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This is what I call a #bookstagrammademedoit kind of post. I am not a person who celebrates special days, because I think one day can never be enough to show your feelings for the people concerned. These emotions should be celebrated throughout your life (I might be wrong). However, here I am with a #valentinesday post. . Thank you so much Hadia @chaddar_travels (you are awesome) for gifting me this gorgeous book titled #allyouneedislove by #lizziecornwall I fell in love with it at first sight. It is a collection of quotations about love from various amazing authors/ famous people. I adore how aesthetically pleasing it is from inside. I read them all in only 45 mins as I couldn’t stop reading & while some of these quotations were just okay, the others were beautiful & touching. . Sharing some of them here; . “Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” - Gary Zukav . “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” - Robert Frost . “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” - Charles Dickens .
This is what I call a #bookstagrammademedoit kind of post. I am not a person who celebrates special days, because I think one day can never be enough to show your feelings for the people concerned. These emotions should be celebrated throughout your life (I might be wrong). However, here I am with a #valentinesday post. . Thank you so much Hadia @chaddar_travels (you are awesome) for gifting me this gorgeous book titled #allyouneedislove by #lizziecornwall I fell in love with it at first sight. It is a collection of quotations about love from various amazing authors/ famous people. I adore how aesthetically pleasing it is from inside. I read them all in only 45 mins as I couldn’t stop reading & while some of these quotations were just okay, the others were beautiful & touching. . Sharing some of them here; . “Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” - Gary Zukav . “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” - Robert Frost . “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” - Charles Dickens . "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." - Maya Angelou . “You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.” - Jodi Picoult . “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” - Zelda Fitzgerald . “Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.” - Khalil Gibran . QOTD: Name the first book that comes to your mind when you think of love? Also, do you celebrate any special days like Valentine's day or friendship day or any of the others? . . . . . #BetterReadsChallenge 45/365 #valentines #galentinesday #love #loveisintheair #hearts #candles #quotations #paperhearts #postcards #flowers #booklover #gifts #red #bemyvalentine #emotionsmatter #celebrations🎉 #bookstagram #pakistanireadersinitiative #pkreaders #summersdale #bookphotography #igreviews #igreads #bookblogger #romance
Book review: I love #thelittleprince from all my heart. It is one of those books that I have read thrice & I felt the same warmth emitting from this beautiful story every time. So, I just had to buy its long-awaited sequel #thereturnoftheyoungprince the moment I saw it. “Sometimes people are like oysters; the only thing we need to do is wait for them to release the pearl that they have been harboring inside.” It has all the quirks of the little prince & he is almost the same throughout, questioning everything, grown-up into a young man & wiser, but the themes discussed in this book are more mature. It is philosophically enriched & told from the perspective of someone who is acquainted with the pilot who met the little prince. Starting from the evening when the author comes across a person lying on the roadside, who seemed familiar. This unexpected encounter with the young prince results in an extraordinary car journey, in which they talk about numerous matters. From his recalling his journey back to his small planet, of his relationship with his rose, planet & the grass that taught him things along with his search for his friend on earth. They ponder on existential questions regarding adulthood, life, friendship, happiness, loving yourself & others, kindness, being open to people, judgemental behaviors, impulsive reactions, family, abandonment & other essential themes. It may feel too much at times with all the detailed lessons, but they are quite relatable & easily comprehensible. Sometimes, it seems that the speaker is more informed & intelligent when the young prince’s actions not only leave him in awe, but he is forced to question himself as well. Is the young prince looking for wisdom or is he transferring his intelligence? It is undoubtedly a pleasing read for all the fans of The Little Prince. Of course, nothing can ever reach the level of the original story, but this sequel is worth giving a read. The young prince will make you fall in love with him again. “It's only people who truly love that are like stars & their light keeps shining on us after they are gone.” . QOTD: What are you currently reading? Have you read 'The Little Prince'?
