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Books I Really Need to Finish

Hi everyone!

Now that I’m finally on spring break, I truly hope that I will be able to blog more. I have been gone for nearly a month now, which is the longest time that I haven’t posted anything on my blog since its creation. I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out, and as I said before, school is still taking up a huge chunk of my time. I can’t wait to graduate; at least now there is less than two months left.

Regardless, over the past year, there have been numerous books which I started but didn’t finish for numerous reasons. Mostly, it was not that I disliked the books or intended to stop them, but that I one way or another was unable to finish them. I got distracted, started new books saying that I would continue reading them…but never did. So, I wanted to write a post about all these books as motivation to complete them!

The first book on this list is one I started reading…two years ago? And this is going to be a complete shock for those who know how much I love Leigh Bardugo: Crooked Kingdom. Now, here’s the thing. I read about 200 pages of it when I had a copy from the library. But then I had to give it back. And although I was gifted a copy of it afterwards, I never got around to reading it even though I sincerely love this series. BUT I WILL. (Hopefully).

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Next, I have When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I think I also started reading this book over a year ago, and I believe I read more than half of it. I liked it, too! The issue was…sometime as I was reading it…I got distracted…and then never finished it. Again, I do want to finish it, though.

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Next I have Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi. I think I read around 60% of this book, and I was really into it as I read it. But then I randomly stopped. And I haven’t been able to get around to it ever since…sigh.

Now, here’s the most problematic book on this list: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. Why, you may ask? Well, here’s the thing. I’m not quite sure I want to read this book anymore. I read around 200 pages of the nearly 1000 paged book, and guys, it has thus far been so damn boring. I’ve definitely started disliking her books more and more, and with Tower of Dawn I was really starting to get annoyed. So, though I really want to see how this series ends, I’m not certain if I want to jump into the novel again because it feels like a job. Not to mention I have already forgotten what I read a couple months ago.

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Alright, so now that that’s been said, the rest of the couple books on this list I am currently more-or-less actively reading. I just need to make sure I finish them before I forget about them and move onto other books.

First, I have Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins. I only have about 10% of the book left, so I’m almost there! I’ve been reading it as an e-book over the past two months which is why I keep forgetting to finish it.

Next, I have We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan. I started reading this one about two weeks ago with a library copy. Guess what happened? I had to give the book back, so even though I found it super entertaining, I’m still halfway through it. Yikes.

Finally, the book I’m reading right now–The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan! I met Emily at the Nova Teen Book Festival a couple weeks ago, and she was absolutely wonderful. I can’t wait to read the rest of the book.

Anyway, thank you so much for reading! Please let me know if you have a bunch of unfinished books like me, haha.

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My Blog Turns 4 Today!

Hi guys!

Today WordPress notified me that this little blog–which I created as an 8th grader–turns four today. I don’t have anything planned for this post, but it made me happy to learn that I’ve been blogging for exactly four years now. Though I knew that I would blog for a while, I didn’t think four years would pass by. This blog is basically an active journal of my life throughout all of high school, and I hope even longer than that, too.

For those of you who see this post, thank you for reading even if its only every once in a while. It truly means a lot!

Love,

Silanur.

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Unhauling Some Books

Hi guys!

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve written a blog post. As first semester wrapped up, I found myself with little to no time as I scrambled to put everything together. I’m now a second semester senior, and I’ve already read two books since the end of first semester! I am actually so proud of myself. I’ll be posting about about the books I’ve been reading soon.

Anyway, the past couple months I’ve been thinking a lot about the books I have that I just don’t really care about anymore. For this reason, I decided to sell them (for very cheap prices–most of them I had bought full price) and make more room. Here the books are!

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Illuminae–this book got TONS of hype when it first came out…I bought it for full price, expecting to love it, and honestly thought it was mediocre. The style without a proper narrative just did not work for me. The plot? Meh. I never liked it all that much and didn’t feel sorry letting it go.

FairestCress, and Winter by Marissa Meyer–these books were definitely much harder to let go of. The truth is is that though I loved Cinder when I first read it (which I decided to keep), the other books in the series were not nearly as good as I thought they would be. I was way too excited when I read them and didn’t realize that I didn’t even like them all that much. It was hard letting go because the books themselves are really pretty and I still enjoyed them, but oh well.

Eleanor & Park and Fangirl–Rainbow Rowell is overrated. (I’M SORRY I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE LOVE HER). Though I actually thoroughly enjoyed E&P, my copy was just sitting around not doing much. And though I really loved taking pictures of Fangirl because of the cute cover all the time, I never liked it. It just was not an enjoyable book for me, nor was it relatable the way I was expecting it to be.

Cruel Beauty–I liked this book, I truly did. I still do; I hold no grudges against it. I even still love the cover. But I realized I wasn’t going to be doing much with it and thought someone else might want it more than I do now.

The Secret History–I really, really wanted to like this book. But I couldn’t get through it. Not only that, but it was creeping the crap out of me. This is hard to explain, but I just wasn’t getting good vibes while reading it (especially late at night). Thus, I gave it away.

The other two books on this list I have not been able to sell, as one of them was required reading and the other I don’t think I’ll be reading anytime soon. I’ll probably end up donating them somewhere!

Have you ever unhauled any books? Did you feel good about doing the unhaul afterwards? Thanks for reading!

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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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