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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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The Truth About Why I’ve Been Blogging So Little

Hey everyone!

I have been brainstorming a nice post to write for weeks now. A discussion post? A review? A book tag? A list of books? I haven’t been able to choose, or been able to write the post, and part of it is related to the fact that I, as usual, have been reading very little. When I don’t read avidly, I usually can’t publish posts often because, truth be told, there’s not much to write about.

But the other reason is related to the fact that I think I’m in a blogging slump, and have been for months now. I’d like to think it’s related to me not reading, but I feel like that’s not the full story. Stress doesn’t help much, either, and I feel like I should tell you guys that it’s also the fact that I don’t think anyone reads this blog much anymore.

Sure, when you post less, you get less feedback. That’s expected. I’ve also been not so good at visiting other blogs, so I understand that too. But what I mean is, whenever I have discussion posts about things I’m passionate about, I rarely ever get feedback. And there is literally zero reason to post a long, passionate discussion only for no one to read it. It feels like no one cares about these issues that are important to me, and thus I’ve been unable to publish about a bunch of things that are so important to me. (Mostly about diversity issues and Middle-Easterners/Muslims in books–that I think have been mostly terriblly represented, if any, in stories, but that’s a whole other story).

Basically, I’m not sure what to do. Because I still enjoy blogging, but it’s not giving me the same enjoyment as before and I don’t want to stress about not posting–but at the same time, I don’t want to go on a hiatus. I don’t even know anymore.

Anyway, if you read this post and have any tips as to what I should do, I’d appreciate it greatly.

Thank you,

–Silanur

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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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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: A Pleasant Surprise

Hey guys!

About two weeks ago, when we had just entered 2018, I picked up An Enchantment of Ravens on a whim. I kind of just felt like trying it out; since I knew it had faeries in it…until I got hooked. I hadn’t felt like reading something avidly in such a long time, and it just felt so good. Even when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking of it and the characters.

So–I decided I might as well tell you guys a little bit about it in this review-raving post. (This is spoiler-free, so don’t worry about it).

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Isn’t the cover SO beautiful?

I personally think you don’t really need to know much about this book before going into it. It’s barely 300 pages; so if you learn too much about it, then it might spoil the book for you. The only things you should know are: it’s about faeries, and it has beautiful writing.

Now, just a heads up: this is one of those books that’s definitely a hit-or-miss. For me, it was a hit. I get why people wouldn’t like it as much–but for me, I could overlook the flaws because my enjoyment outweighed the things that would usually bug me. In fact, it was kind of out of the ordinary for me to enjoy a book like this.

Normally, I despise instalove. I’ve written so much about how much I hate it; and I still do. An Enchantment of Ravens had instalove. I still love it. For such a short book, I became so invested in the characters that I didn’t care about the fact that the romance took place in such a short bit of time. That said, let me tell you why I loved this book.

  • The writing was so pretty. Reading it, I thought I was a faerie myself, floating through this mystical world. It was poetical without the long, wordy descriptions some books have.
  • loved the characters. Yea, yea. Isobel could be stupid sometimes; she fell in love super easily, etc. etc. I didn’t care. She was also passionate and stubborn about what she wanted; she didn’t give up easily and that’s what made the story nice. Rook? I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. As a reader you expect him to be all stiff and annoying and like a trickster, but he’s actually such an innocent smol bean. He’s cluelessly adorable, but at the same time–he’s not stupid.
  • The WORLD. Anyone who knows my taste in books knows I am an absolute sucker for anything faerie related. Do books include intriguing worlds with faeries/fey who can’t lie and have all the nature-y stuff related to them? Cool. I’m in. And this was just that. Rogerson took my image of nature-bound faeries who couldn’t lie right out of my head and put it in her book.
  • And just about everything else.

Again, I feel like I need to clear this up: this book had a lot of flaws. Besides the instalove, there were a lot of plot holes that I feel like could have been addressed had the book been longer. But in actuality? I didn’t really care. I liked the fact that not everything had been cleared up, because it let the intrigue of the book stay.

My only complaint is that I wish this book was longer, since Rogerson definitely could have extended it to answer some questions. At times it felt like it was slightly rushed, as if the author needed to fit in the plot in an X amount of words. I just wish that there was another book to look forward to, especially since certain conflicts could be extended more. (Though I’m not complaining about the ending we got!)

Regardless, if you couldn’t tell, I loved this book, and I can’t wait for any other books Margaret Rogerson has to offer us. ❤

Have you read this book? How did you like it? I’d love to chat!

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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 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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