Book review: I love #thelittleprince from all my heart. It is one of those books that I have read thrice & I felt the same warmth emitting from this beautiful story every time. So, I just had to buy its long-awaited sequel #thereturnoftheyoungprince the moment I saw it. “Sometimes people are like oysters; the only thing we need to do is wait for them to release the pearl that they have been harboring inside.” It has all the quirks of the little prince & he is almost the same throughout, questioning everything, grown-up into a young man & wiser, but the themes discussed in this book are more mature. It is philosophically enriched & told from the perspective of someone who is acquainted with the pilot who met the little prince. Starting from the evening when the author comes across a person lying on the roadside, who seemed familiar. This unexpected encounter with the young prince results in an extraordinary car journey, in which they talk about numerous matters. From his recalling his journey back to his small planet, of his relationship with his rose, planet & the grass that taught him things along with his search for his friend on earth. They ponder on existential questions regarding adulthood, life, friendship, happiness, loving yourself & others, kindness, being open to people, judgemental behaviors, impulsive reactions, family, abandonment & other essential themes. It may feel too much at times with all the detailed lessons, but they are quite relatable & easily comprehensible. Sometimes, it seems that the speaker is more informed & intelligent when the young prince’s actions not only leave him in awe, but he is forced to question himself as well. Is the young prince looking for wisdom or is he transferring his intelligence? It is undoubtedly a pleasing read for all the fans of The Little Prince. Of course, nothing can ever reach the level of the original story, but this sequel is worth giving a read. The young prince will make you fall in love with him again. “It's only people who truly love that are like stars & their light keeps shining on us after they are gone.” . QOTD: What are you currently reading? Have you read 'The Little Prince'?
Book Review: I was intrigued by #thecorridor by W. M. Khan, the moment I saw it on the website of @libertybooks & I ordered it in a heartbeat. It was my first read of 2020 & it is also supported by video evidence on YouTube. Honestly, this book scared me a lot, not because it was scary in the most typical sense, but the way it described the atrocities committed by the powerful first-world countries in war-torn countries sent chills down the spine. It takes the reader on the journey of Wakhan Corridor, a very remote area in Afghanistan, where an immensely powerful blast (like an explosion of a small nuclear device) grazed the whole valley to dust & now people believe it to be haunted & inhabited by Zombies. It includes the real story told by the only survivor, Maha Gul, about that fateful incident. It answers queries like; What was the real cause of people turning into cannibals with severe burns? Was it an attack by a rabid animal that left the corpses unbearable to watch? What turned the very normal human beings living a simple life into zombies looking for fresh meat? Was it a meteoroid that fell from the skies as told by ISAF & the Afghan government, which destroyed everything? Was the area uninhabited except a few terrorists hiding in the mountains? What happened so suddenly after the mysterious army personnel's arrival in choppers to survey for the development projects? What was the real purpose of these private contractors & why the villagers were worried? This novella discusses the whole matter from the eyes of Alan Baker & Maha Gul, who later saw the other contractors falling victims to the zombies. They were lucky to escape this haunted valley & rescued by the Taliban. It is about the extreme measures taken by these secret agencies to cover their tracks & how cruel, brutal & heartless they can be in doing so. It reveals the sinister schemes/ experiments of agencies like Black Water & others. They will do anything to save face & no person, no evidence, no human rights agreements, no bilateral connections are big enough for them, to be erased from the face of the earth. . QOTD: Do you read/ watch horror books/ movies? Which one is your forever favorite?
Book Review: I was intrigued by #thecorridor by W. M. Khan, the moment I saw it on the website of @libertybooks & I ordered it in a heartbeat. It was my first read of 2020 & it is also supported by video evidence on YouTube. Honestly, this book scared me a lot, not because it was scary in the most typical sense, but the way it described the atrocities committed by the powerful first-world countries in war-torn countries sent chills down the spine. It takes the reader on the journey of Wakhan Corridor, a very remote area in Afghanistan, where an immensely powerful blast (like an explosion of a small nuclear device) grazed the whole valley to dust & now people believe it to be haunted & inhabited by Zombies. It includes the real story told by the only survivor, Maha Gul, about that fateful incident. It answers queries like; What was the real cause of people turning into cannibals with severe burns? Was it an attack by a rabid animal that left the corpses unbearable to watch? What turned the very normal human beings living a simple life into zombies looking for fresh meat? Was it a meteoroid that fell from the skies as told by ISAF & the Afghan government, which destroyed everything? Was the area uninhabited except a few terrorists hiding in the mountains? What happened so suddenly after the mysterious army personnel's arrival in choppers to survey for the development projects? What was the real purpose of these private contractors & why the villagers were worried? This novella discusses the whole matter from the eyes of Alan Baker & Maha Gul, who later saw the other contractors falling victims to the zombies. They were lucky to escape this haunted valley & rescued by the Taliban. It is about the extreme measures taken by these secret agencies to cover their tracks & how cruel, brutal & heartless they can be in doing so. It reveals the sinister schemes/ experiments of agencies like Black Water & others. They will do anything to save face & no person, no evidence, no human rights agreements, no bilateral connections are big enough for them, to be erased from the face of the earth. . QOTD: Do you read/ watch horror books/ movies? Which one is your forever favorite?
