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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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November 2016: My Month In Review | Wrap-Up & Highlights

Hey everyone! Gosh, it’s been two months since I wrote one of these…I was really happy because I wrote one every month for over a year but I broke my streak last month. Anyways, I decided I NEEDED to write this post because November was a very…weird month for me.


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

Not gonna lie, November really sucked. It was a really ratchet month, if I have to use that word. The first two weeks of November…I failed every single test I took, Donald Trump was elected, and it was hell. I really hated it. And then my friend and I decided we needed to be positive, and things actually started getting better. It was still a hard month for me in the end because of some personal issues, but at least it got better, right?

As a side note, school is killing me even more. I didn’t even think that was possible, but apparently it is. I literally had 15 quizzes and 5 tests plus countless homework assignments and essays in 18 days. I only went to school for 18 days and all that! You can say I’m drowning in work.


what’s been happening on my blog?

…Yikes. I just want to leave it at that, because this month was quite possibly the worst month of blogging and views I’ve had in over a year. I know it’s my fault for not blogging, but at the same time school ate up all my time and when it didn’t I chose to read rather than to blog. And so, here are the minimal blog posts I wrote this month:


what about bookish updates/wrap-ups?

One VERY good thing about this month was that I read OVER three books in a school month! I know it’s not actually a lot, but start of sophomore year I only read a book per month and even last year I was reading at most two books throughout the school year. So to read 3.5 books is a big deal for me, and the books I read were good too.

  1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins–3.5 stars. Review here.
  2. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu–4 stars. Review here.
  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini–5 AMAZING STARS.

Obviously, my favorite is A Thousand Splendid Suns..and not only that, but it’s also one of my favorite books. I haven’t talked about it on here yet but I hope to write something about why I loved it so much. It’s so so so amazing guys. (I read it it ONE day! Which has never happened to me before–especially without forcing myself. I did not expect to love it as much as I did. PLEASE READ IT.)


november highlights

Definitely A Thousand Splendid Suns. Another highlight I guess would be that my friend and I are trying to be positive, and it’s working! This month was not really eventful in the interesting sense (I didn’t do anything special) so right now I can’t think of anything else.

Thanks for reading guys! What were YOUR favorite books (or anything!) of November? Let’s talk!!

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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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Finding Time To Read: My Constant Struggle

Hey guys! First off, I’d like to apologize for not posting for a week or so. School has been SO crazy lately and my sophomore year is already a million times more challenging than last year. Plus, now I’m sick and I haven’t been reading much…

Today I wanted to talk about something I bet all of us can feel: finding time to read (or blog, for that matter.) We all have pretty busy lives as book lovers. Most of my time is taken by school and studying, and that’s why I barely read two books a month. I used to be able to read around 10, but when I started high school all of that ended.

Still, two books isn’t that bad. Of course I would like to read more but…there are people who don’t read at ALL. And I make sure to read much more (like 7 books in a month) over the summer which makes up for all of the books I wasn’t able to read. Then, you may ask, how do you even make time to read those two books?

My problem is, I could probably read more. But I like reading when I’m conscious and I understand every word and am able to absorb it. Books I tend to enjoy less I read at the wrong time: maybe I’m tired, or sick, or sleepless. Because I don’t want to read half-assedly, I guess, I only read when I’m active; but that time is less than when I am tired.

That’s why, most of my reading gets done on my morning bus. If I can read 40 pages in a day, that’s a good reading day for me. Yea, it’s not amazing, but hey, at least I’m reading. Last year sometimes I had the energy to read when I came home, but now I rarely do and I don’t think I will. Even if I do have the energy to do something, I usually have to study or do homework so reading is cast aside.

Of course, I have weekends to read more, but even then I usually don’t get over 200 pages in two days because I catch up on my sleep and do homework (it takes like 12+ hours if you were wondering.) Hence the reason why I can only get two books in per month, unless I have days off/holidays.

