Tuesday

seven powers from marissa meyer's renegades that would be BEYOND AMAZING irl (spoilers?)

OK I just finished Marissa Meyer's Renegades like some 2 hours ago and WOWOWOWOW.

Everything is so cool? SHE IS A WORLDBUILDING MASTER. The plot and characters are to die for, but what really piqued my interest are the dope prodigies. I mean some of those powers are so cool and WOW if we had them in real life... FDJFJG

SO. I compiled a list of my ten favorite powers described in the book to share with you guys since I DID NOT feel like writing a review today OOPS




adrian/sketch's well.. sketching powers

Come on. The kid can make his drawings come to life please direct me to a person who wouldn't want that. And he can draw tattoos and gain those powers? He can have almost whatever power he wanted. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. Your "I want" statements would turn into "I have" statements. You would never not have anything you wanted.

PLUS I mean, you'd totally be the best gift giver ever and all your friends would love you.



danna/monarch's ability to turn into butterflies

This may sound like she turns into a delicate swarm of butterflies BUT NO. She goes ALL out. And she sneaks into movie theaters with it? SCORE. Tickets are too expensive these days.



"When I was a kid I was always sneaking into movie theaters. To this day, I've never actually paid for a movie ticket.' She cringed slightly and leaned forward. 'Don't tell anyone, okay? That is definitely outside of our code.'"

It was honestly such a shame that we didn't get to see more of Danna, she was a warm character who I thought had a lot of potential :/ MAYBE IN THE NEXT BOOK


simon/the dread warden's invisibility

I've always been a fan of the concept of invisibility, you'd be able to get around and be sneaky. OF COURSE I'd use it for good things hehehehe

ALSO the Dread Warden is probably the coolest super hero name EVER. And anyone with the name Simon is automatically a good character.



leroy/cyanide's crazy chemistry stuff

Chemistry is my personal favorite of the sciences, and the ability to make all those crazy poisons and potions that we see Nova get to use is SO COOL. Hurting people is not SO COOL but it's all so science based and agh.

Marissa Meyer has found the perfect way to incorporate science into magic and gosh I didn't think it was possible to love her even more.

Actually if I had that ability, it would honestly probably look something like this:




narcissa's ability to walk through mirrors

IT'S LIKE A PORTAL TO A WHOLE NEW WORLD. (a whole new wooorlllddd) ok while I didn't completely understand how the mirrors worked, I really enjoyed the concept of them. IT'S SO UNIQUE. Gah. Marissa Meyer you have my entire heart.

I wonder what her alias is, probably something gorgeous. 


that one kid who had INCREDIBLE archery skills

"Next to them was a blindfolded boy firing a bow and arrow at a series of moving targets and hitting them dead center every time."

MOVE OVER KATNISS AND HAWKEYE. Archery kid is coming through. I want a whole prequel book dedicated to this kid, I love him and his skill. Archery is so amazing and I applaud people who have the ability to focus and aim that well. 

AND THIS KID CAN DO IT BLINDFOLDED.

Best superhero.


flashbolt's ability to shoot lightning bolts out of his hands


This kid was mentioned like once (at least he was given a name) but his ability is SO COOL

"On the mat beside them, the trainer threw a disc and Flashbolt lifted his hands, shooting a series of colored lightning bolts out of his marbled palms, striking the disc as it arced through the hall."

Not only is it amazing in battle but it makes for an amazing light show too.



Have you read Renegades? What TOTALLY AWESOME power would you love to have? What power would you NOT want to have? 


I can't wait 11 months for the next book. NOW MARISSA MEYER GIVE IT TO ME n OW.

peace out y'all,
young

Sunday

five reasons why i despise writing reviews

I don't post a lot of reviews on here. Primarily because I HATE writing them.


Ok. Not HATE, but a strong dislike. Sometimes they can be fun, but a lot of things bring down my review writing experience. 

YES these are completely valid reasons shut up

enjoy



I constantly have to refer back to the book


I do not have a great memory. It takes me a solid 10 minutes to remember what I had for dinner last night. And I usually write reviews 4-5 days after I read the book, because I'm strange. 

I forget like the entire plot of the book I'm reviewing.



I don't mind flipping through the book to remember parts, but sometimes I run out of points so I actually have to read over large sections of the book to remember what I wanted to say. TOO TEDIOUS 4 M3

I know I could a) write the review earlier or b) write down points as I read, but I will not change.


Worrying about the length of the review


Sometimes I read through those large sections and still have nothing and my review is so small that if it were food, it would be too small for a mouse to eat. I sit there, looking at my three short paragraph review and bang my head against the table because I couldn't possibly put this up.

AND THEN sometimes I read through those large sections and have way too much. My review comes out to be like a Potions essay that Hermione would read. I mean, if I were a reader, I would not take the time to read that. 

WHAT IS THE PERFECT REVIEW LENGTH. book gods pls tell me


Reviews for one book are almost all the same 


A popular book that everyone in the book world has read and heard about and loved has a lot of good reviews, and they're often the exact same. 

Take Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (one of my fave books), it's clear why the book is FANTASTIC, so all reviewers address it. And then all the reviews are the same. And then it's boring. 

How does one make it different? I know 845957 thousand other people said that bUT I NEED TO SAY IT TOO. gah


how i feel reading a review identical to mine


Google search: "HOW TO MAKE BOOK REVIEWS INTERESTING"


Some people write killer reviews. Like reviews that make me laugh and genuinely want to keep reading. Reviews that give an honest and captivating opinion instead of just a recap of the plot.

Sadly, I am not one of those people. I cannot write an interesting review to save the life of me. No matter the length, if I were a reader, I would not read my review all the way through.

