Top 10 Books I Read In 2018

As I scanned my Goodreads reading challenge to make a list of the books I loved this year, I realised that I had read a lot of amazing books. God knows how I am going to narrow this list down. But that is a good problem to have. Also I am happily surprised to see the range of genres I read this past year.

Little Fires Everywhere

If you are on Bookstagram, you have probably heard about this one. I loved, loved this book. It’s a very different book despite the fact that it is not as twisted as you would believe. I love open endings and the ending sealed the deal for me. The story revolves around two very different families and their interaction with each other.

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Picoult is one of my favourite authors. I read one of her other books at the start of last year and hated it. It was a shock to my brain because I am a lifetime fan of hers. Then I read this one and everything fell back into place. It discusses racism in a brilliant, nitty gritty manner by taking you inside the characters mind. If you have read Jodi, you know that she has a specific writing style and she nails it in this one too.

All The Light We Cannot See

One of my favourite genres is historical fiction. I read this for Doha Bookworms, which is our book club. I am always interested in reading books that explore a different format. And this one was unique in that aspect. It is quiet a dry book and it takes quiet awhile to get into it. However the payoff is amazing. Like I said, it’s very unique in its writing and format. It’s also a Pulitzer Prize winner, if that sways your vote.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Full disclaimer. This is 800 pages long. And I read over a course of a month with a 2 week break in between. I enjoyed it immensely because I savored this book. It’s not dry but it is slow. However the writer sort of immerses you in the book so much that you love even the tiniest detail. Normally I don’t like books with a lot of detail but boy, was I surprised.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

I read a classic this year. And loved it. Woohoo! *does a virtual bhangra* This one is slow, dramatic with few characters but an intriguing storyline and a powerful ending.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I read this at the start of the year. Physics was one of my favourite subjects in school. While reading this book, I felt like I was going back to that subject. It is science fiction but not your usual make believe thing. The way he incorporates science fiction into the story makes it real.

Sophia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

This was the first book I read that I could relate to as a South Asian Muslim. I haven’t read an author who has done justice to a modern millennial Muslim. It was a pleasure to read this because I had given up on ever being represented right.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

As I am writing this, I am realising how many books took me by surprise. In the beginning, it was meh. But I was reading it for the bookclub so I had to finish it. Boy! Am I glad that I stuck by it. The author has managed to do humour and tragedy side by side, which is an unusual combination but it’s so damn good.

Americanah

Another book based on race. I hadn’t read any African literature before diving into this. I realised that I want to explore more country based literature in the future. This book is worth all the praise.

This was what my 2018 looked like, in terms of reading. What did you read and loved? Or hated? Or tolerated?

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Things I Have Learnt In 23 Years

I started writing this post after I turned 23 last year. However I seem to be the queen of procrastination. So I never published it. Now I am turning 24 in a few months. The stage of me saying, “Why God? Why me?” is very near.

Before that happens I wanted to reflect and share some of the things that I have learnt during my not so short stint here on earth. Continue reading “Things I Have Learnt In 23 Years”

Reality Behind My Instagram

This past Saturday, while I was having breakfast with my friends, I was hesitant to post on my insta stories. I have been going out a lot more lately, to meetings with friends and just general hang outs. When I say a lot more, I mean more than I used to.

I thought to myself that for someone following me on instagram, it would appear that all I do is go out and have fun which gives a disproportionate look into my life. I am aware that insta consists of everyone’s best days. While that is fine, I don’t want you to assume something that isn’t true.  Continue reading “Reality Behind My Instagram”

Let’s talk about books. I was going through my Goodreads challenge to see the books I have read so far. And I have read some excellent books this year. Although I need to speed up my reading because I haven’t read as many books as I thought. However I have read a wide range of books that makes me very happy. So here are the top five books that I have read and loved in 2018.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: Anything I say about this book doesn’t do it justice. I loved how he somehow related medicine and literature together. That was an amalgamation I didn’t see coming. If you read it, be prepared to have a broken heart. Continue reading

July 1, 2018

I am sitting in my study, surrounded by a lot of crap that includes a bowl with my Green Tea strainer, crepe paper that I used to make flowers, books on my tbr and a ton of tassels for a banner. I am always thinking of ways to relaunch this blog of mine, waiting for the perfect moment. I think this is my third blog post talking about the relaunch. I just like things to be pulled together, cohesive.

However I have been thinking that things are not like that. Atleast my life isn’t. And I am sure yours isn’t either. It’s messy, unexpected and chaotic at times. So this tiny little bubble of mine is going to be the same way. A reflection of my life, raw, unedited.

Mental health has been on my mind a lot recently. I am seriously looking to see a therapist. Somehow saying out these words is easier to you than my family. I have always been a very strong, confident person. So to admit that I might be struggling is hard. It’s often hard for our parents to understand our problems. Because there is a huge generation gap between us. Being jobless while married to a man with a good job might not be a problem to them. They have seen far worse in life so their measure of good verses bad is different to ours.

I am okay with the difference. Because I have seen far worse of a generation gap than my own. So I am always grateful for the fact that I can always say what I want to my parents. I don’t have to say something twice to have them understand what I am saying. Or bite my tongue knowing that what I say would be taken in the wrong manner. Things are never perfect. And that is okay. I don’t understand why we cannot be okay with that.

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What Does Niqab Mean To Me ?

A few days ago, I came across Huda’s instagram where she talked about this initiative to talk about the ban on Niqab in Quebec and other countries around the world. I loved the idea and decided to be a part of it. We are all talking about it under the hashtag #handsoffherniqab on instagram. The campaign is open for anyone who wants to stand up for women rights. Huda will include the best entries in the Affinity magazine. For more information, check out her instagram account. 

Also, be sure to check out the hashtag and look at everyone else’s contribution. Here is mine. 

Continue reading “What Does Niqab Mean To Me ?”

The Crap Called Lawn 2017

Let’s talk about every Pakistani’s favourite piece of clothing aka LAWN. Specifically Lawn this year. I admit that I love it as much as any other Pakistani. And I have paid the price of four dinners for one ‘Lawn Ka Jora’. However now it has become an industry focused on profit instead of creativity.

Firstly, all the bridal dress designers started coming out with their lawns. How could they not take this opportunity to benefit ?  Then where used to be one or two lawn collections per year, there started being a gazillion from Pre-Summer Lawn Collection, Summer Volume I Collection, Eid I Collection to Mid Spring Collection. What nonsense ! Continue reading “The Crap Called Lawn 2017”