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The Cruel Prince & My Love for Faeries

Hi guys!

It’s been a long time yet again. To be fair, this time, I don’t really have an excuse for as to why I haven’t been blogging. Actually, it’s more like I don’t have an excuse for not reading which led me not to blog…but oh well.

To sum up: I finally read a book! That is, I was able to finish a book (as I was having trouble to do so). The book I read was one that a lot of people raved about: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. And I’m not surprised.

Quite frankly, I knew I’d love this book. For one thing, I love Holly’s writing style that sucks you into her story through intrigue and details. Second, I figured that all the hype would likely be worth it. And third…well, I adore faeries. Not the Sarah J. Maas type of faeries which are essentially just immortal humans with pointy ears. (No offense haha, but it’s true. Her faeries aren’t the type that are based off of the wild, natural creatures that I so love).

Basically, I wanted to spend this post just talking about how I really, really enjoyed The Cruel Prince and it’s faerie aspects. I guess it’s not really a review, but I wanted to post something, so oh well.

What I loved about The Cruel Prince:

  • The story’s setting is the typical, treacherous Faerie Land. Lots of different types of faeries, pixies, hags, etc. They’re all weird and quirky and dangerous—down to the fruits and berries and rivers.
  • I loved Jude as a main character. She was bold enough to be a strong character, but flawed enough that you could relate to her. She kind of reminded me of Lada from And I Darken, whom I loved reading about.
  • The atmosphere that surrounded the characters was so well developed and so…attractive? I don’t know. But all of them had a layer of intrigue surrounding them that made them all the more interesting to read about.
  • And of course, all the wonderful twists and turns.

Do you love faeries as much as I do? If not, what is your favorite supernatural creature? Please let me know!

–Silanur

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A Beautiful Bookstore: Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.

Hey everyone!

A couple weeks ago, I went to the book signing of Ibtihaj Muhammad–who, if you didn’t know, is the first Muslim hijabi to be a part of the United States Olympics team. The signing (obviously) went well, but I wanted to talk more about the actual place where it happened in this post.

I have been wanting to visit Politics and Prose for literal years. For those of you who don’t know, it’s one of the biggest indie bookstores in Virginia (and maybe even the States…I don’t know) located in our country’s capital. Politics and Prose has SO many book signings and events that happen all the time, and I was not disappointed.

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The store is two floors–the first being the main floor, with all the adult books and a place for signings; as well as other cute items and trinkets you can buy. (I would have, but I didn’t have enough money on me at the time). There were an unbelievable number of books that captivated me and I wish I could have spent more time there (even the adult books!). It made me realize that in the past year or so, I’ve definitely become more interested in more nonfiction than before.

The second floor has the Kids and Young Adult section in addition to the store’s cafe. First of all, I think it’s worth noting that, because there are so many signings, there are so many signed books. Like I said–I was unable to spend as much time as I wanted in the bookstore in general, but I loved how the store was set up. It reminded me of a couple years ago, when I was reading everything all the time and I was completely immersed in the world of books.

I also visited the cafe while I was there and drank an iced mocha. Although I do think it was a bit overpriced, it’s a nice place to visit once you enter the bookstore, especially since you can stay there for as long as you want once you’ve bought something.

Basically: the bookstore was adorable. It reminded me of why I love reading so much and I just felt like I belonged, once again. I can’t wait to visit more indie bookstores, and I hope to come here again. (P.S: it’s definitely worth the visit if you are coming to D.C. as a book lover).

Have any of you guys ever been to Politics and Prose? What did you think about it? I can’t wait to go back!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Sensory Reading Memories

Hey everyone!

Whoa, it’s been a long time since I’ve done Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve missed it a lot, actually, so I’m excited to write this post!

Today’s prompt is: Books with Sensory Reading Memories (These are the books that are linked to very specific memories for you: where you were, what time of year it was, who you were with, what you were eating, etc. Ideas include books you read while on vacation, books that made you hungry for certain foods, books you’ve buddy read with loved ones, etc.)

So, let’s begin! (Also, this list isn’t gonna have ten books on it–only a couple).

First, we have An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. This is actually my favorite book of the year so far, and I loved it so much while reading it that I basically finished it over one weekend–a school weekend, too. I have a distinct memory of randomly starting to read it on my phone. Every time I opened my phone up, I read it, and when I finished it I wanted to become a part of the world.

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Next, we have another favorite of mine: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. I actually also randomly picked this book up at my school library. I started reading it on yet another tiring morning in I think January or February of 2017, right before I was going to go on the bus to school. I remember thinking it wouldn’t be that good but then ended up loving it–somehow managing to squeeze it into my schedule.

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Third on this list we have The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. I literally miss reading this series so much because I read them so quickly. I thought that I would love Schwab’s other series just as much, but I didn’t end up enjoying them as much as I enjoyed this book. It was so addicting to read, and I basically read the whole book while traveling in Turkey in the car, which is why it’s on this list.

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Next, we have Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This is actually one of those books that is very atmospheric/environment-based, rather than plot based, so I think throughout reading it, I felt like I was in some surreal forest. In reality, I remember reading it during hot summer days when I wasn’t doing anything much besides reading. So–I associate it with those lazy, hot summer days.

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Finally, I have And I Darken on this list. Although I’ve long given up on reading the rest of this series, I still love the first book, and I have a pretty vivid experience of reading it. I started reading it on a whim in 2016 about an hour or two before I left for the airport to go to Turkey. I was up in my bunk bed, reading it, waiting to leave, when I realized my whole family had already left and they were waiting for me in the car. I got so sucked into it that I had already read a pretty big amount of it, and I binge read the rest once I arrived in Turkey. Of course, it was an even more special experience since I was in Turkey myself–where this book is set place.

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And that’s it for this post! I realize that this wasn’t top ten, more like top five, but I still really enjoyed talking about my specific experiences with these books. I hope you enjoyed reading this!

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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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Thank You For 500 Followers!

Hi everyone!

This post is for you guys. I reached 500 followers a couple days ago, and I wanted to thank you all!

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Although my blogging has been a little…rough…if that’s the right word to use, I still appreciate each and everyone one of you, especially those that still remain active. Life keeps getting in the way of me publishing more, and a lot of times, I’m either too drained to write something or I don’t really have much to say. Regardless, thank you to all those who continue to read my posts. It truly means a lot!

Love,

Silanur.

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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