January reading wrap up: I have decided to post my reading wrap-ups for every month on my feed in 2020. Before anyone freaks out about the number of books I have read, I must mention that it is not a competition at all. I have a very limited social life & lots of free time, due to which I can read this much. Moreover, many books that I read were way too short, so I hope with all my heart that you will not worry about your reading speed. Reading should comfort you, not stress you out! . I read 27 books in January, in which 12 were physical books & 15 were ebooks. Also, I am happy that I got to read every day in January. . Physical Books: Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy (middle-grade fiction) Khayalistan by Sajjad Haider Yeldrim (Urdu fiction, short stories) The Corridor by W. M. Khan (interactive horror novella) The Moon has my Heart by Khizra Zaheer (poetry) New Kings of the World by Fatima Bhutto (non-fiction, entertainment) The Merman and the Book of Power by Musharraf Ali Farooqi (a Qissa in English, mythology) The Puffin Book of Christmas Stories by Wendy Cooling (short stories) Jamaal Kahaniyan by Jamaal Mir Sadiqi (short stories from Iran, Urdu translation) The Black Ball by Ralph Ellison (short stories, Penguin Modern no. 12) Sixteen Seventeen by Hussain Aamir (poetry) The Little Mermaid: Sebastian’s Story (a childhood favorite) The Lion King: Zazu’s Story (another childhood favorite) . Read the following, because I felt like reading cute books: The Hat Trilogy by Jon Klassen Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin The Runaway Bunny & My World by Margaret Wise Brown If you give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield (a picture book without dialogues, YouTube series) How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you by Oatmeal (a comic book) . Single Short Stories: The Girl who Steals Christmas by C.G. Drews Cinderella Story by Allen Kim Lang (sci-fi) . Graphic/ Illustrated Novels: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Mooncakes by Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd Ghost Doll & Jasper by Fiona McDonald . QOTD: How many books did you read in January? Did you enjoy them? . #BetterReadsChallenge 31/365
January reading wrap up: I have decided to post my reading wrap-ups for every month on my feed in 2020. Before anyone freaks out about the number of books I have read, I must mention that it is not a competition at all. I have a very limited social life & lots of free time, due to which I can read this much. Moreover, many books that I read were way too short, so I hope with all my heart that you will not worry about your reading speed. Reading should comfort you, not stress you out! . I read 27 books in January, in which 12 were physical books & 15 were ebooks. Also, I am happy that I got to read every day in January. . Physical Books: Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy (middle-grade fiction) Khayalistan by Sajjad Haider Yeldrim (Urdu fiction, short stories) The Corridor by W. M. Khan (interactive horror novella) The Moon has my Heart by Khizra Zaheer (poetry) New Kings of the World by Fatima Bhutto (non-fiction, entertainment) The Merman and the Book of Power by Musharraf Ali Farooqi (a Qissa in English, mythology) The Puffin Book of Christmas Stories by Wendy Cooling (short stories) Jamaal Kahaniyan by Jamaal Mir Sadiqi (short stories from Iran, Urdu translation) The Black Ball by Ralph Ellison (short stories, Penguin Modern no. 12) Sixteen Seventeen by Hussain Aamir (poetry) The Little Mermaid: Sebastian’s Story (a childhood favorite) The Lion King: Zazu’s Story (another childhood favorite) . Read the following, because I felt like reading cute books: The Hat Trilogy by Jon Klassen Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin The Runaway Bunny & My World by Margaret Wise Brown If you give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield (a picture book without dialogues, YouTube series) How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you by Oatmeal (a comic book) . Single Short Stories: The Girl who Steals Christmas by C.G. Drews Cinderella Story by Allen Kim Lang (sci-fi) . Graphic/ Illustrated Novels: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Mooncakes by Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd Ghost Doll & Jasper by Fiona McDonald . QOTD: How many books did you read in January? Did you enjoy them? . #BetterReadsChallenge 31/365
