunk of my time. I can’t wait to graduate; at least now there is less than two months left.

Regardless, over the past year, there have been numerous books which I started but didn’t finish for numerous reasons. Mostly, it was not that I disliked the books or intended to stop them, but that I one way or another was unable to finish them. I got distracted, started new books saying that I would continue reading them…but never did. So, I wanted to write a post about all these books as motivation to complete them!

The first book on this list is one I started reading…two years ago? And this is going to be a complete shock for those who know how much I love Leigh Bardugo: Crooked Kingdom. Now, here’s the thing. I read about 200 pages of it when I had a copy from the library. But then I had to give it back. And although I was gifted a copy of it afterwards, I never got around to reading it even though I sincerely love this series. BUT I WILL. (Hopefully).

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Next, I have When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I think I also started reading this book over a year ago, and I believe I read more than half of it. I liked it, too! The issue was…sometime as I was reading it…I got distracted…and then never finished it. Again, I do want to finish it, though.

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Next I have Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. I think I read around 60% of this book, and I was really into it as I read it. But then I randomly stopped. And I haven’t been able to get around to it ever since…sigh.

Now, here’s the most problematic book on this list: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. Why, you may ask? Well, here’s the thing. I’m not quite sure I want to read this book anymore. I read around 200 pages of the nearly 1000 paged book, and guys, it has thus far been so damn boring. I’ve definitely started disliking her books more and more, and with Tower of Dawn I was really starting to get annoyed. So, though I really want to see how this series ends, I’m not certain if I want to jump into the novel again because it feels like a job. Not to mention I have already forgotten what I read a couple months ago.

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Alright, so now that that’s been said, the rest of the couple books on this list I am currently more-or-less actively reading. I just need to make sure I finish them before I forget about them and move onto other books.

First, I have Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins. I only have about 10% of the book left, so I’m almost there! I’ve been reading it as an e-book over the past two months which is why I keep forgetting to finish it.

Next, I have We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan. I started reading this one about two weeks ago with a library copy. Guess what happened? I had to give the book back, so even though I found it super entertaining, I’m still halfway through it. Yikes.

Finally, the book I’m reading right now–The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan! I met Emily at the Nova Teen Book Festival a couple weeks ago, and she was absolutely wonderful. I can’t wait to read the rest of the book.

Anyway, thank you so much for reading! Please let me know if you have a bunch of unfinished books like me, haha.

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Just Checking In

Hi everyone,

I sincerely apologize for being gone the past three or so weeks. Even though I’m a second semester senior, it seems that the work for school never stops. I’ve been swamped, haven’t been reading much that I can blog about, and absolutely exhausted. I just wanted to at least post this, even though it doesn’t do much, to make myself feel better.

Thank you,

Silanur

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My Blog Turns 4 Today!

Hi guys!

Today WordPress notified me that this little blog–which I created as an 8th grader–turns four today. I don’t have anything planned for this post, but it made me happy to learn that I’ve been blogging for exactly four years now. Though I knew that I would blog for a while, I didn’t think four years would pass by. This blog is basically an active journal of my life throughout all of high school, and I hope even longer than that, too.

For those of you who see this post, thank you for reading even if its only every once in a while. It truly means a lot!

Love,

Silanur.

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The Most Entertaining Book Ever: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Hi everyone! Over winter break, I randomly decided to read The Afterlife of Holly Chase–not because it was Christmas, because I don’t celebrate–but literally just randomly. I saw that the reviews on Goodreads said that the main character was absolutely horrible, as in, a hate-to-love sort of way. So, I started reading it just for the fun of the main character.

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Y’all. It was so good.

If you want to know more about it, it’s basically a retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But you don’t need to know anything about it to read it or enjoy it; I certainly didn’t. I honestly don’t think you should even think too much about reading it. Just hop right in: that’s what makes it so enjoyable.

Holly is an absolute jerk of a character, but her voice is addictive. Sure, the writing doesn’t have anything special about it. There’s no lyrical prose or swoon-worthy quotes, really, but it doesn’t matter. When I tell you it’s addictive, it’s addictive. I couldn’t stop reading because whenever I thought the pace had slowed, or that I was getting a bit bored, something new happened.

There were new twists in every corner, and every second of it was so entertaining. Though I predicted a couple of the twists, there were so many that I couldn’t help but be delightfully surprised many times. This book is humorous. It is a natural entertainer, and it doesn’t try too hard to be funny. It just is.

Regardless of what kind of story you like, I highly recommend you check this book out. When I say it’s the most entertaining book ever, I mean it. Even if you don’t love it as much as I did, it should still give you a good laugh. Besides all the humor, it also had some ~deep~ stuff in it which made it all the more better. Plus, it was super creative and unlike anything I’d read in such a long time. 5 stars!

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Unhauling Some Books

Hi guys!

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve written a blog post. As first semester wrapped up, I found myself with little to no time as I scrambled to put everything together. I’m now a second semester senior, and I’ve already read two books since the end of first semester! I am actually so proud of myself. I’ll be posting about about the books I’ve been reading soon.

Anyway, the past couple months I’ve been thinking a lot about the books I have that I just don’t really care about anymore. For this reason, I decided to sell them (for very cheap prices–most of them I had bought full price) and make more room. Here the books are!

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Sorry for the low quality, I’m not sure why that’s happening.

Illuminae–this book got TONS of hype when it first came out…I bought it for full price, expecting to love it, and honestly thought it was mediocre. The style without a proper narrative just did not work for me. The plot? Meh. I never liked it all that much and didn’t feel sorry letting it go.

FairestCress, and Winter by Marissa Meyer–these books were definitely much harder to let go of. The truth is is that though I loved Cinder when I first read it (which I decided to keep), the other books in the series were not nearly as good as I thought they would be. I was way too excited when I read them and didn’t realize that I didn’t even like them all that much. It was hard letting go because the books themselves are really pretty and I still enjoyed them, but oh well.

Eleanor & Park and Fangirl–Rainbow Rowell is overrated. (I’M SORRY I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE LOVE HER). Though I actually thoroughly enjoyed E&P, my copy was just sitting around not doing much. And though I really loved taking pictures of Fangirl because of the cute cover all the time, I never liked it. It just was not an enjoyable book for me, nor was it relatable the way I was expecting it to be.

Cruel Beauty–I liked this book, I truly did. I still do; I hold no grudges against it. I even still love the cover. But I realized I wasn’t going to be doing much with it and thought someone else might want it more than I do now.

The Secret History–I really, really wanted to like this book. But I couldn’t get through it. Not only that, but it was creeping the crap out of me. This is hard to explain, but I just wasn’t getting good vibes while reading it (especially late at night). Thus, I gave it away.

The other two books on this list I have not been able to sell, as one of them was required reading and the other I don’t think I’ll be reading anytime soon. I’ll probably end up donating them somewhere!

Have you ever unhauled any books? Did you feel good about doing the unhaul afterwards? Thanks for reading!

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