September 2017 & The Start of My Junior Year: Musings

Hello everyone!

I probably should have posted something, as it’s been over a week, but as the title of this post says, I started my junior year of high school this past week. Today’s Friday, September 1st, (it’s also Eid, so Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends!), and I wanted to write this post about things I’ve realized lately. I wasn’t feeling like writing a post about books, but if this interests you, please keep reading!

The first thing is, well, I’m a junior in high school now. I know, it sounds young to many bloggers, but I started this blog in 8th grade. I’ve changed…like, so much. I can’t believe I’m an upperclassman (!!!) now. I survived two years at a super vigorous STEM school.

Kind of along similar lines, I also turn 16 this month. And nothing’s actually happening, I know–I’m not even going to have a Sweet Sixteen–but it feels like I’ve reached a certain point in my life. I mean, 16! It’s supposed to be a great year! I finally got my permit, so I’m going to try driving soon. I don’t know. It just feels weird I guess. In my head, I’ve always idealized being sixteen in a way. Or it always seemed so far away, and now it’s right around the corner and knowing that just feels different.

One thing I’ve realized is that…I don’t think I’m ever going to be avidly reading and blogging with the same fervor as I did when I first started. Nope, this does not mean I’m quitting blogging. This most certainly does not mean I don’t enjoy reading anymore. Because I do. I love doing both, still. It’s only that at one point in my life, these two things were so important for me that I forgot about other things. And I sometimes miss that, being completely obsessed. But now I realize it’s not really the best thing–it shouldn’t be taking over my thoughts. They’re both still things that are really dear to me, and will always be. The thing is, though, I think I have to come to terms with the fact that it’s not going to be in the same way as it was two years ago.

Something else I noticed was that (in the past year, actually), contrary to popular belief, you can be good at (and love) both humanities and STEM. Why is there such a distinct line between the two? Why do you have to be either a “STEM” student or a “humanities” student? Because heck, I’m not that good at biology, but I still love it, and I am better at humanities classes, but that doesn’t mean I can’t pursue a career in STEM. Anyway, I want to talk about this later, but just food for thought.

I also realized, I mean–I had always known it, but I especially realized–I reaaallly want to do something art related in college. I’ve never taken an actual art course since fourth grade, but I really love drawing. I’m definitely not that good, but considering the fact that I’m pretty much self-taught…I like to think I’m not that bad, either.

Similarly, I want to learn a new language SO bad. Arabic, for practicality (since I already speak Turkish, and Arabic would be useful in the Middle East), and Russian, purely out of interest. It would be SO cool.

Finally, of course I have other things to say, but maybe for later, I want to have more posts like this on my blog. Of course this blog will still be book-related mostly, but I want it to be a bit more personal. Plus, I can put up posts even when I’m not reading that much. I’ll probably call all of these posts “Musings”. Some of my old posts have a really childish voice, and these posts might balance them since I’ll probably talk about more serious stuff. Anyway, I hope you’re interested in that!

I honestly don’t know who read through this whole jumble of thoughts, but if you did, thank you! It truly means a lot to me. Even if no one did, it felt good to write in a “mature” way on this blog–it kind of helps me sort out my feelings. (Please tell me if you did in fact read all the way through!)

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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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Books I’d Really Like To Read Before 2017

Hey everyone! So first I would just like to say once again that I am sorry for being so inactive. This time, not only was it school and my mental health, but the election and everything…

That being said, let’s get onto a lighter mood, shall we? Since September, I’ve only finished one book so far, and started three others, sadly. This weekend, though, I hope to finish two of the books I started already, and then read a book from this list. It won’t be long just because I don’t think I’ll be able to read more than seven books, but here here it is!

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The first book I’d like to finish is The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. I’m over halfway done so I believe I will be able to. 🙂

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That’s ^ the second book I hope to finish by the end of the year–which I am flying through right now and loving more than I thought I would, so hopefully I’ll finish it soon.

