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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. ūüôā

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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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 Becoming of Noah Shaw: The Disappointing Reality

Hey guys! Don’t know if you remember, but about two months ago I blogged about how excited I was for The Becoming of Noah Shaw. In fact, I wasn’t talking about my excitement just on my blog; I pretty much mentioned it to all of my close friends and family. Needless to say, I was¬†so hyped.

I’m so sorry to say that I was let down, greatly. I mean, just looking at the cover made me happy, but now it’s making me mad (that’s how let down I was)–

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I ended up giving it 2.5 stars.

Note: spoilers are discussed in this review. Also, trigger warning for suicide, self-harm, etc., due to the content of the book.

The disappointment of the year. No, really. I was SO excited for this book to come out‚ÄĒI waited so long for it! I couldn‚Äôt wait to reabsorb the creepiness and the plot twists and everything, as I’ve said before, a million times over and over again.

This book was not what I wanted.

Either my reading tastes have changed SUPER drastically (I don‚Äôt really think so), or this book just wasn‚Äôt good. First of all, it was overly vulgar, and overly explicit and sexual. It didn‚Äôt even mean anything because¬†something¬†either disgusting or supposedly ‚Äúhot‚ÄĚ was happening all the time, and I just ended up becoming desensitized and annoyed by it. There was no real plot, and I only kept reading because I wanted a plot twist at the end and I didn‚Äôt want to DNF it. I have to say, it was addicting as always, but instead of being intrigued, I just wanted to get it over with.

I was super confused the entire book, since Hodkin didn’t do a very good job of reminding us what had happened in previous books, and nothing really happened in this book anyway. I mean, I remember the Mara Dyer books as being vague, but nothing made SENSE in this one. Did Mara actually force people to kill themselves? And if she did, I mean, WHY? There was no reason to anything; it just happened and it was useless and grotesque. Basically, all the violence and the sex was pointless. I didn’t see any motive for anything, and quite honestly, this book made my head hurt.

Another part I despised was how the author used suicide/mental illness/self-harm so freely. She literally used suicide as a plot device! And with no motive! Yea yea there’s a trigger warning in the beginning of the book, but really? It was so unnecessary; and I hated how it didn’t even mean anything. The book ended unclear, which I’d be fine with, but there are some things you have to explain, and this was one of them.

I have so many more complaints, but all I want to say now is that I wish I had loved this more. Sadly, the best part of the book was the last 50 pages, and I don‚Äôt think it was worth reading the rest of the 300+ pages for that. I’m giving it an extra 0.5 stars purely for the ending (I liked the cliffhanger) and because of my nostalgia for the old books, otherwise I’d be giving it 2 stars. I’m not even sure if I‚Äôll continue the series, but we‚Äôll see.

Basically, the moral of the story is that you shouldn’t get too hyped. But hey! The good news is, I finally finished a book (my first in, like, 3 months)!

Have you read this book? How do you feel about it? I know other people were really disappointed too, so I would love to rant!

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A Special Banned Book: The Catcher in the Rye

Whoops. It’s been two weeks since I’ve written a blog post (sorry). Do I even need to tell you why? (It’s because of school, in case you didn’t know). In honor of Banned Books Week, which starts on the 24th, I wanted to talk about one banned book in particular: The Catcher in the Rye.

I completely understand anyone who hates this book. I get that Holden is annoying, exasperating, and ridiculous. The book itself seems repetitive, vulgar, and can even be pointless for some. But for me?

I love it.

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Funnily, it’s actually one of my favorite books and definitely my favorite “classic”. I first read it two years ago, the summer before high school, and I enjoyed it a lot then too. This summer, I had to reread it for school, but I wasn’t sure what I’d think of it. The summer before freshman year wasn’t really a good time for me, so I thought maybe I only liked it because, well, I was depressed and so is Holden.

I reread it, and I still enjoyed it. At one point, I felt like I was going to cry (towards the end). Now here’s the thing. I feel like people who don’t enjoy Catcher kind of read it…wrong. Given, sometimes you just don’t like books, but I read it for what it was: one of the first young adult books ever published, narrated by an angsty, depressed (?) teen.

