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The Struggle of A Busy Summer & Not Reading Enough

Hey everyone! I am currently working on publishing a review of Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, but it’s taking me a little while because I have a lot to talk about. For me, so far, this summer has been…different. Usually, I end up going to Turkey; spend some time there, and then come back. But this year I had to stay for an internship, and besides that, I have an online history course that I need to complete–both of which are eating up all my time.

Complaining during the school year about not being able to read was one thing. But it’s a whole other level of bad when you can’t do things you like over the summer. Like–this is supposed to be my free time! This is when I’m supposed to sleep late and wake up late; when I’m supposed to lose track of what day of the week it is. But sadly–no. It’s been a little over three weeks since school ended, and I’ve just finished three books. (Two of which I had to, because they were sensitivity reads).

Anyway, the reason I’m writing this post is to explain my lack of other posts. I don’t really know what to write about, you know? I could write discussion posts, yes, but I feel like a) they take super long to write and I end up getting burnt out by the time I can even finish the post and b) no one ever reads them. I’m serious. Book tags? Aren’t very appealing to me at this point anymore. I like writing reviews, and I’m not reading enough to do so, as always.

Sigh. It doesn’t really matter much anymore, does it? I know I should be blogging for myself, but the fun of it all is that other people read it (besides my family and close friends, whom I know lurk on my blog sometimes).

All that aside, I also don’t really know what I feel like reading right now. To be quite honest, I’m feeling really disconnected from the book world, and none of the books I own that I haven’t read yet seem that appealing. I don’t know. Maybe I’m being too picky.

Talk to you guys later, (hopefully when I actually have something to talk about)

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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. 🙂

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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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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Countdown to Halloween: Book Shoutout #1 (Mara Dyer)

Hey guys! Before I start…wow, it’s been such a long time since I’ve sat down, a little less stressed and not in a hurry, to write a blog post. My app, as I’ve said before, isn’t working properly and it just felt so good to be able to go through my feed and see all of the posts even if I couldn’t read all of them.

I’ve missed reading so much. I haven’t read a full book in over 6 or so weeks, and I haven’t avidly read in like…over a year. Sitting down and going through my feed made me realize how much I miss it, and the sad part is, I probably won’t be able to for a while. Regardless, I wanted to start a series of posts until Halloween in which I feature a specific book I’ve read/want to read that’s creepy, scary, or Halloween related.

I read the Mara Dyer series over three years ago, back when I was in 8th grade, and I naturally loved it. I recognize now that there are lots of flaws and points that aren’t that well written, but, well, I still love the books. I remember them as being addicting, intriguing, and slightly creepy but not necessarily horror–and I love that creep factor.

When Michelle Hodkin announced that she would be writing a spin-off trilogy, then, I was naturally SUPER excited, and I still am. I’ve been counting down for the release for years now–and it’s finally getting closer. The Becoming of Noah Shaw is going to be released November 7th, and guys. I can’t wait. I can’t wait to go back into this world and be immersed in a story with Mara and Noah. I miss these characters so much and that’s why I just HAD to do my first shout-out on this series/book.

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Also, I love all the covers so much, but this one especially. (I also love the fact that this new trilogy seems to be the opposite of the first one…The Unbecoming vs the Becoming, the fire/ashes instead of the water…all so cleverly designed.)

If you don’t know, the Mara Dyer trilogy is like the book version of crack. I’m serious. Once you start reading, you can’t stop. There are some cringy parts, but the overall enjoyment is worth it. Plot twists, romance, etc. And it will definitely get you in the mood for Halloween.

Are you excited for this book to come out as much as I am? Let’s discuss!

I hope you guys enjoyed this shortish post, and will keep following for my next shout-out.

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The Disappointment of A Book-To-Screen Adaptation

Yes…this post is about, for me, the dreadful experience of watching the process of a book I’ve read becoming a movie or show. Ever since I’ve known myself, I’ve never liked it when a book becomes a movie or show. The process of seeing the characters being cast, going to the movies to watch it, and then slowly seeing everyone else watch it even if they would have normally never picked up the book.

Or, to cut to the short, watching a book (especially one I love) become mainstream: I hate it. I’m happy for the author, of course, because they deserve that recognition–but whenever something becomes extremely mainstream (I’m not just talking about popular within the book world), I just…drop it. The old spark to it is gone. And this, my friends, I can say ALWAYS happens when the book is adapted to a movie or show.

There’s a million reasons why I don’t like it. The initial reason is, I am usually disappointed with the cast. I don’t remember a single book where I thought the actors cast matched their characters. And I know it may be superficial, but for me, the appearances matter. I want to see my beloved characters close to how I imagine them, and often times, they’re not cast with their physical appearances in the books.

