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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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Books I’d Love To Read in June

Hi guys!

As the school year starts to end a little (well, three weeks but still…) I want to make sure I read a bit more than usual. My goal for June is to read at least three books, which may sound little, but considering the fact that I’ve read a book a month this whole year–it’s a lot.

First, I want to finish A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, which I actually only have 200 pages left of.

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(By the way: it’s real good. I’m loving it, obviously.)

The second book I MUST read is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare–this is probably my most anticipated read of the year and I just. Can’t. Wait. I know it’s already been released, but I need to buy it and make sure I can read it without any distractions.

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The other books on this list I know I won’t get to ALL, but I’d love to pick them up.

One of these books is Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali–a book about a Muslim-American (like me!) This is the first book that I can think of right now that is about a Muslim American teenager, and I think it’s super important for books like this to be published considering…everything. It seems really cute but also meaningful, so I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint!

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Another is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon–which is also a contemporary with diverse characters. I really miss reading contemporary books that are light and fun, since lately I’ve been reading only fantasy.

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Finally, I want to read Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. This is one of my favorite contemporary series ever–the cuteness, the characters, everything. I started reading it in 8th grade and I can’t wait (or can I?…) to see how everything wraps up. It’s going to be bittersweet but I know I’m going to enjoy it. :’)

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I know I won’t get to all of these, but hopefully sometime during the summer I will.

Thanks for reading guys! What books are you excited about this month? Let me know–I’d love some recommendations!

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A Book I’m Super, Super Excited About (#1)

Hellooooooooooooooo!!!

Sorry. That was a bit too extra. Let me try again.

Hi guys!! I’ve missed blogging so, so much. This month was probably one of the worst blogging months I’ve had in a long time–including this post, I’ve only put up three. I thought school was hard a few months ago? Hah. Ha. March has been SO crazy for me. AP tests are coming soon and I’ve been sleeping late and just…tired.

Anyway, today I decided to write about a book I’m super, super excited about, as the title tells you. I was looking at my old blog posts and was on Goodreads, trying to catch up with all the book news when…

I see this:

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Now, in case you didn’t know–Jasmine Warga is the author of My Heart and Other Black Holes, one of my favorite books ever. I read it around two years ago, and ever since, I have been waiting for Warga to put out another book. For so long I waited for some book news to come out, and it finally did. I love the adorable peach color of the cover and this is the synopsis:

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

I’m literally so excited.

Not only is this about an Arab-American (I’m not Arab, but go Middle Eastern protagonists!) but it’s by one of my favorite authors. It comes out November 7th of this year and I just CAN’T wait.

Have you guys heard about this book? Or read Warga’s debut? (Please do; it’s wonderful. This is the cover of MH&OBH)

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I just hope that this one will be just as good!


On a side note, I am thinking of starting a series of blog posts that are somewhat short like this one about upcoming books that I am super, super excited about. What do you guys think? Please let me know!

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Blog Posts to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write

Hello everyone!! Long time no blogging, once again. I literally had to push myself to sit down and write a blog post because I kept procrastinating.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to give you guys (and myself, honestly) a list of bookish blog posts to write when you’re not feeling particularly inspired. I know this often happens to me and I decided: why not? So here we go!

  1. Talk about your favorite/least favorite books–This is one of my most favorite topics. Gushing/ranting is so so fun.
  2. What books are being released that you can’t contain your excitement about?
  3. Discuss your rating and reviewing. What do you look for in a book?
  4. Favorite characters/OTPs/villains…anything really.
  5. Most annoying pet peeves (can be bookish or non-bookish, really)
  6. Been to any signings or events? Tell me about your experience!
  7. Book tags–these are always SO great. Honestly, just go search online and you’ll find a million. They’re so fun and take a unique twist on things.
  8. What got you into reading?
  9. Childhood books/books that bring back nostalgia
  10. Best/Worst book covers
  11. Underrated books more people should hear about
  12. Overrated books that you’re sick of hearing about
  13. If you like X, then you should read X!
  14. Reviews that are written in unconventional ways
  15. Favorite genre and why?
  16. Like any fan art? Do you have any recommendations?
  17. Diverse book recommendations/why diversity is so important
  18. What would be the recipe for the perfect book?
  19. Books that made you cry/laugh/feel any emotion
  20. Write a list! Like this one 😉 They’re fun to write and usually don’t take up as much as time as other posts.

Anyway, I know this was one of my lower-quality posts, but it got me more excited to write future posts so yay! I hope this helps some of you and I’d love to talk about posts that you like writing/would like to see.