Book Review: Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s latest book is a Qissa bringing mythical creatures from Urdu, Arabic & Persian literature into English. This genre fascinates me as I grew up reading Amir Hamza, Umro Ayyar & Alif Laila. Both the dust cover & the hardback inside are gorgeous. The literary prowess of @micromaf is evident throughout the book. It flawlessly combines facts, fantasy & fables. There are 17 illustrations of magical/ mythical creatures & the tales associated with them left me in awe. #themermanandthebookofpower starts with the Mongol invasion of Baghdad & reading about the horrors unleashed by them sent shivers down the spine. However, there is much more to the story than this. It takes you on the journey of the Abbasids era, its rise & fall & the mysterious events that occurred during the reigns of different Caliphs along with the present rule of Halagu Khan. The history unfolds when a Merman, called Gujastak, is caught by the fisherman & is brought to Governor Juvayni’s court. It sparks a debate about him being an ill-omen for the empire & is considered a sign of the End times.  The arrival of Gog & Magog (hidden in Alexander's Rampart) has been predicted since time immemorial & whenever any weird creature appears, people take him as the sign of end times. When Qazwini began his research on the Merman & observes his actions, the history of various other creatures come to his notice as well. The Sheikh of sweet speech, the trees with human-shaped fruits, the monster Tanneen, Kabikij (the lord of insects) & others are bound to leave you in wonder. Moreover, it explains the reality & influence of the Book of Power/ Emerald tablet in detail. It is a book that throws light on human lust, power-hunger, wisdom, talismans, voyages, wars, myths, beasts with human qualities (half-human, half-beast), the sexual congress of these miraculous creatures with humans & the constant struggle between knowing everything & being unable to make sense of things as they are beyond human capabilities. I don’t think my review will ever do justice to this incredible book. You all must read it to savor this qissa. . QOTD: Have you read books on mythology? Do you want to?
Book Review: Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s latest book is a Qissa bringing mythical creatures from Urdu, Arabic & Persian literature into English. This genre fascinates me as I grew up reading Amir Hamza, Umro Ayyar & Alif Laila. Both the dust cover & the hardback inside are gorgeous. The literary prowess of @micromaf is evident throughout the book. It flawlessly combines facts, fantasy & fables. There are 17 illustrations of magical/ mythical creatures & the tales associated with them left me in awe. #themermanandthebookofpower starts with the Mongol invasion of Baghdad & reading about the horrors unleashed by them sent shivers down the spine. However, there is much more to the story than this. It takes you on the journey of the Abbasids era, its rise & fall & the mysterious events that occurred during the reigns of different Caliphs along with the present rule of Halagu Khan. The history unfolds when a Merman, called Gujastak, is caught by the fisherman & is brought to Governor Juvayni’s court. It sparks a debate about him being an ill-omen for the empire & is considered a sign of the End times.  The arrival of Gog & Magog (hidden in Alexander's Rampart) has been predicted since time immemorial & whenever any weird creature appears, people take him as the sign of end times. When Qazwini began his research on the Merman & observes his actions, the history of various other creatures come to his notice as well. The Sheikh of sweet speech, the trees with human-shaped fruits, the monster Tanneen, Kabikij (the lord of insects) & others are bound to leave you in wonder. Moreover, it explains the reality & influence of the Book of Power/ Emerald tablet in detail. It is a book that throws light on human lust, power-hunger, wisdom, talismans, voyages, wars, myths, beasts with human qualities (half-human, half-beast), the sexual congress of these miraculous creatures with humans & the constant struggle between knowing everything & being unable to make sense of things as they are beyond human capabilities. I don’t think my review will ever do justice to this incredible book. You all must read it to savor this qissa. . QOTD: Have you read books on mythology? Do you want to?