So, what do YOU guys do when you don’t have time to read? Please share me your tips! I seriously need them haha.

Thanks for reading!

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2017 YA Book Releases!

Hey booknerds! I have once again compiled a list of books that are coming out next year that I’m looking forward to. This doesn’t mean I’m going to read or buy all of them, but rather I will be keeping my eyes on them when they come out. I didn’t want to make the list super long so I was able to narrow down to 36 books. As of right now, a lot of the titles and covers are subject to change so here goes! Most of them don’t have release dates haha.

If you’d like to see the list I compiled for this year, click here.

Bold = books I want to buy or read, Italics = debuts

  1. Wayfarer by Alexander Bracken (Passenger #2) — January 3rd
  2. Windwitch (Truthwitch #2) by Susan Dennard — January 3rd
  3. Poison’s Kiss by Breanna Shields — January 10th
  4. Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth — January 17th
  5. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones — February 7th
  6. By Your Side by Kasie West — February 14th
  7. Hunted by Meagan Spooner — March 14
  8. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves — March 28th
  9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor — March 28th
  10. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han — April 4th
  11. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh — May 2nd
  12. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan — May 2nd
  13. Untitled (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas — May 4th
  14. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare — May 23rd
  15. Because You Love To Hate Me by Ameriie — July 2017
  16. Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo — August 2017
  17. Untitled (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch — Fall 2017
  18. Untitled (Illuminae Files #3) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman –Fall
  19. Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab — ???
  20. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner — ???
  21. Untitled (The Shaw Confessions #1) by Michelle Hodkin — ???
  22. Warcross by Marie Lu — ???
  23. The Gatlon School for Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer — ???
  24. Untitled (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes — ???
  25. Untitled (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas — ???
  26. Untitled (Untitled #2) by Rosamund Hodge — ???
  27. Fall Boys & Dizzy In Paradise by Jandy Nelson — ???
  28.  The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato — ???
  29. Untitled (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White — ???
  30. Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic — ???
  31. Lucky In Love by Kasie West — ???
  32. A Million Junes by Emily Henry — ???
  33. The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2) by Alison Goodman — ???
  34. Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski — ???
  35. The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski — ???
  36. Mirage by Somaiya Daud — ???

I hope you guys like this list I compiled! I will definitely be updating once 2017 is closer and the titles are more permanent, etc. Which books are you most looking forward to?

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Spring Break TBR!

OH NO. IT SEEMS THAT POOR SILANUR (aka, the blogger of this blog) IS IN A BLOGGING SLUMP. AND KIND OF IN A READING SLUMP TOO. WHATEVER SHALL SHE DO?

Write a TBR post.

Well, hey guys! Despite the weird entrance, I promise I’m not weird. (Just kidding. Who am I to lie? Of course I’m weird.) Anyways, this month I haven’t even finished ONE book. I mean, I’m right about to finish Snow Like Ashes but still. So I’m challenging myself: I’m going to try to finish SLA and read two more books along with it.

I believe in myself! So, without further ado, let us begin. I also hope to post every two days, at least, to make up for not posting often.

  • As I said, first I’m going to finish Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Then, immediately after, I’m going to FINALLY start Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I know. FINALLY. I’ve been waiting for over two years and I had to wait even more because I needed to be able to binge-read this baby without stopping.

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  • Then, to be honest, I don’t know what I’ll read afterwards. If I had bought Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo I would have read that, but I didn’t. And it honestly depends on my mood. If I feel like reading a contemporary, I’ll read a contemporary. If I feel like reading a fantasy, I’ll read fantasy. But right now I’m pretty sure I’ll read one of the following:
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(if I decide to buy it, though. I may or may not be too broke.)

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is it obvious i want to read something with a middle eastern twist to it?

