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Reading Books for School: I Don’t Mind it Now?

Hi guys!

As most of you probably know, I’m basically a full-time student as a senior in high school. For so many years, I resisted reading (this is a generalization, to be fair) books that were assigned by my classes for English, even when they were fiction. This is probably surprising to a lot of people who know I love reading. And I hope that none of my past English teachers happen to read my blog.

To clarify, it’s not that I didn’t read anything. I did indeed read at least one or two full books each year, but the other books–I usually ended up skimming, reading parts of them, and getting the rest of the information I needed to write properly from class discussions or online resources. Some of the books, it was because I just…didn’t have time. The past couple of years, I averaged 6 (or less, especially sophomore year) hours of sleep. I was walking and seemed to function, but I really wasn’t. All I wanted to do was sleep and I was so unhappy because all my other classes took up my time. So, I did the bare minimum to get my work for English done. And this meant I didn’t fully read the novels I was supposed to.

In addition to that, I must admit, I was quite bored with some of the books assigned. We mostly read classics with heavy language and uninteresting plots. That, plus my already tired state, made me despise the books that were assigned in school. This all changed in my senior year, or now. I decided to take AP English Literature this year, and so far, I’ve actually enjoyed nearly everything we’ve read as a class.

We started out with two plays–which I actually liked!–then read Wuthering Heights and Crime and Punishment. Sure, I won’t lie. Neither of these can be as fun as reading a modern day YA book, but they weren’t nearly as boring as the books I had read in previous years. Now, I started reading The Poisonwood Bible also for class and though I’ve only gotten through a couple pages, I’m thoroughly intrigued. It seems like my past fears about required readings has nearly passed.

What do you guys think of books that are required for school? Do you go through all your assigned readings properly, or not? I’d love to talk!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Hi everyone! As I write this, I am actually still on break, scheduling some posts so that my blog doesn’t die. One of my favorite things about the “New Year” is getting excited over new releases, even if I don’t end up reading them. So, here we go! Note: this list is only made up of books that will come out from January – June of 2019.

In chronological order;

1. The Wicked King by Holly Black–will be released January 8th. This is probably one of my top three most excited releases of the WHOLE year. I have been waiting for it since I finished reading The Cruel Prince and absolutely cannot wait to absorb myself back in Holly’s world. (SO, technically, this is being released as you read this–considering I am scheduling this post for January 8th!)

 

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2. Slayer by Kiersten White–January 8th. I actually don’t know much about this book, but Kiersten’s stories are usually really addictive and fun to read, which is why this is on this list.

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3. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo–January 29th. Another fantasy book by one of my favorite authors? Heck yea. And the COVER. I can’t even imagine how it will look in real life.

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4. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard–February 12th. I actually have yet to read the novella in between, but I know I will absolutely adore this novel since Truthwitch is already one of my favorite fantasy series despite there only being two full books published thus far.

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5. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He–April 2nd. I actually don’t know much about this book, frankly speaking, but a) it’s diverse, own-voices and b) I am in love with the cover (as usual).

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6. The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad–May 14th. Middle-Eastern fantasy? Hijabi author? Yes, I will support.

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7. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal–May 14th. ANOTHER MIDDLE-EASTERN INSPIRED FANTASY NOVEL. I AM LIVING.

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8. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio–May 21st. Though I’m wary of approaching books written by Youtubers, Christine has consistently been one of my favorite Booktubers for years, and I would like to see what book she has written.

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9. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali–May 7th. (I know I got the book above and this one out of chronological order, but oh well). I’m not sure what to expect from this novel, but it does have two Muslim leads, so I’m excited about that.

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10. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson–June 4th. This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, considering how much I loved Rogerson’s debut novel. I can’t wait to see what other awesome stuff she has in store for us!

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And that’s it for this post! I unfortunately probably won’t be able to get to most of these books when they are newly released, but I liked writing about them anyway. Which books are you most excited for in 2019?

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Reading Summary of 2018

Hey guys!

It’s the last day of 2018. On the one hand, I can’t believe that the year is over. On the other hand, I’m excited for 2019 because I’ve been waiting for this year for years. Regardless, now’s not the time to talk about this because the purpose of this post is to tell you guys about all the books I read this year and what I thought of them!

The following list is in chronological order. Because I only read 16 books total (not including four that I have yet to finish…sigh), I’ve decided I won’t have a separate post for my least/most favorite books. I’m actually disappointed with myself because this is my all time low in terms of reading–in fact, I did not even complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 20 books. Oh well.

1. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson–I ADORED this book. I wrote a review post on it, which you can find if you click on the title of the book…but yeah. It was almost everything I looked for in a novel and I read it (relatively) really quickly. Naturally, I gave it 5 stars (and I’m still so in love with the cover, too!) Image result for an enchantment of ravens

2. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones–3.5 stars. This book was pretty good, but I didn’t love it and thought that it could have been better had some things been done differently.

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3. Sinless (Eye of the Beholder #1) by Sarah Tarkoff–I sensitivity read this novel, so I won’t be rating it.

4. The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton–3.5 stars. I actually waited suuuper long to read another novel of Leslye’s, so I was a bit disappointed by this novel. I still found it enjoyable, but it couldn’t reach up to the perfection that was The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender for me.

5. Eye of the Beholder: Prophet by Sarah Tarkoff–another book I sensitivity read.

6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald–I read this for school, so I didn’t know quite how to rate it. Perhaps around 3.5-4 stars?

7. Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue by Jeff Seymour–Another book I sensitivity read!

8. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas–2 stars. Actually, the more I think about this book, the more I hate it. Full of cultural appropriation (that Sarah does NOT address), nothing happens in the whole novel…I need to write a review/rant on it, but I still haven’t done so though I have drafted some things. I don’t even want to put the cover here.

9. All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney–ANOTHER book I sensitivity read! I was really big with the sensitivity reading this year.

10. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black–FIVE STARS. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. Anyone who knows me well knows I love faeries and dark stories. This was literally perfect for me. ❤

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11. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America–4.5 stars. I had to read this book for school but ended up loving it. I was laughing so many times throughout the memoir and really appreciated the Middle-Eastern representation.

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12. Circe by Madeline Miller–5 stars. Greek mythology, beautiful writing, addictive story. What’s not to love?

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13. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte–another book I read for school that I don’t know how to rate. I liked it, but didn’t love it.

14. Warcross by Marie Lu–4 stars. This was a super fun read, really fast-paced, and intriguing altogether. I didn’t think it was perfect, though, hence the 4 stars.

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15. My 15th book was a novel I beta-read, which currently does not have a Goodreads page and thus I am not putting the title here either.

16. Crime and Punishment–4 stars. Again, a classic I read for school. Agian–how am I supposed to rate it?! Regardless, I actually enjoyed it very much.

…and that’s it! My favorite reads of the year were An Enchantment of RavensThe Cruel Prince, and Circe. My least favorite book of the year was Tower of Dawn. As evident, a lot of the books I read were not for fun, unfortunately. However, I still did enjoy them (as in, they weren’t entirely terrible to read), so in the end I’m glad I read them.

Which were your favorite books of the year? Least favorites? I would love to know, especially if you have good book recommendations!

Thanks for reading,

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Surprise Bookish Mail?!

Hi everyone! As 2018 almost closes, I wanted to write a long-overdue post about a book that I recently received in the mail, sent by HMH Teen (thank you so much!). I hadn’t requested this novel, but I’m so in love with the packaging and the ~aesthetic~ of it all that I decided I should write a blog post on it.

The book I received in the mail was Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith, which is going to be released March 5th, 2019. If you want to check it out on Goodreads, here’s the link. The package came like this:

I was so curious as to what was going to be inside of it, and I was not disappointed:

It came with the little charm shown on top of the ARC.

And of course, the book itself is SO. BEAUTIFUL. It doesn’t show as well in the picture, but the designs on the cover shine silver when in the light and I can’t imagine the effort that’s going to be put into the actual book if this is just the ARC.

Needless to say, I can’t wait to read it. Here is the synopsis for you guys below:

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her.

But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

Note: this post was not sponsored by the author or the publisher. I was sent the book to review and decided I would post the packaging as well before I read the novel.

Have you heard of Bloodleaf? Are you going to be adding it to your TBR? Let me know!

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It’s Already December?! Reading Goals (& Other Things) for the Rest of 2018

Hi everyone! I absolutely can’t believe that it is already December. For the most part, 2018 for me seems to have passed…really quickly. It’s almost like I don’t feel the days passing by. This is so much so that I often forget that 2019 (my high school graduation year!) is coming up. It seems so strange to me, so awaited for that I’m not sure what to make of it.

I won’t make this post a writing about my year as a whole, because I think that would be more fitting for the New Year. But, I do want to do a couple things before 2018 is over forever, and decided I might as well tell you guys.

