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A Special Banned Book: The Catcher in the Rye

Whoops. It’s been two weeks since I’ve written a blog post (sorry). Do I even need to tell you why? (It’s because of school, in case you didn’t know). In honor of Banned Books Week, which starts on the 24th, I wanted to talk about one banned book in particular: The Catcher in the Rye.

I completely understand anyone who hates this book. I get that Holden is annoying, exasperating, and ridiculous. The book itself seems repetitive, vulgar, and can even be pointless for some. But for me?

I love it.

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Funnily, it’s actually one of my favorite books and definitely my favorite “classic”. I first read it two years ago, the summer before high school, and I enjoyed it a lot then too. This summer, I had to reread it for school, but I wasn’t sure what I’d think of it. The summer before freshman year wasn’t really a good time for me, so I thought maybe I only liked it because, well, I was depressed and so is Holden.

I reread it, and I still enjoyed it. At one point, I felt like I was going to cry (towards the end). Now here’s the thing. I feel like people who don’t enjoy Catcher kind of read it…wrong. Given, sometimes you just don’t like books, but I read it for what it was: one of the first young adult books ever published, narrated by an angsty, depressed (?) teen.

If I had read any other book that was published recently, and it was even remotely similar to Holden’s narration, I can guarantee you that I would hate it. But Catcher isn’t any other book that was published recently. My expectations were entirely different because I sort of knew what it was going to be about.

Sure, Holden’s annoying. He’s inconsiderate, stupid, and makes bad decisions. All. The. Time. But…I love his character too. He’s relatable, and he feels real. He’s more “human” than any other book character I’ve read about. Most people aren’t selfless and kind all the time. Most people are mean, judgy, and selfish–like Holden. And I related to that. He says all of the things that we normally don’t say because we deem them inappropriate. But he cares, too. He’s not a villain, per se, because he’s not really bad. Of course, he’s not good either. That’s why the only way I can describe him is human. Holden is human, and humans screw up, humans get depressed or say bad things and good things. And that fact–that’s what touched me.

There are a million other things I could possibly say about The Catcher in the Rye, but I think this is enough for this post. I love this book, and I know it’s controversial, but I feel like that just makes it even better.

What are your favorite banned books? What about Catcher? Are you a person who hates it, or loves it?

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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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Books I Wouldn’t Mind Having As Presents *winks*

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to talk about books I’ve been meaning to buy but haven’t gotten around to yet–these are all published books, since I already talk about un-published books all the time. (Biggest reasons would be time and money). This is kind of like a wishlist for the holiday season, haha. I don’t celebrate Christmas but to those of you who do: Merry Christmas!

*Note: this list is by no means all the books I want. I ALWAYS want more books–I had to narrow it down so this list wouldn’t go forever!*

First up we have Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve been wanting to read this book for literally about three years, but I keep putting it off because I want to buy it first.

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I also really want Nevernight by Jay Kristoff–I heard so many good things about it and it seems so good and that UK edition is so pretty I can’t even. (SEE!)

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Next up on my list is…Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I actually started reading this beauty–I read 300 pages–but then I had to give it back to the library so I never finished it. *cries* And of course I want to own it because it is BEAUTIFUL.

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Then, I have Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. Back when All The Bright Places first came out, I was obsessed with it. I know that HUU isn’t as popular, but I still want to buy it so I can have the pretty book on my shelf next to ATBP. (It’s a struggle because my sister has a library copy right now and I want to read it but I know if I do I probably won’t buy it…)

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Of course, I can’t forget about Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, which is also another contemporary by an author whose book I loved when it first came out. I’m super excited for this one and I can’t wait to read it!!

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Next up I have Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I actually want to buy all of her books, so this is just a representative of them.

Then of course, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir because I LOVED AEITA when it first came out. (Similar pattern here?) And the cover is soo pretty:

I would also love it if someone got me Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff since I’ve ALSO been wanting to read this wayyy before it came out…

And last but not least, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. 1) It’s SO GORGEOUS AHHH and 2) I’ve heard a lot of great things about it and I really liked Nicola’s first book!

