Open Letters: Jace Wayland/Morgenstern/Herondale/Lightwood/God Knows Who Else (The Mortal Instruments Series)

Monday, June 26, 2017



*I've been delaying this letter for far way too long. Also, a disclaimer: the young man in the picture is Jeremy Sumpter who played Peter Pan way back when and who, I'm not at all embarrassed to say, was my childhood crush. It started when I was nine. I had watched the movie and loved it. So much so that it was my favorite movie for years to come (with the exception of the Harry Potter movies, of course) While I was reading City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare for the first time, I had imagined a figure that looked very much like him, to be Jace. It's not at all unreasonable. He has tawny blond hair and a devil-may-care smile. I will not divulge whether or not my crush on him still holds, but know this: he likes to play golf. Make of that statement what you will.

Dear Jace Wayland/Morgenstern/Herondale/Lightwood/God Knows Who Else,

I don't usually go insulting my letter recipients right off the bat, but considering you're...unique, I'll make an exception. Your sarcastic and cool shell may have had everyone else fooled, but you don't fool me, you never have. Others may think the only reason you act the way you do is to ward off friendly people in fear of befriending them and showing them your true self. But you and I both know that you secretly enjoy it. I'd long understood that part of you. You may or may not know this, but your ancestor, Will Herondale adopted a cool and indifferent attitude, not unlike your own. Only his attitude was projected for good reason, or at least for what he knew to be a good reason [see: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)] Your arrogance, on the other hand, is inexcusable. While your articulate and seemingly logical speech may be impressive to some, I sometimes find it contradictory. For instance, you criticize the Clave for their excessive exclusiveness, yet you pettily insult and ridicule mundanes and Downworlders when you're not in the mood. This is the first of many (possibly chastising) letters you'll be receiving from me. Expect future correspondence and get your act together.

Thank you for your attention,
Islam

P.S- I'll love you no matter what you do.

P.P.S- Keeping up with your ever-changing parentage is EXHAUSTING!

The Unfortunate Confessions of a Book Blogger

Saturday, June 17, 2017



I'M BACK!!! After what seems like an eternity, I'm back on the blog! So -in recognition of that fact- the first post I publish after two whole months of absence is, appropriately, The Unfortunate Confessions of a Book Blogger. 

Confession #1- As it occasionally and inevitably happens with all of my hobbies, I sometimes fall into what I call a "blogging slump", which is not unlike a reading slump. In these "blogging slumps" I generally feel unmotivated and uninspired by my temporary inability to think of new and creative ideas for posts on the blog. I LOVE book blogging, however, I think the said lack of motivation and inspiration stems from the fact that I feel obliged to be consistent and frequent with publishing fresh content on the blog. That might not be the worse thing, but it inhibits me from doing what I love to do. I love reading, I love sharing my thoughts on the books I read with my fellow readers, and I love getting people who don't read for leisure to do so. Here's a moderately interesting fact: My younger brother now reads for fun because he loved a book I recommended to him (Wanna guess what that book is? Read to the end of this post to find out!)


Confession #2- The number of visitors (unique or otherwise) I see on the statistics of the blog can be quite discouraging at times. Mind you, I'm not one to dwell on the number of subscribers or visitors I have on my blog, but I sometimes wonder why I recommend the books I do when I hardly have anyone to recommend them to. Fortunately, these negative thoughts don't go far. For instance, I never even considered the discontinuation of publishing posts on the blog, but I would rather not think such thoughts. My blogging experience would be significantly better if I don't.

Confession #3- Reading slumps can potentially be problematic for my blog. Being stuck in a reading slump means I read fewer books than I normally would read, if any at all. Reading fewer books means I don't have many options for what to post. Sure, I might have numerous alternatives to a book review post such as Typography Tuesday, If You Read This... You Should Read This..., and Open Letters, but these posts have designated days on which they can be published. Besides, reading new and often different books sparks up the creativity in me, and creativity is an essential ingredient for what might be an interesting and fun blog.

