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It’s Already December?! Reading Goals (& Other Things) for the Rest of 2018

Hi everyone! I absolutely can’t believe that it is already December. For the most part, 2018 for me seems to have passed…really quickly. It’s almost like I don’t feel the days passing by. This is so much so that I often forget that 2019 (my high school graduation year!) is coming up. It seems so strange to me, so awaited for that I’m not sure what to make of it.

I won’t make this post a writing about my year as a whole, because I think that would be more fitting for the New Year. But, I do want to do a couple things before 2018 is over forever, and decided I might as well tell you guys.

First, I want to finish at least four more books by the end of the year. Actually–even more than four–since I really want to complete my 2018 Reading Challenge of 20 books. Currently, I am reading both Crime and Punishment (for AP Lit) and Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. Quite frankly, I am more interested by the former than the latter, which is surprising because I for so long resisted reading any classics. Also, I’m just not having that much fun with Sarah’s books anymore, but that’s a topic for a later post.

In addition, a couple months ago I had started Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi and I’d like to finish that as well. Finally, the other book that I MUST get to (hopefully) by the end of this year is Queen of Air and Darkness. Are you even surprised?! I absolutely can’t wait to read it and wish I could start it now.

My winter break is fast approaching (thankfully!) next week, so until then, I’m going to be a bit busy. Thanks for reading,

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YA Books of 2019

Hey everyone! Every year, since 2015, I’ve been publishing a post with a huge list of the following year’s books that will be released. What I do is compile a list (in chronological order) of books I know I need to read and ones I might be interested in, then publish it on here for future reference. I’m actually pretty late for 2019 at this point, but it doesn’t matter so–here it is!

As always, bolded books are ones I’m super excited about.

  • The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black — January 8th
  • Slayer by Kiersten White — January 8th
  • The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty — January 8th
  • White Stag by Kara Barbieri — January 8th
  • King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo — January 29th 
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas — February 5th
  • The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf — February 5h
  • Bloodwitch (Truthwitch #3) by Susan Dennard — February 12th
  • The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee — February 19th
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte — February 26th
  • Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury — February 26th
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi — March 5th
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds — March 12th
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed — March 19th
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan — April 2nd
  • Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi — April 2nd
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He — April 2nd
  • The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala — April 23rd
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Avecedo — May 7th
  • Nocturna by Maya Motayne — May 7th
  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes — May 7th
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad — May 14th
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal — May 14th
  • Again, But Better by Christine Riccio — May 21st
  • Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra — May 21st
  • The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos — May 28th
  • There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon — May ???
  • Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali — May ???
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson — June 4th
  • Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao — June 4th
  • This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura — June 4th
  • The Beholder by Anna Bright — June 4th
  • Gumiho by Kat Cho — June 25th
  • All the Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman — July ???
  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee — August 13th
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell — August 27th
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo — October 1st
  • The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh — October 8th
  • Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo — October ???
  • Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare — ???
  • Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu — ???
  • Dust Boy, Ash Girl by Andy Fukuda — ???
  • The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah — ???
  • Misaligned by Gloria Chao — ???
  • Guardians of Dawn by S. Jae-Jones — ???
  • Frankly In Love by David Yoon — ???

2019 is an especially special year for me because I’m finally graduating from high school, so may these books and the year go by wonderfully!

I hope this post was at least somewhat useful–please let me know which books YOU are interested in!

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Halloween: Spooky Books, Spooky Vibes

Hi everyone! Happy Halloween!

This is the third year that I am not going trick-or-treating in my whole life. Sophomore year I had to study for an AP biology test, and last year…well, I was unable to go. This year, my Halloween is likely going to be spent (since it’s still technically October 30th as I type this up) finishing up my college applications and doing homework for Thursday. (College applications are scary enough, right?)

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a spooky book, I think. I miss reading scary books–or at least books with a creep factor. I was planning on reading The Diviners by Libba Bray, but I first a) need to finish off this quarter with good grades and college apps, and b) just bought Kingdom of Ash which I should probably read first. I guess I’ll see how I’m feeling once November 1st passes by.

