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YA Books of 2019

Hey everyone! Every year, since 2015, I’ve been publishing a post with a huge list of the following year’s books that will be released. What I do is compile a list (in chronological order) of books I know I need to read and ones I might be interested in, then publish it on here for future reference. I’m actually pretty late for 2019 at this point, but it doesn’t matter so–here it is!

As always, bolded books are ones I’m super excited about.

  • The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black — January 8th
  • Slayer by Kiersten White — January 8th
  • The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty — January 8th
  • White Stag by Kara Barbieri — January 8th
  • King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo — January 29th 
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas — February 5th
  • The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf — February 5h
  • Bloodwitch (Truthwitch #3) by Susan Dennard — February 12th
  • The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee — February 19th
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte — February 26th
  • Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury — February 26th
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi — March 5th
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds — March 12th
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed — March 19th
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan — April 2nd
  • Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi — April 2nd
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He — April 2nd
  • The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala — April 23rd
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Avecedo — May 7th
  • Nocturna by Maya Motayne — May 7th
  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes — May 7th
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad — May 14th
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal — May 14th
  • Again, But Better by Christine Riccio — May 21st
  • Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra — May 21st
  • The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos — May 28th
  • There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon — May ???
  • Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali — May ???
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson — June 4th
  • Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao — June 4th
  • This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura — June 4th
  • The Beholder by Anna Bright — June 4th
  • Gumiho by Kat Cho — June 25th
  • All the Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman — July ???
  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee — August 13th
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell — August 27th
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo — October 1st
  • The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh — October 8th
  • Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo — October ???
  • Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare — ???
  • Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu — ???
  • Dust Boy, Ash Girl by Andy Fukuda — ???
  • The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah — ???
  • Misaligned by Gloria Chao — ???
  • Guardians of Dawn by S. Jae-Jones — ???
  • Frankly In Love by David Yoon — ???

2019 is an especially special year for me because I’m finally graduating from high school, so may these books and the year go by wonderfully!

I hope this post was at least somewhat useful–please let me know which books YOU are interested in!

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Circe by Madeline Miller | A Review(ish) Post

Hi everyone!

It has been such a long time since I’ve written a review, mainly because most of the books I have been currently reading are either for school or I’ve not been reading much at all. Regardless, today I’m here to talk about Circe, Madeline Miller’s new book. This book was given to me on my birthday by a group of my best friends, and I am so happy they bought it for me, because I loved it.

Circe is not a typical book. For one thing, books don’t usually span hundreds of years following one character. It is deeply–very deeply–rooted in Greek mythology that you may or may not know of. As a Classics student, I knew a lot of the myths in this book, even though there were still a lot that I had not heard of before. Therefore, there were somethings that I expected would happen. The beauty of this book, though, was that even if I knew something was going to happen, I only wanted to read on more fervently because I wanted to find out why said thing happened.

I would honestly say that you shouldn’t know much before reading this book. Knowing that it is about Circe should be enough, especially if you have a strong mythological background like I do. It is a beautifully written tale of love, lies, the twists and turns of mythology, and tragedies. Most of all, it is about women. I do not know what I expected from this novel. I had actually though that it might be a story of how Circe became “evil”. It was not like that. Circe was so relatable, so calm in her ways. She was logical and yet felt human at the same time. There was no decision that she made that I thought was out of the ordinary, and this is what surprised me most of all.

I loved it. (5 stars).

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The End of Summer, the Start of Senior Year

Hi everyone!

I can’t believe it’s already September! The fact that the second week of my last year of high school is almost done simultaneously blows my mind and excites me. There are certain things that I wanted to talk about in this post, which is arguably not going to be that related to books (well I guess it is, sort of).

I have realized over the summer that although I will always love the Young Adult genre, I am starting to move away from it. Or at least, even if I am not moving away from it, I am reading less of it in general–or I am reading books in other genres as well. So, I feel like I should stop pressuring myself into feeling guilty about how little I’ve been reading, because I feel like it’s only natural.

Second, considering this is my last year at my (dreaded) high school, despite all my complaints and such, I do want to savor, in a way, every moment of all the good things. I want to spend more time with my friends and family (over school), go to more school-related activities (sports games and things like that), and essentially do everything I couldn’t do and won’t be able to do ever again. This kind of extends to reading books, too. Throughout high school, I really wasn’t able to do anything I wanted. I’m serious. There were numbered days in which I came home stress-less (maybe 10 or so). I don’t want this to continue into my senior year.

What I think–and I hope you all think so too–is special about this blog is that it is a natural log of my life throughout the past four years. You can directly see when I had more time, when I was more stressed out, when I was reading more if you read my blog posts. Although how much I use this blog has definitely stagnated, much to my dismay, I am still active on here. And I still have readers all across the world, even if my numbers weren’t as high as they used to be. So, I am setting another goal for myself this year. To become more active on this blog, but in a way that won’t stress me out. You guys will probably see more posts like this, if I do indeed follow my goal.

Anyway, thank you for stopping by and reading this little post. I hope this academic (or not) year brings you great moments and treasures you never would have expected!

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The Cruel Prince & My Love for Faeries

Hi guys!

It’s been a long time yet again. To be fair, this time, I don’t really have an excuse for as to why I haven’t been blogging. Actually, it’s more like I don’t have an excuse for not reading which led me not to blog…but oh well.

To sum up: I finally read a book! That is, I was able to finish a book (as I was having trouble to do so). The book I read was one that a lot of people raved about: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. And I’m not surprised.

Quite frankly, I knew I’d love this book. For one thing, I love Holly’s writing style that sucks you into her story through intrigue and details. Second, I figured that all the hype would likely be worth it. And third…well, I adore faeries. Not the Sarah J. Maas type of faeries which are essentially just immortal humans with pointy ears. (No offense haha, but it’s true. Her faeries aren’t the type that are based off of the wild, natural creatures that I so love).

