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Reasons To Read A Victoria Schwab Book

Hi everyone!  I just finished reading This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, and it reminded me how much I love her books so I decided I might as well make this post about why YOU–if you haven’t already read her books–should pick them up too!

Just some of her books! (Most of which I haven’t read but really want to.)

As of right now, I’ve read The Archived, The Unbound, and This Savage Song, though I am currently reading Our Dark Duet. I think out of the three I’ve finished, The Unbound is my favorite, but all of them are super good. (I need to get to her adult books ASAP.)

So, here are some reasons you should read them:

  1. The writing is fabulous. There are so many amazing quotes and paragraphs and while you’re reading you can see the story unravel. For example:

“Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.” –The Archived

2. The plot is simply marvelous. That’s the only way I can describe it. I don’t know how Schwab comes up with all twists and turns, but she does and it’s pretty much perfect.

3. I haven’t talked about the characters yet, but the characters are probably the BEST part of her stories. They’re not flat or fake, there’s a reasoning behind why each one acts the way they do. I understand their motives and actions, and it just makes the story more realistic despite the fact that her books are fantasy.

4. The worlds, or the atmosphere of the books is so well written that you’ll be intoxicated with the story. They’re just so unique and intriguing and seem simple but are just so much more than that.

5. And probably my favorite part: they make you think. I don’t just read her books, I end up thinking about them afterwards. They have meaning to them that I often can’t find with other story books, and that’s probably why I love them so much.

(P.S: You should also read them–especially The Archived–because they have some swoon-worthy characters there like Wesley. He’s my favorite!!!)

Have you read a Schwab book? Which was your favorite? Which one should I read next–ADSOM or Vicious? Let me know!

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The Emptiness That Comes With Finishing a Cassandra Clare Book

…if you didn’t already read the title, this post is about Cassandra Clare books. About an hour or so ago, I finished Lord of Shadows, Cassie’s new book and my 11th (?) book of hers.

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And, as always, I feel empty.

I know her books have a lot of controversy surrounding them. Many don’t like the fact that she’s published so many in the Shadowhunter world, others don’t like the characters, so on so forth. But ever since I read City of Bones in 7th grade (it’s been like 3 and a half years now?), I’ve been in love with her books.

Sure, they have flaws. Sure, they could be better. But with each book, I swear, her books just get even more intense. While I don’t think I loved LoS just as much as Lady Midnight, I sure as hell still loved it. There’s just something about them that usually doesn’t happen to me with other books. Where I’m so engrossed in the story that I just keep reading and reading and reading.

And then I finish, and it’s done, and usually the ending is heartbreaking. (Of course that’s exactly what happened with LoS. I won’t be getting into spoilers, but for me it had the most heartbreaking ending I’ve ever read from all of her books.)

I wrote about this last year when I read Lady Midnight and how much I loved it. They’re just so beautiful, and I think the only book series that I can call intoxicating. Every year, I forget how much I love her books, and every year, I read a new one and fall in love with the world all over again.

Thank you for this experience, Cassie. Thank you.

Do any of you guys know what I mean in this post about her books? The emptiness, the wonderfulness that accompanies her series? I can’t wait to discuss with you guys!

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Settings I Love/Would Love To Read

Hey guys! I hadn’t done Top Ten Tuesday for such a long time that I really missed it, so although right now TTT is on break, I decided to do an old topic I hadn’t done before. (You can learn more about TTT here.)

Right now I’m not really going to go in any particular order, so whatever pops into my head is what you’ll be reading! Though some of these are historical settings, others aren’t, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to write a full ten.

1.The first setting that comes to mind is any time period of the Ottoman Empire. This definitely isn’t a common setting at all–the only book I’ve read set here is And I Darken (it was amazing please read it), but everything about it just…intrigues me. Maybe it’s my own bias since I’m Turkish, but I love learning about the harems and the Ottoman courts and sieges and everything.

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2. Ancient Greece/Rome–Ever since I’ve been a little kid, I’ve always had a love for the classics. Greek mythology is one of my favorite things in the world and I will always love reading about it, so of course this is on here.

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3. Not really a specific time period, but I also like reading books set in England–it’s not really my interest in England but more that I’ve liked books set here. For example: The Infernal Devices and My Lady Jane.

4. Central Europe–I’ve barely really read any books set here, but I’d love to read more! One that comes to mind is Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which is set in Prague (I really hope I’m not classifying this wrong, if so, I’m sorry!), and since I loved that…I also really want to learn more about the cultures of the smaller European countries.

