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Reading Slowly: A Discussion

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk about something that is super relevant to me: reading slowly. Or actually, not being able to read. I like to think I’m a pretty fast reader. I used to be able to get through 10 books a month, and I can finish a book in a sitting or two. But that’s not the problem.

No, the problem for me is that I can barely finish any books anymore in a normal time span. It takes me a month or at least a few weeks, because I just can’t bring myself to read when I’m tired.

And I absolutely despise this.

Reading like this takes away from my experience. I read 100 pages one day, then I can’t pick up my book for two weeks, and I’ve lost track of where I was and forgotten what’s going on. Or I’ll stretch out the book so much that I’ll get bored of the characters even if the book itself is good, because I just want to try something new.

My thoughts get diluted when it takes me so long to read, because so many other things are in my head. I like being engrossed in a story completely. I like thinking of it when I’m doing other things, relating it to my everyday life–I like blogging about it. But when I can only read so little over such a long time period, this doesn’t happen. I think about all the other books I want to read, even when I’m enjoying the story.

Anyway, I’ve only read 5 books this whole year and I kind of wanted to talk about it. Are there any other bloggers who feel the same way as I do? I’d love to talk if anyone can relate!

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Books I’d Love To Read in June

Hi guys!

As the school year starts to end a little (well, three weeks but still…) I want to make sure I read a bit more than usual. My goal for June is to read at least three books, which may sound little, but considering the fact that I’ve read a book a month this whole year–it’s a lot.

First, I want to finish A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, which I actually only have 200 pages left of.

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(By the way: it’s real good. I’m loving it, obviously.)

The second book I MUST read is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare–this is probably my most anticipated read of the year and I just. Can’t. Wait. I know it’s already been released, but I need to buy it and make sure I can read it without any distractions.

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The other books on this list I know I won’t get to ALL, but I’d love to pick them up.

One of these books is Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali–a book about a Muslim-American (like me!) This is the first book that I can think of right now that is about a Muslim American teenager, and I think it’s super important for books like this to be published considering…everything. It seems really cute but also meaningful, so I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint!

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Another is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon–which is also a contemporary with diverse characters. I really miss reading contemporary books that are light and fun, since lately I’ve been reading only fantasy.

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Finally, I want to read Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. This is one of my favorite contemporary series ever–the cuteness, the characters, everything. I started reading it in 8th grade and I can’t wait (or can I?…) to see how everything wraps up. It’s going to be bittersweet but I know I’m going to enjoy it. :’)

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I know I won’t get to all of these, but hopefully sometime during the summer I will.

Thanks for reading guys! What books are you excited about this month? Let me know–I’d love some recommendations!

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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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HUGE Surprise Bookish Giveaway!!

HI GUYS! Today I wanted to surprise you all (obviously) with a HUGE book giveaway! I’ve been wanting to do a giveaway for a long time and I finally compiled enough stuff to give to one lucky winner. This is just a thank you in general for sticking around for over two years. ❤

This giveaway includes:

  • 5 ARCs, a bunch of posters, bookmarks, snippets, pins, decorations, bookish jewelry and SO MUCH BOOKISH SWAG. This is a picture with all the compiled stuff:

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Now that doesn’t look like a lot, but trust me, it is. It’s just that a bunch of stuff is concealed in that photo, but here are some other photos:

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TRUST ME, I’m not exaggerating when I’m saying I’m giving away a LOT of stuff.

The Rules:

  • You must be at least 18+ years old or have your parent’s permission to join this giveaway, since if you win, you’ll have to share your address with me.
  • You MUST follow me here (on this blog) to join the giveaway, but there are five other ways to earn “points” and have more of a chance to win (as linked below in the Rafflecopter widget.)
  • This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by any publisher or company, and I am doing this only because I want to.
  • This giveaway runs from today, April 14th, to two weeks later, April 28th, 12:00 A.M. EST.
  • I will contact the giveaway winner two weeks later and if you don’t reply within 24 hours a second winner will be chosen.
  • This giveaway is only for U.S. residents, unfortunately. If you do not have a U.S. address you won’t be able to win. Sorry 😦

That’s it! I hope you guys join and GOOD LUCK! (P.S: Click the link below to be led to the giveaway)

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Good luck again!

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Blog Posts to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write

Hello everyone!! Long time no blogging, once again. I literally had to push myself to sit down and write a blog post because I kept procrastinating.

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to give you guys (and myself, honestly) a list of bookish blog posts to write when you’re not feeling particularly inspired. I know this often happens to me and I decided: why not? So here we go!