Basically, I wanted to spend this post just talking about how I really, really enjoyed The Cruel Prince and it’s faerie aspects. I guess it’s not really a review, but I wanted to post something, so oh well.

What I loved about The Cruel Prince:

  • The story’s setting is the typical, treacherous Faerie Land. Lots of different types of faeries, pixies, hags, etc. They’re all weird and quirky and dangerous—down to the fruits and berries and rivers.
  • I loved Jude as a main character. She was bold enough to be a strong character, but flawed enough that you could relate to her. She kind of reminded me of Lada from And I Darken, whom I loved reading about.
  • The atmosphere that surrounded the characters was so well developed and so…attractive? I don’t know. But all of them had a layer of intrigue surrounding them that made them all the more interesting to read about.
  • And of course, all the wonderful twists and turns.

Do you love faeries as much as I do? If not, what is your favorite supernatural creature? Please let me know!

–Silanur

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A Beautiful Bookstore: Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.

Hey everyone!

A couple weeks ago, I went to the book signing of Ibtihaj Muhammad–who, if you didn’t know, is the first Muslim hijabi to be a part of the United States Olympics team. The signing (obviously) went well, but I wanted to talk more about the actual place where it happened in this post.

I have been wanting to visit Politics and Prose for literal years. For those of you who don’t know, it’s one of the biggest indie bookstores in Virginia (and maybe even the States…I don’t know) located in our country’s capital. Politics and Prose has SO many book signings and events that happen all the time, and I was not disappointed.

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The store is two floors–the first being the main floor, with all the adult books and a place for signings; as well as other cute items and trinkets you can buy. (I would have, but I didn’t have enough money on me at the time). There were an unbelievable number of books that captivated me and I wish I could have spent more time there (even the adult books!). It made me realize that in the past year or so, I’ve definitely become more interested in more nonfiction than before.

The second floor has the Kids and Young Adult section in addition to the store’s cafe. First of all, I think it’s worth noting that, because there are so many signings, there are so many signed books. Like I said–I was unable to spend as much time as I wanted in the bookstore in general, but I loved how the store was set up. It reminded me of a couple years ago, when I was reading everything all the time and I was completely immersed in the world of books.

I also visited the cafe while I was there and drank an iced mocha. Although I do think it was a bit overpriced, it’s a nice place to visit once you enter the bookstore, especially since you can stay there for as long as you want once you’ve bought something.

Basically: the bookstore was adorable. It reminded me of why I love reading so much and I just felt like I belonged, once again. I can’t wait to visit more indie bookstores, and I hope to come here again. (P.S: it’s definitely worth the visit if you are coming to D.C. as a book lover).

Have any of you guys ever been to Politics and Prose? What did you think about it? I can’t wait to go back!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Sensory Reading Memories

Hey everyone!

Whoa, it’s been a long time since I’ve done Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve missed it a lot, actually, so I’m excited to write this post!

Today’s prompt is: Books with Sensory Reading Memories (These are the books that are linked to very specific memories for you: where you were, what time of year it was, who you were with, what you were eating, etc. Ideas include books you read while on vacation, books that made you hungry for certain foods, books you’ve buddy read with loved ones, etc.)

So, let’s begin! (Also, this list isn’t gonna have ten books on it–only a couple).

First, we have An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. This is actually my favorite book of the year so far, and I loved it so much while reading it that I basically finished it over one weekend–a school weekend, too. I have a distinct memory of randomly starting to read it on my phone. Every time I opened my phone up, I read it, and when I finished it I wanted to become a part of the world.

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Next, we have another favorite of mine: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. I actually also randomly picked this book up at my school library. I started reading it on yet another tiring morning in I think January or February of 2017, right before I was going to go on the bus to school. I remember thinking it wouldn’t be that good but then ended up loving it–somehow managing to squeeze it into my schedule.

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Third on this list we have The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. I literally miss reading this series so much because I read them so quickly. I thought that I would love Schwab’s other series just as much, but I didn’t end up enjoying them as much as I enjoyed this book. It was so addicting to read, and I basically read the whole book while traveling in Turkey in the car, which is why it’s on this list.

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Next, we have Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This is actually one of those books that is very atmospheric/environment-based, rather than plot based, so I think throughout reading it, I felt like I was in some surreal forest. In reality, I remember reading it during hot summer days when I wasn’t doing anything much besides reading. So–I associate it with those lazy, hot summer days.

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Finally, I have And I Darken on this list. Although I’ve long given up on reading the rest of this series, I still love the first book, and I have a pretty vivid experience of reading it. I started reading it on a whim in 2016 about an hour or two before I left for the airport to go to Turkey. I was up in my bunk bed, reading it, waiting to leave, when I realized my whole family had already left and they were waiting for me in the car. I got so sucked into it that I had already read a pretty big amount of it, and I binge read the rest once I arrived in Turkey. Of course, it was an even more special experience since I was in Turkey myself–where this book is set place.

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And that’s it for this post! I realize that this wasn’t top ten, more like top five, but I still really enjoyed talking about my specific experiences with these books. I hope you enjoyed reading this!

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Thank You For 500 Followers!

Hi everyone!

This post is for you guys. I reached 500 followers a couple days ago, and I wanted to thank you all!

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Although my blogging has been a little…rough…if that’s the right word to use, I still appreciate each and everyone one of you, especially those that still remain active. Life keeps getting in the way of me publishing more, and a lot of times, I’m either too drained to write something or I don’t really have much to say. Regardless, thank you to all those who continue to read my posts. It truly means a lot!

Love,

Silanur.