Book Review: Middle-grade fiction is one of those genres that I pick in a heartbeat as the stories are always sweet & have some deeper lessons, lessons that we tend to forget as we grow up. #dearsweetpea by @andimjulie is a beautiful tale of Patricia DiMarco, commonly known as Sweet Pea, who is trying to make sense of her new life in which her parents are divorced, but in an attempt to ease the trauma, decide to live in two identical houses on the same street in Valentine. In-between the two houses, lives Miss Flora Mae, who writes a famous advisory column, Miss Flora Mae I? This story has an LGBT representation along with other themes of friendship, relationships, fat-shaming & helping others. Sweet Pea has a signature dress code, one best friend Oscar & her cat, called Cheese. She was friends with Kiera as well, but they drifted apart & this is also about their differences & becoming friends again. She is an avid fan of America’s Most Haunted, so when Miss Flora Mae, who is generally regarded with suspicion by everyone, gives her an unusual task of forwarding her mail & entertaining her plants with Aretha Franklin’s music in her absence, Sweet Pea’s life takes a drastic turn. It throws light on the grave impact of secrets on one’s friendship, how one lie or one letter written in anger can cause substantial trouble in so many lives. Sweet Pea is not ready to see her parents moving on & she is having too much fun in the task given by Miss Flora Mae, until the time when everything comes crashing down & only she can make everything better. This story is bound to melt your heart & I loved how it teaches about the value of friendship, of clearing misunderstandings before they get out of hand, of accepting people despite their sexual preferences, of being civil to each other even after divorce, to be happy for other people’s achievements, to always be kind & less judgmental as everyone has problems to deal with, of being comfortable in your skin & to move on when the need arises. I loved the gothic interior at Miss Flora Mae's & the hilarious antics used by Sweet Pea throughout the story. . QOTD: What is your go-to genre, a genre that you always find comfort in?
Book Review: Middle-grade fiction is one of those genres that I pick in a heartbeat as the stories are always sweet & have some deeper lessons, lessons that we tend to forget as we grow up. #dearsweetpea by @andimjulie is a beautiful tale of Patricia DiMarco, commonly known as Sweet Pea, who is trying to make sense of her new life in which her parents are divorced, but in an attempt to ease the trauma, decide to live in two identical houses on the same street in Valentine. In-between the two houses, lives Miss Flora Mae, who writes a famous advisory column, Miss Flora Mae I? This story has an LGBT representation along with other themes of friendship, relationships, fat-shaming & helping others. Sweet Pea has a signature dress code, one best friend Oscar & her cat, called Cheese. She was friends with Kiera as well, but they drifted apart & this is also about their differences & becoming friends again. She is an avid fan of America’s Most Haunted, so when Miss Flora Mae, who is generally regarded with suspicion by everyone, gives her an unusual task of forwarding her mail & entertaining her plants with Aretha Franklin’s music in her absence, Sweet Pea’s life takes a drastic turn. It throws light on the grave impact of secrets on one’s friendship, how one lie or one letter written in anger can cause substantial trouble in so many lives. Sweet Pea is not ready to see her parents moving on & she is having too much fun in the task given by Miss Flora Mae, until the time when everything comes crashing down & only she can make everything better. This story is bound to melt your heart & I loved how it teaches about the value of friendship, of clearing misunderstandings before they get out of hand, of accepting people despite their sexual preferences, of being civil to each other even after divorce, to be happy for other people’s achievements, to always be kind & less judgmental as everyone has problems to deal with, of being comfortable in your skin & to move on when the need arises. I loved the gothic interior at Miss Flora Mae's & the hilarious antics used by Sweet Pea throughout the story. . QOTD: What is your go-to genre, a genre that you always find comfort in?

