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Settings I Love/Would Love To Read

Hey guys! I hadn’t done Top Ten Tuesday for such a long time that I really missed it, so although right now TTT is on break, I decided to do an old topic I hadn’t done before. (You can learn more about TTT here.)

Right now I’m not really going to go in any particular order, so whatever pops into my head is what you’ll be reading! Though some of these are historical settings, others aren’t, and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to write a full ten.

1.The first setting that comes to mind is any time period of the Ottoman Empire. This definitely isn’t a common setting at all–the only book I’ve read set here is And I Darken (it was amazing please read it), but everything about it just…intrigues me. Maybe it’s my own bias since I’m Turkish, but I love learning about the harems and the Ottoman courts and sieges and everything.

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2. Ancient Greece/Rome–Ever since I’ve been a little kid, I’ve always had a love for the classics. Greek mythology is one of my favorite things in the world and I will always love reading about it, so of course this is on here.

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3. Not really a specific time period, but I also like reading books set in England–it’s not really my interest in England but more that I’ve liked books set here. For example: The Infernal Devices and My Lady Jane.

4. Central Europe–I’ve barely really read any books set here, but I’d love to read more! One that comes to mind is Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which is set in Prague (I really hope I’m not classifying this wrong, if so, I’m sorry!), and since I loved that…I also really want to learn more about the cultures of the smaller European countries.

5. Historical fiction novels set during war times–maybe with romance? I know this isn’t really a specific place or time period, but I generally really enjoy stories like this. The angst and drama is (if well done) so emotional and it ends up being a beautiful story. (E.g: Between Shades of Grey and A Thousand Splendid Suns)

6. Any Middle Eastern setting, really. I love all the descriptions of the food and the clothes and mythology/retellings–for example, The Wrath and the Dawn or The Forbidden Wish–both beautifully written and set in similar settings.

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I found this image online and thought it was cool!

7. Something I don’t think I’ve read any books about is in an Asian setting entirely. (Whether that be East-Asian or South-Asian). I know The Flame In The Mist is set in Japan, so I’m really excited to see how that is, but I’d love to hear your recommendations!

For some reason I can’t think of any more settings right now, but I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post! I’d really appreciate it if you have any recommendations and would love to check those books out, so please let me know. 🙂

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My Favorite Under-hyped Heroines

I have been wanting to talk about this F O R E V E R. I LOVE me some awesome, kick-butt female characters, however there are so many that are barely discussed and they need the hype. That’s why for today’s freebie Top Ten Tuesday, I decided to talk about my 10 favorite under-hyped female protagonists! (TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can learn more about it here.)

If you would like to see another list talking about my favorite female protagonists, you can click here! But just saying: that ones kind of old and I’ve read about so many other amazing characters since then. 🙂

So here we go! Remember: I’m not including Katniss or Hermione because this is an UNDER-HYPED list. Though I love these characters as much as I love them ❤

(This list is in no particular order and I do NOT own any of the art featured.)

  • Let’s start with a character from the book I’m currently reading, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I hope it’s not too early (I’m only on page 129 but I LOOOOVE this book so much) but I’m adoring Inej’s character. She seems so mysterious but awesome at the same time, and I also really like Nina too. I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS IN THIS BOOK OKAY AND I JUST HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IT EVEN THOUGH I HAVEN’T EVEN FINISHED IT YET.
  • Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh. First off, I haven’t gotten the chance to say how much I love this book yet, but boy oh boy do I love this book. And one of the main reasons is because Shazi is such an amazing character. Strong-willed and stubborn, I just love her. (I mean I love this book so…)

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  • All the girls of The Lunar Chronicles. I know. I’m cheating. But I love them all so much, specifically Cinder and Winter. 🙂 #sorrynotsorry

  • Now…I definitely wouldn’t say this next one is a heroine. Rather, she’s a very very very dark anti-heroine. But I ADORE her character. And that’s none other then Adelina of The Young Elites by Marie Lu. TYE and its sequel, The Rose Society, are both two of my favorite books of all time. Adelina’s character is so complex, it’s beautiful. She’s been through so much so it’s only normal that she is the way she is, and I love her for it. I’m going to be heartbroken when the last book comes out because I love this series even more than Legend. :’)

  • Now I’m cheating again. I’m gonna talk about Manon and Asterin, from the Throne of Glass series. *GASP!* WHAT? YOU’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT CELAENA BUT THEM? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? First off, this is an UNDER-HYPED discussion. Second. I love Celaena. HOWEVER. I did not like how Sarah changed her character completely for the sake of the romance in Queen of Shadows. Instead, I loved Manon and Asterin’s characters, because they are also so complex and beautiful (yes, beautiful) in their own ways. I always loved reading about witches and Manon makes it so freaking awesome. As for Asterin, well…my beautiful Asterin. The poor witch. (SO YES I LOVE THEM.)

