T5w | 2017 Goals? Lemme see….

I haven’t done a T5W in ages, and the week I finally decide to do one, I have a topic I was trying my best to avoid this year. *sighs* I’ll take it as a sign of fate, stop procrastinating and just do it already! Jk jk! Its high time to take a deep breath and collect my thoughts before plunging into yet another eventful year.  hthdrhddrd.png

2017 GOALS! I see so many people bunking the idea, while a few bravely set out venturable tasks for themselves. For those of you who decided to do the T5W like me, lets get through this together 🙂

In all honesty I’m having trouble getting used to the new year haha. Wah! where did 2016 go, huh? I think the general trend around the world is that 2016 was an enlightening year for everyone. We saw it all, the good, bad and ugly. Possibly in that order too. *more sighing* It was no different for me too in my nook of the world. The beginning of 2016 was pretty good. In the bookish world, I cannot be delighted enough to have discovered the book bloggers nook on WordPress. From there I went on to socialize on Twitter where I made a ton of new friends and learnt so so much! Also successfully  managed to survive year two of Uni. One more to go! *claps with all the energy I can muster* rmbrs that I have assignments to write after this hurried post. smh! and i thought it all ended with school. 

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A predominant feature of my 2016 was an ever extrapolating movement towards the deep end of Kdramas and Kpop  and trust me being that deep in is tiring AF. I loved every minute of it, and the more you discovered the more you wanted to know lol. I found my k counterparts Namjin (fangirl in me had to smirk) and shed blood sweat and tears with my bias groups (more smirking). I’m not complaining but it drains you a lot, kinda like the iPhone batteries. I was also delighted to come across an anime that I hadn’t loved this much in a long time in the form of Yuri!! on ice!   (ps. u really do need Yuri in your life >.>) Let me know if you want recs  🙂 psst again! you really do!

 

If 2016 was an enlightening year, I want to make this year the year I use the knowledge I have acquired. Actually put it to use, and regularly. I’m a sucker when it comes to sticking to a cycle, so this is a challenge in itself. Its also really frightening that I’m suddenly getting old. Its the mid twenties YIKES!! where did the years go??! Kyaaa~~ Hajima time! I’m still young at heart!

 

5. Learn driving. Even if I don’t get the license, I want to be confident enough to drive to the nearest grocery and back (it’s just around the corner smh) the end of the world seems hella near (mhm, incorrect choice of words) and I don’t wanna rule out a choice of survival where driving is the best option. *Ok now how do I persuade dad that I won’t hurt anyone just by pressing the ignition button*

 

4. Stop procrastinating!

Uhuh! I’m one of them. I really have to stop putting off assignments and posts until the last minute! Think ahead, plan ahead! ASDFGHJKL! Is it the dreamer in me that makes me wander off in to the different thoughts floating around in my head? Be it assignments, reviews that are due or even just my laundry, haha the older I grow the worse the condition is becoming. Cant anyone relate?? (pls say yes >.>)

 

3. Read rather than watch.

I call myself a reader, and the choice between reading and watching should be a no brainer, but I think I have gotten off the reading track for some time now. I’d like to get back on hence I’m not setting a book reading goal this year either but I intend to consciously choose to read more. (Soz. I’m just dealing with stuff in my head, hence the MIA from the blog too) Anyone else have this problem? I’d like to know. My bestie can switch between both so effortlessly, while I’m a lost cause. Only one works at a time for me.

 

2. Work on short stories

A good portion of my childhood was spent reading, the other bit was spent writing. Of late I feel that I let that slide using exams and just life as an excuse, so I’d like to bring that back.May be I should go out more to get that inspirometer ticking.

 

1. Give my blog and my followers more of my time.

I know, I know, very cliché and it’s barely a goal, but I think tis something I take for granted. This blog is the culmination of my thoughts and your response to it. I can only grow it if I am constant and frequent in posting and tending to it. I am forever thankful to those of you who follow me, and have taken the time to talk to me, I enjoy our conversations but of late I haven’t been doing that much and it eats at me everyday. Saying sorry wouldn’t suffice I know so I will get on it immediately.

 

Its already 4 days past the year yikes!  I wish you all the best of health, happiness, self love and all the delights that come with reading and blogging in the upcoming year and may you have the strength to pull yourselves together at any hurdles along the way! Keep motivated, keep inspired!

And, if you have watched Yuri on ice, TALK TO ME!!! I’m still in frantic fangirl phase. kekekeke!

 

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T5W: Memorable First Sentences !

