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Countdown to Halloween: Book Shoutout #1 (Mara Dyer)

Hey guys! Before I start…wow, it’s been such a long time since I’ve sat down, a little less stressed and not in a hurry, to write a blog post. My app, as I’ve said before, isn’t working properly and it just felt so good to be able to go through my feed and see all of the posts even if I couldn’t read all of them.

I’ve missed reading so much. I haven’t read a full book in over 6 or so weeks, and I haven’t avidly read in like…over a year. Sitting down and going through my feed made me realize how much I miss it, and the sad part is, I probably won’t be able to for a while. Regardless, I wanted to start a series of posts until Halloween in which I feature a specific book I’ve read/want to read that’s creepy, scary, or Halloween related.

I read the Mara Dyer series over three years ago, back when I was in 8th grade, and I naturally loved it. I recognize now that there are lots of flaws and points that aren’t that well written, but, well, I still love the books. I remember them as being addicting, intriguing, and slightly creepy but not necessarily horror–and I love that creep factor.

When Michelle Hodkin announced that she would be writing a spin-off trilogy, then, I was naturally SUPER excited, and I still am. I’ve been counting down for the release for years now–and it’s finally getting closer. The Becoming of Noah Shaw is going to be released November 7th, and guys. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to go back into this world and be immersed in a story with Mara and Noah. I miss these characters so much and that’s why I just HAD to do my first shout-out on this series/book.

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Also, I love all the covers so much, but this one especially. (I also love the fact that this new trilogy seems to be the opposite of the first one…The Unbecoming vs the Becoming, the fire/ashes instead of the water…all so cleverly designed.)

If you don’t know, the Mara Dyer trilogy is like the book version of crack. I’m serious. Once you start reading, you can’t stop. There are some cringy parts, but the overall enjoyment is worth it. Plot twists, romance, etc. And it will definitely get you in the mood for Halloween.

Are you excited for this book to come out as much as I am? Let’s discuss!

I hope you guys enjoyed this shortish post, and will keep following for my next shout-out.

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September 2017 & The Start of My Junior Year: Musings

Hello everyone!

I probably should have posted something, as it’s been over a week, but as the title of this post says, I started my junior year of high school this past week. Today’s Friday, September 1st, (it’s also Eid, so Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends!), and I wanted to write this post about things I’ve realized lately. I wasn’t feeling like writing a post about books, but if this interests you, please keep reading!

The first thing is, well, I’m a junior in high school now. I know, it sounds young to many bloggers, but I started this blog in 8th grade. I’ve changed…like, so much. I can’t believe I’m an upperclassman (!!!) now. I survived two years at a super vigorous STEM school.

Kind of along similar lines, I also turn 16 this month. And nothing’s actually happening, I know–I’m not even going to have a Sweet Sixteen–but it feels like I’ve reached a certain point in my life. I mean, 16! It’s supposed to be a great year! I finally got my permit, so I’m going to try driving soon. I don’t know. It just feels weird I guess. In my head, I’ve always idealized being sixteen in a way. Or it always seemed so far away, and now it’s right around the corner and knowing that just feels different.

One thing I’ve realized is that…I don’t think I’m ever going to be avidly reading and blogging with the same fervor as I did when I first started. Nope, this does not mean I’m quitting blogging. This most certainly does not mean I don’t enjoy reading anymore. Because I do. I love doing both, still. It’s only that at one point in my life, these two things were so important for me that I forgot about other things. And I sometimes miss that, being completely obsessed. But now I realize it’s not really the best thing–it shouldn’t be taking over my thoughts. They’re both still things that are really dear to me, and will always be. The thing is, though, I think I have to come to terms with the fact that it’s not going to be in the same way as it was two years ago.

Something else I noticed was that (in the past year, actually), contrary to popular belief, you can be good at (and love) both humanities and STEM. Why is there such a distinct line between the two? Why do you have to be either a “STEM” student or a “humanities” student? Because heck, I’m not that good at biology, but I still love it, and I am better at humanities classes, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pursue a career in STEM. Anyway, I want to talk about this later, but just food for thought.

I also realized, I mean–I had always known it, but I especially realized–I reaaallly want to do something art related in college. I’ve never taken an actual art course since fourth grade, but I really love drawing. I’m definitely not that good, but considering the fact that I’m pretty much self-taught…I like to think I’m not that bad, either.

Similarly, I want to learn a new language SO bad. Arabic, for practicality (since I already speak Turkish, and Arabic would be useful in the Middle East), and Russian, purely out of interest. It would be SO cool.

Finally, of course I have other things to say, but maybe for later, I want to have more posts like this on my blog. Of course this blog will still be book-related mostly, but I want it to be a bit more personal. Plus, I can put up posts even when I’m not reading that much. I’ll probably call all of these posts “Musings”. Some of my old posts have a really childish voice, and these posts might balance them since I’ll probably talk about more serious stuff. Anyway, I hope you’re interested in that!

I honestly don’t know who read through this whole jumble of thoughts, but if you did, thank you! It truly means a lot to me. Even if no one did, it felt good to write in a “mature” way on this blog–it kind of helps me sort out my feelings. (Please tell me if you did in fact read all the way through!)

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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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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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