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My Blog Turns 4 Today!

Hi guys!

Today WordPress notified me that this little blog–which I created as an 8th grader–turns four today. I don’t have anything planned for this post, but it made me happy to learn that I’ve been blogging for exactly four years now. Though I knew that I would blog for a while, I didn’t think four years would pass by. This blog is basically an active journal of my life throughout all of high school, and I hope even longer than that, too.

For those of you who see this post, thank you for reading even if its only every once in a while. It truly means a lot!

Love,

Silanur.

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Unhauling Some Books

Hi guys!

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve written a blog post. As first semester wrapped up, I found myself with little to no time as I scrambled to put everything together. I’m now a second semester senior, and I’ve already read two books since the end of first semester! I am actually so proud of myself. I’ll be posting about about the books I’ve been reading soon.

Anyway, the past couple months I’ve been thinking a lot about the books I have that I just don’t really care about anymore. For this reason, I decided to sell them (for very cheap prices–most of them I had bought full price) and make more room. Here the books are!

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Sorry for the low quality, I’m not sure why that’s happening.

Illuminae–this book got TONS of hype when it first came out…I bought it for full price, expecting to love it, and honestly thought it was mediocre. The style without a proper narrative just did not work for me. The plot? Meh. I never liked it all that much and didn’t feel sorry letting it go.

FairestCress, and Winter by Marissa Meyer–these books were definitely much harder to let go of. The truth is is that though I loved Cinder when I first read it (which I decided to keep), the other books in the series were not nearly as good as I thought they would be. I was way too excited when I read them and didn’t realize that I didn’t even like them all that much. It was hard letting go because the books themselves are really pretty and I still enjoyed them, but oh well.

Eleanor & Park and Fangirl–Rainbow Rowell is overrated. (I’M SORRY I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE LOVE HER). Though I actually thoroughly enjoyed E&P, my copy was just sitting around not doing much. And though I really loved taking pictures of Fangirl because of the cute cover all the time, I never liked it. It just was not an enjoyable book for me, nor was it relatable the way I was expecting it to be.

Cruel Beauty–I liked this book, I truly did. I still do; I hold no grudges against it. I even still love the cover. But I realized I wasn’t going to be doing much with it and thought someone else might want it more than I do now.

The Secret History–I really, really wanted to like this book. But I couldn’t get through it. Not only that, but it was creeping the crap out of me. This is hard to explain, but I just wasn’t getting good vibes while reading it (especially late at night). Thus, I gave it away.

The other two books on this list I have not been able to sell, as one of them was required reading and the other I don’t think I’ll be reading anytime soon. I’ll probably end up donating them somewhere!

Have you ever unhauled any books? Did you feel good about doing the unhaul afterwards? Thanks for reading!

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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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My Favorite Bookstore: Some Thoughts

I am not sure for how long my mom has been taking us to the Barnes & Noble near my house. What I do know, though, is that we always found ourselves there whenever it was rainy or too hot or we were bored at home. This bookstore, unlike the other Barnes & Noble stores in our area, is one of my favorite places in the world. Going there makes me happy, which sounds typical, but it’s true. Even the scent of the store–the combination between the smell of books and the sweet coffee of the Starbucks there–makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Upon entering, you first usually notice the signs at the entrance, advertising for future book signings or events. At the front there are shelves of the most popular books, the ones that people who don’t usually read will likely pick up. The cashiers are on the right, and near them are stands full of expensive trinkets I always look at but never buy.

The past few years, I think, the store has become even more full of books than it already was. They reorganized the Young Adult section to bring it near the kid’s books, and I miss the old spot it was in which was more obscure and quiet. Nonetheless, I’m not as bothered by this change as I am by other things. All of the shelves have some books that are tagged with a recommendation by a staff member of the bookstore. The kid’s section has places to sit–though it is very rare to be able to catch one of the actual seats–whenever I wanted to try out a book I would go and sit down in one of the corners there. In this bookstore, I spent most of my money in 8th grade; trying to get as many deals as possible. One time, I brought up two paperbacks–each worth $9.99–and had only $20, which is surely not enough to buy what I wanted. But the lady there was kind enough to give me a coupon, and I still remember this, even after five years.

