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Books I Want to Read Over the Summer! & Other Musings

Hi everyone!

GUESS WHO’S BACK?! (Me, haha). Before I get into anything, Eid Mubarak to my fellow Muslim friends! And happy summer to everyone else. ūüôā

My school finished on June 15th, and, after a terribly stressful, anxiety-full, sleepless year, I have now become a rising senior in high school. It’s interesting because if any of you are still here from three years ago, when I started blogging, I was in 8th grade. You guys have basically seen me transition from a middle-schooler into an almost college student–and I feel like that’s kind of awesome.

Anyway, now that I don’t have any (really) urgent things to do, I can finally (hopefully) get back to reading! At least, not to jinx myself, but I’m already reading much more than usual. There are so many things I want to do over the summer, some I have to do, anyway, and reading is one of my top priority. Blogging is the other one. I want to write more posts about my goals for the rest of high school, summer, etc., but I feel as though I owe my readers a good post about what this blog is actually for:¬†books.

So–first off, I need to finish reading books that I’m currently reading/have to read. I’m sensitivity reading two books right now; so they’re a must, and I’m also reading¬†Emergency Contact¬†by Mary H.K. Choi:

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I honestly originally picked this book up randomly at Barnes and Noble’s because of the cover, but once I started reading it–I’m halfway done right now–I realized that it sounded really…real. There’s something about reading it that makes it really enjoyable and yet relatable at the same time, so I can’t wait to read more. (So, with the sensitivity reads and this book, that’s three books that I will finish).

Then, there are books I absolutely must catch up on. The first being:

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You see, I want to read¬†A Court of Frost and Starlight, too, but if I don’t read Tower of Dawn, then, I won’t be able to read the last (!) book in the series–and also, I’m much more emotionally attached to the Throne of Glass series than ACOTAR, even though it annoys me.

Then, I really want to get to¬†Sightwitch¬†by Susan Dennard. It’s a pretty short book (a novella?), and so I think it’s definitely feasible. If you don’t already know, this is one of my favorite fantasy series right now, if not my favorite, and I can’t wait to get back into the world.

In addition to all of these books that are kind of expected that I would read, I want to get to¬†Children of Blood and Bone¬†by Toni Adeyemi (the hype! I must know what it’s all about), and¬†The Astonishing Color of After¬†by Emily X.R. Pan:

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I heard that both of these books are amazing, and so I’d love to see what I think of them as well. At this point, I feel like there are a ton of books that I missed, a ton that I just didn’t list. The thing is, I want to keep my expectations for what I’ll read low, because this is going to be a busy summer. And I have to teach myself that it’s okay to not get to everything.

So yea! Those are the books I REALLY want to get to, but as I said, I’ll probably detour from this list/read and do other things as well. I want to write other posts on my other summer plans as well, but we’ll see.

Thanks so much for reading,

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Contemporary Books: Some Recommendations, Some Musings

Hi everyone! Happy May. It’s currently in the middle of AP weeks for me, and I have an AP tomorrow, so I shouldn’t be blogging, but oh well.

As you guys may or may not know, my favorite genre is fantasy, but after fantasy I usually end up preferring the contemporary genre. I kind of have a weird relationship with the genre: I¬†really¬†have to be in the mood to read it and enjoy it, and unlike fantasy books, I usually don’t stay as attached to the characters and plot. For example, most of my favorite books are fantasy books, and even if I really LOVED the book while I was reading it…it just doesn’t stay with me when it’s contemporary, for some reason.

I think a lot of it has to do with my current mood. If I don’t feel like reading about a cheesy romance, well, then, I’m likely not going to like a fluffy contemporary novel. Likewise, if I don’t feel like reading a gritty novel about mental health and family issues–I’m likely not going to enjoy it as much. This¬†does¬†hold true for me for other genres as well, but I’ve seen it happen with contemporary the most.

Surprisingly, most of the contemporary novels that¬†have¬†stuck with me were books I didn’t mean to read and got hooked on. For example:

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I know I rave about this book all the time, but it was honestly one of my favorite reads last year, and I was not expecting it at all. And even more surprising! This book had insta-love.¬†Somehow I could deal with it. Which is very unusual for me. So again: it really depends on how I’m feeling when I’m reading the book.

Similarly, I read Mosquitoland pretty randomly as well, and I thought it was super refreshing and just great in general.

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This is in contrast to some books I read by planning (that is, expecting to read them) and enjoying them…but then, those books faded. For example, I LOVE all of Morgan Matson’s books, but they definitely don’t come to mind when you ask me for some of my favorite books. I don’t know what it is about this weird preference thing–maybe it’s just that I end up remembering the books I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did?

Anyway, this post went in a different direction than that I thought it would when I first started writing it, but oh well. Now: if you’ve read this far, I have a question for you guys! What new(er) released contemporary books do you recommend?¬†It can be fluffy or serious or anything in between–I haven’t read a contemporary in so long (it’s been like 5 months) and I’d love to hear your recommendations. So please let me know!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you recommend some books!

