Hello everyone! Wassup? <wink> LOL. So not me. 😀 I guess it’s garmi kicking in. Anyways, today I was sitting in my living room thinking about ways to kill my boredom and be a little productive. And guess what popped into my head – BOOKS. Yesssss! That’s right, books. FYI: I’m quite a bookaholic.
It’s almost summer vacays and in this scorching heat and sweating heads, one can only sit at home and drink margaritas. Wait, no, you can’t do that in Pakistan. At least I can’t. Yeap, too haraam.
So, I decided to do something else, like reading the books that I’ve had on my “To Be Read List” for as long as I can remember. Well, when I took a look at it, there were sooooo many of them and I knew I couldn’t possibly be reading all of them. (JK, I’ll be reading a lot more than them). So, I narrowed them down to the top five that I really, really, like REALLY wanted to read for some time but I didn’t have the time. So, now that I’m all free and everything I guess I’ll be surely reading them.
And yeah how can I forget you guys. That’s why I’ve prepared this list for my book nerds out there who are in a need for some light reading suggestions this summer. Here we go:
- And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Well, I’m currently reading it and you guys who read books do know Hosseini. I mean that man works wonders, right? C’mon who didn’t cry while reading The Kite Runner? I certainly did. He wrote this one after his 1st two novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns in 2013.
The book’s establishment is based on the connection between ten-year-old Abdullah and his three-year-old sister Pari and their dad’s choice to give her away in return for money to a childless couple in Kabul which then leads to a series of events in the story. I’m looking forward to complete it because I’m totally smitten by it.
- Looking For Alaska by John Green
This one is next on my list. Basically, this one was Green’s 1st book that he published in 2005. Yeah, I’m a little late but I got the interest to read this one when I read somewhere, “Imagine Augustus Waters offering a cigarette to Alaska Young in heavens.” And I just knew I’ll be reading it to know Alaska Young because I knew Augustus Waters and I loved his character.
So that was my inspiration to read it. But for you guys I looked for a brief summary (which I never do before reading a book cuz it just ruins the element of surprise somewhat). What I found is that this story is told from a teen’s perspective and in inspired by Green’s life experiences. The teen struggles through the basic phase that every other teenager goes through in his life at least once. He goes through this in a boarding school looking for his “maqsad” in life. So, I’ll be reading and reviewing it soon.
- The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Şafak
Well, for this the name of Turkey is enough an inspiration for me. I simply love Turkey. I liked the buildings and pictures before, too, but I fell hopelessly in love with it as soon as I read Nimra Ahmed’s Jannat K Pattay, which is a wow in itself.
My first introduction of Şafak is The Bastard of Istanbul.
I loved the book. I repeat, I.LOVE.THE.BOOK. Those who haven’t read it yet, READ it NOW. And as this book is a follow-up of the former one, so I just have to read it. It’s an amalgam of religion and day to day life. It’s about Rumi, it’s about Shah Shams, and it’s about a woman named Ella living in Massachusetts whose life is transformed as she reads a book about Rumi’s life realizing it mirrors her own life. And of course it has more of Turkey. <Hearts in eyes>
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Ehem, I’ve a confession to make. I watched the movie before I read the book <guilty as charged>. But you understand no? I just couldn’t resist the urge to watch it after all of my friends did and they were all talking about how good it was. I just had to. And to be very honest, the movie was really good, like GOOOD, good. Most of you would’ve seen it by now. So, after watching the movie I knew I had to fill the void of not reading the book and here I am having it on my list of books to be read this summer <Yayy>. It’s such a heartwarming and heart wrenching tale at once. The story is about a paralyzed guy and his caregiver which is just too beautiful to put in words, you’ve to read it or watch it for yourself.
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I don’t think there are people left on this planet using social media websites and not knowing about the TV series that goes by this name. It’s all over my newsfeeds. Falan is watching Thirteen Reasons Why, falan is watching Thirteen Reasons Why. I got curious, downloaded the season and LITERALLY watched it in one sitting. I mean, WOAH, it was that intriguing.
I honestly didn’t know before watching it that it was based on a book. But as soon as I did, I knew I’ll be reading it. It’s about suicide, about what we do every day to bring someone to the point of ending their lives. It has emotion, it has drama, it has high school and then it has 13 recorded cassette tapes for all those who made the girl, Hannah Baker, end her own life. It’s a new concept for me so I’ll be reading it ASAP.
PS: It’s up for a second season, too. <Yikes>