It’s kind of funny because at this point I’m nervous some curious college admissions readers are going to find my blog and judge me. (Hi, if you’re here!) I know it’s extremely unlikely, considering the sheer amount of essays they have to read, but still. I wrote about blogging in my essays and even linked my blog to show proof of nearly four years’ worth of posts, so…

I’m not sure what to talk about. I have been reading much more than usual, and I’m feeling good about that. Senior year, thus far, has proven to be much nicer than the previous years. It feels surreal–I started blogging in 8th grade! Now I’m here, halfway done with first semester of my senior year. 2018 is almost over. There’s so many books I want to read, so many things I want to do before college. All of this, it’s kind of overwhelming–scary, in a good way–fitting for Halloween. Regardless, I hope that tomorrow (or today!) treats you well as we ease into November. May your October 31st’s be full of nice, chilly weather, creepy books, and candy!

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Circe by Madeline Miller | A Review(ish) Post

Hi everyone!

It has been such a long time since I’ve written a review, mainly because most of the books I have been currently reading are either for school or I’ve not been reading much at all. Regardless, today I’m here to talk about Circe, Madeline Miller’s new book. This book was given to me on my birthday by a group of my best friends, and I am so happy they bought it for me, because I loved it.

Circe is not a typical book. For one thing, books don’t usually span hundreds of years following one character. It is deeply–very deeply–rooted in Greek mythology that you may or may not know of. As a Classics student, I knew a lot of the myths in this book, even though there were still a lot that I had not heard of before. Therefore, there were somethings that I expected would happen. The beauty of this book, though, was that even if I knew something was going to happen, I only wanted to read on more fervently because I wanted to find out why said thing happened.

I would honestly say that you shouldn’t know much before reading this book. Knowing that it is about Circe should be enough, especially if you have a strong mythological background like I do. It is a beautifully written tale of love, lies, the twists and turns of mythology, and tragedies. Most of all, it is about women. I do not know what I expected from this novel. I had actually though that it might be a story of how Circe became “evil”. It was not like that. Circe was so relatable, so calm in her ways. She was logical and yet felt human at the same time. There was no decision that she made that I thought was out of the ordinary, and this is what surprised me most of all.

I loved it. (5 stars).

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My Favorite Bookstore: Some Thoughts

I am not sure for how long my mom has been taking us to the Barnes & Noble near my house. What I do know, though, is that we always found ourselves there whenever it was rainy or too hot or we were bored at home. This bookstore, unlike the other Barnes & Noble stores in our area, is one of my favorite places in the world. Going there makes me happy, which sounds typical, but it’s true. Even the scent of the store–the combination between the smell of books and the sweet coffee of the Starbucks there–makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Upon entering, you first usually notice the signs at the entrance, advertising for future book signings or events. At the front there are shelves of the most popular books, the ones that people who don’t usually read will likely pick up. The cashiers are on the right, and near them are stands full of expensive trinkets I always look at but never buy.

The past few years, I think, the store has become even more full of books than it already was. They reorganized the Young Adult section to bring it near the kid’s books, and I miss the old spot it was in which was more obscure and quiet. Nonetheless, I’m not as bothered by this change as I am by other things. All of the shelves have some books that are tagged with a recommendation by a staff member of the bookstore. The kid’s section has places to sit–though it is very rare to be able to catch one of the actual seats–whenever I wanted to try out a book I would go and sit down in one of the corners there. In this bookstore, I spent most of my money in 8th grade; trying to get as many deals as possible. One time, I brought up two paperbacks–each worth $9.99–and had only $20, which is surely not enough to buy what I wanted. But the lady there was kind enough to give me a coupon, and I still remember this, even after five years.