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  • Blue from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. Ya’ll know I love these books. They’re quirky, beautiful, and just weird. Just like Blue. Blue is such an intriguing character and she’s so cute…I couldn’t NOT put her on this list. 🙂 (ALSO BLUESEY <3)

Okay I could’ve put a picture of her alone but I just…no. She has to be with her raven boys.

  • And now the *only* contemporary heroine, Aysel from My Heart and Other Black Holes. Aysel is probably the character I’ve related to on such a personal level between all the books I’ve ever read. She’s so deep, and this book is so beautiful. I really don’t know what you’re doing with your life if you haven’t read it yet. (PS it’s my all time favorite contemporary novel.)
  • Mackenzie from The Archived by Victoria Schwab. No surprise here. This book is also one of my favorites, and a huge part of that is because Mac is such a strong character. ❤ Also, I mean the book is really really amazing too. Like 8989082348% amazing.
  • I know I talked about this next heroine in my last post, but I have to put her in here again. Plus, she’s under-hyped: Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Humor? Check. Awesome hair? Check. Overall badassery? Check. This girl has it all, and I wish I could be like her. Without the whole deal with the angels and demons, though. 😀

  • Reyna from The Blood of Olympus. Considering how popular Rick’s books are, Reyna rarely ever gets any credit, and that just makes me sad because she’s as strong of a character as Annabeth. She really does deserve it, and I hope to see more of her in Rick’s upcoming books. Also, I just really feel bad for her..she can’t fit in anywhere and I just wish she would have someone to comfort her. 😦

And that’s the end of this post! I really hope you guys enjoyed this, as it took a while to write. I love all of these characters so much. So who are YOUR favorite heroines? Talk to me about them! I love strong heroines and I might check those books out if you tell me about them! 🙂

–Silanur

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Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme (that I love!) hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can learn more about it here!

This week’s TTT is about “Top Ten Releases I Meant To Get To”, which I was already going to talk about but now I found the perfect opportunity!

So here are ten books/series published last year that I want to read this year! (Note: I won’t be explaining why I want to read these. They’re pretty self-explanatory because I talk about them all the time.)

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Please don’t ask me why I haven’t read this yet. I know. I’m so ashamed of myself.

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I hope to buy this one soon! 🙂

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And that’s it for this post today! I know this was really just a random post linked to books, but it’s because at the moment I was trying to type this up as quickly as possible.

But tell me: what are some books that you meant to read last year but couldn’t?

–Silanur

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Hey everyone! Yes–yet another post about my anticipated releases of 2016. A few months back, I made a post about all the 2016 book releases I was looking forward to, and it made a REALLY big hit on my blog. However, that was an entire list of books that I had compiled. Now I narrowed it down to the top ten that I am excited for for the first half. You can check my other post out here!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. You can learn more about it here.

*This list is in chronological order*

  1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8th, 2016)

It’s almost been two years since I’ve been waiting for this book. TWO YEARS. I am so excited. So, so excited–I haven’t read a Cassandra Clare book literally in a year. ❤

2. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (March 29th, 2016)

It’s going to be sad saying goodbye to these characters, but I’m sure Marie’s finale will still be fantastic. :’)

3. Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins (April 5th, 2016)

Even though Miss Mayhem left me disappointed, I loved Rebel Belle so I’m hoping I’ll love the conclusion to this as well. 🙂

4. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (April 26th, 2016)

If you know me, I LOOOOOVE The Raven Cycle series, and I was so sad when this book was pushed back. But now it’s coming, and I’m sure as hell excited for it.

5. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (May 3rd, 2016)

A few months ago, Rick announced that he would be writing another series with PJO in it (YAAS!) and this is it! ❤ Oh my god, I am so pumped for this! (I absolutely adore Apollo….)

6. The Crown by Kiera Cass (May 3rd, 2016)

Okay, I know The Heir left a lot of people disappointed, but I personally actually enjoyed it. So yes, I’ll be reading this. DON’T JUDGE ME. THESE ARE MY GUILTY PLEASURE READS.

7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (May 3rd, 2016) Damn, there are a lot of May 3rd releases…which is kinda bad, because which book am I going to buy/read first?!