Anyway, that’s it for my wishlist type post! Hope you enjoyed reading this!

What books would you want as presents? Let’s discuss!

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The Midnight Star | Mini-Review

Hey everyone! I was just looking at the number of blog posts I published this month…and I only published three. I’ll talk more about this in my wrap-up, but needless to say, I’m ashamed of myself because this month I had a lot of breaks. Anyways, here’s a quick review of The Midnight Star by Marie Lu! 🙂

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*Note: do not continue reading unless you would like to be spoiled!

“…These are only rumors, of course, and make little more than a story to tell around the fire. But it is told. And thus they live on.”

I’m not crying, you are.

But in all honesty, I’m so sad. This was probably one of the most bittersweet endings to one of my favorite series. The Young Elites trilogy is one of the few YA series I anticipated from start to finish for each book: I was excited for TYE, then TRS, and now this one. This book isn’t perfect—it’s my least favorite out of the three—but damn is it good.

There is something about it, something about the way it’s written that makes it so special for me. It’s different: there are dark characters, but you don’t know a truly dark character unless you’ve read this series. Adelina is…me. She is me if I had the powers, if I didn’t control myself, and I love that about her. She’s so unstable. She’s evil. She enjoys the feeling of being better, of being above, and no one says it, but it is true. We all savor things like that, that doesn’t mean we’re terrible, but we do. She’s jealous and petty and greedy and all the things we all are inside but are too scared to say.

As I said, this book was not perfect.

In fact, for a majority of the book, I wasn’t even enjoying it so much. I was disappointed, either because my expectations were so high, or because I wasn’t reading it at the right time. But then I sat down and read the last 70 pages and…I remembered why I loved this series so much. And how much it impacted me emotionally. How much I felt for Adelina and her relationships with everyone. The ending? The ending was precisely what I was looking for.

[If it had ended happily, I would not be satisfied this right now. In fact, I’m not even giving it five stars because it just wasn’t THAT good. The others were definitely better…but my heart aches thinking about it and it’s sentimental value for me is too much.

I am so happy with the ending. It wasn’t extremely sad, but it was the perfect amount. If Adelina and everyone else came out unscathed, that would be unrealistic considering the circumstances they were in. So I like how she died, and how Violette made a deal and how she came back as a star and met up with Magiano. Oh, that was perfect. I can’t explain how much I adore that. (hide spoiler)]

I just…

I…

I don’t know what to say. The definition of this book for me is: bittersweet. I am for sure going to miss this world and these characters and the craziness of it all. :’)

4 stars. (Though I’m still indecisive, honestly).

Have you read this series? (Or this book?) How did you like it? Do you agree with my opinions? Let’s talk!

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My Emotional Story With the Throne of Glass Series + EoS Stuff

You all probably already know about EoS, but if you want to read something a little emotional and bittersweet, I’d read this 🙂

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Ohmygod.

I honestly had very low expectations for Empire of Storms, and I was ready to be once and for all let down by this series. I had basically given up; I only had a ounce of hope that this series would still remain as one of my favorites. I am so happy I didn’t give up, and for those of you who were let down by the last books: don’t give up. Seriously. This is such a big improvement, especially compared to Queen of Shadows.

Right now, rather than give you my thoughts on this book specifically, I’m going to talk about my emotions for this whole series.

I read Throne of Glass initially over two years ago, before I had even started 8th grade. It was my first high fantasy book, and it was back when there was some hype for ToG across bookstagram, but not too much. Definitely not as much as now. It was mostly just well known for being really good, but the fanbase was not as big as it is now. I thought it was really good, but not super amazing, and I probably would have enjoyed it even more had I read it later on. (I was young and confused, and I didn’t have much experience with YA, either.) A year later, once ToG started becoming more popular, I decided to read The Assassin’s Blade, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire back to back, before Queen of Shadows came out.

Unfortunately, I was a little let down again because a) I had been spoiled, and b) I expected much more. But still, Heir of Fire became one of my favorite books, and I still love it but I don’t love it as much as I thought I did. Then Queen of Shadows came out September of 2015, and I read it. I thought I enjoyed it, and I did…but ultimately, as time passed…I realized it really wasn’t as good as I thought it was. I had a huge problem with the characters (Aelin and Rowan) and from September 2015 to September 2016 I kind of dreaded the release of this book, EoS.