Its Top 5 Wednesday today 🙂 and its all about Favourite First sentences. I decided to interpret this as first lines I found memorable, be it the humorous ones, the ones that echo a universal truth or the ones that eventually influenced a childhood.

T5W is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes.

 

 

P&P is my favourite book of all time, and this line is one I cannot get out of my mind for an array of reasons.

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The Victorian era truly was a period of contrasts and contradictions and Dickens so perfectly captures this.

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Mr.Tolstoy sir, preach! Its wondrous to see the array of reactions one has to sadness and disappointment.

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How can one leave this out. The sentence that began the frenzy. The sentence that changed our lives.

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How can you forget this once you’ve read it!!!?

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What are your favourite first lines?

T5W: Authors I want to read more from!

 

Halloo lovely readers!

Its that time of the week. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and this weeks topic is Authors I’m Currently Waiting On A New Book From. WhoopWhoop! Yes, we all have a handful of authors you just cannot get enough of. Here’s my five picks. I’m sure that we all have more than five, this task was excruciating lol!

 

Khaled Hosseini

I’d buy anything he writes with my eyes closed! I know he wont disappoint.Does anyone know of any literature in the works by him?? Pls do let me know!

I have read And the Mountains Echoed, and LOVED it. My review here will explain all. Im currently reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, and am bawling with every turn of the page. Please do chck this space in a week for its review! 🙂

 

J.K.Rowling

Ok, I have heard a lot of negative output from the Cursed Child, and I am willing to think she was not fully in her element when she wrote (did she?) it! Her adult novels were a trying read themselves and I’d like to see where else she can take us.

 

Nadia Hashimi

I adore her! Her writing style, and the elements she works with are beautifully balanced. Her The Pearl  That Broke Its Shell is a wonderful piece of woman empowerment embodied. She has her debut young adult novel coming this August, so look forward to it guys. I hope she is working on more novels soon.

 

Cassandra Clare

Again, I adore her writing. I love her combination of magical elements and the real world. I honestly love the TMI series as well as its sister series The Infernal Devices, and so believe they are the next best series to HP, a world I’d wholeheartedly immerse myself in.

 

Ayisha Malik

Her debut novel Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged published in January 2016, was an instant success. I cannot wait to see what more she can do with her honest yet captivating use of words. She has said that sequels to the book are in the works!! Yippie!!

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What Authors would you like to read more from?? Is there anyone in particular? Any one who you’d bring back from the past to spin on last work? I know it’ll be Austen for me! Hands down!

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I dislike with a passion! SOS~ pls dont unfollow!

Hallo everyone.

I want to thank Lainey @ gingerreadsLainey for this much needed topic 😄

 

Diving right in:

1.  The star-crossed?! Twilight trio consisting of Edward Cullen, Bella Swan and Jacob Black. Pls dont ask me for reasons with all due respect. I love the fantasy side of this series, just not these three. Give me Jasper any day >_< Runs and hides from Alice, Ofcourse that’s no use! *Wails!!* if I had to chose one, itd be Bella, if she could make up her mind a bit faster we would’ve had only one book to survive 😄

 

2.  Professor Umbridge a gazillion times. I’ve never seen or heard of a human more detestable than her. She has more evil than Voldermort and Valentine put together.

 

3 .  Harry Potter’s love interests

Cho Chang; why is she even in his life *sigh* doesn’t she dump Harry who she clearly had been urging on for a few weeks!

Ginny Weasely; again, why her. I like that she stands for a modern take on a witch but I really dont understand Harry’s choice in women. *bigger sigh* She just seems so shallow.

 

4 .  Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. I read the book because of its metaphoric value, while all the while wanting to hold Holden by his shoulders and shake some sense into him.

 

5 . Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower. I dont understand why but I have a bone to pick with this book. How does he let them all do things to him, almost take advantage of him :/ it upset me very much, and still does.

 

Are there any characters who aren’t villains that you love to hate! >_<

Please do let me know.

 

Until the next T5W,

 

 

Ps: my T5W  of last week was published today, thank you brain for not registering the dates, Y’all pls do forgive my error.

Top 5 Wednesday: Recent Additions to my TBR!

 

Dearest Readers,

I felt immense pleasure and pain in compiling this weeks Top 5 Wednesday

Pleasure: because I get to talk about books I one day wish to own and consume 😄

Pain: because I know it will be quite some time before I can acquire them *bawls*

Who can relate?

