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10 Bookish Confessions

Hello everyone! I want to quit apologizing for not posting so often anymore, but every time I end up writing a blog post, I say sorry. And the thing is, I am sorry. But I wanted to let you guys know of somethings, hence the ~confessions~ title.

Confession #1: It’s making me really, really sad, the fact that no one ever bothers to comment (or even like!) my posts anymore. May has been an all time low for me in terms of blogging feedback. I mean, I know I’ve been blogging less, but even when I do, I’ve never had this little reaction. And it makes me so freaking sad guys. I can’t explain it properly to you.

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Confession #2: I’ve only read 4 books all year. I know. It’s shameful. And again, I hate myself for it. All the books I did read were really good, but it’s depressing. To think that I could read 4 books in two weeks or less in the past makes it even worse.

Confession #3: I get super nostalgic about books. For example, if I see an old book I loved, in that moment I’ll want to reread it and fall in love with it all over again, and sometimes thinking about books I loved makes me sad.

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Confession #4: Most people in my day-to-day life don’t know about this blog. My family knows, and so do my close friends, but I don’t publicize it much in real life. It’s too close to my heart and I feel like people will judge me!

Confession #5: I rarely reread books. Then again, I haven’t had much time to read books in general, but I haven’t reread a book in forever. Maybe the last time I did was in 5th grade? I don’t even know. I really really WANT to, but all these new shiny books are too appealing!

Confession #6: I DO reread passages, though. I have this weird thing where I remember which page/where in the book passages I loved were. So occasionally, I’ll pick up the book and reread those scenes that I loved. Even if it doesn’t give the same effect as rereading the whole thing, I still love doing it.

Confession #7: I love recommending loved ones books, but I hate it when people I don’t like read the books I like. It’s like, if you’re my friend, then I will FORCE you to read it. But if I hate you, I will feel like you don’t deserve to read my favorite books, and it’ll really annoy me.

Confession #8: I don’t like fanfiction. Never read it, I don’t think I ever will. I love fan art, but I just don’t like how people may change characters so dear to my heart, and this may therefore ruin my vision of the characters. Also, I just don’t have the time, haha.

Confession #9: I can’t read (or enjoy reading) when I’m sick, tired, or anytime I don’t feel good. I just can’t. And this is why I’ve been reading so little now. Because even if I’m hating a book, I want to read it when I’m actually awake and processing. I can’t enjoy books when I’m tired and it’ll completely ruin my liking of a book if I’m not feeling good.

Confession #10: The book blogging community has grown so much, I sometimes wonder if my blog even matters. I especially feel this way when I’m feeling down, but I remind myself that my blog is for me and everyone contributes to the blogging world.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed reading all my “confessions”! I’m going to try to continue blogging at least every week from now on, since school is *slightly* calming down (and when I feel better. I’m super sick.)

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The Midnight Star | Mini-Review

Hey everyone! I was just looking at the number of blog posts I published this month…and I only published three. I’ll talk more about this in my wrap-up, but needless to say, I’m ashamed of myself because this month I had a lot of breaks. Anyways, here’s a quick review of The Midnight Star by Marie Lu! 🙂

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a picture of places marie lu toured, including va where i met her!!

*Note: do not continue reading unless you would like to be spoiled!

“…These are only rumors, of course, and make little more than a story to tell around the fire. But it is told. And thus they live on.”

I’m not crying, you are.

But in all honesty, I’m so sad. This was probably one of the most bittersweet endings to one of my favorite series. The Young Elites trilogy is one of the few YA series I anticipated from start to finish for each book: I was excited for TYE, then TRS, and now this one. This book isn’t perfect—it’s my least favorite out of the three—but damn is it good.

There is something about it, something about the way it’s written that makes it so special for me. It’s different: there are dark characters, but you don’t know a truly dark character unless you’ve read this series. Adelina is…me. She is me if I had the powers, if I didn’t control myself, and I love that about her. She’s so unstable. She’s evil. She enjoys the feeling of being better, of being above, and no one says it, but it is true. We all savor things like that, that doesn’t mean we’re terrible, but we do. She’s jealous and petty and greedy and all the things we all are inside but are too scared to say.

As I said, this book was not perfect.

In fact, for a majority of the book, I wasn’t even enjoying it so much. I was disappointed, either because my expectations were so high, or because I wasn’t reading it at the right time. But then I sat down and read the last 70 pages and…I remembered why I loved this series so much. And how much it impacted me emotionally. How much I felt for Adelina and her relationships with everyone. The ending? The ending was precisely what I was looking for.

[If it had ended happily, I would not be satisfied this right now. In fact, I’m not even giving it five stars because it just wasn’t THAT good. The others were definitely better…but my heart aches thinking about it and it’s sentimental value for me is too much.

I am so happy with the ending. It wasn’t extremely sad, but it was the perfect amount. If Adelina and everyone else came out unscathed, that would be unrealistic considering the circumstances they were in. So I like how she died, and how Violette made a deal and how she came back as a star and met up with Magiano. Oh, that was perfect. I can’t explain how much I adore that. (hide spoiler)]

I just…

I…

I don’t know what to say. The definition of this book for me is: bittersweet. I am for sure going to miss this world and these characters and the craziness of it all. :’)

4 stars. (Though I’m still indecisive, honestly).