5. Historical fiction novels set during war times–maybe with romance? I know this isn’t really a specific place or time period, but I generally really enjoy stories like this. The angst and drama is (if well done) so emotional and it ends up being a beautiful story. (E.g: Between Shades of Grey and A Thousand Splendid Suns)

6. Any Middle Eastern setting, really. I love all the descriptions of the food and the clothes and mythology/retellings–for example, The Wrath and the Dawn or The Forbidden Wish–both beautifully written and set in similar settings.

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I found this image online and thought it was cool!

7. Something I don’t think I’ve read any books about is in an Asian setting entirely. (Whether that be East-Asian or South-Asian). I know The Flame In The Mist is set in Japan, so I’m really excited to see how that is, but I’d love to hear your recommendations!

For some reason I can’t think of any more settings right now, but I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post! I’d really appreciate it if you have any recommendations and would love to check those books out, so please let me know. 🙂

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Humor In Books

Hi everyone! One thing I’ve often realized while reading is that…there’s no humor. A lot of times, in books, characters are so busy trying to save their lives that there’s nothing to laugh at–which makes sense, given the circumstances. But I love humor in books, and I wanted to discuss this topic with you guys today. (Also give some short recommendations.)

I guess you can kind of categorize humor–a type of humor that I think is most common in YA fantasy is dry humor, or sarcasm. Some books I love that use this are Six of Crows and all of Cassie Clare’s books–

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I LOVE this type of humor. It’s the kind that I usually think of after because the characters are making fun of each other or something along those lines.

Another type of humor I like is dependent on the writing and makes the book easier to read because the entire style is different. I know that doesn’t make sense, but anyone who has read My Lady Jane will probably understand what I’m talking about.

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It’s just! So cute! Not every book can be like this, obviously, but it’s entertaining nonetheless. Another book that reminds me of this style is The Martian by Andy Weir.

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And of course, you can’t forget Percy Jackson–Rick’s books are a classic for humor. I don’t want to say it’s just the age group, because it’s not, but most YA books I’ve read are not nearly as funny as Percy Jackson. :’))

What are some of your favorite humorous books? Tell me about them!

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The 50 Bookish Questions Tag

Hi guys! I haven’t done a book tag in a while, so today I decided to do one that’s a bit long. I’m going to try to answer the questions as quickly as possibly–here we go!

1. What was the last book you read?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

2. Was it a good one?

Yup! I gave it four stars.

3. What made it good?

The characters, mostly. The plot wasn’t that surprising or amazing, but since I love the characters, I enjoyed it.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

I guess yea–though it’s so popular, most people have already read it. (There ARE other amazing books though!)

5. How often do you read?

I used to read super often, but during school times, I can barely read every few days and that’s if I am lucky–usually I end up only reading over the weekends. Now, since it’s summer, I can finally read everyday!

6. Do you like to read?

Hmm…I wonder why I run a book blog….

7. What was the last bad book you read?

Most of the books I’ve been reading recently have been good (also I only read 6 books so far this year anyway) but I think the one I disliked was Wink Poppy Midnight which I actually read like a year ago haha.

8. What made you dislike it?

It felt really disconnected, random, and I couldn’t understand any of the characters. It could have been cool but it ended up being just a weird book that felt like it wasn’t planned out at all.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes yes yes! I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember…but I can never just sit down and write. All my ideas are short-story like and I can’t think of a full-blown novel plot, which is what I wish to do.

10. Has any book influenced you greatly?

Of course. The one that’s a classic answer for me is Percy Jackson as it got me into reading, but another one is Divergent because it got me into YA and blogging.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

No. I get why other people might, but it would ruin my image of characters that the actual author created and I just generally don’t approve of it.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Hahahhaha no.

13. What’s your favorite book?

You really expect me to be able to choose one? (Though I have a list of favorites on this blog, it’s really outdated so I don’t wanna link that.)

14. What’s your least favorite book?

Some of my least favorite books are Switched by Amanda Hocking, Half Bad by Sally Green, and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury.

15. Do you prefer physical books or e-books?

Physical books, definitely. Though I do like reading from e-books when I’m traveling.

16. When did you learn to read?

When I was in kindergarten I think? I’m not sure. (So around 5)

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

The Giver by Lois Lowry (which I read in 5th grade) and also Walk Two Moons by Samantha Shannon. I loved both of them, surprisingly.

18. What is your favorite book series?

Again…I really can’t choose. But any Cassandra Clare book or the Percy Jackson series.

19. Who is your favorite author?

….can’t choose?

20. What is your favorite genre?

Fantasy. I have always loved fantasy, and any sub-genre of it. ❤

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Just from a random series? From Throne of Glass, it’s definitely Dorian. I’ve loved him from the start.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Yes–and it’s my favorite thing when I forget that I’m reading and I am completely engrossed in a story.