But the release date aside, this is probably one of my most anticipated releases of 2016…plus Sarah said it was going to be over 600 pages which just sounds freaking awesome. BRING IT ON.\

8. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (May 3rd, 2016)

I love Morgan Matson’s books: they’re super cute, meaningful, and full with feels. Also, the covers are bombs. LIKE THIS ONE. ITS SO CUTE OMG.

9. The Last Star by Rick Yancey (May 24th, 2016)

Yet another series that’s very dear to my heart is ending…I hope this one also doesn’t disappoint because you guys know how much I love The 5th Wave. ❤

10. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (June 7th, 2016)

Victoria is such an amazing author and I practically can tell how much I’m going to love this book just by looking at the cover and reading the synopsis. SOUNDS SO AMAZING.

And that’s it for this list! Of course there are others I look forward to, but these are my top priority! I’ll post another one of these halfway into the year about my other anticipated releases. 🙂

–Silanur

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novels To Look Forward To

If you didn’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Broke and Bookish. You can learn more about it here! This week’s topic was “Top 10 Debut Authors Whose Sophomore Novels To Look Forward To”. Now since I realized I didn’t read too many debut novels this year, I only have 8 on this list but here we go anyways! 🙂

This list is in no particular order and all of these are 2015 Debuts;

I absolutely CAN NOT wait for A Torch Against The Night, since AEITA was fantastic! ❤ I hope it doesn’t disappoint! (One of my favorites of this year) Review here.

This book guys. Its fantastic. I love it so much, and I know Jasmine is writing another book that is going to come out next year, but I need it now. (This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES. And possibly my all time favorite contemporary novel.)

I also know Jennifer Niven is writing a new YA book (I think for next year) but we’ve barely heard any news about it except for on her Instagram, but I’m dying for it! NEED IT IN MY LIFE. (another all time favorite!)

This was a fantastic first book and I’m really hoping Melissa Grey writes an even better sequel (which is going to be The Shadow Hour) Review here!

I finished this book a few weeks ago and I’m still in awe by how strangely beautiful it was. Highly recommended, and I *obviously* can’t wait for David Arnold’s next book, Kids of Appetite! 🙂

This is obviously not Sophie Kinsella’s first book, but it IS her YA Debut novel! I really really loved it–it was hilarious and I can’t wait to read more of her YA works, if she publishes any!

This was also a really great contemporary debut, and I will for sure pick up any of Nicola Yoon’s future works. 🙂 Review here.

Although I do think this book is overhyped, I still enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to reading Glass Sword!

Anyways, who are some of YOUR favorite debut authors of 2015? I know I will read more debut books this year (The Wrath and the Dawn…) but these are the ones on my list so far! Please let me know in the comments!

–Silanur ❤

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Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish–September 8th, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. You can learn more about it here! This week’s topic is ten series I have yet to finish! (Note: I am pre writing this two weeks before so my answers are subject to change, though they will probably not.)

The books that I am most excited to read are last; least excited first. I actually found out that there are only 10 FINISHED series that I started but haven’t finished yet. (Not including series that still have books that will be coming out.)

  1. The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken–I only read the first one, and I have yet to read Never Fade. I bought it almost a year ago but I kind of lost interest and I don’t know if I will be reading it any time soon. (excitement level: 23%)
  2. The Program duology by Suzanne Young–I read and really enjoyed The Program a month or so back, but I have yet to read the sequel, The Treatment. (excitement level: 45%)
  3. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead–I started reading this series last year around October, and I read all of them but stopped at Spirit Bound. I know I will finish this series, but right now I don’t feel so excited for them and the last two books are really intimidating. But I will finish this series! I loved the books I read! (excitement level: 54%)
  4. Under The Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi–I LOVED Under The Never Sky and I’m super excited to finish this trilogy because I heard it gets better! I hope to finish this trilogy sometime this fall. 🙂 (excitement level: 67%)
  5. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo–I read Shadow and Bone about a month ago and really enjoyed it. I’ve heard the books get even better and better so I’m super pumped for Siege and Storm! ALSO, Leigh will be coming to D.C. in November so I want to finish her books before I hopefully meet her! 😀 (excitement level: 72%)
  6. The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout–The first book in this series is one of my all time favorites, and the only reason why I haven’t read Every Last Breath yet is because I was traveling when it came out and I never had the opportunity to read it. But I hopefully will–very soon! (excitement level: 75%)
  7. Isla and the Happily Ever After–I don’t know if this technically counts as a “trilogy” but it is a companion series and I still have yet to finish it! I actually would have read this a million years ago, as Stephanie’s other books are my all time favorites, but I’ve been waiting for a year for the paperback of this book to come out. I think it finally did so I will be buying and reading it soon! (excitement level: 80%)
  8. Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi–I would have finished this series a while ago, but I just need to buy Ignite Me! (excitement level: 85%)
  9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor–this trilogy is by far one of my favorite trilogies, and that’s saying something because I haven’t even read Dreams of Gods and Monsters. Its not because I don’t feel like reading it, but because I’m quite intimidated by the size and also because I want to give all of my concentration to it. But I WILL read it by the end of the year! (excitement level: 91%)
  10. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling–if you know me, I haven’t finished this series yet. As of right now, I’ve only read the first three (and loved them!) but I am soooo excited to read the rest! (excitement level: obviously +100%)

