Posted in Bookish Balderdash, tags

The Avatar Book Tag

I was browsing around for book tags yesterday and saw this. End of story. It had to be done.

It was originally created by A Clockwork Reader. The link to her Youtube video doing this tag is right here.

Just as an aside, I LOVE Avatar. Both The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. I’ve re-watched both of them and this is something I rarely do. I watched Korra before the original series but I think I love The Last Airbender more. Good times, man.

The tag is divided into four sections like the four Elemental powers, each section has three questions. I’m going to avoid Harry Potter altogether because it’s a default for my favorite anything and that would lead us nowhere.


1- Sokka and Katara – The best sibling relationship:

Okay, so not a lot of people know about this series. I discovered it last year and read almost the entirety of it continuously. It’s called Septimus Heap by Angie Sage and it is utterly delightful. There are eight Heap siblings and all of them are the very definition of adorable. Septimus, Jenna and Nico are closer to each other than the rest and I LOVE THEM.

2- Yue – Favorite star-crossed lovers:

There weren’t any star-crossed lovers in the books I read in 2017 but I remember one such couple from way back and it’s definitely my favorite: Aleeza and Umar from Ammar Bail. RIP, heart.

3- Blood Bending – A book with a disturbing/unsettling concept:

I’m SO glad that came up. IT by Stephen King which I’m 166 pages away from finishing is as unsettling as it gets. Seriously, YIKES. Two close contenders are Let the Right One In and Let the Old Dreams Die by John Ajvide Lindqvist who, incidentally is called the “Swedish Stephen King”.


4- Toph – A character whose strength surprised you or the characters in the book:

The Losers Club from IT. All seven of them. Given the absolute terrifying shitstorm they were subjected to, even after knowing their individual weaknesses, it was surprising to see how resilient and brave all of them were. I’ll maybe not count Stan Uris completely but as a kid he was courageous as well.

5- The Tales of Ba Sing Se: Best short story/poetry collection:

I’m going to go with Let The Old Dreams Die by John Ajvide Lindqvist. That’s the only collection I read last year besides 13 Tales of Villainy which wasn’t stellar material and A Language of Thorns  which I liked but wasn’t too stoked by. Most of the stories in the book were so odd and unexpected, almost all of them were horrifying and that sense of dread the stories invoked as you read them was fun. Oh, and some of these stories were really long.

6- Kioshi Warriors: Best warrior character:

Hester Shaw from The Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. Her significant other literally hides behind her all the time. She isn’t my favorite, hell, I don’t even remember if I have one. But in the recent books I’ve read her name springs to mind immediately so she is the best.

My second choice (male this time) is Jean Tannen from The Gentlemen Bastard series by Scott Lynch. ‘Cause you only have to hold out until Jean gets there.


7- Zuko: Best redemption arc or a redemption arc that should have happened:

Magnus Damora from The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. I was rooting for him. He wasn’t a villain but he did have to redeem himself which he did. And funnily enough, both Zuko and Magnus have scars on their faces.

8- Iroh: Wisest character:

That dude from Sleeping Giants who conducted all the interviews. I really, really liked him and since he did most of everything I guess he was pretty wise.

9- Azula: Best downfall:

I’ll take that a bit differently. Instead of best character downfall, I’ll go with “best downfall that happened in a book”. It’s broader that way. And my answer would be The Girl With All the Gifts and The Boy on the Bridge by M.R Carrey. The downfall in question is of the world since it’s about zombie apocalypse, ya know. Kinda inevitable.


10- Appa: Favorite fictional animal/pet:

TOOTHLESS! From the How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. When I say that I mean the film Toothless, the book one wasn’t that cute or great, he was a total brat really but sometimes he was really funny and since he was sort of the basis for the film Toothless I guess it counts.

11- Aang: Purest cinnamon roll:

PERCY “SASS” JACKSON. Come on! That dude is pure and the world knows it.

12- Avatar State: A stubborn character/ a character that struggles with letting go:

Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I resented him a bit for this but it was essential to who he was. If he had let go he wouldn’t have become the terror of Kerch’s criminal gangs.

This has been literally the hardest tag I’ve done so far. None of the questions had immediate answers from me and I had to think and think and bend them a little bit. Bend them. Get it? EH?