I’m pretty sure this topic is about to rip a hole in my heart tonight and in my pocket in the months to come! 😄 Yes I’ll be reading many of these memes tonight.

 

 

So here’s the five latest additions to my ever growing list of books I want to read and reasons why I picked them.

 

No Pretty Pictures, A Child of War by Anita Lobel

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Anita Lobel was barely five years old when World War II began and the Nazis burst into her home in Kraków, Poland. Her life changed forever. She spent her childhood in hiding with her brother and their nanny, moving from countryside to ghetto to convent—where the Nazis finally caught up with them.

Since coming to the United States as a teenager, Anita has spent her life making pictures. She has never gone back. She has never looked back. Until now.

Summary from Amazon. 

 

 

I confess, I love war stories. Yes they are dark and sad, filled with narratives of sacrifice and horror but they help me be thankful for all I have. And yes, I love Nazi war stories more so than others. Is that bad? 

 

 

Tiddas by Anita Heiss

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A story about what it means to be a friend …

Five women, best friends for decades, meet once a month to talk about books … and life, love and the jagged bits in between. Dissecting each other’s lives seems the most natural thing in the world – and honesty, no matter how brutal, is something they treasure. Best friends tell each other everything, don’t they? But each woman harbours a complex secret and one weekend, without warning, everything comes unstuck.

Izzy, soon to be the first Black woman with her own television show, has to make a decision that will change everything.
Veronica, recently divorced and dedicated to raising the best sons in the world, has forgotten who she is.
Xanthe, desperate for a baby, can think of nothing else, even at the expense of her marriage.
Nadine, so successful at writing other people’s stories, is determined to blot out her own.
Ellen, footloose by choice, begins to question all that she’s fought for.

When their circle begins to fracture and the old childhood ways don’t work anymore, is their sense of sistahood enough to keep it intact? How well do these tiddas really know each other?

Summary from Amazon

I have a feeling this book will have a fragmented narrative. Women friendships bought together by books, especially between those of different cultures makes for an insightful read. 

 

 

 

Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa

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In the pent-up heat of Colombo, piece by piece, a family comes apart.

A country picking up the pieces, a family among the ruins. In the restless streets, crowded waiting rooms and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war. Latha wants a home. Anoushka wants an iPod. Mano hopes to win his wife back. Lakshmi dreams of rescuing a lost boy. And Niranjan needs big money so he can leave them all behind.

Summary from Hachette

 

 

I’m willing to promote any Lankan lit hereforth on my blog. As soon as I came across this book, I knew I had to read it soon. The civil war in my country is long gone, but not forgotten. We are still healing from those wounds and lives are not yet fully normal. War or no war, human nature is more powerful. I want to see how Colombo, my city is portrayed and I think the story is not going to disappoint! 

 

 

Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

bfdfRomance, dating, sex and – Muslim women? In this groundbreaking collection, 25 American Muslim writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love openly for the first time, showing just how varied the search for love can be–from singles’ events and online dating, to college flirtations and arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist.

These stories are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing: A quintessential blonde California girl travels abroad to escape suffocating responsibilities at home, only to fall in love with a handsome Brazilian stranger she may never see again. An orthodox African-American woman must face her growing attraction to her female friend. A young girl defies her South Asian parents’ cultural expectations with an interracial relationship. And a Southern woman agrees to consider an arranged marriage, with surprising results.
These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relatable.

Summary from Amazon

For those of you who aren’t aware yet, I’m Sri Lankan, and yes, Muslim.  I utterly dislike how literature treats Muslims, esp. how they are often portrayed in settings where there is war or some sort of fear , oppressed and seemingly without a life , whilst the majority of us have fears very like most of the ‘normal’ people out there. I know this is a very out there thing to say, but I really want to read books where Muslims, esp. Muslim women are not fit in to the ‘Other’ category. This one discusses struggle we really face, myself too and I’d very much like to see what they have to say. I hope it doesn’t disappoint. I expect a lot from it.  (Sadly like my ideas of love lol, idealist INFP talking here. XD) ~Inshallah here menas If God Wills~

 

 

 

Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now–As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It by Craig Taylor

 

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In Londoners, acclaimed journalist Craig Taylor paints readers an epic portrait of today’s London that is as rich and lively as the city itself. In the style of Studs Terkel (Working, Hard Times, The Good War) and Dave Isay (Listening Is an Act of Love), Londoners offers up  the stories, the gripes, the memories, and the dreams of those in the great and vibrant British metropolis who “love it, hate it, live it, left it, and long for it,” from a West End rickshaw driver to a Soldier of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to a recovering heroin addict seeing Big Ben for the very first time. Published just in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Londoners is a glorious literary celebration of one of the world’s truly great cities.