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• Piracy 🏴‍☠️ • . . My strangest memory as a child is carelessly swiping away a handful of roses to find Dada Abu’s ashen face beneath them. My first encounter with death and its decorative layer of primal red marked the end of my pirate years - I could no longer nick the sour black digestive pills from dada abu’s bottle of kaarmina anymore. . . . I later on decided being a pirate was essential to my being so I took to Dadi ama’s bottle of Hajmola but I struck gold with her orange Vitamin C pills - I chewed on so many they’d have a new hiding place every other day. I’d find each and everyone. I’d take her dupattas and fling them around me like saaris, draping myself in her vintage glamour. I took them for mine and never returned them. ——— . . . I’d been stealing things, running into burning houses and making friends with death and destruction When I first met you. Back then, You were just a boy, a pompous fool looking for a distraction. You wanted a listener and I became it. I heard all your stories, lunged at them with attentive hunger - the creative monster in me growing with each instance, never satiated. I stole your memories and moored them in my harbour. I took every thread of remembrance from you and gave you nothing. . . . I decided then that even if I was a pirate, you were to be my lover. . . . . 📸 @bilalbutt717 . . . #pakistanireadersinitiative #bookstagram #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writingcommunity #bookstagrammer #readersofinstagram #poetryofinstagram
• Piracy 🏴‍☠️ • . . My strangest memory as a child is carelessly swiping away a handful of roses to find Dada Abu’s ashen face beneath them. My first encounter with death and its decorative layer of primal red marked the end of my pirate years - I could no longer nick the sour black digestive pills from dada abu’s bottle of kaarmina anymore. . . . I later on decided being a pirate was essential to my being so I took to Dadi ama’s bottle of Hajmola but I struck gold with her orange Vitamin C pills - I chewed on so many they’d have a new hiding place every other day. I’d find each and everyone. I’d take her dupattas and fling them around me like saaris, draping myself in her vintage glamour. I took them for mine and never returned them. ——— . . . I’d been stealing things, running into burning houses and making friends with death and destruction When I first met you. Back then, You were just a boy, a pompous fool looking for a distraction. You wanted a listener and I became it. I heard all your stories, lunged at them with attentive hunger - the creative monster in me growing with each instance, never satiated. I stole your memories and moored them in my harbour. I took every thread of remembrance from you and gave you nothing. . . . I decided then that even if I was a pirate, you were to be my lover. . . . . 📸 @bilalbutt717 . . . #pakistanireadersinitiative #bookstagram #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writingcommunity #bookstagrammer #readersofinstagram #poetryofinstagram
*First Book Recommendation of 2020* . . . You have to be fast asleep on instagram to not know that I worship Neil Gaiman as a writer and my favourite novels so far have been American Gods and Neverwhere (This is just a to give you a sense of hierarchy tbh because I adore everything he writes) . . . For me, this book has replaced Neverwhere as #2. It explores the themes of nostalgia and how we are always tethered to the edge of memory and sometimes, the things we’ve buried deep inside our memory stores spill out if we prod them enough. we’ve all been there. It brings all your childhood monsters outside and you find yourself huddled into a corner, cold and scared. There is something inevitably melancholic about this and it’s not Neil Gaiman’s usual style. It is, as I suspected, closely tied to his own childhood. . . . .The complexity of emotion and the way he grapples with fear will have you turning the pages, wolfing down the story of a little boy with an imagination too large for him to hold. It spills and infects the reader with the same morbid disease - that of nostalgia. You find yourself walking through every childhood nightmare, feeling isolated in a world of adults and not quite fitting in - always with your nose buried inside a book when you were meant to be making friends and playing soccer. . . . . Most importantly, this book is about friendship. How we connect with the strangeness of others and it binds us for life. In a second chanced upon by fate, you find that person who shares your vivid beliefs. Lettie Hempstock and her Ocean at the end of the lane were, perhaps, the most relatable. As a child, I know I’ve drawn my own oceans - imagined my own monsters and turned doors in to portals. . . . This book is a 5/5. I got the illustrated hardback from @thelastwordbks and it’s a wonderful investment. . . . . #pakistanireadersinitiative #readersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookreview #neilgaiman #theoceanattheendofthelane