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(if my sister lets me borrow her copy)

or finally,

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(again, assuming i have enough money to buy it when it comes out)

And that’s it for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed it, and please let me know which of these books I should read! I’m sorry I’ve been inactive, school has continued taking over my life. Hopefully I will be a better blogger now that school is off for a week. 🙂

–Silanur

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Six of Crows Review & Gush

Hey everyone! So I had already written this review up on my Goodreads, but because I never posted it here and since it’s been (EIGHT!!!) days, I decided to post it here! If you didn’t know, I adored Six of Crows and it’s one of my all time faves now. (So duh, five stars.)

Anyways, the cover:

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And my review!

Okay. I’m going to write this review slowly, like a normal person. I am NOT going to gush about how much I loved this book. (I loved this book. A lot.) I’m going to compare this book to dark chocolate. Which I guess doesn’t sound normal, but it’s the most normal thing I can think of right now. (This review is going to be kind of similar to my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses.

This novel was dark. In fact, I found it as dark as The Young Elites, which is one of my favorites as well. Which is, well, the reason I found this book like dark chocolate. Not everyone likes dark chocolate/dark fantasy. But you know what? I adore dark chocolate. And I adore dark fantasy. I love broken characters. I love dark characters. I love scary characters, unreliable characters, characters that keep secrets from you. That’s what makes those books so great. And that’s what made this book so great.

First of all, Kaz. Kaz Brekker. “Dirtyhands,” he’s known by everyone. They think he’s ruthless, and he is. They say he’s a demon, he’s dirty, he’s scary. He’s the bastard of the Barrel. But you know what made me fall in love with him? Besides his beautifully dark character, he was broken inside, but wicked, too. His backstory was so intriguing, and I wanted to cuddle with his 9-year old self. He’s smart and cunning, and literally had so many tricks up his sleeve. This book was amazing because of him, and even more amazing because of his personality and the plot twists he brought along with his “magic” tricks. FYI, I’m not getting into spoilers. I’ll tell you if I do.

Then there’s Inej. Bronze-skinned, the Wraith, the spider. Inej is perfect for Kaz. But she is also just as perfect of a character on her own. Her backstory is just as intriguing, just as complex. Inej is one of the strongest female characters I’ve read about, and I don’t say that lightly. Both physically and mentally, she’s strong. I really respect her for that, and her unique personality, too.

And…then Nina. I don’t think Nina gets as much recognition as she deserves. I find her just as strong as Inej. She’s also beautiful, as every character of this book is, but I believe she’s much more complex than given credit for. Without spoilers, I’ll just say that I loved her so much more with what she did in the ending. Wow.

Of course, we can’t not talk about Jesper. Sarcastic and funny, I think he was the comic relief of this book. His banter with Wylan was hilarious. And finally, Matthias. At first I thought he was too rough, but his roughness is understandable given where he’s coming from, and I grew to love him as well.

This book is probably the only series besides The Raven Boys where I love all the main characters with all my heart. I mean, I loooove a lot of characters in a lot of books, but I usually don’t love all. Well, in this one I do. And although I didn’t talk about anything besides the characters, of course I loved the plot. It was so intricately written and I was NOT expecting the plot twists. Even though it took me a long time to read this book, it did not lessen my enjoyment. In fact, I felt like I was savoring every page of it. I was never bored.

Leigh Bardugo outdid herself with this book. I enjoyed Shadow and Bone, but this was a million times better. It was written much better, the characters were not shallow at all and more developed, and the plot and plot twists…wow. It was darkly delicious. I wanted to say a million other things, but it’s like everything else is wiped away from my mind because I loved Six of Crows so much. I hope you read it and love it as much as I did.

I now do not know what else to do with my life until Crooked Kingdom comes out. I need it. (view spoiler). Now I see why you guys raved about this book. And unlike a lot of other books, this time you should believe the hype. ❤

Have I convinced you to read this book yet? Please do yourself a favor and go read it. It’s amazing. I promise. Then come back and fangirl with me. 🙂

–Silanur ❤

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