Now that I’m writing about the bookstore, I’m realizing I can’t really describe much of it. It’s not that I don’t know the place well, but because it is not the actual setting of the store as much as it is how I feel when I go there. Over the years of visiting there, I’ve associated it with getting away from things I don’t like; it’s been my escape. I never actually sat down and read books in entirety there, but I always came and read the flaps of books to see what they’re about. I admired the covers of stories I’ll never read, or asked my mom to buy a frappuccino from Starbucks while I’m there. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve followed this same, satisfying routine. It sounds boring when I write about it this way, but it’s always so calm there–a visit to this Barnes and Noble in particular has its own nice rhythm–and it feels so familiar. I suppose it’s a mix of nostalgia and a certain degree of comfortableness that makes me love the place so much.

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The End of Summer, the Start of Senior Year

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe it’s already September! The fact that the second week of my last year of high school is almost done simultaneously blows my mind and excites me. There are certain things that I wanted to talk about in this post, which is arguably not going to be that related to books (well I guess it is, sort of).

I have realized over the summer that although I will always love the Young Adult genre, I am starting to move away from it. Or at least, even if I am not moving away from it, I am reading less of it in general–or I am reading books in other genres as well. So, I feel like I should stop pressuring myself into feeling guilty about how little I’ve been reading, because I feel like it’s only natural.

Second, considering this is my last year at my (dreaded) high school, despite all my complaints and such, I do want to savor, in a way, every moment of all the good things. I want to spend more time with my friends and family (over school), go to more school-related activities (sports games and things like that), and essentially do everything I couldn’t do and won’t be able to do ever again. This kind of extends to reading books, too. Throughout high school, I really wasn’t able to do anything I wanted. I’m serious. There were numbered days in which I came home stress-less (maybe 10 or so). I don’t want this to continue into my senior year.

What I think–and I hope you all think so too–is special about this blog is that it is a natural log of my life throughout the past four years. You can directly see when I had more time, when I was more stressed out, when I was reading more if you read my blog posts. Although how much I use this blog has definitely stagnated, much to my dismay, I am still active on here. And I still have readers all across the world, even if my numbers weren’t as high as they used to be. So, I am setting another goal for myself this year. To become more active on this blog, but in a way that won’t stress me out. You guys will probably see more posts like this, if I do indeed follow my goal.

Anyway, thank you for stopping by and reading this little post. I hope this academic (or not) year brings you great moments and treasures you never would have expected!

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The Cruel Prince & My Love for Faeries

Hi guys!

It’s been a long time yet again. To be fair, this time, I don’t really have an excuse for as to why I haven’t been blogging. Actually, it’s more like I don’t have an excuse for not reading which led me not to blog…but oh well.

To sum up: I finally read a book! That is, I was able to finish a book (as I was having trouble to do so). The book I read was one that a lot of people raved about: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. And I’m not surprised.

Quite frankly, I knew I’d love this book. For one thing, I love Holly’s writing style that sucks you into her story through intrigue and details. Second, I figured that all the hype would likely be worth it. And third…well, I adore faeries. Not the Sarah J. Maas type of faeries which are essentially just immortal humans with pointy ears. (No offense haha, but it’s true. Her faeries aren’t the type that are based off of the wild, natural creatures that I so love).

Basically, I wanted to spend this post just talking about how I really, really enjoyed The Cruel Prince and it’s faerie aspects. I guess it’s not really a review, but I wanted to post something, so oh well.

What I loved about The Cruel Prince:

  • The story’s setting is the typical, treacherous Faerie Land. Lots of different types of faeries, pixies, hags, etc. They’re all weird and quirky and dangerous—down to the fruits and berries and rivers.
  • I loved Jude as a main character. She was bold enough to be a strong character, but flawed enough that you could relate to her. She kind of reminded me of Lada from And I Darken, whom I loved reading about.
  • The atmosphere that surrounded the characters was so well developed and so…attractive? I don’t know. But all of them had a layer of intrigue surrounding them that made them all the more interesting to read about.
  • And of course, all the wonderful twists and turns.

Do you love faeries as much as I do? If not, what is your favorite supernatural creature? Please let me know!

–Silanur