The second reason is disappointment that comes with the movie itself. They almost never get it right. It’s rare where they change parts of the book and still make it as good. In fact, they almost always change so much of the books that it’s completely different. I mean, you’d think, how can they screw it up so much, considering they already have a plot and characters and everything in the book? But they just do.

The third reason is that it ruins my image of the book. After watching a movie, I can’t think of the characters with nothing other than the actors that were cast. I mix up plot lines and if I don’t like the movie, it sometimes messes up what I think of the book.

Of course, there are a million smaller reasons why, but these three pop into my mind first. The reason I started writing this is because of all the casting news about the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series. This is probably my all time favorite contemporary series, and I’m currently reading Always and Forever, Lara Jean. So naturally, I’m really protective about it.

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At this point I’m kind of tired of hearing books becoming movies/shows, but for this one I was especially exasperated. Not only is it a special series for me, but it just doesn’t seem like it would be that good of a movie. It’s not that the books aren’t good themselves–I love them–but just that I feel they would lose that spark on the screen. These books don’t have that much plot. They’re more of Lara Jean’s thoughts and attitude over time. How is a movie supposed to capture that?

How is a movie supposed to capture all of the small details that make these books so cute? On top of that, I’m not very happy with the cast either. Generally, the characters cast (besides Kitty) are nothing like how I imagined them in the book. For me, Lara Jean has always been the cover model of the books, and I can’t help but feel disappointed.

Obviously, I’m super happy for Jenny Han because she seems really excited about this, but I just don’t feel it. These books are fluffy perfection and I just can’t see a movie getting that across.

Anyway, I think I conveyed what I wanted to in this post and I hope you enjoyed reading it too! Of course there are probably exceptions to the things I said–for example, I thought The Hunger Games movies were really good and as accurate as they could be–but generally, I end up disappointed.

I’m really passionate about this topic and I’d love to discuss it with you!

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Reasons To Read A Victoria Schwab Book

Hi everyone!  I just finished reading This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, and it reminded me how much I love her books so I decided I might as well make this post about why YOU–if you haven’t already read her books–should pick them up too!

Just some of her books! (Most of which I haven’t read but really want to.)

As of right now, I’ve read The Archived, The Unbound, and This Savage Song, though I am currently reading Our Dark Duet. I think out of the three I’ve finished, The Unbound is my favorite, but all of them are super good. (I need to get to her adult books ASAP.)

So, here are some reasons you should read them:

  1. The writing is fabulous. There are so many amazing quotes and paragraphs and while you’re reading you can see the story unravel. For example:

“Because the only way to truly record a person is not in words, not in still frames, but in bone and skin and memory.” –The Archived

2. The plot is simply marvelous. That’s the only way I can describe it. I don’t know how Schwab comes up with all twists and turns, but she does and it’s pretty much perfect.

3. I haven’t talked about the characters yet, but the characters are probably the BEST part of her stories. They’re not flat or fake, there’s a reasoning behind why each one acts the way they do. I understand their motives and actions, and it just makes the story more realistic despite the fact that her books are fantasy.

4. The worlds, or the atmosphere of the books is so well written that you’ll be intoxicated with the story. They’re just so unique and intriguing and seem simple but are just so much more than that.

5. And probably my favorite part: they make you think. I don’t just read her books, I end up thinking about them afterwards. They have meaning to them that I often can’t find with other story books, and that’s probably why I love them so much.

(P.S: You should also read them–especially The Archived–because they have some swoon-worthy characters there like Wesley. He’s my favorite!!!)

Have you read a Schwab book? Which was your favorite? Which one should I read next–ADSOM or Vicious? Let me know!

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The 50 Bookish Questions Tag

Hi guys! I haven’t done a book tag in a while, so today I decided to do one that’s a bit long. I’m going to try to answer the questions as quickly as possibly–here we go!

1. What was the last book you read?

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

2. Was it a good one?

Yup! I gave it four stars.

3. What made it good?

The characters, mostly. The plot wasn’t that surprising or amazing, but since I love the characters, I enjoyed it.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

I guess yea–though it’s so popular, most people have already read it. (There ARE other amazing books though!)

5. How often do you read?

I used to read super often, but during school times, I can barely read every few days and that’s if I am lucky–usually I end up only reading over the weekends. Now, since it’s summer, I can finally read everyday!

6. Do you like to read?

Hmm…I wonder why I run a book blog….

