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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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Why Were My Expectations So High? Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White Review

Hey guys! Last month I read Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White, so here’s my review! (As the title says, I wish my expectations hadn’t been so high…)

*I tried to insert the cover but it wasn’t working and I’m way too tired to investigate why…sorry!*

3.75 ish stars!

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, but I was ultimately let down by it. Coming into this book, I expected to love it as much as And I Darken, which is one of my favorites. I had also heard that it was really good from a lot of reviewers I trusted so my hopes were really high.

Until about halfway through the novel–which is like only 140 pages–I was really let down. Don’t get me wrong, I never hated it, but I wouldn’t have given it more than 3 stars. I didn’t like reading from Jessa’s POV so much, and nothing happened despite the fact that this book is really short. The romance between Jessa and Finn wasn’t TOO instalovey, considering the fact that this book is really short, but I would have liked a more slow-burning romance with less of Jessa swooning over how attractive Finn’s collarbone is every two seconds.

My main problem for this book, however, was that it wasn’t character driven. Nothing really happened until like 200 pages, and that’s the majority of the novel. I felt like Jessa just WAITED for the villain to do something and THEN she decided she needed to do something about it. I did like Jessa’s character, especially towards the end, but her stubborness was annoying at times. Nonetheless, she wasn’t a terrible character, but definitely not a favorite of mine.

The same goes with all of these characters. Either because the book was too short or the characters were too trope-y for my liking, I don’t know, but none of them really clicked with me, even the villain. I did not fall in love with Finn and didn’t much care what happened to anyone, really.

That being said, the plot does get really interesting in the last 100 pages. There are multiple plot twists that I didn’t see coming, though I did suspect certain things with certain characters. The writing was really easy to get through, despite the fact that I finished this in a long time considering it’s really short. Another aspect I really enjoyed was the politics with the countries because it represented how some things are in our times as well. Oh, and, Jessa is a woman of color, and she struggles through being accepted both as a woman and a person of dark skin, so I thought that was a great addition too. 🙂

Overall, I did enjoy this novel but I thought it could have been better. The last few scenes were really cut short and I think it could have been extended to at least 300 pages. In general, though, I do recommend this if you want a fun fantasy that’s not too confusing and has plot twists.

How did you like Illusions of Fate? Do you agree with me? Let me know!

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Finding Time To Read: My Constant Struggle

Hey guys! First off, I’d like to apologize for not posting for a week or so. School has been SO crazy lately and my sophomore year is already a million times more challenging than last year. Plus, now I’m sick and I haven’t been reading much…

Today I wanted to talk about something I bet all of us can feel: finding time to read (or blog, for that matter.) We all have pretty busy lives as book lovers. Most of my time is taken by school and studying, and that’s why I barely read two books a month. I used to be able to read around 10, but when I started high school all of that ended.

Still, two books isn’t that bad. Of course I would like to read more but…there are people who don’t read at ALL. And I make sure to read much more (like 7 books in a month) over the summer which makes up for all of the books I wasn’t able to read. Then, you may ask, how do you even make time to read those two books?

My problem is, I could probably read more. But I like reading when I’m conscious and I understand every word and am able to absorb it. Books I tend to enjoy less I read at the wrong time: maybe I’m tired, or sick, or sleepless. Because I don’t want to read half-assedly, I guess, I only read when I’m active; but that time is less than when I am tired.

That’s why, most of my reading gets done on my morning bus. If I can read 40 pages in a day, that’s a good reading day for me. Yea, it’s not amazing, but hey, at least I’m reading. Last year sometimes I had the energy to read when I came home, but now I rarely do and I don’t think I will. Even if I do have the energy to do something, I usually have to study or do homework so reading is cast aside.

Of course, I have weekends to read more, but even then I usually don’t get over 200 pages in two days because I catch up on my sleep and do homework (it takes like 12+ hours if you were wondering.) Hence the reason why I can only get two books in per month, unless I have days off/holidays.