I became annoyed with the fandom, and I hated Rowan with a passion. On top of all that, with the drama about Sarah not including diversity, I was, in some way, dreading reading EoS. My bar was set really low and I was ready to be disappointed once again.

About 200 pages into the book, I was let down. I was kind of bored, and I forgot a lot of the characters. Also, I read 200 pages in two weeks because I did not have the time. That is, until I sucked it up and decided I would try to finish it within a week, and I am so happy I did. Once I got into the story, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop reading or obsessing about the characters. And I know, oh dear God do I know, how many problems this series has. Because it does.

The characters are kind of messed up, the lack of diversity is very much real, and so many other things. But you know what? I realized, I don’t really give a shit anymore.

I mean, I do, but for my enjoyment? This series is freaking awesome. It has almost everything I look for. Plot twists, romance, strong characters. So I’m overlooking the bad parts and just taking it as or what it is: a book with flaws written by a flawed human being. We often forget that authors are human too. And I think it is very important to realize that in the end, these things are flawed. Nothing is perfect. Yea, it could be better. At this point, though? This was effing amazing. And realizing that–that I can still love something AND accept it has flaws–made me enjoy it even more.

Which now connects to how I am so emotionally attached to this series. I grew up with Percy Jackson in my childhood, and now I’m transitioning to a more mature person with this series. I read Throne of Glass when I was a pre-teen. When this series ends next year, I’m going to be a junior in high school. Three years of obsessing, critiquing, loving, hating, this series. It may not be as long as everyone, but three years is a long time. And realizing that this series is flawed, like me, makes me so emotional. Because I became more mature with these characters. I did new things, I was put in places–luckily not Endovier–that weren’t so great for me. And the fact that it is ending next year makes me really sad. And if I ever do meet Sarah, I will tell her this. I will tell her that her series made a big impact on me not just because everything was perfect–but because it was not. Because somehow, I got more attached to it because I hated some parts and loved others.

And that, my friends, is why I love this book even more. Of course I love the romance, and I even hate Rowan a little less. Of course I love the plot twists and the beautiful writing and Manorian and the heartbreaks and everything. But what I love the most is it’s flaws, and how I can still love it DESPITE the flaws.

Now that my emotional little session is over, I want to talk about this book itself. (This part is going to be short because I’m trying to condense everything) Okay so first off: Manorian is my life. I love them so much and even though I did think their romance developed really quickly it was in a good way. THEY’RE SO HOT I CAN’T. Second: plot twists. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Third: all the characters. Heck, I even don’t hate Rowan now. I realized that he’s better now and the last few heartbreaking chapters really affected that. I also love the new characters’ relationships, like Elide and Lochan which broke my heart. I love the Thirteen, especially Asterin, and I actually loved Gavriel and Fenrhys. Lysandra and Aedion also broke my heart at the end…

Basically, I love all the characters and how of course Aelin managed to deceive everyone though of course the end KILLED me. It made me respect Aelin so much more because I had been annoyed with her and now she redeemed herself to me again. Right now I am an emotional ball but if you guys have read this book then you probably know what I mean. Anyways, yea. I think that’s all I want to say right now. Summary? I loved it.

Did you guys read all this? How did you guys like Empire of Storms? Are you as emotionally attached as I am? Let me know!

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High Fantasy Book Recs That are NOT S.J. Maas Books

Hello everyone! In today’s post I want to give you some high fantasy book recommendations. If you’re not familiar with the genre/or are confused about what it is: high fantasy means that the book is set in a completely different world (or there are multiple worlds) with complex creatures, characters, magic, etc. Lately I’ve realized that most of the fantasy I read is actually High Fantasy rather than Urban fantasy, which is set in our world.

However, whenever someone says “high fantasy!” the only recommendations I see are of Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. And don’t get me wrong: I think those are amazing too. In fact, ACOMAF is one of my favorites. But I want to give more recommendations for those of you have already read these. Also, this post is being written by August-Silanur so of course my opinions may change.