Posted in Gobbledygook

I Know What I Meme, I Meme What I Want Part – III

Another of these was due. Before I start, let me take a moment to appreciate, again, how dumb this title is. It is DUMB. There, I said it.

Oddly enough, for these batch of memes (I called it) I could only think about sewing and the countless joys and moments of grief that the activity causes me.

1- The “Me Wants New Fabric”:

I’m a hundred percent certain that if I wore shades like that I would do this exactly whenever I saw a drool worthy print at the market. Most of the times I get so ASDFGHJKL-ed up at seeing a beautiful piece that the (conniving and opportunistic) seller raises the price and refuses to lessen it since he knows my heart is set on buying it.

2- The “Me Da Boss”:

Actually, this is me whenever I create something awesome. The feeling is great, the ‘okay, I’m not as useless as I originally believed‘ feeling. WHO DA MAN? I’M DA MAN!

3- The “Sewist problems”:

Exhibit A

My machine is an old manual one. It does this quite a lot and so I do THIS a lot as well.

Exhibit B:

Every. Single. Time.

Exhibit C:

It’s how I’ve learned. My sewing knowledge was limited to operating the machine only when I started out. I watched tutorials and the rest of my skills built from there. I’m always finding new ways to do things and that not only makes it exciting but also easier. I have to hand it to those men and women who upload tutorials on youtube and their blogs.

That is it for now, fair folks of the Earth. If you found this post and the memes within lame, please lemme know. Some negative criticism might make me wanna get better at this. Otherwise I’ll just keep churning out the horror you just witnessed.




Posted in Cool Sewing Projects

Round Cross-body Bag

I had every intention of making this a tutorial post but I took one picture after cutting it and then forgot all about it. Tutorials are a lot of work, children. Furthermore, I do it only for fun.

I’ve learned several sewing techniques this past year which were awesome and made things which seemed enormously difficult at first much easier. One such technique was making the gusset of any bag. Once you’ve cracked that egg, a whole new world of bags awaits!

I made a circle about seven and a half inches in diameter on a piece of paper, then used it as a draft to cut the fabric pieces. The usual drill, two main pieces, two lining pieces, two interfacing pieces. I used polyester for this, I love how soft and squishy yet upright the project looks whenever I use it.

I love this print. It legit made me do a double-take in the shop. It’s a newspaper print from the Times 2012. DROOL.

The gusset consists of two pieces, one that is on top and has the zipper and the other on the bottom without the zipper. The upper part is further divided into two pieces which eventually connect with the zipper on each side and make one whole piece. For the bottom, zipper-less part of the gusset I used polyester and for the two-piece upper part I used fusible fleece. Lining as well for both parts.

Then there’s the strap, two small tabs and rectangular rings that connect the strap and the tabs. I did not make the strap adjustable as I don’t know how yet. This is what you get after all the cutting.

The strap isn’t in the picture.

The only “flaw” in this back is that it flips. Let me explain. What I did was, I cut it so that upper and lower parts of the gusset were equal, as in the zipper part ended right at the middle on both sides and the bottom part began. The strap juts out of the gusset right where the zipper ends are so the strap ends are exactly in the middle of the bag. This is what makes it flip. I didn’t anticipate that. If I had I would have made the zipper part shorter so that strap would be a little above the middle on both sides and it wouldn’t have flipped upside down then. Oh, well. At least, as long as it’s zipped shut nothing would tumble out so I guess it’s fine. Ish.

I still love it.

Very much.

The taxi reminds me of a game we used to play when we were kids. It was called Crazy Taxi. I loved that too.

I also had to quilt the pieces to prevent the polyester from moving around inside. I love prints which have big blocks or shapes which makes it easier. I just have to sew on the edges of those shapes, quilts it and hides the stitches as well.

Hidden seams which are a WIN.


Posted in Book Reviews, Journal Entries, Me Stuff

Gypsy Diaries Entry IV – December 2017

Okay, December was a good one. Let it be known to all.

It wasn’t eventful, like I always say, but it just felt good throughout, you know?

It got nicely cold near the middle, after it rained on the 10th and 11th, but then it just wore off again and that was so disappointing. See, I like to experience the short days and biting winter together. But for some time lately, winter always comes full force when days are beginning to lengthen again and that makes me sad.