So, what do YOU guys do when you don’t have time to read? Please share me your tips! I seriously need them haha.

Thanks for reading!

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August: My Month in Review | Wrap-Up & Highlights

OH NO. AUGUST IS OVER. SEPTEMBER IS HERE. AND I LOOOVE SEPTEMBER, BUT SEPTEMBER = SCHOOL. *goes crazy*


what’s been happening in my [real] life?

As I said, August is the last month of my summer break and…it truly was bittersweet. I went to Busch Gardens with my family so that was a lot of fun, but besides that, I really didn’t do anything. I was mostly studying for school coming up, and then two days ago I learned my schedule and classes.

And I was absolutely, positively WRECKED. I got all three teachers that are infamous in my school for either being terrible teachers, or incredibly hard. I’m not going to lie, I cried for hours and I’m still quite depressed about it. I’m trying to suck it up and be brave, but I don’t want to have those teachers. I don’t WANT to not be able to blog, and lose sleep, and not read and yet STILL fail just because my teachers are terrible.

Basically, I’m super super nervous. I was a bit excited, in the tiniest way, for school to start but after hearing about my teachers…no. I asked for a schedule change and they denied it, so my best chances are to talk to my counselor who I am praying will help me out.

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If anyone knows how to deal with hard teachers and to just let it go because I’m obsessing really badly, please let me know.


what’s been happening on my blog?

This was a pretty good blogging month, so here are all the posts:

9 posts is pretty good for me–plus I scheduled a lot too!


what about bookish updates/wrap-ups?

I did read plenty comparing to how much I read during the school year, but I had hoped to read much more before school began. Nonetheless, here are the six books I read:

  1. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan–Review to come, 3.75 stars.
  2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard–Review to come, 5 stars!!
  3. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes–Review scheduled–3.75 stars.
  4. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh–4.5 stars.
  5. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black–4.5 stars.
  6. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White–3.75 stars, review scheduled.

My favorite was definitely Truthwitch! And I did enjoy all of these books, but I was let down by quite a few, as you can see by the 3.75 star ratings.


august highlights

  • Had a lot of free time, blogged a lot 🙂
  • Reading Truthwitch!
  • I can’t really find anything else because I was pretty happy the whole month but nothing extraordinarily great happened.

How did your August go? Has your school started? What are your tips for me to read and get good grades at the same time? Let me know!

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Spring Break TBR!

OH NO. IT SEEMS THAT POOR SILANUR (aka, the blogger of this blog) IS IN A BLOGGING SLUMP. AND KIND OF IN A READING SLUMP TOO. WHATEVER SHALL SHE DO?

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Well, hey guys! Despite the weird entrance, I promise I’m not weird. (Just kidding. Who am I to lie? Of course I’m weird.) Anyways, this month I haven’t even finished ONE book. I mean, I’m right about to finish Snow Like Ashes but still. So I’m challenging myself: I’m going to try to finish SLA and read two more books along with it.

I believe in myself! So, without further ado, let us begin. I also hope to post every two days, at least, to make up for not posting often.

  • As I said, first I’m going to finish Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. Then, immediately after, I’m going to FINALLY start Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I know. FINALLY. I’ve been waiting for over two years and I had to wait even more because I needed to be able to binge-read this baby without stopping.

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  • Then, to be honest, I don’t know what I’ll read afterwards. If I had bought Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo I would have read that, but I didn’t. And it honestly depends on my mood. If I feel like reading a contemporary, I’ll read a contemporary. If I feel like reading a fantasy, I’ll read fantasy. But right now I’m pretty sure I’ll read one of the following:
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(if I decide to buy it, though. I may or may not be too broke.)

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is it obvious i want to read something with a middle eastern twist to it?

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(if my sister lets me borrow her copy)

or finally,

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(again, assuming i have enough money to buy it when it comes out)

And that’s it for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed it, and please let me know which of these books I should read! I’m sorry I’ve been inactive, school has continued taking over my life. Hopefully I will be a better blogger now that school is off for a week. 🙂

–Silanur

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