Anyways, that’s my TTT for today! Which series should I finish first? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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some other top ten tuesday posts:

~ Top Ten of My Most Read Authors

~ Top Ten Books That I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag

~ Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases

~ Top Ten Authors I Would Like To Meet

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Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From | August 11, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. You can learn more about it here! Today’s TTT is “Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From.” So without further ado, here is my list of most read authors! Note: I am pre-writing this blog post 17 days before, so this list may change until I post it. Also, the order of these books follows most-to-least read authors.

Another note! I am only including the authors that I am interested in reading in the future; what I mean by this is that of course I’ve read more books by other authors but I don’t feel like adding them. (For example, a few years back I was obsessed with Wendy Mass and Carolyn Hennesy so I added all of their books on Goodreads, but I am not counting their books on this list.)

1. My most read author that I can keep track of is…Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series as well as the Heroes of Olympus series! I’ve read every single one of his books that are out (except for Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods) and Goodreads says I read 17 of his books! SEVEN-FREAKING-TEEN!

2. Then we have none other than Cassandra Clare! Cassie’s obviously another one of my favorite authors and I have read all of her books that are out except some of the short stories. And duh, I’m a big fan of her. (I mean she’s the one who created Will Herondale) —I’ve read 9 of her books.

3. Next we have Jennifer L. Armentrout, whom I’ve read 7 books and counting of! (At the moment, July 24th 2015, I’m reading Don’t Look Back so including that 8 books.) I absolutely adore all of her books; fast-paced, funny, steamy, and all in all awesome.

4. Sarah J. Maas, (5 books, which are all of her books that she has published at the moment) I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL THE NUMBER OF BOOKS I’VE READ BY HER INCREASES BECAUSE ALL OF HER BOOKS ARE FANTASTIC.

**These next few authors I’ve read the same amount of books from: four**

5. Richelle Mead–I’ve read the first four books in her Vampire Academy series. I want to finish the rest of them but they are so big and intimidating! (But I hopefully will by the end of the year)

6. Scott Westerfeld–back when I was just getting into the genre of YA, and The Hunger Games & Divergent weren’t that popular, I read the Uglies series and I was hooked. I absolutely adored everything about them, and I binge read all of them. (So four books in total again)

7. Next we have one of the only contemporary author on this list, Miss Jenny Han! So far I’ve read four of her books as well, which are Shug (I read this before I was into YA), Burn for Burn (which she co-wrote with Siobhan Vivian), To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and P.S I Still Love You.

8. Kiera Cass–I’ve read all of the books she has published so far, or her Selection series. And although they are my guilty pleasure reads, *whispers* I still love them so much. ❤ (Four books)

9. Becca Fitzpatrick–author of the Hush Hush series which I read before I was into reading and loved. I know there’s a lot of bad reviews surrounding this series, but I loved them nonetheless. (Four books)

10. Gayle Forman–whom I’ve read 4 books from: If I Stay, I Was Here, Just One Day, and Just One Year. I have very mixed feelings about Gayle’s books–either I really loved them or I hated them. (I hate If I Stay; I really don’t understand the hype for it, Just One Year & I Was Here were okay/meh, but I LOVED Just One Day)

And that’s my list of Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From! I would have included Veronica Roth, but I decided not to because one of the four books is not really a book, it’s a collection of stories about Four. If you’d like to see a full list of authors I’ve read the most books from, you can click here!

Note: a lot of these authors are my favorite authors, but this does not necessarily mean all of them are. If you would like to see a list of my FAVORITE authors, you can click here.

Who are some of your most-read authors? Let me know! 🙂

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some other top ten tuesday posts:

~ Top Ten Books That I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag

~ Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases

~ Top Ten Authors I Would Like To Meet