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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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YA Books of 2018

Hey guys! Every year, I usually make a post of the new year’s book releases that I might want to read. Usually, I do it way before we enter into the new year, but this time, I’m a little late. (Obviously, since it’s already February).

Here are the links to the previous posts in this series:  2016 // 2017

As always,¬†bolded means priority/I’m extra excited and¬†italics means the book is a debut.¬†I hope you find this list useful, since it took a while for me to choose which books to include.

 

  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black — January 2nd
  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu — January 2nd
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed — January 16th
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert — January 30th
  • Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones — February 6th
  • Sightwitch (Witchlands #0.5) by Susan Dennard — February 13th
  • Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare — February 20th
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena — February 27th
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi — March 6th
  • Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #4) — March 6th
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — March 13th
  • The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton — March 13th
  • The Fates Divide (Carve The Mark #2) by Veronica Roth — April 10th
  • The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan — May 1st
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas — May 1st
  • On The Come Up by Angie Thomas — May 1st
  • My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma — May 15th
  • From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon — May 22nd
  • Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber — May 29th
  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson — June 5th
  • Smoke In The Sun by Renee Ahdieh — June 5th
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Ember Quartet #3) — June 12th
  • Not The Girls You‚Äôre Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi — June 19th
  • My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Multiple Authors — June 26th
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik — July 10th
  • Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton — July 31st
  • Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas — August 7th
  • These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch — August 7th
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson — August 7th
  • Fierce Like a Firestorm (Hibiscus Daughter #2) by Lana Popovic — August 21st
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud — August 28th
  • Untitled by Kiera Cass — September 20th
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White– September 25th
  • Untitled (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer — November 6th
  • Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare — December 4th
  • Untitled (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu — ???
  • Untitled (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas — ??? 
  • Untitled by Marie Rutkoski — ???
  • The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor — ???

What are your most anticipated reads of 2018? I’d love to 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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The Becoming of Noah Shaw: The Disappointing Reality

Hey guys! Don’t know if you remember, but about two months ago I blogged about how excited I was for The Becoming of Noah Shaw. In fact, I wasn’t talking about my excitement just on my blog; I pretty much mentioned it to all of my close friends and family. Needless to say, I was¬†so hyped.

I’m so sorry to say that I was let down, greatly. I mean, just looking at the cover made me happy, but now it’s making me mad (that’s how let down I was)–

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I ended up giving it 2.5 stars.

Note: spoilers are discussed in this review. Also, trigger warning for suicide, self-harm, etc., due to the content of the book.

The disappointment of the year. No, really. I was SO excited for this book to come out‚ÄĒI waited so long for it! I couldn‚Äôt wait to reabsorb the creepiness and the plot twists and everything, as I’ve said before, a million times over and over again.

This book was not what I wanted.

Either my reading tastes have changed SUPER drastically (I don‚Äôt really think so), or this book just wasn‚Äôt good. First of all, it was overly vulgar, and overly explicit and sexual. It didn‚Äôt even mean anything because¬†something¬†either disgusting or supposedly ‚Äúhot‚ÄĚ was happening all the time, and I just ended up becoming desensitized and annoyed by it. There was no real plot, and I only kept reading because I wanted a plot twist at the end and I didn‚Äôt want to DNF it. I have to say, it was addicting as always, but instead of being intrigued, I just wanted to get it over with.

I was super confused the entire book, since Hodkin didn’t do a very good job of reminding us what had happened in previous books, and nothing really happened in this book anyway. I mean, I remember the Mara Dyer books as being vague, but nothing made SENSE in this one. Did Mara actually force people to kill themselves? And if she did, I mean, WHY? There was no reason to anything; it just happened and it was useless and grotesque. Basically, all the violence and the sex was pointless. I didn’t see any motive for anything, and quite honestly, this book made my head hurt.

Another part I despised was how the author used suicide/mental illness/self-harm so freely. She literally used suicide as a plot device! And with no motive! Yea yea there’s a trigger warning in the beginning of the book, but really? It was so unnecessary; and I hated how it didn’t even mean anything. The book ended unclear, which I’d be fine with, but there are some things you have to explain, and this was one of them.

I have so many more complaints, but all I want to say now is that I wish I had loved this more. Sadly, the best part of the book was the last 50 pages, and I don‚Äôt think it was worth reading the rest of the 300+ pages for that. I’m giving it an extra 0.5 stars purely for the ending (I liked the cliffhanger) and because of my nostalgia for the old books, otherwise I’d be giving it 2 stars. I’m not even sure if I‚Äôll continue the series, but we‚Äôll see.

Basically, the moral of the story is that you shouldn’t get too hyped. But hey! The good news is, I finally finished a book (my first in, like, 3 months)!

Have you read this book? How do you feel about it? I know other people were really disappointed too, so I would love to rant!

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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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