Confession #4- I'm a very picky reader. My favorite genre is Fantasy and I don't always venture beyond that. Sad to say, I know. As much I love to read, I'm very particular with what I pick up for fear of reading a book that I genuinely don't like and feeling like I wasted my (valuable) time. You may be asking yourself: what does this have to do with Fantasy being your genre? The answer to that very reasonable question, my fellow reader, is that it's not often I come read a Fantastic book that I don't enjoy at least a little (and the exceptions are really bad, let me tell you) Also, I really don't give heed to reviews. I enjoy watching and reading reviewers' opinions on books but honestly, that doesn't usually make me want to read a book any more or any less. If, on the other hand, everyone says that a certain book is terrible and unenjoyable, then I listen. This is because I often find that some of the books I've read and thoroughly enjoyed in the past fall victim to harsh criticism. If I don't start now, one of my bookish New Years Resolutions would be to effectively (I have previously tried and subsequently failed) broaden my reading spectrum.

*The book I recommended to my brother was Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Typography Tuesday

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Good day, everyone! It's been a while! Today, I'll be starting us off easily by offering you, my dear readers, with somewhat cynical and somewhat optimistic quote, which reflects how I and presumably, many people, perceive our world today to be:

Nicholas Sparks | At First Sight

The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

Saturday, February 18, 2017





Synopsis


4.5 out of 5 stars

The second installment of the Young Elites series (trilogy?) by Marie Lu was epic! Like its predecessor, I bought the eBook version which, I don't usually do for books I would much rather own a physical copy of, but it was on sale! I think they (both the Young Elites and Rose Society) were $1.99 each. Regardless, I don't regret making the purchase one bit. In fact, I might actually buy them in hardcover as well.

ANYWAY, I obviously really enjoyed this book, I mean four and a half stars? That's quite a feat! I was trying to decide for so long what rating I wanted to give Rose Society. It tottered between four and half and five stars for while, until I finally settled on four and a half. The only reason I decided on four and a half was due to the fact that I grew frustrated with the decisions Adelina made throughout the last half of the book. The Young Elites only betrayed her, and rightly so I might add, because she betrayed them. It was wrong of Raphael to assume the worst of her which he based on her energy. I felt like his judgement a little fogged by his feelings for Enzo, who was in a short-lived relationship with Adelina.

After Adelina discovers the Elites' betrayal, she escapes with her sister and founds her own new group of Elites. The organization is called the Rose Society. The hypocritical Teren continues his self-assigned mission to eradicate Elites. I can't really say much of anything else without giving away potentially spoiling information. It's a great book, I definitely recommend this series!

Character Match-Making: Jamie and Mr. Darcy

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


In acknowledgement of Valentine's Day, today I want take up the role of match-maker and explore another possible set of lovers: Jamie from the Bride by Julie Garwood and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. As per usual, I will list the reasons these two would be a great couple as well as any identifying traits they might have in common. So, without further ado, let us begin the match-making.

Truly. I don't know how either of them gets anything done. It's almost spectacular that they get anything done, really. They're stubborn, sort of bossy, and feel the need to run everything. At the same time, they're easy to love.

I'm a firm believer in inter-racial long term relationships, but those who have read The Bride know that while Jamie certainly did her best in trying to adjust to her new Scottish home and ways, she had a hard time of it. Not only is Darcy English, but he's ENGLISH-English. He's posh, well-mannered, (for the most part) and will most likely agree to putting up a painting of William IV.

I've recognized this all-or-nothing trait in both of them. After Jamie wed the Scotsman Alec Kincaid, she wasn't about to leave her family for someone she didn't know or even remotely care about, even if they were married. At her home in England, she took care of everything from cleaning to cooking, and everything in between because she felt like it was her job to take care of her family. Mind you, she is the youngest of five girls. Her father, who is not her biological father, she loved with all of her heart and therefore did everything he asked of her and more. Mr. Darcy, on the other hand, revealed quite a lot about himself when he professed his love to Lizzy. He disclosed everything there was to know about him.

I find this ridiculous. It's like they think thrice before they do anything instead of twice. These two don't do anything without good reason. At the ball Mr. Bingley threw in Netherfield, Darcy didn't dare talk to anyone outside of his circle of friends (except Lizzy, of course, and that must have been excruciating for him) He didn't dance with anyone but Lizzy because he felt everyone else was below him. And, if I'm sorely mistaken, Jamie never did anything just for the sake of it. She gave adequate reasons for everything she did, even when nobody asked.

Well, there you have it. These are the reasons why Jamie and Mr.Darcy would make a wonderful and amusing couple. I have more, of course, but if I listed them all, we would really be here all day. I might actually post a second part to this in the future. I think this will have to suffice for now, Happy Valentine's Day!