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School’s Out! Reflections & Outlooks

Hi guys! I am so excited–I’m finally done with my sophomore year of high school. This year was really rough for me. From the hardest teachers to unbearable classes (chem), I somehow made it through. This means that I can finally just sit down (hopefully), and read. Or blog.

Alas, right now I am going out of state and I’m packing, which is why this isn’t a proper post. But as an almost junior in high school, I really hope that this summer goes well. I want to, like, do stuff other than studying. I want to read a lot. I want to blog a lot. I want to talk to you guys and help out around the house and learn to drive. I don’t know how I’m going to fit all that in two months…but yea. I want to.

I don’t know. This is a really weird post, because I can’t believe this year is over. I feel so wizened and old but also really young at the same time. I guess that’s the point of being a teenager. Anyway, how are you guys feeling right now? Do you have any cute, fun contemporary reads for me? I’d love to read something about coming-of-age…maybe because I guess I kind of am too?

I will hopefully soon be in touch with all of you in a real post–until then, let me know if you have any recommendations!

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Reading Slowly: A Discussion

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk about something that is super relevant to me: reading slowly. Or actually, not being able to read. I like to think I’m a pretty fast reader. I used to be able to get through 10 books a month, and I can finish a book in a sitting or two. But that’s not the problem.

No, the problem for me is that I can barely finish any books anymore in a normal time span. It takes me a month or at least a few weeks, because I just can’t bring myself to read when I’m tired.

And I absolutely despise this.

Reading like this takes away from my experience. I read 100 pages one day, then I can’t pick up my book for two weeks, and I’ve lost track of where I was and forgotten what’s going on. Or I’ll stretch out the book so much that I’ll get bored of the characters even if the book itself is good, because I just want to try something new.

My thoughts get diluted when it takes me so long to read, because so many other things are in my head. I like being engrossed in a story completely. I like thinking of it when I’m doing other things, relating it to my everyday life–I like blogging about it. But when I can only read so little over such a long time period, this doesn’t happen. I think about all the other books I want to read, even when I’m enjoying the story.

Anyway, I’ve only read 5 books this whole year and I kind of wanted to talk about it. Are there any other bloggers who feel the same way as I do? I’d love to talk if anyone can relate!

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Books I’d Love To Read in June

Hi guys!

As the school year starts to end a little (well, three weeks but still…) I want to make sure I read a bit more than usual. My goal for June is to read at least three books, which may sound little, but considering the fact that I’ve read a book a month this whole year–it’s a lot.

First, I want to finish A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, which I actually only have 200 pages left of.

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(By the way: it’s real good. I’m loving it, obviously.)

The second book I MUST read is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare–this is probably my most anticipated read of the year and I just. Can’t. Wait. I know it’s already been released, but I need to buy it and make sure I can read it without any distractions.

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The other books on this list I know I won’t get to ALL, but I’d love to pick them up.

One of these books is Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali–a book about a Muslim-American (like me!) This is the first book that I can think of right now that is about a Muslim American teenager, and I think it’s super important for books like this to be published considering…everything. It seems really cute but also meaningful, so I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint!

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Another is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon–which is also a contemporary with diverse characters. I really miss reading contemporary books that are light and fun, since lately I’ve been reading only fantasy.

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Finally, I want to read Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. This is one of my favorite contemporary series ever–the cuteness, the characters, everything. I started reading it in 8th grade and I can’t wait (or can I?…) to see how everything wraps up. It’s going to be bittersweet but I know I’m going to enjoy it. :’)

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I know I won’t get to all of these, but hopefully sometime during the summer I will.

Thanks for reading guys! What books are you excited about this month? Let me know–I’d love some recommendations!

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10 Bookish Confessions

Hello everyone! I want to quit apologizing for not posting so often anymore, but every time I end up writing a blog post, I say sorry. And the thing is, I am sorry. But I wanted to let you guys know of somethings, hence the ~confessions~ title.

Confession #1: It’s making me really, really sad, the fact that no one ever bothers to comment (or even like!) my posts anymore. May has been an all time low for me in terms of blogging feedback. I mean, I know I’ve been blogging less, but even when I do, I’ve never had this little reaction. And it makes me so freaking sad guys. I can’t explain it properly to you.

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Confession #2: I’ve only read 4 books all year. I know. It’s shameful. And again, I hate myself for it. All the books I did read were really good, but it’s depressing. To think that I could read 4 books in two weeks or less in the past makes it even worse.

Confession #3: I get super nostalgic about books. For example, if I see an old book I loved, in that moment I’ll want to reread it and fall in love with it all over again, and sometimes thinking about books I loved makes me sad.

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Confession #4: Most people in my day-to-day life don’t know about this blog. My family knows, and so do my close friends, but I don’t publicize it much in real life. It’s too close to my heart and I feel like people will judge me!

Confession #5: I rarely reread books. Then again, I haven’t had much time to read books in general, but I haven’t reread a book in forever. Maybe the last time I did was in 5th grade? I don’t even know. I really really WANT to, but all these new shiny books are too appealing!

Confession #6: I DO reread passages, though. I have this weird thing where I remember which page/where in the book passages I loved were. So occasionally, I’ll pick up the book and reread those scenes that I loved. Even if it doesn’t give the same effect as rereading the whole thing, I still love doing it.