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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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Books I Wouldn’t Mind Having As Presents *winks*

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to talk about books I’ve been meaning to buy but haven’t gotten around to yet–these are all published books, since I already talk about un-published books all the time. (Biggest reasons would be time and money). This is kind of like a wishlist for the holiday season, haha. I don’t celebrate Christmas but to those of you who do: Merry Christmas!

*Note: this list is by no means all the books I want. I ALWAYS want more books–I had to narrow it down so this list wouldn’t go forever!*

First up we have Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve been wanting to read this book for literally about three years, but I keep putting it off because I want to buy it first.

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I also really want Nevernight by Jay Kristoff–I heard so many good things about it and it seems so good and that UK edition is so pretty I can’t even. (SEE!)

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Next up on my list is…Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I actually started reading this beauty–I read 300 pages–but then I had to give it back to the library so I never finished it. *cries* And of course I want to own it because it is BEAUTIFUL.

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Then, I have Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. Back when All The Bright Places first came out, I was obsessed with it. I know that HUU isn’t as popular, but I still want to buy it so I can have the pretty book on my shelf next to ATBP. (It’s a struggle because my sister has a library copy right now and I want to read it but I know if I do I probably won’t buy it…)

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Of course, I can’t forget about Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, which is also another contemporary by an author whose book I loved when it first came out. I’m super excited for this one and I can’t wait to read it!!

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Next up I have Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I actually want to buy all of her books, so this is just a representative of them.

Then of course, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir because I LOVED AEITA when it first came out. (Similar pattern here?) And the cover is soo pretty:

I would also love it if someone got me Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff since I’ve ALSO been wanting to read this wayyy before it came out…

And last but not least, The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. 1) It’s SO GORGEOUS AHHH and 2) I’ve heard a lot of great things about it and I really liked Nicola’s first book!

Anyway, that’s it for my wishlist type post! Hope you enjoyed reading this!

What books would you want as presents? Let’s discuss!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Spoiler-Free Review

Hey everyone! Here’s my review for Heartless by Marissa Meyer, which you can buy here from Amazon and click here for the Goodreads summary. The cover:

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This review is spoiler-free so feel free to read all the way through and if you’ve already read it, let’s discuss!


Alright so I have A LOT of emotions on this. First and foremost, I just want to say that I really am satisfied with this book. It gave me what I wanted when I went into it and I was pleased throughout most of it.

The things I liked were:

The World. The setting was my favorite. I’ve always been a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland ever since I was a little kid. I never read all of it at once (which is a shame, but I hope I will soon), but rather snippets of it, and of course I’ve watched the movies. So, going into it, I wanted to feel all the whimsy and the magic and the weirdness that comes with Alice in Wonderland, and I was definitely satisfied. That being said, I do wish I had actually read it fully before coming into this book because there are a LOT of references and it would have added to my enjoyment of the story.

^So, I’d definitely recommend reading Alice in Wonderland and/or Through the Looking Glass because Marissa Meyer writes the story expecting you to catch on. You’re already supposed to know things, which may be annoying at times, but in general it was fine.

The ending. The ending was my favorite part, throughout all of the novel. I won’t say what happened, to keep this spoiler-free, but it definitely made me like the book as a whole much more. I devoured the last 50 pages despite being really tired.

The cleverness. This book was so clever. Despite the fact that I didn’t know ALL the references, I got most of them and the way Marissa Meyer weaved in Alice in Wonderland themes was beautiful. It made the story much more unique, what with the prophecies and riddles and rhymes. My favorite part, however, was how everything fit in the end. Marissa Meyer found a way to make the setup for Alice in Wonderland ready (as this is a prequel story). The madness of Hatta, the evil Queen of Hearts…It’s just so pleasing to have it all FIT.

Now onto the things that bothered me/I felt indifferent too.

One thing that disappointed me was that I didn’t really feel an attachment to any of the characters. Except at the end, when Cath became the new Cath, I didn’t much care because they didn’t touch me so much. The same goes for the romance. Throughout all of the novel, I was waiting for something dreaded to happen so Cath could become “heartless”, which, I suppose is the downside of reading a retelling: I knew how it would end, so I was constantly waiting for it. I can’t say it really affected my enjoyment of the story, because that’s also the part of the story I liked (how it “fit”), but it led me to guess most of the plot twists.

The romance was also a bit…instalovey, but I overlooked that because it was literally stated in the synopsis of this book. All that aside, I really did enjoy this novel and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who–

a) loves Alice in Wonderland
b) wants something new, unique, and slightly weird
c) likes seeing how anti-heroes become anti-heroes. (This part was done VERY well.)

4 stars! Oh, and I can’t possibly write this review without…

“Off with their heads!”

Have you read Heartless? What did you think of it? Do you agree with me? Let me know!

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