Now that I’m writing about the bookstore, I’m realizing I can’t really describe much of it. It’s not that I don’t know the place well, but because it is not the actual setting of the store as much as it is how I feel when I go there. Over the years of visiting there, I’ve associated it with getting away from things I don’t like; it’s been my escape. I never actually sat down and read books in entirety there, but I always came and read the flaps of books to see what they’re about. I admired the covers of stories I’ll never read, or asked my mom to buy a frappuccino from Starbucks while I’m there. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve followed this same, satisfying routine. It sounds boring when I write about it this way, but it’s always so calm there–a visit to this Barnes and Noble in particular has its own nice rhythm–and it feels so familiar. I suppose it’s a mix of nostalgia and a certain degree of comfortableness that makes me love the place so much.

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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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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones | Book Review

Hi everyone!

About a month ago, I started reading Wintersong, intrigued by it because I knew that it was about goblins and kidnapping, and now I’m happy to say I read it. Although, I didn’t quite love it–I’m giving it around 3.5-3.75 stars–it was definitely enjoyable, so I hope you stick around to continue reading this review.

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One thing I would like to point out is that you should definitely go into this book without knowing much. If you’re aware that it is about goblins, and that it has really beautiful writing, I think you’re set. What I realized while reading was that the synopsis given on the inside of the book as well as the one on Goodreads actually spoils part of the book. That is, I kept expecting the story to move forward more quickly, because what was happening was already given in the synopsis itself. It turned out, however, that the synopsis basically tells you what happens for at least a third of the book. So: if you want to be slightly more surprised, I recommend not reading a summary.

(This review will be spoiler-free).

Things I Liked:

As I mentioned already, I loved the writing. It was probably my favorite part of the book. It’s flowy and nice-sounding and really sets the atmosphere of the book. The world is super interesting as well. You want to continue reading purely because of the fact that everything is so mysterious and dark. Literally: when I think of this book, I imagine the color scheme of the (beautiful) book cover–dark blue laced with shining silver.

Another aspect I really enjoyed was the character development. By the end of the novel, Elisabeth is basically entirely transformed. When we first meet her, she has no self-esteem, doesn’t know what she’s doing, is bitter and unsatisfied with her life. Throughout the novel, she finally finds herself and her music. I also really liked the fact that her music was such a central aspect of her story, as books often erase hobbies and passions for plotlines.

Things That Could Have Been Better

My biggest complaint for this book is that nothing happened. I could have skipped a good 100 pages, and I would have understood what was going on because that’s how slow it was. I was expecting Elisabeth to do something besides stay weepy and mourn and lust, but she didn’t, most of the time. And this is coming from a person who can usually read slow books–I just couldn’t deal with it. It felt really repetitive at times, so much so that the romance got boring and even the beautiful writing didn’t faze me. It felt like I was reading the same lines over and over again.

I also wish that the author had expanded the world of the novel. There was so much more to know! It could have been so much more adventurous and interesting if something had actually happened. Don’t get me wrong: I usually enjoy character-driven books–I LOVE characters, even if the plot isn’t amazing–but for a book that was supposed to be a fantasy, I was expecting a little more action. So many things went unexplained; and I assume that they will be elaborated on in Book 2, but still.

Overall, however, I did end up liking this book because it had a really different taste to it. I’m not really sure if I’ll get to the second book, just because I don’t know if I can deal with another super slow book in a long time now.

Have you read Wintersong? Did you enjoy it, or were you one of those that thought it was mediocre?

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The Grinch Book Tag

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, and I saw this one over at Lila’s blog, and decided I might as well do it myself. So, let’s begin!