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And finally, the third book I want to finish is Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I actually checked this out from the library and read 300 pages, but I had to return it and so now I’m stuck. 😦 Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it before I forget where I was at!

Now onto the books I want to read from the start…

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  1. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold–Last year when I read Mosquitoland, I fell in love with it. It was amazing in all the weirdest ways and I’m super pumped to buy and read this.

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2. The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies–I picked this book up randomly at Barnes and Noble’s and started reading it when I realized…I really liked it, and I hope to actually read it by the end of 2016!

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4. And last but not least, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I’m too lazy to link a cover right now, but I hope to read this during winter break although it’s really long so honestly I don’t know…

That’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed reading it–let’s talk! I know this wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but I want to know your opinions on these books. What books do YOU want to read before 2016 ends?

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July: My Month in Review | Wrap Up & Highlights

Usually I’m waiting for the months to pass by–if it’s the school year–but right now, I want time to stop because minute by minute by summer break is slipping away. 😦 We’re going into August, and I just want time to kinda freeze. Anyways, here’s my wrap up for the month!

what’s been happening in my [real] life?

My school has been out for over a month now, and I am so so happy. I went to Turkey for three weeks because of my uncle’s wedding, and it was fun but also very stressful. You all probably already know about it, but after the coup and stuff, well…Turkey was in a really stressed mood. I’m glad to be back home in the US, though I did have some fun there! I sure ate a LOT of kebabs haha.

Because I didn’t have school, I obviously read and blogged much more than previous months, however still not as much as I would have liked. But its okay, since I was travelling and jetlagged so its understandable. Right now I’m pretty much not doing anything at home (its great though!) so I don’t really have much to write about.

what’s been happening on my blog?

I wrote a bunch of blog posts; some of which kind of flopped because no one saw them (I was really upset about it) and some others that actually attracted a lot of people. Here they are!

So in total 7 posts including this one!

what about bookish updates/wrap-ups?

This month, I read 6 and ALMOST 7 books. I’m going to count it as seven because I have 50 pages of the book I am currently reading, Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It isn’t an overly huge number, but its really good for me considering I read at most three books per month during the school year.

  • On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni (4 stars, no review will be coming)
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White — ALL THE STARS. GUSH HERE.
  • Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke — 2.5 ish stars. I wrote a review, I just have to post it on my blog so look out for that!
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass — 3 stars. Review to come as well!
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — 4 stars. I wrote a review for this one as well, just need to post it.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber — 4.5 ish stars (Review will be posted soon!)

Obviously, my favorite book was the only one I gave five stars (or all the stars) to: And I Darken by Kiersten White. Seriously. I can NOT stop gushing about this book. Please read it. ❤

I was also super excited to receive my first physical ARC that I especially requested: Caraval. I will post something about it soon, but it was REALLY good. It was so exciting to receive it in the mail. *teary-eyed*

june highlights

  • Reading And I Darken ❤
  • Having all the time off, with no stress was definitely a huge plus for me.
  • I can finally have time to draw! I’m not really a professional artist but I do love drawing occasionally, and now I finally have the time for that.
  • Did I talk about And I Darken?

How did your months go? Hopefully you guys had lots of fun too! Let’s talk, please comment below!

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Reading Wrap-Up of 2016 // Some of My Favorites!

Can you guys believe it? Its JULY. The seventh month of the year, which means we already went through six months. HALF THE YEAR PASSED OH MY GOODNESS. This also means…its time for a wrap-up, of half the year. First, I want to talk about my reading goals.

My goal this year is to read 35 books. I know, its a tiny number, but I’m struggling to do even this because of school. As of right now, I have read 14 books, and I am 3 books behind schedule. However, I plan on coming right back on track because its summer so let’s just ignore that fact, shall we?