The first day of the month I went to a friend’s place. We talk regularly via chat and infrequently on the phone but the last time we met was February 2016. It was nice, obviously. I consider her to be one of my closest friends (don’t be shocked. Hobbits rarely go out, even if it’s to meet up with their best friends) and we always manage to have fun. The exchanging of gifts is our thing, sweet, exciting but also awkward because she insists of opening them right away and she insists that I remark on everything she gives me.

I managed 4 orders for my shop during the first half and three during the last. Which was LOW. Eurgh. That was, and is, upsetting. My goal is at least 10 each month. I used to be unconcerned about it before but now it makes me afraid.

My sister and ducklings came twice. The first twelve hours are the height of fun, the rest is chaos and confusion and a whole lot of screaming. Three little boys, what can you expect?

I read a whopping 11 books in December. Three of them were mangas so even if I don’t count those it’s still 8 which is 1 more than my usual goal of 7. A big fat YAY on that! Here are the books I read:

Artemis by Andy Weir

I liked it a lot but didn’t love it. The technical stuff got heavier and heavier until I couldn’t take it anymore.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

An extremely fun setting with an extremely disappointing adaptation.

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carrey

HECK to the YEEEEEAAAH!!! Loved the first one, loved this one. Zombie apocalypse, but more interesting than the usual affair.

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle

Mostly crap and slap-dash.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Vivid and engaging but also a bit disappointing and lame.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

God-awful protagonist, equally awful narration, more disappointing and lame.

The Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

An underrated dystopian book with weird awesomeness that everyone needs to read ASAP!

Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve

Sequel to Mortal Engines, as good as the first one.

The Ancient Magus’s Bride Vol. 1,2,3 by Kore Yamazaki


Here’s to hoping January will be good too! Insha Allah.


Posted in Bookish Balderdash, Me Thinks

2017 As A Reading Year (and otherwise)

There is NO way I’m going to write two separate posts so I am going to cram everything in this one. God help me, I’m about to summarize 365 days worth of experiences.

Overall it’s been a good one. I made strides to change my life, small ones, and to some, inconsequential, but to me they were HUGE and they bore fruit. The beginning months were stressful and depressing and melancholy but gradually, as I found a purpose, it all went away.

I made some amazing internet friends (who I wish I could meet in person) and talked to them a lot. Alafiya and Ayesha from Goodreads and Kashi on Instagram.

I watched two of my all-time favorite shows this year. They were SUBLIME! Yeh Raha Dil and Yaqeen Ka Safar. And, and, … well, I don’t know. A LOT happened, didn’t it? It’s bound to, this is a whole year we’re talking about. But I’m afraid I don’t live an exciting enough life that merits a long recount.

2017 and Books

These are the books I bought this year. Pitiful? Why, yes! I’m not a millionaire you know.

Now, feast your eyes upon the books I read this year!

It’s a leeeeedle bit disappointing because last year my goal was 25 books but I managed 114! This year I expected to read at least 100 but set up a goal for 50. I got to 86 books. So in a way, I finished my goal but didn’t finish my goal. Eh.

But! Some of the books I read this year were reeeeally long and I read only 5 or 6 short stories/novellas.

Since listing them all out seemed difficult I thought it prudent to just take some screenshots and paste ’em here. I’m clever that way.

So… *drum roll* in order of reading from the first day to the last day of 2017:

From the bottom to the top. The Snow like Ashes trilogy was the first series I read this year and it was meh. I LOVED The Bear and the Nightingale!

(Again from bottom to the top) Besides King’s Cage and Wintersong I loved all of these books.

Our Story Ends Here was downright HATEFUL and lead me to write my best review to date, ahem ahem. Blood Rose Rebellion was lame, The Owl Service made zero sense to me and the Septimus Heap series became one of my all time favorites.

Let The Right One In. *shudders*

What the eff was Assassin’s Creed? The second book to the right in the bottom most row: TRASH.

Most of these books were cool.

So here we are, at the edge of twenty seventeen, about to step into a new year. I don’t celebrate these days much so compared to some, I don’t feel too stirred up at the prospect but such events, days have power, I won’t deny that. If nothing, it makes you look back and see what you did or didn’t get to achieve and what you want to do with your life. Such reminders are necessary.