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Also…I’ve always felt terrible for the Grinch omg 😦

1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out // Name a book/series/character that started out well and then went downhill.

Since I just finished The Becoming of Noah Shaw, I might as well use that for this question. If you’ve read my review, you know how disappointed I was by this installment. I know, technically it’s the first book in a series, but you can’t really read it without already having read Mara Dyer. So yes–this book definitely fits, since I loved the Mara Dyer trilogy SO much more.

2. Annoying relatives won’t leave you alone // Name a book that you did not enjoy but everyone else seems to love, and it will not stop haunting you.

It’s literally been three years, but I still don’t understand why everyone loves I’ll Give You The Sun so much. All I remember was that it was insta-lovey and just…not that good. (I will still literally rant about this book guys–it’s never going to end).

3. Your pets keep knocking over your Christmas decorations // Name a character that kept on messing everything up for everyone.

OHMYGOD how annoying the main character was in The Kite Runner! I remember liking the book when I read it last year, and the character development was good, but he was just so goddamn selfish and I could not get over it.

4. You hear your parents putting presents out and learn that Father Christmas is not real // Name a book you were spoiled for.

I’ve been spoiled for sooo many books, but here are some off the top of my head: Allegiant, City of Glass, Clockwork Princess, Heir of Fire…all of the mainstream books that I would have loved even more if I hadn’t been spoiled.

5. It’s freezing outside // Name a character you just couldn’t warm to.

August Flynn from This Savage Song. It’s not that I didn’t like him; he was fine, but I just couldn’t bring myself to care that much. At the end of the duology, because I wasn’t really emotionally attached, I didn’t end up having my heart broken like everyone else, even though I had enjoyed the books in general.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is being played a lot on the radio, giving you anti-romantic feelings // Name a couple that you just could not stand.

Will I ever stop screeching about just how much I hate Aelin and Rowan? I hate them so much that I changed the font of this text for the first time in my life. I just…can’t. I hated Rowan from the start; ever since he started abusing her and I despised it when Sarah turned their relationship into a romance. Blegh.

7. The scratchy homemade jumper that you got for Christmas years ago but have never worn // A book that has been sitting on your shelf for years that you are not motivated to read, but do not have the heart to get rid of.

Sadly, my sister gave me The Knife of Never Letting Go (haha, get it, I don’t want to let go of it) about two years ago, and I even got it signed(!), but I just haven’t picked it up yet and I’ve kind of lost interest. The sad thing is, I KNOW if I just start it, I’ll enjoy it, but I don’t have the motivation to. The other thing is, I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it purely because a) it was a gift and b) it’s signed.

8. Grandma has gotten run over by a reindeer // Name a character death that you are still mad about.

*spoiler alert for Lord of Shadows by Cassie Clare*

My heart is still broken over the fact that Livvy died. I know that if she hadn’t, then the book wouldn’t have been as good as it was, but still. It was so tragic, because Livvy was so innocent and just hadn’t deserved to die, but it absolutely broke my heart.

9. Shops are overcrowded with shoppers for the holidays // Name a series with too many books, or that went on too long.

This one is really tricky, because I will always always ALWAYS harbor a special place in my heart for Rick Riordan’s books. That said, even I–a die-hard PJO fan–admit that the world of gods and monsters that Rick once created so uniquely is kind of overdone at this point. His new series (Not the Heroes of Olympus) all follow the same types of tropes with similar character archetypes, and although I understand that it is meant for a younger audience, I feel like it is a bit much.

10. The Grinch // Name a main character that you absolutely hate (not a villain).

I already kind of talked about him, but I’ve never hated a character who is not a villain with the passion that I hate Rowan with. I never warmed up to him; never thought he was as amazing as everyone made him to be, never shipped him with Aelin or any of that. Honestly, I wish he would die. (I am very aware of how controversial my opinions on him are).

Anyway, that’s it for this tag! Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my ranting!

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