  1. Talk about your favorite/least favorite books–This is one of my most favorite topics. Gushing/ranting is so so fun.
  2. What books are being released that you can’t contain your excitement about?
  3. Discuss your rating and reviewing. What do you look for in a book?
  4. Favorite characters/OTPs/villains…anything really.
  5. Most annoying pet peeves (can be bookish or non-bookish, really)
  6. Been to any signings or events? Tell me about your experience!
  7. Book tags–these are always SO great. Honestly, just go search online and you’ll find a million. They’re so fun and take a unique twist on things.
  8. What got you into reading?
  9. Childhood books/books that bring back nostalgia
  10. Best/Worst book covers
  11. Underrated books more people should hear about
  12. Overrated books that you’re sick of hearing about
  13. If you like X, then you should read X!
  14. Reviews that are written in unconventional ways
  15. Favorite genre and why?
  16. Like any fan art? Do you have any recommendations?
  17. Diverse book recommendations/why diversity is so important
  18. What would be the recipe for the perfect book?
  19. Books that made you cry/laugh/feel any emotion
  20. Write a list! Like this one 😉 They’re fun to write and usually don’t take up as much as time as other posts.

Anyway, I know this was one of my lower-quality posts, but it got me more excited to write future posts so yay! I hope this helps some of you and I’d love to talk about posts that you like writing/would like to see.

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2 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!

Hi everyone!! Today I am writing a post that I consider pretty important, (obviously because of the title), because this blog turns TWO today!

Two years ago today, I created this blog, advertised it, posted my first post, designed it, and now here I am, still blogging. Although many things have changed since two years, one thing that has remained constant in my life is blogging. Sure, I might not be able to blog as much as I did (as an 8th grader I had a lot of time haha), but I’m still here and I’m still active.

Throughout the course of these two years, blogging helped me get through some pretty tough times. Whenever I needed an outlet to de-stress I’d come here and talk about it. I made a lot of friends that I still talk to and discovered so many new books. For two years, blogging has been such an essential part of my life and I hope I never stop blogging.

And so, I wanted to make this post kind of to reflect on two years. Throughout two years, I posted 212 posts, 213 including this one. 212 posts where I sat down and let you guys read about my feelings, rants, concerns, towards not only books, but my life in general. I learned how to properly “review” and a lot of my opinions from my first posts have changed. (Reading through old posts kind of makes me cringe).

In the end, I just want to thank all of you who still read my blog, two years later. Thanks for making my blogging experience so great. Happy Birthday, AloofBooks!

Love,

Silanur.

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Unexpected Favorite Books

I’m going to smack myself in the head. (I’m serious). I’ve been telling myself over and over and over again to just sit down and write a blog post. But it’s been two weeks and I”m only getting to it now! Gah. I’m so sorry. I’m trying to get back into reading and blogging more but…it’s the usual story. AKA, school is consuming me.

Anyway, today I decided I would write a post that Melissa over at Rabid Reads suggested: my unexpected favorite books! I may or may not do a part two about this post based on you guys’ feedback about books I did not like, but here we go!

I am generally not that surprised by my favorite books. I tend to pick up books I think I will enjoy, and last year, about 80% of the books I read were from authors I had already read from before. So, I usually know what I’m getting into before reading it. However, there have been of course times where I did not expect to like a book so much but ended up LOVING it, and that’s what I’ll be talking about today!

*Note: these are only my favorite books–so this list won’t be too long although there are other books I was surprised by.*

  • Still one of my favorite books–even though I read it two years ago–is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. I can’t stress how much I love this book but sadly not many people know about it. When I read it two years ago I just picked it up randomly and at first I thought it was really weird…until I finished it in a couple sittings and realized: Wow. That…was beautiful. This is one of the first books I read where I was shocked by how much I loved it.

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  • Next I have My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga–another book I read about two years ago. I picked it up and read a sentence and thought: This is so good! Little did I know I would finish it in a day, which was unusual for me at the time, and fall in love with it. I would really like to reread it now because it has been so long, but thinking of it still makes me happy and I think I relate to it even more now. (Deals with heavy topics like depression)

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  • Then, similar to my story of Ava Lavender, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I bought this book at a library sale and randomly started reading it, only to become totally and completely encapsulated by it. Again, same theme: a beautiful beautiful beautiful book.

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  • And I Darken by Kiersten White has a slightly different story. For this one, I had expectations before going in but I was very skeptical because I didn’t want things to be misrepresented or off. However, because I didn’t expect to like it that much…I think I fell in love with it more. It blew my mind: the story, the characters, the dynamics. All so amazing.

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  • Now, getting closer to some of my more recent reads, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. I literally only meant to read one page of this book. That’s it! The next thing I knew, I was sitting on my couch on page 50 in like 20 minutes, completely engrossed in the story. (Of course I finished it in a day.) This also blew my mind, in an emotional way–I definitely know why this book is so popular.

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  • And last but not least, my last read–which I haven’t talked about on here, but a review is coming: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. I had read Yoon’s previous book before it was published and thought it was okay: fun, but not impacting. So I went into this book thinking I would enjoy it but not love it. Wrong. This book was extremely deep, thought-provoking, and went into subjects about race and family and what love actually is. It was so well done. Hopefully, a review will be going up soon!

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And that’s it for this post! I really hope you enjoyed reading it because I’m taking time from my (precious, precious) sleep. I’ve really missed blogging and I can’t wait to write more posts!

What were some books YOU were surprised by? Please let me know!

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