One thing I’d like to say is that, even though I read a very little amount of books, most of the books I read I gave 4 or 5 stars. This is not because I’m a terrible reviewer (I hope not!) or that I just mindlessly give five stars away, but rather because I choose what I think I will love. I don’t pick up random books, or controversial books. I research before buying my books, and make sure I have heard a LOT of good opinions on them so I enjoy them. This is because I barely have any time and I don’t want to waste my time reading bad books. Just wanted to let that out there.

This is also why although I rated some of these five stars, they aren’t my favorites. In my eyes, my favorites deserve all the stars, so yea.

Anyways, here are all the books I read so far:18798983

  1. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh–5 stars. I LOVED this book. I actually read most of it in 2015, but since I finished it in 2016 I’m counting it as one of the fourteen books I read this year. It was so beautifully w18007564ritten, and even though I have yet to read TRATD, its sequel, I can not wait.
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir–4 stars. Review here. I’m a nerd. This book was nerdy. Hence, I ended up enjoying it
    very much despite the fact that some parts were super long and scientific. The humor was amazing though.
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo–5 stars. I gushed about this book a lot, and for a reason. This is a really cle22294935ver book. Because I have a long review I’m really proud of, I won’t say anything else. Just click here.
  4. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo–4.5 stars. I loved this much more14061955 than its predecessor, Shadow and Bone. I still need to finish this series but I hope its as good as this sequel. You can find my full review here.
  5. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken–3.5 ish stars. This was actually really good, but not necessarily my cup of tea. I think Alex’s writing 20983362is too slow even for me. Though I enjoyed it, I think there are books that deserve more hype than this one. Here’s my review!
  6. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch–4 stars. A really fun, unique fantasy read! Even though I didn’t fall head over heels in love with this b17399160ook, I certainly enjoyed reading it. You can find my full review here.
  7. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare–ALL THE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE. I think this was my favorite of the year so far. Anyways, I’ll be talking about this soon. [You can find my review here]
  8. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi–3.75 or 4 stars. I was a bit disappointed in this book, sadly. Not because it was bad, but I guess everyone had hyped it up so much that I expected to be obsessed with it but then I ended up only…13188676liking it, sadly. You can find my review for it here.
  9. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski–4 stars. I never ended up writing a review for this one, but like Ignite Me, this one was just a bit disappointing. It may be from the fact that I expected so much, or from the fact that I was so busy wi20443235th school that I rarely had time to read it, but something was just MISSING and I can’t give it the five stars that I wanted to.
  10. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater–5 stars. I loved this book. When I first read it I was certain it would be in my favorite reads of the year, but I’m not sure yet. I do know that I loved it, but I only want to say “this book is my favorite” if it has stayed wit17378527h me. So I’ll wait a little longer before declaring this one a favorite book of mine. You can find my review here.
  11. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson–5 stars. Again: loved this book. When I first read it, it was the only thing I thought about. But again, I don’t want to say its a favorite book of mine too early. You can read my review fo17838528r it here. ❤
  12. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas–5 stars. Do I actually have to describe this book to you? I think everyone knows about it. Its like the biggest, most hyped book of the year–for a reason, of course.
  13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern–ALL THE STARS. I think this is another favorite of mine, so I’ll describe it later.
  14. And finally, Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins–3.5 stars. I ended up disappointed in this one, but I still did enjoy it. My full review can be found here.

Okay, so now for my favorite reads…

This was definitely hard to pick, but I boiled it down to two books for half the year. The main way I chose this was for how the books stayed with me. If you didn’t realize, books staying with me after I read them is one of the most important aspects of books for me. Even if I loved a book while I’m reading it–which happened with A LOT–of these books, if I close it and then don’t think about it…I don’t want to call it a favorite. My most favorite books are books that I think about randomly.

And those two books are…

This one is a no-brainer. Everyone knows about this book. Then, the second book is one I actually read less than a month ago, but I’ve been thinking about it nonstop ever since, so I think it very much deserves its place on here:

I thought this book was absolutely stunning. The writing, the metaphors, the meanings, the characters. I’ll post a review for it soon, but yes. Definitely deserving of the word “favorite.”