*First Book Recommendation of 2020* . . . You have to be fast asleep on instagram to not know that I worship Neil Gaiman as a writer and my favourite novels so far have been American Gods and Neverwhere (This is just a to give you a sense of hierarchy tbh because I adore everything he writes) . . . For me, this book has replaced Neverwhere as #2. It explores the themes of nostalgia and how we are always tethered to the edge of memory and sometimes, the things we’ve buried deep inside our memory stores spill out if we prod them enough. we’ve all been there. It brings all your childhood monsters outside and you find yourself huddled into a corner, cold and scared. There is something inevitably melancholic about this and it’s not Neil Gaiman’s usual style. It is, as I suspected, closely tied to his own childhood. . . . .The complexity of emotion and the way he grapples with fear will have you turning the pages, wolfing down the story of a little boy with an imagination too large for him to hold. It spills and infects the reader with the same morbid disease - that of nostalgia. You find yourself walking through every childhood nightmare, feeling isolated in a world of adults and not quite fitting in - always with your nose buried inside a book when you were meant to be making friends and playing soccer. . . . . Most importantly, this book is about friendship. How we connect with the strangeness of others and it binds us for life. In a second chanced upon by fate, you find that person who shares your vivid beliefs. Lettie Hempstock and her Ocean at the end of the lane were, perhaps, the most relatable. As a child, I know I’ve drawn my own oceans - imagined my own monsters and turned doors in to portals. . . . This book is a 5/5. I got the illustrated hardback from @thelastwordbks and it’s a wonderful investment. . . . . #pakistanireadersinitiative #readersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookreview #neilgaiman #theoceanattheendofthelane
** An Announcement I thought I’d Never Make ** . . . A year ago, a friend I’ve lost made a strange promise to me. She didn’t know that she wouldn’t be here to see this day but she looked at me with such confidence when she said it, “hum aglay saal apna Masters start keringae ikhata.” I remember I laughed it off at the time. I knew my dreams had limits and that education came at a cost I couldn’t meet. Huda just smiled at me reassuringly and said, “hum keringae. Mei kehrahi hon na. Mene saari information le li hai. Tum tension na lo.” . . . And I don’t know how it has happened that it is almost a year that I’ve lost her. What renders me speechless is that somehow, by way of some miracle, a dead girl’s promises are unfolding. . . . This has been a long time coming, none of which has been easy. Not in the slightest. Maybe I’ll talk to you about that journey at some point but today is not the day. Today I’m here to tell you that a teacher is becoming a student, that I’m starting my LLM - it’s unreal that I’m typing this. This past month has been pretty damn unreal. The fact that it’s an international degree is overwhelming. I think about my exams being two months from now and me starting prep today - it drives my anxiety up the wall. . . . But this is mine. I’ve wanted this for so long. After years of putting everybody else first, I’m going to allow myself to be selfish. It’s time to chase a dream 💫 . As you reach the end of this post, I want you to do two things; pray for Huda’s soul and realize how God brings all things in the universe full circle and marvel at that 💫
** An Announcement I thought I’d Never Make ** . . . A year ago, a friend I’ve lost made a strange promise to me. She didn’t know that she wouldn’t be here to see this day but she looked at me with such confidence when she said it, “hum aglay saal apna Masters start keringae ikhata.” I remember I laughed it off at the time. I knew my dreams had limits and that education came at a cost I couldn’t meet. Huda just smiled at me reassuringly and said, “hum keringae. Mei kehrahi hon na. Mene saari information le li hai. Tum tension na lo.” . . . And I don’t know how it has happened that it is almost a year that I’ve lost her. What renders me speechless is that somehow, by way of some miracle, a dead girl’s promises are unfolding. . . . This has been a long time coming, none of which has been easy. Not in the slightest. Maybe I’ll talk to you about that journey at some point but today is not the day. Today I’m here to tell you that a teacher is becoming a student, that I’m starting my LLM - it’s unreal that I’m typing this. This past month has been pretty damn unreal. The fact that it’s an international degree is overwhelming. I think about my exams being two months from now and me starting prep today - it drives my anxiety up the wall. . . . But this is mine. I’ve wanted this for so long. After years of putting everybody else first, I’m going to allow myself to be selfish. It’s time to chase a dream 💫 . As you reach the end of this post, I want you to do two things; pray for Huda’s soul and realize how God brings all things in the universe full circle and marvel at that 💫

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