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It’s Official: I’m in a Reading Slump

Hi, everyone! Sorry for disappearing on you! It’s just that I’ve been faced with a reading slump and have no idea what to do about it. Every book I try to read starts off as enticing, but then I end up bored with it. Usually, when this happens I just read another genre, but that doesn’t seem to be working…

If you have any advice on what to do when in a reading slump, I would love to hear it!

Have a nice day!

– Sumaya

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Toronto Prose Mill is Holding an Open Call for Submissions!

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to let all the Canadian writers who follow this blog know that Toronto Prose Mill is accepting short stories for its second issue. Toronto Prose Mill is a literary journal dedicated to publishing short stories by Canadian writers.

Please send all submissions via email to torontoprosemill@gmail.com by May 1st at 11:59 pm, and ensure that they meet the criteria below:

– Stories can be submitted in the ‘Submission’ field by copying and pasting, as a Google Doc link, or sent by email to torontoprosemill@gmail.com so long as authors’ names do not appear anywhere in the document, including the file name *WARNING copy and pasting will alter the formatting of the story
– Each story can be up to 8,000 words in length; there is no minimum word count
– Works must not have been previously published
– Works must be written by the individual(s) submitting the piece(s) for consideration
– Co-authored works must be accompanied by all authors’ approval in order for such submissions to be considered for publication
– Submission forms are confidential and will only be viewed by the Toronto Prose Mill team

If there are any questions or concerns about the submission form please send an email to torontoprosemill@gmail.com. Also, for further information about Toronto Prose Mill, feel free to check out its site!

Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

 

Giveaway Time!

Hi, everyone! As I said in one of my previous posts, to celebrate reaching the milestone of 1000 followers, I am hosting a giveaway! In this giveaway, the lucky winner will receive four ARCs of the following titles: In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira, Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy, The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian, and My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma. Here are the rules:

1. The giveaway runs from February 9th to February 23rd, 12 am (EST)

2. The giveaway is for Canadian and US residents only.

3. Participants must fill in all the required entries.

4. Any participants who are under 18 must have parental/guardian permission before entering the giveaway in case they win later on and I need their mailing address. It is understood that once the participant enters the giveaway that they have parental permissions.

5. The winner will be notified a day after the giveaway closes, but if they do not respond within 48 hours, someone else will be picked as the winner.

To enter, just visit in the rafflecopter giveaway link here.

Take care, everyone! And keep reading!

–  Sumaya

 

Thank You for Your Support!

As the title states, I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of this blogging experience help me reach this really cool milestone: one thousand people following my blog! I can hardly believe! But I couldn’t have done this without you, the fellow book bloggers and book lovers who comment on my blog, helping me discover new books in the process as well as a different outlook on older ones!

To celebrate, I’m going to set up a giveaway within the next couple of days. Be on the lookout!

Take care, everyone! And as always, keep reading!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 24

Happy Monday, lovely readers! I’m back with another post of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. While I didn’t get to read In Search of Us last week, I did get to read other books, so there’s that! Hopefully, I’ll finally read In Search of Us this week because it sounds so interesting!

What I Read Recently: 

What I’m Currently Reading:

between the blade and the heart

What I’m Planning to Read Next:

in search of us

Well, that’s what I’m planning to read so far! Who knows how it’ll go by the end of week, though? 😉 What are you reading today? I’d love to read about it in the Comments Section below!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 23

Hey, everyone! It’s Monday again, which means I’m back with another “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” post, hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. Unfortunately, it was a really slow week for me, reading-wise. Hopefully. it picks up, but my reading goals for this week kind of reflect that lull of last week… 😉

What I Read Recently:

What I’m Currently Reading:

when it's real

What I’m Planning to Read Next: 

in search of us

Well, that’s my reading list for this week! What are you all reading at the moment? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Review: The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

Summary

All that glitters is not gold.

