Recent Reads~

[Update 30 Jan, 2015: To-read: Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders; When You’re Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living, by Mark Matousek. Now reading: The bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak. Recent reads: Love in the time of Cholera, Hemingway, & Eleanor and Park. Also reading (almost reading): Water by Bapsi Sidhwa. In class: Macbeth by Shakespeare. Update Feb ’15: Istanbul– read. To read: An Abundance of Katherines, BUDAPEST,  A Maze of Death.]

Okay, here’s just a randomlyabstract list of my favorite reads:

  • Raja Gidh. By Bano Qudsia
  • Mus’haf. By Nimra Ahmed. [this writer knows how to converse with a reader’s soul through words.]
  • Jannat Ke Pattay. Nimra Ahmed again.
  • The Winner stands alone. Paulo Coelho. (June27, 14)
  • Kane and Abel. By Jeffrey Archer. Amazingg!
  • The Prodigal Daughter. Jeffrey again.
  • THE KITE RUNNER. The Kite Runner! *sigh* By Khaled Hosseini. A must-read.
  • The Fault in Our Stars. By John Green. (it’s just.. okay. You know..)
  • Classic literature: *_*

The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, The Little Princess, Oliver Twist and …?

Enid Blyton! Her fairy-tales of goblins and pixie, and the magical worlds she helped me fantasize! That’s what I grew up with; walking carefully at nano’s lil garden so as to not step upon a pixie. ^.^


  • Honeymoon in Purdah by Alison Wearing! It’s an Iranian journey, a beautiful travelogue.
  • Childhood Interrupted. By Kathleen O’ Malley. A moving tale of a girl who was abused as a child and hence robbed of her childhood.

Umera Ahmed’s Peer-e-Kamil, Amarbail, Hum kahan Ke Sachay The etc. Then there’s Dil Diya Dehleez, and there’s Parizad, and Bachpan Ka December by Hashim Nadeem. Favorite stuff.

  • I Moved Your Cheese by Darrel Bristow iz boring.
  • The Diary Of A Social Butterfly is a collection of Moni Mohsin’s witty articles and you might like it if you’re desi.

Update Jan 2015: This page needs updates.


17 thoughts on “Recent Reads~

    • I moved your cheese is boring! 😛 But it has a sequel, “Who moved my cheese?” Read that too if you read this.

      Amarbail is by Umera Ahmed, and its FANTASTIC! Kinda depressive. But it’s good!

      There is this “TALAASH” by Mumtaz Mufti. I am reading this nowadays. Make sure to grab it, its aala!*-*

  1. fahaad humayun says:

    to kill a mocking bird
    perks of being a wallflower
    a child called ‘it’
    Catalyst by laurie halse
    If you come softly
    everybody sees the ants
    the outsiders
    where the red fern grows
    boy in striped pajamas

  2. Okayyy. I will start from the beginning. I wanna read The bastard of Istanbul since I saw it with its beautiful cover on a bookstall last year. How is it?? Anddd I also wanna read umm all of them actually. Haha.
    But i would like to tell you that I have read “An abundance of Katherines and I loved it so much. It’s my favorite John Green book actually. TFIOS, although I love it, feels a little over-rated now.
    ENID BLYTON!! You too? I GREW UP on Enid Blyton books I’ve reads hundreds of her stories. I used to not step carefully but actually look for toadstools and pixies and goblins in my garden and from my window, hiding, so I don’t scare them away. I’ve also read “The naughtiest girl” series. All the books :’)
    Enid Blyton is the one person honestly whose work truly was the foundation of whatever imagination and creativity I carry within myself today. 🙂
    I also have read Peer-e-Kamil and loved it beyond words. I almost-bought Jannat ke Pattay but then realized I didn’t have enuf pocket money left HA. Sadness. I want to read more Urdu stuff yar ’cause I wanna write in Urdu I’ve only written ONE Urdu poem as of yet 😦 I dont know if you’ve read it or not. i’ll give the link.

    So yeahhh I want to read more Urdu books, more Hemingway and Bukowski, and Rumi, more classics, all the books in the world basically :3

    • Hahaha same. Wishlist: all the books in the world basically. xD

      The Bastard of Istanbul is a beautiful novel. I LOVE ELIF SHAFAK THAT IS WHY. Have you read the Forty rules of Love? It’s… *_* wow.
      I think the same about TFIOS. Overrated yes. Not bad but. ENID BLYTON, ENID BLYTON, YES. God, that’s what the Maria thing is about. SAME. STORY!!!
      Peer-e-Kamil is lovable. :’) Iska dusra part aya hae though wo abhi nahi start kiya. And Jannat ke pattay toh. <33dfsf. Sad that apki pocket money ne end waqt me sath nahi nibhaya! 😛 Mus'haf and Karakoram ka Taj Mehal by Nimra Ahmed are also really nice. 🙂
      So yeah, here's to hoping we get more of Hemingway, Rumi, Urdu, and all things nice and literary inshaAllah. =^_^=

      And one thing more. I LOVED YOUR COMMENT.

  3. A. Usman says:

    Some really great reads here, like Hosseini, Blyton and Coelho… Others I haven’t read, but might add to my ‘to reads’ coming year… keep adding ❤

    • A forgotten page and a forgotten habit. I am planning on starting an Urdu novel today but apart from that, I don’t read much now – thanks to a block that decided not to leave.

      I hope you’re doing well. And thank you!

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