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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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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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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. 🙂 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. 🙂

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Isla and the Happily Ever After | Mini-Review

Hey everyone! After A MONTH AND A HALF (or more) I finally finished a book! THIS CALLS FOR CELEBRATION! Anyways, here’s a mini-review, as well as the cover for Isla:

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I started this because I had been wanting to read it for two—almost three—years now, and I needed some fluff in my life in the midst of school. Anyway, at first I didn’t really enjoy it and I was super disappointed because I read Stephanie Perkins’ other books before and LOVED them.

Luckily, I pressed on and…I started loving it. Especially towards the middle, it surprised me a lot because I thought it wouldn’t get better. And it made me realize how much I needed some cuteness in my life. Lately, I’ve been drowning in work and negativity, so reading something that had less of that made my whole mood better. Of course, this book still has a bunch of problems, and I did enjoy the other two better.

I thought Isla was annoying, and she was shy, but weirdly so. She kept blurting random things that messed up all her relationships which drove me crazy. I was SO mad at her especially towards the end of the book, but she redeemed herself as her character got better and she realized her mistakes.

I still do think this series is pretty cheesy, but I love it. Sometimes, we just need a little cheese in our lives, something to smile at. And this series definitely provided me with that, so I will miss it. On top of that, I also love, once again, how relatable the characters are. We screw up. Humans just screw up in general. The characters in this series screw up, and although everything else might not be realistic, THAT aspect of the story is.

4 stars: everyone already knows about this series so there’s no point in explaining more, but yea! My reading tastes and criteria have slightly changed which is why this is not a higher rating. (As well as the fact that I didn’t really like the beginning.)

How did you guys like this book, if you’ve read it? Do you agree with me on the “cheese” thing? Thanks for reading!

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Books I’d Really Like To Read Before 2017

Hey everyone! So first I would just like to say once again that I am sorry for being so inactive. This time, not only was it school and my mental health, but the election and everything…

That being said, let’s get onto a lighter mood, shall we? Since September, I’ve only finished one book so far, and started three others, sadly. This weekend, though, I hope to finish two of the books I started already, and then read a book from this list. It won’t be long just because I don’t think I’ll be able to read more than seven books, but here here it is!

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The first book I’d like to finish is The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. I’m over halfway done so I believe I will be able to. 🙂

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That’s ^ the second book I hope to finish by the end of the year–which I am flying through right now and loving more than I thought I would, so hopefully I’ll finish it soon.

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And finally, the third book I want to finish is Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I actually checked this out from the library and read 300 pages, but I had to return it and so now I’m stuck. 😦 Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it before I forget where I was at!

Now onto the books I want to read from the start…

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  1. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold–Last year when I read Mosquitoland, I fell in love with it. It was amazing in all the weirdest ways and I’m super pumped to buy and read this.

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2. The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies–I picked this book up randomly at Barnes and Noble’s and started reading it when I realized…I really liked it, and I hope to actually read it by the end of 2016!

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3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer–I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK IT SOUNDS SO GOOD AHHH I HOPE I CAN GET TO IT ❤

4. And last but not least, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I’m too lazy to link a cover right now, but I hope to read this during winter break although it’s really long so honestly I don’t know…

That’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed reading it–let’s talk! I know this wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but I want to know your opinions on these books. What books do YOU want to read before 2016 ends?

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I Met MARIE LU! Event Thoughts & Summary

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to tell you guys about my experience meeting Marie Lu about two weeks ago. If you didn’t know, Marie Lu has been one of my favorite authors for over two years now. I first read Legend towards the end of 7th grade and now I am in 10th grade, so it’s been a while. However, ever since, I’ve always loved her books and that definitely hasn’t changed.

And so, of course, I’ve always wanted to meet her. In fact, Marie Lu was on my top five list of authors I’d like to meet, and when I found out she would be coming to my local Barnes and Noble’s, I was ecstatic. I immediately notified my best friend who loves Marie Lu even more than I do, and we were SO HYPED.

Although it was a Thursday night, it was packed and there were a lot of people. Marie Lu came and she talked about The Midnight Star a little bit and then took questions. They were giving bottles and bags to people who asked questions, and luckily, I was the third person Marie Lu called on! So now I actually have a signed bottle haha.

The question I asked was, “What can you tell us about future books?” The adorable Marie Lu told us about how she is writing Warcross, which is actually set in the very near future and is about video games!! She told us that she was writing Warcross when she needed a break from the darkness of The Young Elites (which is one of my favorites.) Anyway, after the Q&A we got into the signing and line and after about an hour of waiting…IT WAS MY TURN!

I was so excited that I practically forgot my stuff on her table. I told her about how much I love her books and how much my friend and I wanted to meet her. We took a picture together, and let me tell you guys, Marie Lu is so cute. I think I say this about all authors, but literally: authors are the cutest, most precious people on earth. Finally, right as I was about to leave, a thought randomly popped into my head: what if I asked Marie to sign the cover of my copy of The Midnight Star? So that it would be extra special?

So now I have a copy of TMS signed TWICE, and the cover looks even more beautiful. ❤ Marie Lu also told me that I was the first person who asked her to do something like this, which for me is an HONOR. *cries happy tears*

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marie lu signing some books!

And…that was my wonderful experience meeting her! I still cannot believe entirely that I met her. For over two years her books have been such a big part of my life that I don’t have the words to express my feelings. :’)

That wraps it up for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my experience 🙂 Any comments? Please let me know! (Also, if you want more pictures of the books and my bottle, just ask!)

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I Need YOUR Opinions!

Hey everyone! As you may or may not have realized, I haven’t posted for nearly two weeks and I haven’t been very actively commenting as I used to (before school started.) First of all, I’d like to apologize for this reason. I thought last year was hard, this year is a million times harder, and though I’m happier, school is taking ALL of my time.

The spare moments I do get for myself I tend to watch Turkish shows or read, although little. (I haven’t finished a book besides Empire of Storms since September.) And when I blog, I absolutely hate blogging about random stuff. I like spending time and writing a really nice post. Because I haven’t had the time, I couldn’t post.

On top of that, I’m feeling very uninspired to write. I WANT to read and write so much; there are so many things I want to tell you guys about, so many books I am excited about, but I don’t have time to even think about these things let alone write about them. So, I decided I would set myself a goal: publish at least one post per week, according to what you guys want. Lately I’ve been getting very little traffic which has to do with the fact that I’m posting very little but also because…are you guys not interested in what I post?

So I am asking you guys what you want. Leave me suggestions, I’m up for anything honestly! Some choices can be:  book tags, book reviews, rants, discussions on certain topics, favorite books, least favorite books, top ten tuesdays, funny posts, etc. Please please PLEASE comment!

Thank you so much for baring with me and my blog. If you care just a little bit, I would love it if you commented as if no one comments…well, then I am going to be even less motivated to post.

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