If I had read any other book that was published recently, and it was even remotely similar to Holden’s narration, I can guarantee you that I would hate it. But Catcher isn’t any other book that was published recently. My expectations were entirely different because I sort of knew what it was going to be about.

Sure, Holden’s annoying. He’s inconsiderate, stupid, and makes bad decisions. All. The. Time. But…I love his character too. He’s relatable, and he feels real. He’s more “human” than any other book character I’ve read about. Most people aren’t selfless and kind all the time. Most people are mean, judgy, and selfish–like Holden. And I related to that. He says all of the things that we normally don’t say because we deem them inappropriate. But he cares, too. He’s not a villain, per se, because he’s not really bad. Of course, he’s not good either. That’s why the only way I can describe him is human. Holden is human, and humans screw up, humans get depressed or say bad things and good things. And that fact–that’s what touched me.

There are a million other things I could possibly say about The Catcher in the Rye, but I think this is enough for this post. I love this book, and I know it’s controversial, but I feel like that just makes it even better.

What are your favorite banned books? What about Catcher? Are you a person who hates it, or loves it?

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Windwitch: You Should Totally Read It Too!

Windwitch by Susan Dennard is the second book in the Witchlands series. Last summer I read Truthwitch and had enjoyed it very much so I was partially hesitant about reading this one. Luckily, I loved it just as much as the first book.

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This review will be spoiler-free for both books in the series, so feel free to read it (and learn why you should read this series too!)

Maybe for the first 70 pages or so, I couldn’t quite get into the story. This series has probably the most complex world I have ever read from, so I had forgotten a lot of the terminology, magic, and plot of the previous book. Thankfully, I got a hang of it once again and started enjoying it even more.

This book focuses on Merik–and I love Merik. Whereas in the first book he is mostly seen as a love interest that is kind of bland (I still loved him, but this is what I hear are the opinions of other people as well), in Windwitch, his character is almostly completely transformed. Throughout the book he goes through one of the best character developments I’ve read in a while. (It’s so great that the ending made me even happier). It doesn’t really have as much romance, because the characters are separated, but I thought it was nice to take a break from this.

All of the characters, the new and old ones, are awesome, badass, and three-dimensional. They constantly question themselves, as anyone normal would do, and often times you can’t really tell where the story is headed because they appear somewhat morally ambiguous (which I love).

On top of all the amazing characters and world, the plot was so well written. Susan Dennard cleverly switches between chapter to chapter from character to character so that you don’t get bored reading the same story. Almost all of the time each chapter ends in a cliffhanger and so you want to keep reading. And of course, there are lots and lots of plot twists–and who wouldn’t love plot twists?

Long story short, this series is probably my ideal high fantasy series and I urge everyone to pick them up. They deserve so much more recognition than they get! \

Have you read this series as well? Who’s your favorite character? (Merik is my favorite, but I love all of them).

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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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I Need YOUR Opinions!

Hey everyone! As you may or may not have realized, I haven’t posted for nearly two weeks and I haven’t been very actively commenting as I used to (before school started.) First of all, I’d like to apologize for this reason. I thought last year was hard, this year is a million times harder, and though I’m happier, school is taking ALL of my time.

The spare moments I do get for myself I tend to watch Turkish shows or read, although little. (I haven’t finished a book besides Empire of Storms since September.) And when I blog, I absolutely¬†hate¬†blogging about random stuff. I like spending time and writing a really nice post. Because I haven’t had the time, I couldn’t post.

On top of that, I’m feeling very uninspired to write. I WANT to read and write so much; there are so many things I want to tell you guys about, so many books I am excited about, but I don’t have time to even¬†think¬†about these things let alone write about them. So, I decided I would set myself a goal: publish at least one post per week, according to what you guys want. Lately I’ve been getting very little traffic which has to do with the fact that I’m posting very little but also because…are you guys not interested in what I post?

So I am asking you guys what you want. Leave me suggestions, I’m up for anything honestly! Some choices can be: ¬†book tags, book reviews, rants, discussions on certain topics, favorite books, least favorite books, top ten tuesdays, funny posts, etc. Please please PLEASE comment!

Thank you so much for baring with me and my blog. If you care just a little bit, I would love it if you commented as if no one comments…well, then I am going to be even less motivated to post.

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