7. What was the last bad book you read?

Most of the books I’ve been reading recently have been good (also I only read 6 books so far this year anyway) but I think the one I disliked was Wink Poppy Midnight which I actually read like a year ago haha.

8. What made you dislike it?

It felt really disconnected, random, and I couldn’t understand any of the characters. It could have been cool but it ended up being just a weird book that felt like it wasn’t planned out at all.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes yes yes! I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember…but I can never just sit down and write. All my ideas are short-story like and I can’t think of a full-blown novel plot, which is what I wish to do.

10. Has any book influenced you greatly?

Of course. The one that’s a classic answer for me is Percy Jackson as it got me into reading, but another one is Divergent because it got me into YA and blogging.

11. Do you read fan fiction?

No. I get why other people might, but it would ruin my image of characters that the actual author created and I just generally don’t approve of it.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Hahahhaha no.

13. What’s your favorite book?

You really expect me to be able to choose one? (Though I have a list of favorites on this blog, it’s really outdated so I don’t wanna link that.)

14. What’s your least favorite book?

Some of my least favorite books are Switched by Amanda Hocking, Half Bad by Sally Green, and The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury.

15. Do you prefer physical books or e-books?

Physical books, definitely. Though I do like reading from e-books when I’m traveling.

16. When did you learn to read?

When I was in kindergarten I think? I’m not sure. (So around 5)

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

The Giver by Lois Lowry (which I read in 5th grade) and also Walk Two Moons by Samantha Shannon. I loved both of them, surprisingly.

18. What is your favorite book series?

Again…I really can’t choose. But any Cassandra Clare book or the Percy Jackson series.

19. Who is your favorite author?

….can’t choose?

20. What is your favorite genre?

Fantasy. I have always loved fantasy, and any sub-genre of it. ❤

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Just from a random series? From Throne of Glass, it’s definitely Dorian. I’ve loved him from the start.

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

Yes–and it’s my favorite thing when I forget that I’m reading and I am completely engrossed in a story.

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

Usually I think stand-alones should stay stand-alones because often times the sequels end up disappointing and stretched out. However, I’d love to read another book in the world of The Night Circus since I love it so so much.

24. Which book do you wish didn’t have a sequel?

I know this is going to be a…different answer, but the Divergent series. I loved Divergent, but the other two just ended up being disappointing. I feel like if it was one book, it would’ve remained one of my favorites.

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

During school time? A month at least. Outside of school, a week or maybe a few days.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

No no no no no no. I actually despise it.

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?

Percy Jackson movies, anyone?

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

I really liked Paper Towns–actually more than the book–and I want to reread the book so I can get a better feel of it again.

29. Do you read newspapers?

No, not really.

30. Do you read magazines?

Again, not really.

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?

Magazines if I had to choose I guess.

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yup! One of the most comfortable spots to read.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

Omg I’ve never even tried it haha.

34. Do you read while in the car?

Yes! It’s actually where I get most of my reading done. (Well on the bus, anyway, but same thing.)

35. Do you read while in the bath?

Again, never tried it.

36. Are you a fast reader?

I think so–it’s more of just that I don’t have time to sit down and read a lot of times, which is why it takes me so long to finish some books.

37. Are you a slow reader?

Nah, not really. ^

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

Anywhere comfortable, not anywhere in particular.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

A lot of times, yes, especially if I am tired and if there are too many distractions or if the book is particularly boring.

40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

I’d prefer it, yea. But I can read even if there is sound, as long as it isn’t obnoxious.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

My mom really got me into reading as a kid, so I guess her.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

After I finish Lord of Shadows, I’d love to read This Savage Song but honestly I’m not sure.

43. When did you start to read chapter books?

I think by first grade I was reading small chapter books meant for little kids, but in third grade I started reading full length novels. (Like Percy Jackson.)

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Honestly, can’t choose right now.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Cassandra Clare or Rick Riordan.

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

  I don’t really know haha.

47. What book have you reread the most?

I don’t reread books much anymore, but when I was little I read The Lightning Thief at least five times.

48. Which books do you consider “classics”?

Any book that can be brought up at any time all across the world that will still be recognized–something that doesn’t grow old or become forgotten.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school?

Animal Farm–I thought it was really interesting when I read it for school, though there are other books but I can’t think of them right now.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

I don’t think any books in particular should be banned, but since it is supposed to be a school environment, I don’t think anything too explicit or inappropriate should be allowed, especially for kids.

Alright guys, that’s it for this long tag! Hope you all enjoyed reading through it–if you’re interested please do it too! (I’m too lazy to tag people right now haha.)

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