Without further ado, let us begin!

  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard–this is the first book in a new series which I read back in August and LOVED. The world is really interesting, with a lot of political intrigue and the magic is so cool. It also happens to be one of my favorites of the year! (5 stars)

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  • Six of Crows & the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo–this is actually a pretty popular series, but for a reason. The Grisha world that Leigh created is one of the best fantasy worlds I’ve ever read. I like SoC better just because I think the characters are more developed, but the Grisha trilogy is amazing too. I gave SoC 5 stars, Shadow and Bone 4 stars, and Siege and Storm 4.5 stars.

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  • Next I have The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh. Some may argue that this is more romance than fantasy, but I disagree. It is set in a Middle Eastern, Arabian nights fantasy setting with beautifully written characters and magic. I am actually currently reading the second book right now (but in August) so you’ll have probably read my thoughts haha!

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  • Then, The Young Elites by Marie Lu. This is a dark story, and I love it. The third book is coming out soon and I can’t wait. Everyone loves Legend, however, I hear few people discuss this series although I think its even better. I highly recommend it–I gave both books that are out 5 stars! 🙂

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  • An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir–this is also pretty popular, and it makes sense why. The brutal world is addicting to read about and the story itself is so intricately thought of. I can’t wait for the remaining books in this series to come out!

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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor–this is actually kind of urban fantasy as well, but it is also set in a completely different fantasy world and when I read it two years ago I loved it and still do ❤

The books above are my favorites–I’ve rated most of them 5 stars–but there are also some other High Fantasies that I enjoyed reading that I will list below without detail:

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The Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski (4 stars, 4.5 stars, 3.75 stars)

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (Only read the first book so far) — 3.75 stars

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik–3.75 to 4 stars

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessi Khoury–4 stars

And that’s it for this post! I hope you guys enjoy my recommendations! Please let me know some of your favorite high fantasies that aren’t ToG or ACOTAR 🙂

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September 2016: My Month in Review | Wrap-Up & Highlights

Once again, I’d like to apologize for posting so infrequently. Alas, there’s nothing I can do, as you will see below…


what’s been happening in my [real] life?

Well, as I’ve been ranting about, school started. And it has definitely been going much better than last year. My grades are better (compared to how hard my classes are) and I’m overall emotionally better. Although sophomore year is much, MUCH harder, especially since I’m taking AP bio, I’m better. I’m happier, I guess. Last year, I’m realizing now, I was really in a bad point in my life. I was actually really depressed which is obvious by my posts last year around this time.

Nothing really exciting happened, though my birthday was on the 21st so I turned 15. But other than that, it was pretty boring haha! I counted, and last month I had 11 quizzes and 5 tests. AND IT’S JUST SEPTEMBER!

*cries in the background*


what’s been happening on my blog?

This was not a good blogging month, even with all the scheduled posts. Yikes. Here they are:

All of these posts were SO mediocre and not creative…Ugh. I hope I can bring better content to you guys next month.


what about bookish updates/wrap-ups?

Okay so first let me tell you about the good thing: I went to the National Book Festival and met two authors–Kiersten White and Patrick Ness! They were both super nice and the event was just so much fun. I’m going to hopefully write a post about my experiences there, but yea.

Now the bad part…

I didn’t read any books this month.

*gasps*

Now let me rant. I’M SO SAD I COULDN’T READ ANY AND I AM SO, SO SO SO  DISAPPOINTED IN MYSELF. Even last year, I read at least two books per month so not being able to finish any is a huge disappoint for myself. Now, I did read 400 pages of a book, but since Empire of Storms is 700 pages long I couldn’t finish it. So technically I read one book but still…I feel terrible. And I honestly have no idea when I will be able to finish EoS because I have so much work to do and it’s so damn long.

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september highlights

My favorite part of the month was meeting Kiersten White for sure! And overall, September was pretty good. It would actually be REALLY good if I had finished a book but…

How were your months? Did you read a lot? Or little to none, like me? Talk to me about it!

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