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HUGE Surprise Bookish Giveaway!!

HI GUYS! Today I wanted to surprise you all (obviously) with a HUGE book giveaway! I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for a long time and I finally compiled enough stuff to give to one lucky winner. This is just a thank you in general for sticking around for over two years. ‚̧

This giveaway includes:

  • 5 ARCs, a bunch of posters, bookmarks, snippets, pins, decorations, bookish jewelry and SO MUCH BOOKISH SWAG. This is a picture with all the compiled stuff:

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Now that doesn’t look like a lot, but trust me, it is. It’s just that a bunch of stuff is concealed in that photo, but here are some other photos:

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TRUST ME, I’m not exaggerating when I’m saying I’m giving away a LOT of stuff.

The Rules:

  • You must be at least 18+ years old or have your parent’s permission to join this giveaway, since if you win, you’ll have to share your address with me.
  • You MUST follow me here (on this blog) to join the giveaway, but there are five other ways to earn “points” and have more of a chance to win (as linked below in the Rafflecopter widget.)
  • This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by any publisher or company, and I am doing this only because I want to.
  • This giveaway runs from today, April 14th, to two weeks later, April 28th, 12:00 A.M. EST.
  • I will contact the giveaway winner two weeks later and if you don’t reply within 24 hours a second winner will be chosen.
  • This giveaway is only for U.S. residents, unfortunately. If you do not have a U.S. address you won’t be able to win. Sorry ūüė¶

That’s it! I hope you guys join and GOOD LUCK! (P.S: Click the link below to be led to the giveaway)

HUGE Bookish Giveaway Link

Good luck again!

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Why Reading is So Important For Me & How Badly I Miss It

Hey guys! Today I wanted to write about something that might get a bit “deep”, because I want to tell you how much (and why) I miss reading so much. I know I say this in virtually every post, talking about how little I read and how I want to read more. And I’m completely, 100%, no-exaggerating serious.

Guys, I miss being able to avidly read so much.

For so long, reading has been my escape. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. Especially 8th grade, when I felt down, I went and read. And read and read and read and read. In fact, I think it wasn’t that good of an idea because it caused some of my problems to grow even more, but nonetheless, they made sure I wasn’t¬†completely¬†lost.

See the thing is, reading is my way of coping with things. Had a bad day? Read. Did something wrong? Read. Reading took me away, even if I hated the book, and just for a little while, I felt special, in that little corner of a book. Reading is one of the only things I do for fun. When I say “I read” when asked about a hobby, I’m pretty sure most don’t get that when I say I read, it means¬†oh-gosh-I-love-reading-so-much-it’s-my-favorite-thing-to-do-and-it-keeps-me-going.

But now…I can’t read. I’m getting less than 5 hours of sleep, spending all my time studying or doing homework. How¬†can I read if I’m not even sleeping? When I read, I like to be passionate about it. I don’t like for it to be passive. When I read, I give it all. I want the full experience. But this also means I can barely read. This year, I’ve only finished 3 books, and it truly breaks my heart.

I think this is why I try to distract myself with other things. I ache to read sometimes, and I practically forget the feeling of being so engrossed with a book. I’m trying to catch that feeling back now, since it’s break, but ten days isn’t nearly enough.

Anyway, I really wanted to tell you guys about this because I think not being able to read avidly in an avidly reading book community isn’t spoken enough. I love reading, but I can’t read, and I do wonder if anyone else feels the same way. So, if you do, let me know. Hopefully I’m not alone on this. ūüôā

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Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

HI GUYS!! I’m finally on spring break, and I’m so happy! (Well, kinda. I’m also kind of disappointed in myself and I’m really, really tired, but hopefully I can read at least *two* books and write a bunch of blog posts.)

A few weeks ago I watched Beauty and the Beast, and although I didn’t love it THAT much, it was still so much fun to watch and I decided to do the tag. So without further ado, here we go! (This tag was created by Du Livre–post is linked here!)–Images also from her blog.

1. A villain you can’t help but love.

Instead of going with a cliche answer like¬†Six of Crows, (because you all know I always choose it), I’m gonna go ahead and say Adelina Amouteru from¬†The Young Elites. Honestly though, this is also a cliche answer because I love love love Adelina. She’s literally the most villainous main character I’ve ever read from and has no idea of fairness or justice except for herself.