Summary from Amazon

 

I ‘LOVE’ the UK. If you must know more about me, this is a fact that everyone who knows me knows, even to the little cousins. Everything about it. I’m a classic junkie, I study English literature for a degree and I will willingly wear gowns for the rest of my life though its not necessary, and yes I love a good dose of London during the holidays. Does this qualify me enough to want to read this book?

 

 

Thats only 5 of them sadly, the list goes on >_<  and there’s so many exciting titles I wish I could share with you! Maybe I’ll make that a segment on the blog… Should I??

So tell me if you’ve read any of the above. Or maybe leave me with the title of the last book you added to your TBR, yes that’s a good idea 🙂

 

 

Until next time

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday | I need a sequel!

Hallo everyone,

Where do the weeks go? Once one T5W is done, its already time for another of them. Or I’ve been really busy I didn’t notice two T5W’s go past. Sowwy!

So today’s topic is on stand alones or books in series which I would love to see a sequel to 🙂 Its no rare matter that we reader folks grow a partiality to some books over others due to some aspect within the books (the reasons are unique and diverse) Here are my 5 picks for books I would love to see a sequel to 🙂

 

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Husseini

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I want to know how Pari bint Abdullah now feels with her new found extended family. Does she feel connected or more separated than ever due to the differences in culture?

If you wanna know where my thoughts lead from, you can check my review of And the Mountains Echoed 🙂

 

 

Wonder by R.J.Palacio

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Does Auggie fit in as he grows? Does he learn to accept his fate of being sidelined on first sight? Does this change his out look of life?

 

Pride and Prejudice

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I know there are tons of spinoffs and sequels to this book, but there’s nothing like having the original author tell us like it was, to answer our many questions, and put our hearts and minds to rest 🙂

Does the love continue for Dizzie? What will become of Lydia and Wickham? Does Mr Bennet die? Who does Georgiana marry? I need to know these things!

I attempted a lil something with the story myself >_<

 

 

Harry Potter (and now we have it 🙂 )

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Does the need for more Harry Potter related input need any explanation?

Thought so!!!

 

Moving on….

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Cinderella ?

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My love for this story comes from the lessons we girls can take. There’s nothing wrong with being nice, showing kindness and the underrated courage a majority of women have to face day in-day out across the world. If anything its something we are lacking right now.

Fairy tales are real lives after all. Things must go wrong, arguments must be had behind closed doors. I would very much like to know how my pseudo-namesake deals with her new life, her family and her new responsibility as queen.

 

 

Which books would you like to see sequels of? Please do share. As for me, I cannot wait to get reading on HP & the Cursed Child!

 

Until the next T5,

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday| My favourite fathers in literature!

Long time no Top 5 Wednesday !

Yes yes yes. I’ve been a truant playing girl when it comes to T5W these past few weeks, but I was just not feeling the topics. This one though I couldn’t let go without attempting it.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam @ Thought on Tomes.

 

Father figures in literature, here’s my picks after much thought and debate. It wasnt easy folks!

 

Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird

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He can be said to be the epitome of fatherhood in the  literary world. Kind, generous, brave and seeking the path of justice. His advice to his children are some we ourselves could do with and has been inspiring readers since the book was first published.

 

Mo from Inkheart

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I love Mo, for all his love of books, and ofcourse for tid bits like the above! I love the close knit connection these two have shared by their love of books and the magic they hold.

 

 

Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief

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I love how Hans saves Liesel’s life by just teaching her how to read. Those late night nightmares and reading sessions are a wonderful look in to the depth of his caring and generous character.

 

 

Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank

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He is perhaps the reason why Anne ever kept a diary, and ironically he is also the reason why we, years later read about the horrors of Anne’s hideout, and the trials she went through growing up.

 

Mentions 🙂

Carson Drew  from  Nancy Drew Series / Song girl’s Dad in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 

I had to mention these two father figures for their utmost faith and trust in their daughters. For Carson allowing his only child into dangerous cases must be the single most dangerous thing he does day in day out, while the Song girls dad must have worried his hat off at the thought of bringing up three girls single handedly.

Yet all the girls turn out wonderful. What I love is the give-take relationship they all have with their fathers and how the fathers in return know when and how to handle a girl crisis 😛

 

So, who would you chose? Have I missed any literary greats? Please let me know 🙂