And that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed! Which of the books you read so far are YOUR favorites? Please let me know!

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June: My Month in Review | Wrap-Up & Highlights

Another month gone…whoosh! Suddenly, half the year has floated away…Before I begin, I’d just like to ask: does anyone actually read these posts? Or are they just there? I mean, I certainly enjoy writing them, but I rarely ever get feedback so I’m curious. Please let me know if I should continue writing these!

what’s been happening in my [real] life?

SCHOOL’S OUT. Most of the month was full with school and fasting, so it just passed by really quickly. Even though I was stressed, I think I learned to cope with all of the tests and finals and everything and I somehow…made it through. I can’t believe I did it. I finished my freshman year at the nation’s hardest high school. I JUST WANT TO SCREAM I DID IT EVERYWHERE!!! And I somehow made it out alive! With mostly As, only 2 Bs on my final report card. I am SO proud of my grades. Whereas in middle school I would lay around for all of my As, I worked my ass off for these grades.

And yea, they’re not as good as everyone else’s (my school is extremely competitive) but they’re such an improvement from the beginning of the year. Not only were my grades better, my whole morale was better which I think shows a direct correlation between how I do in school and my happiness. Also, I blogged more, and read more. ❤

As some of you may know, it was also Ramadan which made it…extra challenging. Somehow, though, I made it through most of Ramadan which was during school. (We have to fast from sunrise to sunset, which is like 16 hours here in Virginia.)

what’s been happening on my blog?

As I said, I blogged more this month, even though most of it was this week. (Since for two weeks during Finals I didn’t even open my laptop besides school related stuff.) Here are all the posts I wrote:

what about bookish updates/wrap-ups?

Even though I technically didn’t read a lot, I read much more than I usually do and it was a stress-less reading experience since school ended. So..I read three books this month, and LOVED two of them and was disappointed by one. Anyways, here are the books:

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (5 stars)–this was SO amazing. Even though I only got enough time to read it over the course of three weeks, I ended up loving it and I’ll for sure be talking more about it in future posts.
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (5 stars)–I picked this up randomly, and ended up falling in love with it. I’m not sure which one I loved more, ACOMAF or this ❤ (A review will be posted on here shortly.)
  3. Summer Days and Summer Nights (3.5 stars)–disappointed, but still a fun read!

One exciting thing for me was that my dad bought me two books. I don’t know if you know, but my parents have always been not very welcoming about my extreme love for books. Especially my dad. Whenever he caught me reading books, he’d always say something, and he never appreciated the fact that I loved buying books either. But this month, he asked me which books I wanted and I swear I could have flown from happiness. Rather than the books I bought, it was the fact that he’s finally accepting my love for books and is willing to buy them. This was DEFINITELY a highlight for me. (I bought And I Darken by Kiersten White and Uprooted by Naomi Novik.)

june highlights

  • What I said above about my Dad ^-^
  • The Night Circus and ACOMAF were both so so amazing.
  • I’m just generally happier and less stressed as I said. Since school calmed down, I actually had time to myself which was amazing. Its really obvious, I think, how much school affects my mood. So far, this is the best month I’ve had in the year and I can only hope the rest of the year will be this way. 🙂

How did your months go? I hope they went as well as mine! Please please please talk with me! Love you guys ❤

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Saving Money While Buying Books!

Hey everyone! First off, I’d just like to apologize to you all for being MIA for like the past ten days. I kept forgetting about blogging; and as I mentioned before I haven’t had a lot of inspiration either. It may also be because I’m barely reading, too.

Anyways, I think this is a really important topic because well:

  • We all love books
  • We all love buying books
  • But books = money
  • So how do we save money but buy books at the same time??

That’s why in this post I’m going to talk to you guys about how I save money on books–and how YOU can too!