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2. Your OTP

You really think I have one answer to this question? This is extremely hard, as you all know. This time I’m going to go with Emma and Julian from¬†Lady Midnight because the release is coming sooner–which I am oh so excited for–and I miss this world so much. It makes my heart hurt a bit thinking about them and I can’t wait to see what other events will unfold in the next book.

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3. A Character That’s Destined for Bigger Things

Who else but Lada from one of my favorite books ever,¬†And I Darken? SERIOUSLY. And actually, almost all the main characters (Mehmed–obviously.) Lada is such a strong and awesome main character who has to combat women’s suppression in her time period but she has so much potential and I can literally FEEL it coming in the next book.

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4. A Book That Makes You Hungry

I’m also going to go ahead and choose¬†The Wrath and the Dawn¬†like the creator of this tag did. GUYS THE FOOD DESCRIPTIONS IN THIS BOOK ARE AMAZING. I mean, I may also be a bit biased because it’s all Middle Eastern food (which is my favorite type of food), but still. It literally makes me hungry thinking about it.

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5. Beauty and the Beast: Opposites Attract

I haven’t talked too much about this book because I’ve been blogging so little, but not only is¬†The Sun is Also a Star¬†an AMAZING book about family and love and the world in general, but the two main characters are both incredibly diverse and also polar opposites. I thought this was a beautiful novel and I would 10/10 recommend you to read it especially if you love contemporaries. (It’ll make you think. Seriously).

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That’s it for this tag! It was so much fun to do and I liked that it wasn’t too long because a lot of times tags take, like, over an hour for me to write. I tag…

And you, if you’d like to do this tag!

I hope you enjoyed reading & I’ve missed talking to you guys!

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A Book I’m Super, Super Excited About (#1)

Hellooooooooooooooo!!!

Sorry. That was a bit too extra. Let me try again.

Hi guys!! I’ve missed blogging so, so much. This month was probably one of the worst blogging months I’ve had in a long time–including this post, I’ve only put up three. I thought school was hard a few months ago? Hah. Ha. March has been SO crazy for me. AP tests are coming soon and I’ve been sleeping late and just…tired.

Anyway, today I decided to write about a book I’m super, super excited about, as the title tells you. I was looking at my old blog posts and was on Goodreads, trying to catch up with all the book news when…

I see this:

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Now, in case you didn’t know–Jasmine Warga is the author of My Heart and Other Black Holes, one of my favorite books ever. I read it around two years ago, and ever since, I have been waiting for Warga to put out another book. For so long I waited for some book news to come out, and it finally did. I love the adorable peach color of the cover and this is the synopsis:

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

I’m literally so excited.

Not only is this about an Arab-American (I’m not Arab, but go Middle Eastern protagonists!) but it’s by one of my favorite authors. It comes out November 7th of this year and I just CAN’T wait.

Have you guys heard about this book? Or read Warga’s debut? (Please do; it’s wonderful. This is the cover of MH&OBH)

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I just hope that this one will be just as good!


On a side note, I am thinking of starting a series of blog posts that are somewhat short like this one about upcoming books that I am super, super excited about. What do you guys think? Please let me know!

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Blog Posts to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write

Hello everyone!! Long time no blogging, once again. I literally had to push myself to sit down and write a blog post because I kept procrastinating.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to give you guys (and myself, honestly) a list of bookish blog posts to write when you’re not feeling particularly inspired. I know this often happens to me and I decided: why not? So here we go!

  1. Talk about your favorite/least favorite books–This is one of my most favorite topics. Gushing/ranting is so so fun.
  2. What books are being released that you can’t contain your excitement about?
  3. Discuss your rating and reviewing. What do you look for in a book?
  4. Favorite characters/OTPs/villains…anything really.
  5. Most annoying pet peeves (can be bookish or non-bookish, really)
  6. Been to any signings or events? Tell me about your experience!
  7. Book tags–these are always SO great. Honestly, just go search online and you’ll find a million. They’re so fun and take a unique twist on things.
  8. What got you into reading?
  9. Childhood books/books that bring back nostalgia
  10. Best/Worst book covers
  11. Underrated books more people should hear about
  12. Overrated books that you’re¬†sick¬†of hearing about
  13. If you like X, then you should read X!
  14. Reviews that are written in unconventional ways
  15. Favorite genre and why?
  16. Like any fan art? Do you have any recommendations?
  17. Diverse book recommendations/why diversity is so important
  18. What would be the recipe for the perfect book?
  19. Books that made you cry/laugh/feel any emotion
  20. Write a list! Like this one ūüėČ They’re fun to write and usually don’t take up as much as time as other posts.