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Usually I think stand-alones should stay stand-alones because often times the sequels end up disappointing and stretched out. However, I’d love to read another book in the world of The Night Circus since I love it so so much.

24. Which book do you wish didn’t have a sequel?

I know this is going to be a…different answer, but the Divergent series. I loved Divergent, but the other two just ended up being disappointing. I feel like if it was one book, it would’ve remained one of my favorites.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

During school time? A month at least. Outside of school, a week or maybe a few days.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

No no no no no no. I actually despise it.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

Percy Jackson movies, anyone?

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

I really liked Paper Towns–actually more than the book–and I want to reread the book so I can get a better feel of it again.

29. Do you read newspapers?

No, not really.

30. Do you read magazines?

Again, not really.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Magazines if I had to choose I guess.

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yup! One of the most comfortable spots to read.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

Omg I’ve never even tried it haha.

34. Do you read while in the car?

Yes! It’s actually where I get most of my reading done. (Well on the bus, anyway, but same thing.)

35. Do you read while in the bath?

Again, never tried it.

36. Are you a fast reader?

I think so–it’s more of just that I don’t have time to sit down and read a lot of times, which is why it takes me so long to finish some books.

37. Are you a slow reader?

Nah, not really. ^

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

Anywhere comfortable, not anywhere in particular.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

A lot of times, yes, especially if I am tired and if there are too many distractions or if the book is particularly boring.

40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

I’d prefer it, yea. But I can read even if there is sound, as long as it isn’t obnoxious.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

My mom really got me into reading as a kid, so I guess her.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

After I finish Lord of Shadows, I’d love to read This Savage Song but honestly I’m not sure.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

I think by first grade I was reading small chapter books meant for little kids, but in third grade I started reading full length novels. (Like Percy Jackson.)

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Honestly, can’t choose right now.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Cassandra Clare or Rick Riordan.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

  I don’t really know haha.

47. What book have you reread the most?

I don’t reread books much anymore, but when I was little I read The Lightning Thief at least five times.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Any book that can be brought up at any time all across the world that will still be recognized–something that doesn’t grow old or become forgotten.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Animal Farm–I thought it was really interesting when I read it for school, though there are other books but I can’t think of them right now.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t think any books in particular should be banned, but since it is supposed to be a school environment, I don’t think anything too explicit or inappropriate should be allowed, especially for kids.

Alright guys, that’s it for this long tag! Hope you all enjoyed reading through it–if you’re interested please do it too! (I’m too lazy to tag people right now haha.)

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Sarah J. Maas Books: A Discussion

Hi everyone!

I recently finished A Court of Wings and Ruin and gave it four stars. Of course, I enjoyed it, but it made me realize something about Sarah’s books: I don’t love them individually, but rather as a series. When I’m actually reading it, I’m realizing the fact that yes, it’s good, but I’m not dying to finish them. (In comparison to some of my other favorite books).

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BUT, after I finish them, my feelings for the series grows. This applies to both Throne of Glass and ACOTAR. While I’m reading, although there are some scenes when I’m like ohmygoshilovethissomuchsosososomuch, it’s generally not throughout the entire book. Only after I put it down, digest it for a few months, do I realize: I love this series. And I do–but as a whole, connected series, rather than each individual book. Since the series are so long, especially for TOG, for example–some of the books feel like fillers. A lot of times the books can be cut down by a lot. They don’t have to be over 600 pages to be just as good.

But over time, I forget about all the boring moments and the parts I didn’t like as much. The filler pages disappear and I only remember the action and the good parts and how much I love the characters, and the world.

For example, from Throne of Glass, my current ratings are: (may not necessarily agree with Goodreads)

  • Throne of Glass: 4? stars
  • Crown of Midnight: 4 stars
  • Heir of Fire: 4.5 stars
  • Queen of Shadows: 3.5 stars
  • Empire of Storms (my personal favorite): 5 stars

The overall series, however, I’d rate 4.5 stars.

Another criticism I haven’t talked much about on here is how I feel Sarah completely transforms her characters for the sake of some other plot device. Note: spoilers for TOG series below:

  • Rowan’s character (whom I hate) is completely changed once he becomes a love interest. I hate him, anyway, but that’s a discussion for another time.
  • Chaol’s character is butchered for the sake of Aelin–he starts acting so much more differently than before.
  • Many characters are killed off…for no apparent reason.

Spoiler end. 

Now don’t get me wrong. I love her books. But there is something off, and I can’t quite place my finger on it. Anyway, that’s it for this discussion! Do any of you agree with the points I raised? I’d like to write more about this in the future as I have many opinions, but yea!

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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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