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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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Dream Reading Space

Hey everyone! In today’s post I wanted to share with you guys what an ideal reading space would look like for me. Generally, I’ll read anywhere and everywhere as long as there’s not too much noise, but these, obviously, would be ideal.

My favorite place to read is somewhere that’s quiet, cozy, but not too cozy–otherwise I’ll fall asleep haha. So I’m generally comfortable with a sectional sofa that’s soft and has pillows and space where I can stretch my legs out.. Basically, something kind of like this:

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Picture from https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/

Also, lighting is super important for me.. It’s actually just as important as the area I’m actually reading on, because if it’s a little too dark (again) I might fall asleep. I tend to get tired sometimes and if I’m in that really comfortable position…you can probably tell what’ll happen.

So, to not get too comfortable, I’m also fine with something like this:

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Coincidentally, I’m pretty sure the couch in the picture (from my own home) was also from Arhaus–the same company that the furniture from the other pictures are from! (P.S: I love this couch. It’s sturdy but still comfortable at the same time and makes sure I don’t fall asleep, haha!)

Additionally, I also don’t mind reading on my desk when I’m in the mood, especially if I’m sitting in a comfortable chair and I have good lighting. To add to the ~aesthetic~ I love desk lamps like this one:

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Picture from Arhaus

Anyway, to get more back into the reading area, for me a dream space consists more than just the surroundings. Ideally I’d like to read in a quiet environment with a smoothie or coffee to drink, and maybe some snacks if I’m hungry. And of course, I hate being exhausted when I’m reading, so it’s best if it’s not a school day!

Kind of on a side note to ending this post–I saw this on the Arhaus website, and isn’t this so pretty?!

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It makes me want to go live in a cabin or something. 🙂

That’s it for this post! I hope you guys enjoyed this slightly different post than usual–and please, please talk with me! I know I haven’t been as active but I’m barely getting any interaction and it makes me so sad.

Thanks everyone!!

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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)

HUGE Bookish Giveaway Link

Good luck again!

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Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

HI GUYS!! I’m finally on spring break, and I’m so happy! (Well, kinda. I’m also kind of disappointed in myself and I’m really, really tired, but hopefully I can read at least *two* books and write a bunch of blog posts.)

A few weeks ago I watched Beauty and the Beast, and although I didn’t love it THAT much, it was still so much fun to watch and I decided to do the tag. So without further ado, here we go! (This tag was created by Du Livre–post is linked here!)–Images also from her blog.

1. A villain you can’t help but love.

Instead of going with a cliche answer like Six of Crows, (because you all know I always choose it), I’m gonna go ahead and say Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites. Honestly though, this is also a cliche answer because I love love love Adelina. She’s literally the most villainous main character I’ve ever read from and has no idea of fairness or justice except for herself.

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2. Your OTP

You really think I have one answer to this question? This is extremely hard, as you all know. This time I’m going to go with Emma and Julian from Lady Midnight because the release is coming sooner–which I am oh so excited for–and I miss this world so much. It makes my heart hurt a bit thinking about them and I can’t wait to see what other events will unfold in the next book.

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3. A Character That’s Destined for Bigger Things

Who else but Lada from one of my favorite books ever, And I Darken? SERIOUSLY. And actually, almost all the main characters (Mehmed–obviously.) Lada is such a strong and awesome main character who has to combat women’s suppression in her time period but she has so much potential and I can literally FEEL it coming in the next book.

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4. A Book That Makes You Hungry

I’m also going to go ahead and choose The Wrath and the Dawn like the creator of this tag did. GUYS THE FOOD DESCRIPTIONS IN THIS BOOK ARE AMAZING. I mean, I may also be a bit biased because it’s all Middle Eastern food (which is my favorite type of food), but still. It literally makes me hungry thinking about it.

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5. Beauty and the Beast: Opposites Attract

I haven’t talked too much about this book because I’ve been blogging so little, but not only is The Sun is Also a Star an AMAZING book about family and love and the world in general, but the two main characters are both incredibly diverse and also polar opposites. I thought this was a beautiful novel and I would 10/10 recommend you to read it especially if you love contemporaries. (It’ll make you think. Seriously).

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That’s it for this tag! It was so much fun to do and I liked that it wasn’t too long because a lot of times tags take, like, over an hour for me to write. I tag…

And you, if you’d like to do this tag!

I hope you enjoyed reading & I’ve missed talking to you guys!

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A Book I’m Super, Super Excited About (#1)

Hellooooooooooooooo!!!

Sorry. That was a bit too extra. Let me try again.

Hi guys!! I’ve missed blogging so, so much. This month was probably one of the worst blogging months I’ve had in a long time–including this post, I’ve only put up three. I thought school was hard a few months ago? Hah. Ha. March has been SO crazy for me. AP tests are coming soon and I’ve been sleeping late and just…tired.

Anyway, today I decided to write about a book I’m super, super excited about, as the title tells you. I was looking at my old blog posts and was on Goodreads, trying to catch up with all the book news when…

I see this:

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Now, in case you didn’t know–Jasmine Warga is the author of My Heart and Other Black Holes, one of my favorite books ever. I read it around two years ago, and ever since, I have been waiting for Warga to put out another book. For so long I waited for some book news to come out, and it finally did. I love the adorable peach color of the cover and this is the synopsis:

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

I’m literally so excited.

Not only is this about an Arab-American (I’m not Arab, but go Middle Eastern protagonists!) but it’s by one of my favorite authors. It comes out November 7th of this year and I just CAN’T wait.

Have you guys heard about this book? Or read Warga’s debut? (Please do; it’s wonderful. This is the cover of MH&OBH)

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I just hope that this one will be just as good!


On a side note, I am thinking of starting a series of blog posts that are somewhat short like this one about upcoming books that I am super, super excited about. What do you guys think? Please let me know!

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