First, I want to finish at least four more books by the end of the year. Actually–even more than four–since I really want to complete my 2018 Reading Challenge of 20 books. Currently, I am reading both Crime and Punishment (for AP Lit) and Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. Quite frankly, I am more interested by the former than the latter, which is surprising because I for so long resisted reading any classics. Also, I’m just not having that much fun with Sarah’s books anymore, but that’s a topic for a later post.

In addition, a couple months ago I had started Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi and I’d like to finish that as well. Finally, the other book that I MUST get to (hopefully) by the end of this year is Queen of Air and Darkness. Are you even surprised?! I absolutely can’t wait to read it and wish I could start it now.

My winter break is fast approaching (thankfully!) next week, so until then, I’m going to be a bit busy. Thanks for reading,

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YA Books of 2019

Hey everyone! Every year, since 2015, I’ve been publishing a post with a huge list of the following year’s books that will be released. What I do is compile a list (in chronological order) of books I know I need to read and ones I might be interested in, then publish it on here for future reference. I’m actually pretty late for 2019 at this point, but it doesn’t matter so–here it is!

As always, bolded books are ones I’m super excited about.

  • The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black — January 8th
  • Slayer by Kiersten White — January 8th
  • The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty — January 8th
  • White Stag by Kara Barbieri — January 8th
  • King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo — January 29th 
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas — February 5th
  • The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf — February 5h
  • Bloodwitch (Truthwitch #3) by Susan Dennard — February 12th
  • The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee — February 19th
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte — February 26th
  • Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury — February 26th
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi — March 5th
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds — March 12th
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed — March 19th
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan — April 2nd
  • Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi — April 2nd
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He — April 2nd
  • The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala — April 23rd
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Avecedo — May 7th
  • Nocturna by Maya Motayne — May 7th
  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes — May 7th
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad — May 14th
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal — May 14th
  • Again, But Better by Christine Riccio — May 21st
  • Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra — May 21st
  • The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos — May 28th
  • There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon — May ???
  • Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali — May ???
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson — June 4th
  • Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao — June 4th
  • This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura — June 4th
  • The Beholder by Anna Bright — June 4th
  • Gumiho by Kat Cho — June 25th
  • All the Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman — July ???
  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee — August 13th
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell — August 27th
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo — October 1st
  • The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh — October 8th
  • Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo — October ???
  • Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare — ???
  • Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu — ???
  • Dust Boy, Ash Girl by Andy Fukuda — ???
  • The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah — ???
  • Misaligned by Gloria Chao — ???
  • Guardians of Dawn by S. Jae-Jones — ???
  • Frankly In Love by David Yoon — ???

2019 is an especially special year for me because I’m finally graduating from high school, so may these books and the year go by wonderfully!

I hope this post was at least somewhat useful–please let me know which books YOU are interested in!

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Halloween: Spooky Books, Spooky Vibes

Hi everyone! Happy Halloween!

This is the third year that I am not going trick-or-treating in my whole life. Sophomore year I had to study for an AP biology test, and last year…well, I was unable to go. This year, my Halloween is likely going to be spent (since it’s still technically October 30th as I type this up) finishing up my college applications and doing homework for Thursday. (College applications are scary enough, right?)

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a spooky book, I think. I miss reading scary books–or at least books with a creep factor. I was planning on reading The Diviners by Libba Bray, but I first a) need to finish off this quarter with good grades and college apps, and b) just bought Kingdom of Ash which I should probably read first. I guess I’ll see how I’m feeling once November 1st passes by.

It’s kind of funny because at this point I’m nervous some curious college admissions readers are going to find my blog and judge me. (Hi, if you’re here!) I know it’s extremely unlikely, considering the sheer amount of essays they have to read, but still. I wrote about blogging in my essays and even linked my blog to show proof of nearly four years’ worth of posts, so…

I’m not sure what to talk about. I have been reading much more than usual, and I’m feeling good about that. Senior year, thus far, has proven to be much nicer than the previous years. It feels surreal–I started blogging in 8th grade! Now I’m here, halfway done with first semester of my senior year. 2018 is almost over. There’s so many books I want to read, so many things I want to do before college. All of this, it’s kind of overwhelming–scary, in a good way–fitting for Halloween. Regardless, I hope that tomorrow (or today!) treats you well as we ease into November. May your October 31st’s be full of nice, chilly weather, creepy books, and candy!

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