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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.

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The Truth About Why I’ve Been Blogging So Little

Hey everyone!

I have been brainstorming a nice post to write for weeks now. A discussion post? A review? A book tag? A list of books? I haven’t been able to choose, or been able to write the post, and part of it is related to the fact that I, as usual, have been reading very little. When I don’t read avidly, I usually can’t publish posts often because, truth be told, there’s not much to write about.

But the other reason is related to the fact that I think I’m in a blogging slump, and have been for months now. I’d like to think it’s related to me not reading, but I feel like that’s not the full story. Stress doesn’t help much, either, and I feel like I should tell you guys that it’s also the fact that I don’t think anyone reads this blog much anymore.

Sure, when you post less, you get less feedback. That’s expected. I’ve also been not so good at visiting other blogs, so I understand that too. But what I mean is, whenever I have discussion posts about things I’m passionate about, I rarely ever get feedback. And there is literally zero reason to post a long, passionate discussion only for no one to read it. It feels like no one cares about these issues that are important to me, and thus I’ve been unable to publish about a bunch of things that are so important to me. (Mostly about diversity issues and Middle-Easterners/Muslims in books–that I think have been mostly terriblly represented, if any, in stories, but that’s a whole other story).

Basically, I’m not sure what to do. Because I still enjoy blogging, but it’s not giving me the same enjoyment as before and I don’t want to stress about not posting–but at the same time, I don’t want to go on a hiatus. I don’t even know anymore.

Anyway, if you read this post and have any tips as to what I should do, I’d appreciate it greatly.

Thank you,

–Silanur

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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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