Have you read this series? (Or this book?) How did you like it? Do you agree with my opinions? Let’s talk!

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I Met MARIE LU! Event Thoughts & Summary

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to tell you guys about my experience meeting Marie Lu about two weeks ago. If you didn’t know, Marie Lu has been one of my favorite authors for over two years now. I first read Legend towards the end of 7th grade and now I am in 10th grade, so it’s been a while. However, ever since, I’ve always loved her books and that definitely hasn’t changed.

And so, of course, I’ve always wanted to meet her. In fact, Marie Lu was on my top five list of authors I’d like to meet, and when I found out she would be coming to my local Barnes and Noble’s, I was ecstatic. I immediately notified my best friend who loves Marie Lu even more than I do, and we were SO HYPED.

Although it was a Thursday night, it was packed and there were a lot of people. Marie Lu came and she talked about The Midnight Star a little bit and then took questions. They were giving bottles and bags to people who asked questions, and luckily, I was the third person Marie Lu called on! So now I actually have a signed bottle haha.

The question I asked was, “What can you tell us about future books?” The adorable Marie Lu told us about how she is writing Warcross, which is actually set in the very near future and is about video games!! She told us that she was writing Warcross when she needed a break from the darkness of The Young Elites (which is one of my favorites.) Anyway, after the Q&A we got into the signing and line and after about an hour of waiting…IT WAS MY TURN!

I was so excited that I practically forgot my stuff on her table. I told her about how much I love her books and how much my friend and I wanted to meet her. We took a picture together, and let me tell you guys, Marie Lu is so cute. I think I say this about all authors, but literally: authors are the cutest, most precious people on earth. Finally, right as I was about to leave, a thought randomly popped into my head: what if I asked Marie to sign the cover of my copy of The Midnight Star? So that it would be extra special?

So now I have a copy of TMS signed TWICE, and the cover looks even more beautiful. ❤ Marie Lu also told me that I was the first person who asked her to do something like this, which for me is an HONOR. *cries happy tears*

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marie lu signing some books!

And…that was my wonderful experience meeting her! I still cannot believe entirely that I met her. For over two years her books have been such a big part of my life that I don’t have the words to express my feelings. :’)

That wraps it up for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my experience 🙂 Any comments? Please let me know! (Also, if you want more pictures of the books and my bottle, just ask!)

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I Need YOUR Opinions!

Hey everyone! As you may or may not have realized, I haven’t posted for nearly two weeks and I haven’t been very actively commenting as I used to (before school started.) First of all, I’d like to apologize for this reason. I thought last year was hard, this year is a million times harder, and though I’m happier, school is taking ALL of my time.

The spare moments I do get for myself I tend to watch Turkish shows or read, although little. (I haven’t finished a book besides Empire of Storms since September.) And when I blog, I absolutely hate blogging about random stuff. I like spending time and writing a really nice post. Because I haven’t had the time, I couldn’t post.

On top of that, I’m feeling very uninspired to write. I WANT to read and write so much; there are so many things I want to tell you guys about, so many books I am excited about, but I don’t have time to even think about these things let alone write about them. So, I decided I would set myself a goal: publish at least one post per week, according to what you guys want. Lately I’ve been getting very little traffic which has to do with the fact that I’m posting very little but also because…are you guys not interested in what I post?

So I am asking you guys what you want. Leave me suggestions, I’m up for anything honestly! Some choices can be:  book tags, book reviews, rants, discussions on certain topics, favorite books, least favorite books, top ten tuesdays, funny posts, etc. Please please PLEASE comment!

Thank you so much for baring with me and my blog. If you care just a little bit, I would love it if you commented as if no one comments…well, then I am going to be even less motivated to post.

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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…)

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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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Fun, Easy-To-Read Book Recommendations?

Hey guys! Sorry if I don’t blog as much this month. Since school started, it has basically consumed all of my time so most of the posts you will see will be scheduled. Anyways, this isn’t going to be a long post, but rather a question for me.

I’m in a mood to read some quick, easy somewhat “guilty pleasure” books after I read Empire of Storms. I don’t really want to read anything with too much explicit content, but I think some form of New Adult will be fine. (It can have sexy scenes, but I’d rather it have some more plot as well–I’m still a YA reader and I don’t want to be reading really detailed stuff haha.) Also–please don’t recommend Colleen Hoover–as I don’t think her books are my cup of tea, though I might try another one. Basically, what I’m looking for is something like ACOMAF haha.

I plan on picking up Paper Princess by Erin Watt as I heard it’s a lot of fun to read–please tell me how you liked it if you read it! The reason I’m looking for books like these is because sometimes I am way too tired to immerse myself into a high fantasy novel, and I’d rather something easy on my brain especially since I am so exhausted after school. But of course, I don’t want to read erotica, so…I’m very open to suggestions!

And finally, I’d love it if the book has some form of fantasy element. 🙂 Also, I’ve already read soo many Jennifer L. Armentrout books that I’m not really interested in anymore, so if you have anything else that’d be great.

Thank you so much! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give recs!

Also I promise my next post will be better than this! ❤

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