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Books with Beautiful Covers I’ve Yet To Read

Hey everyone!

This is my second post this month…and the month is almost over. I have honestly been so emotionally, physically, mentally, everything drained that blogging was not a priority for me. I haven’t read anything since Spring Break, (besides AP Exam Prep Books), and I don’t think I will be reading anything until June–which means I don’t really have much to talk about, books-wise. That being said, I do want to read (as usual) a bunch of books and I thought I would share.

The first book on this list is The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan. Not only is the cover gorgeous but the main character is also half-Asian and half-White (Yay for diversity!) so I am really excited to see how her culture is portrayed in this novel. Also, I haven’t read a contemporary novel in what seems like a really long time, so I miss the genre in general.

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^This is the U.S. version–which is the one that I had in mind while writing this post, but I also discovered this version, which is just as beautiful:

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Next up, we have a book I waited a super long time for but still haven’t read, which is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Actually, not only is the cover beautiful, but I also find the title to be suuuper alluring and just “aesthetic” in general. And the same goes for the second book, The Muse of Nightmares!

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Didn’t think it was possible, but I somehow love the second cover even more than the first.

Third on this list is Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken. I’m not sure if I’ll ever read this book–I want to, but it’s not top priority for me right now–but if I do, one thing is for sure: the cover is is what keeps drawing me back into the story.

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Then–we have Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic. I honestly don’t even know what exactly this book is about, or whether or not I’ll like it, but I added it to my TBR list purely out of the fact that the cover and title sounded super appealing.

Finally, I chose to include City of Brass–which is actually a high-fantasy with a Muslim, hjiabi MC (!!!)–and also has a really beautiful cover, especially in person. It’s golden and shines a lot and really catches your eye, and I absolutely can’t wait to read it.

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Have you gotten this far down in this post? What are some of your favorite covers? I’d love to chat!

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Nova Teen Book Festival 2018

Hi everyone! Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything. Truth be told, I’ve been so swamped with school that I didn’t even think of blogging until I had a snow day today. But regardless, I want to share with you guys my experience of the Nova Teen Book Festival which happened a few weeks ago.

For all of you who don’t know, NTBF is an annual book festival with a bunch of awesome YA authors, books, and panels, and a grand signing with all of the authors at the end. This was my fourth year going to the NTBF and I love it so much. (It’s in the Northern Virginia area). The link is here for any of you who might want to check out their website. Here are my posts about NTBF from the past years: 2017 (apparently I never wrote one!) / 2016 / 2015.

As I said, this was my fourth year actually going, but my third year volunteering. I do have to say, it was definitely more hectic and stressful this year than in the last, but that had to do more with the fact that I was volunteering than the actual festival itself. Also, this is a relatively new festival (this was it’s fifth year), and it keeps growing, so there were a lot more people there.

Regardless, I loved the festival, yet again. It is SO nice to be in a space where everyone loves reading and discussing books. This year, I actually met fewer authors than before (mainly because I didn’t have the money to buy other books).

I first met with the author of It Started With Goodbye, Christina June, whose book you should totally check out. I haven’t read it yet, but it seems SO good and the cover is SO PRETTY. (Also, the author is super super nice–I actually know her personally, not just within the book sphere).

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Next, I met Tomi Adeyemi, the author of Children of Blood and Bone. Guys, I am so unbelievably excited to read this book. It got so much hype, the cover is amazing, and Tomi was so sweet. When she saw that I was a hijabi, she gave me a traditional African scarf that she wasn’t giving other people (which I unfortunately realized only after, which meant I couldn’t thank her enough).

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Me and Tomi at the signing area.

Also, although I didn’t personally meet him, I had listened to Arvin Ahmadi’s discussion the day before (since he visited my high school that he is actually an alum at as well!), and I took a couple of pictures of him and my sister talking about his book, Down and Across.

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My sister and Arvin Ahmadi.

Finally, I met Susan Dennard (who is one of my FAVORITE authors) AGAIN, and she remembered me! This time, it was towards the end of the signing, and SHE asked me to take a picture with her because she felt bad that I had waited so long. Also, she even remembered my name and its meaning and told me that she would hold her promise of naming one of her characters Silanur. 🙂 I honestly loved meeting her again.

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Me and Susan!

Once again, I came out of the signing super happy, and I really hope that I don’t break my streak of going to the NTBF continuously.

Thank you so much for reading this post! Do you all enjoy reading about my book signing experiences? Please let me know!

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My Year in Books: 2017

Hey guys! This is a bit late; as I had originally intended to post about all the books I read in 2017 beforehand, but oh well. This year, I read a total of 15 books–the least I’ve read probably in my entire life, at least in terms of reading for fun. So that’s why, I guess I can list out all the books I read and what I gave them.

The first book I read in 2017 was The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, which I gave five stars. I think this was probably my favorite book of the year, and I’m so happy I met Nicola herself because I just love it so much!

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2. Next, I sensitivity read The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman (which is going to be published July 31st, 2018, so you should definitely check it out then!) and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to. It was a wonderful book with a Muslim (!!!) main character and beautiful writing.

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3. The third book I read was The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan–which was long overdue. Although nothing will be the same as when I first read Rick’s books, this one brought back lots of memories and had me feeling nostalgic. (4 stars).

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4. Next up I read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and quite sadly, it was pretty disappointing. I ended up giving it around 3-3.5 stars. I had such high expectations, and they just weren’t met.

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5. My Lady Jane, by multiple authors–I gave this one 4 stars. It was super cute, funny, and definitely a very enjoyable read.

