This post is a discussion of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and its reflection on humanity’s anxiety around the future and the unknown. In particular, I want to talk about Yancey’s focus on the effects of the alien invasion on the characters within the story, especially: Cassie Sulivan, Ben Parrish, and Evan Walker.
Christmas with Someone who Doesn’t Celebrate Christmas
As a Muslim, I don’t really celebrate Christmas. Never have. Sure, I had college friends show me their trees and some even attempted to show me Christmas movies. It all looks pretty and stuff, but it’s not something I am interested in celebrating, personally.
What I find most beautiful about this season is that it provides me with some time around my family and around myself. It serves as an opportunity to pray for myself and others (more than usual) and to re-center my focus.
Speaking of focus, I have to hand it to Book Roast, who creates the coolest readathons out there. Not only does she tap into traditional young adult literature lore, but she also uses prompts that facilitate possibilities to expand one’s reading options.
All in all, this readathon just sounds like a fun time. It’ll be a challenge because I am easily distracted. Plus, I haven’t been reading as steadily as I once did. Let’s do this!
Christmas at Hogwarts Readathon Challenge 1: Finish Your Course-work. Finish Your Current Read!
There are two books that I am supposed to be reading right now. First, Cassandra Clare’s behemoth Queen of Air and Darkness is one that I have been reading steadily (kind of). Clare is one of my absolute favorites and she never fails to keep my interest. Given that I don’t have to necessarily wrap up the book (according to Book Roast’s video!), I do want to continue my slow pace read of this finale. The other one is V.E. Schwab’s Vengeful. Perhaps I can squeeze it in some other challenge. For now, Clare’s novel takes precedence (no offense, Schwab. You are awesome, too).
Christmas at Hogwarts Readathon Challenge 2 2: Help Hagrid Decorate the Trees. A Book with Gold Detailing.
Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi is the sequel to Old Man’s War. It was a surprising book through which the author was able to weave humor with sci-fi and some cool friendships. I am eager to read this one!
Christmas at Hogwarts Readathon Challenge 3: Visit the Three Broomsticks. Read a Book in a Day.
I am on the hunt for some manga from the library to satisfy this challenge. The top contender is Sailor Moon. Let’s be honest, though, I am not used to reading manga. To accommodate this fact, I am not going to necessarily be able to finish it within a day. Also: let’s be real. I probably wouldn’t be able to read all day (well…it depends).
Christmas at Hogwarts Readathon Challenge 4: Exchange Gifts in the Common Room. Read a Book Featuring/About Friendship.
It is rumored that Anne of Green Gables has some focus on friendships. This book is one with such a strong cultural value. I have not read it before but I really want to.
Christmas at Hogwarts Readathon Challenge 5: Fly Around Snowy Hogwarts Grounds. Read a Book with A Building on Its Cover.
For this one, I have two options. The first one is Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. The other one is The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron. Oh, and another possibility is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Help me decide! I’ll put up a poll on Twitter, perhaps? (But, let’s be frank: the odds of me getting to this point are not looking so good).
An Honest Update before the Fall into Fantasy To Be Read Pile:
You may have noticed that I have spent the past two posts with attempts to get back into reading. This is another one of those entries. It gets repetitive to say that I am in a slump. At any rate, hopefully, I can get myself back into reading regularly. But, as this is an honest update: Currently, I am working on identifying my values and my purpose. I have a lot to think about, to be honest. More than anything, I need to separate my value as a person from my blog and social media.
I have to do some serious reprogramming and rewiring, which makes me sound like a robot, I know. Going inwards is the scariest yet most necessary step I have to constantly take.
Thanks for being so patient. I hope you’re taking the time to sit with your thoughts and emotions as well.
October of 2018 was a total dumpster fire. Nevertheless, I am determined to bounce back (dang it!). Just in time for Halloween, yours truly is going to pick up books about villains and/or morally grey characters.
I haven’t been able to post on my blog for most of September. The world has not been great in that month (and in October as well). But, I am trying to pick up the pieces and try to organize my days a little more, even if all I want to do is sleep. Here is my TBR pile for Week 2 of October 2018.
TBR Pile Part 1: Because I am Stubborn
I started reading the 5th Wave way back in September and I disliked every second of it. It remains unclear if I dislike it because it is depressing or because I was/am in a bad headspace. Nevertheless, I intend on giving it more time to see if I can get invested in the story.
The other thing that I was reading was the second book in the Cairo trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz. I am not in too much of a hurry to read this one this week. Look at me trying to limit the unpleasant things I put myself through.
TBR Pile Part 2: Dreamy Halloween Spirit
Picking up Shiver’s sequel this week sounds like a nice idea. I do like Stiefvater’s writing, especially in this series because it is cuter and sweeter than her other books.
I may pick up Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, which would be my final unread book by him that is on my shelves. His adult stuff doesn’t sound like my jam. However, I am still interested in this middle-grade story.
TBR Pile Part 3: Who You Going to Call?
I need to pick up a mystery novel this week as well because I have been craving stories like that. Gail Carriger’s Changeless will be light and engaging. Judging by how much I enjoyed the first book in this series, I have high hopes.
TBR Pile Part 4: Miscellaneous
I have a couple of possibilities if I do well with these books. I may read Projedy by Marie Lu. The other option is to read some of my grammar books.
Some of you may know that I lived in Egypt in the 90s. I was mostly isolated by my mental illness, but even then, I had noticed the prominence of the Si-Sayed figure. What I didn’t ever expect is that this figure appears in Naguib Mahfouz’s 1956 classic called The Palace Walk.
Give This a Listen: Popular Music Around Mahfouz’s Time**
This is a violin cover of the classic Umm Kulthum song called “Enta Omri.” The song is way too long (at least nine minutes long. And, it doesn’t have awesome variety like a Queen song).
As someone who is afraid of space and traveling in general, it’s hilarious that I am trying to participate in this readathon. It is called Tome Infinity and Beyond, and it going to be fascinating to trek through the challenges. I first heard of it on the I Don’t Have a Degree in Reading channel.
I am having a particularly rough time existing, so I am taking advantage of post ideas that make me smile. May this bring you joy, too. For Top 5 Wednesday this week, we are celebrating friendships all over the blogosphere. And, that, is worth smiling for. Here are my favorites buddies.
Happy September to my peeps! After attempting to squish my library books and TBR into different challenges for this week, I settled on the Randomathon. As usual, yours truly may have to go rogue. This series of challenges are set for readers to apply their TBRs from September 3rd to the 16th. You can check Randomathon’s Twitter right here.
Read a sci-fi book
From what I have researched, the Shatter Me series is considered sci-fi. Luckily for me, I have picked Restore Me from the library a few days ago. I am worried that Tahereh Mafi is going to torture the characters in this installment. Funnily enough, I didn’t read any spoilers. For those of you who don’t know, I actually find spoilers to be a good way of reducing anxiety induced by the reading experience.
In the most recent months of 2018, I have been aiming to read beyond my comfort zone. and so DNFs are starting to happen more in my reading experiences. This August was tumultuous in terms of reading especially. Lots of hits and some misses along the way. However, I want to begin with a warning: I am not dismissing the skill of these authors nor am I saying that fans of these books are somehow not lesser than in any way. Simply put, I found their stories to be not something I enjoy or they conflict with some preferences and/or beliefs that I have.