THEY'RE JUST SO BORING



book gods pls help me


I have an irrational fear of people vehemently opposing my review and hating me


Book reviews are opinionated. Which means 80% of the time (20% is a review for a 5 star book that everyone except for a few heartless demons loved ((yes these are accurate stats)) people will disagree with you. I'm totally okay with that, it's expected.

But every time I post a review, I sit in agony waiting for someone to scream ARE YOU STUPID YOU ARE SO WRONG I AM COMING TO KILL U >:( at me and stalk me for life. ok maybe not THAT bad but STILL. it could happen. probably not. but what if.



Do you like or hate writing reviews? What about reading reviews? How long do you think reviews should be?


peace out y'all,
noor

Monday

two thousand and seventeen, i bid you farewell

Yet another New Years post, are you surprised?

Another year gone and another year coming, time goes and goes and goes. It feels like I was just writing my 2016 Resolutions post and my 2015 Resolutions post.

These past few days I've really been thinking and reflecting on 2017, and thinking a lot how I want 2018 to go. Resolutions blah blah

But instead of talking about 2018, I wanted to talk about 2017 today. I have 365 days to think about, I want to dedicate one more day to the wake of 2017's death (heh).

Here's to another year! Thank you 2017!


2017 was neither bad nor good, but I feel like that's how every year should and will be. There will be bad times, but good times that will (hopefully) overpower them. Do your best to make more good times and move on from the bad. Moving on, prosperity and positivity, that is 2018. - journal entry from (way) early in the morning 1.1.18


JANUARY




jan 1 - I met some of my dearest internet friends and hung out with them for a few hours
jan 21 - Went to my local Women's March


FEBRUARY



feb 12 - Went to NYC with my Dad and saw Aladdin and practically drowned in all the cold cold rain
feb 19 - Went to the mall with 4 of my friends and got matching friendship bracelets 


MARCH




mar 13 - Watching the gorgeous sunset in Bangladesh over the lake after going boating
mar 18 - Going to/making All State Orchestra with 6 of my friends
mar 22 - My thirteenth birthday!
mar 25 - My birthday sleepover in which I fell asleep at 10 and everyone else fell asleep at 3


APRIL



apr 2 - Sitting outside, getting dressed, and having a picnic with myself
apr 14 - Hiding tiny figures in the woods with my friends
apr 20 - FINALLY getting Slytherin on the Pottermore Sorting Hat quiz


MAY



may 13 - Going to Target with my two best friends and buying the SOFTEST pillow EVER
may 17 - Getting back into art after a while of not drawing
may 21 - Writing a 7000 word fanfiction in my agenda because math is so boring


JUNE



jun 2 - Going to a theme park for my 8th grade trip with all of my friends and having the best time
jun 12 - 8th grade graduation ceremony!
jun 16 - 8th grade graudation PARTY
jun 18 - Trying to study for finals with my friends at Barnes and Nobles but ending up playing hide and seek
jun 24 - Going to NYC on the last day of school and staying in a museum with my friends



JULY




jul 1 - Going back to NYC and staying there for a week with my cousins
jul 4 - Watching the fireworks over the Brooklyn Bridge
jul 5 - Visiting the Met and having the BEST ice cream EVER
jul 9 - Going to California with my cousins and staying for three weeks
jul 10 - Watching Spiderman Homecoming for the first time
jul 16 - Watching Spiderman Homecoming for the second time
jul 19 - Working with a few new friends at their mom's office and getting some $$$
jul 22 - Meeting the same internet friends again!
jul 23 - Going to see a live soccer game (Real Madrid vs Barcelona)
jul 29 - Visiting the Stanford campus (my dream school :'))


AUGUST



aug 7 - Watching Spiderman Homecoming for the third time
aug 13 - Watching Zendaya win a Teen Choice Award for Spiderman Homecoming
aug 19 - Going back to NYC for the weekend and going to the 9/11 Memorial 
aug 21 - Watching the Solar Eclipse with my dad
aug 26 - Swimming with my friends and making our own ice pops
aug 29 - Getting a FREE drink at Starbucks
aug 30 - Riding on a horse at my teammate's house during a soccer team dinner before our first game


SEPTEMBER



sep 1 - Eid!!
sep 4 - Watching the sunsets on the last few days of summer
sep 6 - First day of high school!
sep 22 - Playing Manhunt with 10 of my friends
sep 23 - Decorating my shed with two of my friends
sep 30 - Rewatching Doctor Who heh

OCTOBER



oct 6 - First football game !
oct 7 - Getting PUMPKINZ
oct 20 - ANOTHER football game !
oct 31 - Dressing up as a deer with my friend for Halloween

NOVEMBER



nov 3 - My friends and I went to bubble tea (we do that a lot this was just one of the better ones)
nov 10 - Going to Seneca Falls and then Syracuse Mall
nov 15 - Soccer banquet and we had some GOOD PASTA
nov 18 - Early Thanksgiving with two of my friends
nov 21 - On the day before Thanksgiving break, all my friends brought a food to lunch and we had like a potluck?? Twas fun
nov 30 - We went to Washington DC and went to tons of museums and ate amazing food


DECEMBER



dec 9 - Going to my very first high school dance and dancing until our feet hurt :D
dec 16 - Making sugar cookies for the first time
dec 16 - Watching Star Wars with my dad
dec 17 - Having hibachi for my mom's birthday
dec 23 - Watching the Greatest Showman with my best friend
dec 28 - Watching Star Wars again
dec 31 - Having an amazing NYE party with my friends

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OVERALL.. some months were less eventful than others, but JULY was definitely my favorite month of 2017. 

I learned a lot, I lived a lot, and I will continue to do that in the new year. For me, 2018 is going to be about productivity, and getting things DONE. 

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you an AMAZING and prosperous 2018 :D 

peace out y'all,
noor

(resolutions / reading list post coming maybe soon possibly idk yet)