New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

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My rating:

black4

Hello, there! It’s the first review of the year, so I’m going to make it count! Today’s review is on Katharine McGee’s sophomore novel, The Dazzling Heights. Now, when I finished reading her first book about a year ago, I remember wanting the second book immediately! I mean, who wouldn’t after that revelation and cliffhanger? It was the book I would recommend to people, asking,” Have you read The Thousandth Floor yet?” to anyone interested in this genre or YA in general. I didn’t think about how good book two would be, because I automatically assumed it would be amazing!

Now, once I was finished with this book, I thought two things. One, that some characters were still more interesting than others. Like Rylin, Leda, Watt, for example (they’re the interesting ones). I was always eager to follow their POVs and see what would happen. As for Avery, well to be honest, I could care less. She had basically no character development from The Thousandth Floor, in my opinion, which doesn’t make me want to read on when I reach her POV. It actually makes me want to skip to the other POVs. Even the new girl, Calliope, although I wasn’t even interested in her after a certain point. Also, I kind of wish that instead of bringing a new person into the fold, that the author could have brought in one or two more POVs from others who were already in the world of the Tower.

The second thing I thought of was that the story became intriguing in the second half of the novel in comparison to the first. So much more seemed to happen within that half that I liked and didn’t like, but you couldn’t say that it was boring (unless it was Avery’s POV 😛 )! And then there was that ending! Everything came crashing together, so much so that I honestly have no clue how book three is going to tie all these loose ends together!

Well, that’s all I have to say about The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee! Who’s excited for book three, The Towering Sky? I certainly am! If you haven’t already, I suggest everyone who likes light Sci-Fi  read The Thousandth Floor! And feel free to share any comments you might have in the section below!

Have a nice day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

I received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Review: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

Summary

When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn’t hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

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My rating:

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Hi, everyone! Today, I’m back with another review and this one is on The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle. Now I’ve got to say, I really enjoyed reading it! Not only did the book mix in a good amount of humour and seriousness, but there were so many literary references, including the title’s source material!

Firstly, I loved reading in Lily’s POV. She had a way with words, even when she was babbling, and had to juggle the idea of herself mainly through other people, which can be pretty difficult at times. Not only did I like Lily, though. I also enjoyed learning more about Abelard, Rosalind, Richard, even the parents; they all helped shaped this story. They were realistic portraits of people; I don’t think there were any flat characters in this novel, unless you count the teachers, who I didn’t see much of. Plus, I really liked reading about the romance within this book. Usually, I don’t like reading romance within books discussing mental health, mainly because when I do, I would read about the protagonist getting “cured” by the end of the story. But in this case, the author really pulled it off! The only thing I could say about the characters is that I wish I had seen more of Richard in the second half of the novel. Oh, and that Abelard would have shared POV time with Lily, since we only get Lily’s perspective throughout the novel.

Also, I really liked all the allusions to older material. Not only were The Letters of Abelard and Heloise referenced constantly, there were also other material that was mentioned, like Frankenstein, Anna Karenina, Hildegard of Bingen, etc. And these references were fit into the scenes nicely, not in a pretentious manner at all! Another fun fact was that since this was a retelling of a medieval story, there was a lot more references to Medieval literature as a result, which is pretty cool to me! I’ve seen a few retellings in that realm, but not a lot, so this retelling was something I was excited to read as soon as I heard about it! I’m glad it lived up to the hype! 😁

Well, that’s all I have to say about The Love Letters of Lily and Abelard by Laura Creedle! I, for one, cannot wait to read Laura Creedle’s next novel! If you have any questions about this book, feel free to ask in the Comments Section below. Take care, everyone!

–  Sumaya

I received an advance reader’s copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 22

“It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” is hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date.

Hello everyone! Another week has gone by, but this time, not only did I meet my reading goals for the week, I exceeded it! I honestly hope the same thing happens this week. Now, if only my review posts could catch up! 😉

What I Read Recently:

What I’m Currently Reading: 

the dazzling heights

What I’m Planning to Read Next: 

Well, that’s what I plan to read for this week. I’m really excited to read The Dazzling Heights and find out if any more interesting things happen! And I’ve heard great things about Daughter of the Pirate King, so I hope it lives up to its expectations! 🙂 What is everyone else planning to read this week? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments Section below!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

–  Sumaya

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