When I first started avidly buying books, the only place I bought them was for full price at in store Barnes & Noble’s, for full price. For a few months this was okay…when I realized how annoying it was. That’s when I started looking for alternatives. The first part of this post will include ways people already know about. Then, the second part will include methods that I’VE discovered.

Buying Books Online.

I actually think a majority of book readers buy their books online. For one thing, on almost all online platforms, books are MUCH cheaper. As in, 7 or 8 dollars cheaper–which is a lot cheaper for a hardcover book. However, for people like me, you can’t buy books online all the time. I don’t have a credit card and whenever I want to buy something online I need to ask my parents which gets annoying–so I prefer not to buy books online. That’s why I needed to find other methods–which I’ll be getting to.

However, if you do want to buy books online, Amazon basically has every book for a really cheap price, and if you have Prime you get free shipping, Barnes & Noble’s website is also just as cheap, BookDepository (which I personally have never used) ships internationally for free, and BookOutlet.com has the CHEAPEST books ever. (The only downside is that they don’t have every book ever and they run out really quickly.)

My number one recommendation: Barnes & Noble’s Membership.

I know SO many people who say that Barnes and Noble’s memberships aren’t worth it. However, I personally found that it was SO worth it. First off, its only 25$ a year. If you’re like me and you spend at least 50$ on books a month, well, you’re going to be saving a lot.

Second, for EVERY book you buy you get at least 10% off. I know that sounds like a little, but wait. You get free shipping on the Barnes & Noble’s website, and they send you coupons ALL YEAR round, basically every week.


the coupon I got last weekend

With a 20% off coupon + 10% Membership discount, that’s 30% off on the book. Which means you already get a sale of 5/6 dollars.

For bestselling books, you can get up to 50% off. Especially if you buy books on their site, you can buy hardcover books for 7-8$ with coupons. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a pretty good deal.

Unfortunately I don’t think the same things apply for international folks–I’m so sorry for you guys. The rest of this list will also probably be for US/and maybe Canada people.

Finding Different Store Alternatives

I also save a lot of money by buying books from places that aren’t necessarily bookstores. My biggest recommendation is Target for those of you who have a Target in your area. Not only are there actually quite a few books at Target, but all of them are at least 20% off and some are even 40% off! Of course they don’t sell every book you might want, but a lot of popular new releases are there and those are the books I tend to read.

Another place you can go to is Costco! If you didn’t know, you’re probably like, COSTCO? What the heck would books be doing at Costco? Well, actually Costco brings quite a few books in every once in a while, and they’re SUPER cheap. Again, like Target, there is not really a big variety, but they bring in popular new releases for like 40% off. For example: I bought The Selection, The Elite, The One, An Ember In The Ashes, and Lady Midnight (ALL HARDCOVER) for ten dollars each. That would be around 50$ in total in comparison to the 90$ I would have spent if I bought the books for full price.

Secondhand books.

Another thing I’ve realized is that many readers rarely ever buy second hand books. For me, this is actually a really good option. Semi-annually there’s a book sale at my local library where I can buy books in almost perfect condition for a few dollars. And all year long there’s always a stack of books in the library that you can buy. Of course, this is kind of like a scavenger hunt because most new releases aren’t there, but I’ve found quite a few lucky gems there!

Another option are independent book stores. A lot of indie book stores have second hand sections. In fact, some only have really cheap second hand books! The one in my area is really far so I’ve only been there twice, but I’m lucky because they have a huge variety of books that are old and new. In fact, I bought the entire Shiver trilogy hardcover for 18$!

Basically, keep your eyes open.

A lot of times most of the books I’ve found for cheaper was because I’m constantly looking for new options. Whether that be finding good condition books at my library, or not missing coupons, keeping your eyes open will hopefully work.

I hope this post was helpful!! Please let me know if you read all of it and let ME know if there are any methods I’m missing that I should try out on to save money!

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