Let me start this post with I’m sorry for being so inconsistent the past few months. Result’s day and starting university really took a lot out of me, and I’m only now just starting to get into the rhythm of blogging again. I’m currently now studying sociology at a local university. I’m currently three weeks into it, and I really enjoy it so far. The reading is a struggle to get through but it’s interesting. My enrollment was sort of messy. It’s all done online, but I had issues with my account because the system mixed me up with my sister (sigh) and it took some time to get that fixed. I hadn’t been on the campus before the first day so I was rushing around, trying to find my place. (My university has multiple campuses around the city) And it took a good few days to wrap my head around my course and what I was trying to do.
My freshers’ week was quite straightforward, we went through multiple talks about the courses and the university system. I found a friend on the first day who I hadn’t spoken to in like three years, we weren’t very close back then but we quickly found a common interest (God bless k-pop for getting rid of awkward moments) And I’m SO grateful for the ISOC at the university because most of the friends I made in the first few weeks were from there.made in the first few weeks were from there.
Now that I’m settled in, I’m slowly coming back to this site which I’ve sorely neglected for months. And I thought I’d do a comeback post showing you my reading list and my TBR!
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic.The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways
My thoughts so far: I’m really, really enjoying this so far. Rishi is definitely my favourite of the pair. I just find him and his side of the story more relatable. The plot is very different and I really enjoy the initial clash between the two and the adorable banter they develop over time.
Okay, I’m going to need someone to remind me to never do two or more reading challenges at once because I have zero planning skills. I managed to read all my books within the month but it was a rush since I developed the biggest reading slump, then result’s day happened and I was working a lot as well. But here’s my wrap up of the books I read for ArcAugust and my thoughts on them!
Mask of Shadows
A non-binary thief enters a royal competition to join an elite group of assassins to avenge their past. An interesting fantasy novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. While there were moments where it felt slow and Sal’s personality took a while to take a liking but nonetheless one of the better books I read for #ArcAugust! It’s quite like Throne of Glass in the way that I know I would find myself enjoying the sequel better because it’s getting to the part of the plot that interested me since both spend a lot of time with stuff like training and fighting. 3/5
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
I.. actually don’t remember much about the main plot of this for some reason aside from some major plot points. But I do remember really enjoying the portrayal of friendship groups in this, it was quite intense but there were some really sweet moments. 2/5
If you haven’t yet heard, #TheReadingQuest is a video-game themed reading challenge hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight between August 13th and September 10th! I don’t want to repeat everything because the rules are quite long, so if you’re interested in participating make sure to check out the sign-up post for all the details.
The challenge is kind of like a bookish bingo where you aim to read as many books as possible that follow the prompts on the board. However, you to choose one of four characters whose path you must first complete before embarking on another journey. (another one of the characters, if you complete early!)
I’ve chosen to begin as the Rogue, with multiple side quests. I’ve opted to not do another character if I finish early because the likelihood of me finishing early is very slim. So if with some luck I do complete everything, I would continue to do more side quests.
All of the character art was created by the amazing CW @ Read, Think, Ponder, and the resources for creating your own can be found in the sign-up post.
It’s literally almost August 1st as I’m writing this. But I just wanted to say that I’m doing #ARCAugust. It’s an event hosted by readsleeprepeat which is all about getting to those unread piles of advanced reader copies. Check out their SIGN UP post for more details and check out my TBR below. SORRY FOR SOUNDING BLUNT BUT I LITERALLY FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS AN HOUR AGO LOL. Also, all of these technically aren’t ARCs anymore but I received them as ARCS
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Young Muslim Writer’s Award.Despite me getting episcleritis (inflammation in my eye) a couple of days before, it was still so much fun! Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and who won!
It was a great event with an amazing atmosphere! There were so many amazing moments but I know I’ll have to list some of my favourites.
Watching Muzoon Almellehan, a Syrian refugee, being given the Special Recognition Award for her activism in education for young girls.
When S.F Said presented the award for the KS2 Short Story Award – “There is nobody who can write your story better than you.” Since I had just completed NaNoWriMo and was currently working on a new story, this line was so encouraging.
When Caleb Femi recited some of this poetry – He’s so talented and funny! Also loved it when he spoke on the importance of making sure people of colour are not erased from literature.
The best part of the day was meeting Zoya. I met Zoya online after she commented on my Muslim Characters in YA post and we had spoken to each other a few times over the months. And we saw each other face to face for the first time here at the event. It was amazing to meet someone you’ve spoken to online for real! Zoya was actually nominated for an award in the Key Stage 3 poetry section and won!
At the end of the awards, there was some time for networking but, unfortunately, we had to leave since my eye started aching a lot. And I had finished my eye drops so it was very painful 😦
While I really wished I spoke to more people, I’d like to end this post with a thank you to Zainub Chohan who invited me to the event and is basically the backbone of the #YMWA. It was a great event and wouldn’t have been possible with her. Thank you to all the judges, performers, nominees and presenters. Can’t wait to see what new talent we’ll see in 2017.
#DiversityDecBingo is a month long reading challenge hosted by some really cool people. (names are in the graphic below) The challenge is to encourage people to read books by marginalised authors and/or about marginalised characters. The rules are pretty simple: all you have to do it pick 5 squares in a row and read one book per prompt. I’ll be posting pictures and tweeting about it on Instagram and twitter (I’m @zaheerah on insta/ @zaheerahkhalik on twitter)
Non-western Cultural Fantasy
→ The Star-touched Queen
Muslim Main Character
→Written in the Stars
→ If I Was Your Girl
SFF with LGBTQIA+ Main Character
Asexual/Aromantic Main Character
→ Every Heart A Doorway
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