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6. A Court of Wings and Ruin–unfortunately, this was also one of my disappointing reads of 2017. It felt too long, and too unnecessary, with parts that didn’t sit quite well with me. I liked it, but definitely not enough to give it more than 3.5 stars.

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7. Lord of Shadows, by Cassandra Clare–but of course. Loved it; and I mean, was that really a surprise? 4.5 stars.

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8. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (4 stars) and (9) Our Dark Duet (3.5 stars)–both of these books I also really enjoyed, but I did expect something a little more, which is why I didn’t give them higher ratings.

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10. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han–AH, the cuteness! I loooved this bittersweet conclusion to one of my favorite contemporary series. This was extremely adorable and satisfying, and I’m so happy that Jenny Han has blessed us with this series. (4.5 stars)

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11. Windwitch by Susan Dennard–besides The Sun is Also a Star, this was probably my favorite book, and definitely my favorite fantasy. I thought I wouldn’t like it as much as I did Truthwitch, but I found myself super immersed in the story and loving the characters even more. ❤ Definitely 5 stars.

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12. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin–probably the most badass book I’ve read in a long time. The main character was awesome, the plot intricate, and the ending left my heart beating faster. (4.5 stars)

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13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger–I had to read this for school, and I had actually already read it before, so that’s why I’m not considering it one of my favorite books. That said, this is definitely my favorite classic ever, despite its flaws. 5 stars.

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14. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin–this was by far the most disappointing read of 2017 for me. I gave it 2 stars, with my expectations so high in the sky crumbling on top of me. I’m not even sure if I want to continue the series.

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15. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas–this was, probably, the most important book I read in 2017 and the most profound one, too. I don’t even need to say anything else because everyone knows how good of a book it is, and if you don’t, you should probably read it too.

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…and that’s it! Overall, despite the fact that I read so little, the books I read weren’t all that terrible, though I did have more expectations of some books that weren’t met. I found that books I didn’t expect much from I ended up enjoying a LOT more, so I’m going to try to keep my expectations lowered from now on.

What were YOUR favorite/least favorite books of the year? I’d love to know and discuss, so please leave a comment!

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Reading Goals For the Rest of the Year

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I just finished off one of the most challenging weeks of school so far (or at least, a week that really impacted my mental health badly). Needless to say, it’s been rough. For the first time since the creation of this blog, I got less than 200 views per month in November. (It’s my fault–I barely published anything and I haven’t been interacting properly).

I’m continuing my (sad) streak of not finishing a book in over 3 months now.

It’s disheartening, to say the least.

It is one of the most saddening things to not be able to do something that I used to love so much, something that brought me happiness. But this month, the last month of 2017, I’m going to read. If not now, during winter break, I don’t care: I. Will. Read. I will force myself to read for fun. (Which will be entertaining anyway–not really “forcing”). In addition, my goal is to write at least four blog posts.

I’m going to do this like it’s my job, because right now, I need a little push. I haven’t read in so long that I’m procrastinating reading, even if I know I’ll be happy if I read.

So, this month, I first want to:

  • Finish reading When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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  • Finish reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which I’ve been “reading” for far too long.

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And I also want to read two additional books that are fantasy, because I haven’t read fantasy in so long. I might buy and choose from any one of these:

  • Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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  • The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

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  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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Or maybe the Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. Who knows? (Though my priority would be in the list that I just gave). If any of you have read these, PLEASE let me know which one you think I should get to first! I love all of the authors’ previous books so it’s kind of hard to choose for me.

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Contemporary Books I Can’t Wait To Get To

Hi guys! Long time no chat. The past few weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out what I should write about. After all, I haven’t even read a book in the past almost three months–so I can’t really discuss any new books. But, as always, there are a bunch of books I want to read and can’t. Today I decided to talk about some contemporaries I’ve had my eyes out for. (Some of these are published, others aren’t).

  • Girls Like That Tanaz Bhathena

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POC main character? With a cover that SHOWS it? Intriguing plot? Sign me up. (Release date: February 27th, 2018).

  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter By Erica Sanchez

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(This was released October 17th, 2017).

  • Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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GUYS. I am SO excited for this. It’s actually number one on the Goodreads list for POC main characters–the main character is an Indian-American Muslim and deals with Islamophobia. I CAN’T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT–so many people have read it and loved it and I want to, too.

  • It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

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Pretty cover? Check. Cute contemporary? Check. Also, this is already published so I can go out and read it anytime!

  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

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Muslim-American protagonist? Who wears a hijab? IN THE BOOK COVER? Okay, besides all of my gushing, this actually means so much to me. Looking at this cover, I can see myself in the main character, and that just…makes such a huge difference. This was published over the summer, and I’m dying to get my hands on it.

  • Save The Date by Morgan Matson

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I used to love Morgan’s books SO much (back when I actually read), and I’ve been anticipating this one for nearly two years now. I actually heard about it wayyy before it was published when I met Morgan Matson, and I know it’s going to be just as cute and funny and heart-warming as her other books.

And finally, because I don’t want this list to go on forever,

  • Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

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I legit waited three years for Jasmine Warga to write a new book, and she finally did! This also has a Middle-Eastern main character, and because My Heart and Other Black Holes was such an important book for me, I have super high expectations. (Thinking about it makes me nostalgic :’)).

And that’s it for this post! I know it was kind of choppy, but it took me a while to compile this list and I hope you enjoy. If you noticed, a lot of these books have POC/Muslim main characters, which means a lot to me (and I’ve been trying to read contemporaries with more representation). Please let me know if you’ve read/want to read any of these–I’d love to talk!

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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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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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