Confession #7: I love recommending loved ones books, but I hate it when people I don’t like read the books I like. It’s like, if you’re my friend, then I will FORCE you to read it. But if I hate you, I will feel like you don’t deserve to read my favorite books, and it’ll really annoy me.

Confession #8: I don’t like fanfiction. Never read it, I don’t think I ever will. I love fan art, but I just don’t like how people may change characters so dear to my heart, and this may therefore ruin my vision of the characters. Also, I just don’t have the time, haha.

Confession #9: I can’t read (or enjoy reading) when I’m sick, tired, or anytime I don’t feel good. I just can’t. And this is why I’ve been reading so little now. Because even if I’m hating a book, I want to read it when I’m actually awake and processing. I can’t enjoy books when I’m tired and it’ll completely ruin my liking of a book if I’m not feeling good.

Confession #10: The book blogging community has grown so much, I sometimes wonder if my blog even matters. I especially feel this way when I’m feeling down, but I remind myself that my blog is for me and everyone contributes to the blogging world.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed reading all my “confessions”! I’m going to try to continue blogging at least every week from now on, since school is *slightly* calming down (and when I feel better. I’m super sick.)

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Dream Reading Space

Hey everyone! In today’s post I wanted to share with you guys what an ideal reading space would look like for me. Generally, I’ll read anywhere and everywhere as long as there’s not too much noise, but these, obviously, would be ideal.

My favorite place to read is somewhere that’s quiet, cozy, but not too cozy–otherwise I’ll fall asleep haha. So I’m generally comfortable with a sectional sofa that’s soft and has pillows and space where I can stretch my legs out.. Basically, something kind of like this:

Tahoe 135" Slipcovered Five Piece Sectional in Empire Optic

Picture from https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/

Also, lighting is super important for me.. It’s actually just as important as the area I’m actually reading on, because if it’s a little too dark (again) I might fall asleep. I tend to get tired sometimes and if I’m in that really comfortable position…you can probably tell what’ll happen.

So, to not get too comfortable, I’m also fine with something like this:

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Coincidentally, I’m pretty sure the couch in the picture (from my own home) was also from Arhaus–the same company that the furniture from the other pictures are from! (P.S: I love this couch. It’s sturdy but still comfortable at the same time and makes sure I don’t fall asleep, haha!)

Additionally, I also don’t mind reading on my desk when I’m in the mood, especially if I’m sitting in a comfortable chair and I have good lighting. To add to the ~aesthetic~ I love desk lamps like this one:

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Picture from Arhaus

Anyway, to get more back into the reading area, for me a dream space consists more than just the surroundings. Ideally I’d like to read in a quiet environment with a smoothie or coffee to drink, and maybe some snacks if I’m hungry. And of course, I hate being exhausted when I’m reading, so it’s best if it’s not a school day!

Kind of on a side note to ending this post–I saw this on the Arhaus website, and isn’t this so pretty?!

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It makes me want to go live in a cabin or something. 🙂

That’s it for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed this slightly different post than usual–and please, please talk with me! I know I haven’t been as active but I’m barely getting any interaction and it makes me so sad.

Thanks everyone!!

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Exciting Things That Are Coming Up

Hi everyone!

I haven’t written a blog post in so. Long. And I’ve barely had any interaction with you guys, and I miss it so much. I’ve been so so so caught up in AP exams and everything (I still am, but a big part of it is over) that I haven’t even been able to THINK about reading or blogging. (I’m also moving so that’s just a whole other issue…) I saw some bookstagram posts today and it just reminded me how much I love being in that feeling of avid reading. The feeling of falling in love with a book, the characters, the writing, the everything. And it makes me really sad that I haven’t felt this way in a super long time. (Probably since I started high school.)

Anyway, my goal within the next few weeks is to kind of ease myself back into reading (at least a bit). I don’t know if I can ever come back to the same level of avid reading just because of time, but I want to feel that same excitement. I at least want to get back into reading two or more books in a month. Thinking about things like this is what made me want to write this post, so I’ll just be listing some things I’m excited for:

  • I’ve taken almost all of my APs. I only have one left and I’m not that worried about it, so yay!
  • So many books I’ve been dying for were released/are being released these few weeks. Which kinda sucks in a way, because the huge list of new releases started the exact same time as APs. Regardless, once I can take a break, I’ll be reading ALL of them. I just can’t wait.
  • I might get more sleep if I can get all my work done!
  • The end of the year is approaching, so hopefully I’ll have much less work from teachers now.
  • Ramadan is coming, and although I’ll be fasting there are a bunch of other things I am excited for during Ramadan. 
  • And so many more, I just can’t remember!

Alright guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this. Please talk to me about things you’re excited about—it makes me happy to hear about things that make YOU happy. 

Love,

–Silanur ❤

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Giveaway Winner + Quick Update!

Hi everyone! Sorry for not posting for two weeks. This is going to be a VERY quick heads up that I will not be very active for the next two to three weeks. AP exams are right around the corner and I will be in a flurry trying to study for them, so sadly no time for anything.

On a brighter note, I’d like to announce my giveaway winner: Heather @ Book and Words! Heather, please reply to the email I send you within 24 hours with your contact info so I can send your gift! If you don’t reply within 24 hours, I will have to choose another winner. Not many people entered, sadly, but still congrats! ❤

How’s life been going for you guys? I’m sorry for this terrible post–talk to you guys soon!

–Silanur ❤