Anyway, I know this was one of my lower-quality posts, but it got me more excited to write future posts so yay! I hope this helps some of you and I’d love to talk about posts that you like writing/would like to see.

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Susan Dennard & Jodi Meadows Book Signing!

Hello everyone! As per usual, first off: sorry for not posting for two weeks. I got so caught up in school work, blah blah blah. That aside,¬†yesterday¬†(surprise, surprise!)–on a school night–I actually went out to a book signing! I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it but I ended up going and it was the most wonderful experience.

The Authors & Their Books

If you don’t know, Susan Dennard is the author of Truthwitch and the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy. I never actually read SS&D, but last year when I read Truthwitch–don’t know how much I actually talked about it–I LOVED it. It was one of my favorite books of the year, although I think I forgot to review it.

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Susan Dennard!!

Jodi Meadows is also the author of multiple books, but the book I got signed was My Lady Jane, which she co-wrote with Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton. I’m so excited to read it and Jodi was so nice!

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The Event Itself

The event was located in a small indie (but ADORABLE) bookstore called One More Page Books, which I would 20/10 recommend if you live in the D.C. area. The staff was super nice and because there weren’t a lot of people, the event was really casual and fun. Susan and Jodi talked about their books but also a lot about their lives, depending on what questions were asked.

One thing I learned was that Susan is a HUGE science-lover. She gushed about how much she loved science and I thought it was super cool because she is the first person I met that loves both science and creative writing/fiction. (Like me!) I made sure to tell her this later haha.

Meeting The Authors

Because I hadn’t yet read¬†My Lady Jane¬†yet, I just told Jodi how excited I was and I got a picture with her, which I don’t have right now. She was super sweet and gave me some bookmarks and things which I also love.

When I met Susan, I first told her how I related to her because I love STEM and books, too. She asked me what I was doing in STEM right now and I told her I go to a STEM school which she was like, “YEA! Go women in STEM!” and I felt so special. ‚̧ She then asked me what my name meant and she thought it was cool so she said I might steal your name (she actually took the post it note with my name on it) and use it as a character name. (I really hope she does!)

Then we talked a bit more and I got a picture with Susan as well, plus a pin and a bookmark. So in total, I got three books signed (Truthwitch/Windwitch/My Lady Jane) and this was honestly one of the best signing experiences I’ve ever had. It was so cozy and made me full with happiness. ūüôā I haven’t yet taken photos of the books, but if you all are interested in seeing how the signed copies look, I can update this post and add them!

Anyway, that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience. I know I certainly had a great time. ūüôā

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2 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!

Hi everyone!! Today I am writing a post that I consider pretty important, (obviously because of the title), because this blog turns TWO today!

Two years ago today, I created this blog, advertised it, posted my first post, designed it, and now here I am, still blogging. Although many things have changed since two years, one thing that has remained constant in my life is blogging. Sure, I might not be able to blog as much as I did (as an 8th grader I had a lot of time haha), but I’m still here and I’m still active.

Throughout the course of these two years, blogging helped me get through some pretty tough times. Whenever I needed an outlet to de-stress I’d come here and talk about it. I made a lot of friends that I still talk to and discovered so many new books. For two years, blogging has been such an essential part of my life and I hope I never stop blogging.

And so, I wanted to make this post kind of to reflect on two years. Throughout two years, I posted 212 posts, 213 including this one. 212 posts where I sat down and let you guys read about my feelings, rants, concerns, towards not only books, but my life in general. I learned how to properly “review” and a lot of my opinions from my first posts have changed. (Reading through old posts kind of makes me cringe).

In the end, I just want to thank all of you who still read my blog, two years later. Thanks for making my blogging experience so great. Happy Birthday, AloofBooks!

Love,

Silanur.