Here’s to another year of plentiful reading and plentiful other things. May good things come our way. Ameen!

Posted in Bookish Balderdash, tags

The “Anything But Books” Tag

I liked it when I came across it on Mischenko‘s blog. It’s got some really cool questions that I would like very much to answer (even if no one wants to know).

#1: Name a cartoon that you love.

I’m trying to think of one specific but nothing comes up. I loved all of the ones I used to watch as a kid. Some we watched more frequently like Tom and Jerry while others were rare but I still enjoyed them like Ed, Edd n’ Eddy or Courage the Cowardly Dog. One I loved watching as an adult was Mr. Bean: The Animated Series. If I talk about a cartoon character, I’ve always found Tweety adorable. I used to LOVE him as a child and wanted (and got) a lot of Tweety toys and stuff.

#2: What is your favorite song right now?

“Alexander Hamilton” from Hamilton. My obsession is new and a little late and somewhat mild but it’s there.

#3: What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Sewing, most likely.

#4: What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Let me browse through the huge list of things I can do…

  • Well, I want to say sewing again but that’d be repetitive. Something I love to do but not entirely good at… I really love painting my nails? I have a steadily growing collection of nail polish bottles. I have no nail paint Expert Kit, those fancy brushes and stickers and stuff so I make do with my horribly shaking strokes.
  • I also love making cards. It’s what I did all the time before but this year I haven’t made more than a few. I once made this huge baby scrapbook for my cousin after she had given birth.

  • I’m really good at coloring. It’s been ages since I’ve done that but when I have a reference in front of me, I can replicate the colors quite well.

#5: What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Umm…I like browsing through celebrities’ wikipedia pages? I guess. Their ages, kids, spouses, number of movies, et cetera. It’s less amazing than saying “I love history!” but that’s what I like to learn. Not history, not ancient civilizations or dinosaurs or other cool shit.

#6: What is something unusual you know how to do?

The number of ‘unusual’ things I can do amount to a total of ONE. If you count what I’m about to say unusual. I understand the Anglo-Saxon Runes. I feel anxious just saying that. I just googled them and memorized all the alphabets. Now I can read them and write in them. Awfully handy when you have a fear of your diaries or whatever being discovered. I taught my friend these as well and it was like our secret language.

#7: Name something that you’ve made in the last year.

Last year? Something? That is dreadfully broad. But I think it’s fitting that I should answer that by saying, I made my first zipper pouch last year! I’ve come a LONG way since then *cough* but that was when it all started.

#8: What is your most recent personal project?

My recent personal project is my quest to become self-sufficient and independent financially. An online shop where I sell hand-sewn things and an online article writing job are parts of that.

#9: Tell us something that you think of often.

Life after marriage.

The thoughts are mostly of the scary kind.

#10: Tell us something that’s your favorite, but make it oddly specific.

Okay, for once, I have an answer ready. I love mango milk shake but here’s the deal: I have to be woken from deep sleep an hour or two after Fajr prayer and I have to be half-conscious when I gulp it down in three seconds flat. Then I have to go to sleep straight after.

#11: Say the first thing that pops into your head.


Till the next time!

Posted in Anime, TV Shows

The Ancient Magus’s Bride – Episodes 4 & 5 Review


Episode 4: “Everything Must Have A Beginning”
Episode 5: “Love Conquers All”


Chapter 4: “Everything Must Have A Beginning”
Chapter 5: “Misfortunes Seldom Come Singly”
Chapter 6: “Curiosity Killed The Cat”
Chapter 7: “Love Conquers All”

My Rating: 4/5

That’s a two-part story in the anime and it gets quite chilly, actually. Right after the events of the last episode, after dealing with the Dragon issue, whatever that was, Chise is exhausted and so she passes out and wakes up on a train en route to their next task given by the Church. While she sleeps she dreams of cats and the episode just happens to be about cats.

  • Another magical aspect: cats having nine lives, the ability to talk and a king.
  • The Manga has Wizards vs Sorcerers while the Anime has Sorcerers vs Alchemists.
  • Everybody has their own opinions about Elias. While Angelica’s and Lindel’s were positive, the Alchemist/Wizard they encounter at the end of the fourth episode calls him “The Evil Magician”.
  • I read this somewhere, the Anime calls Chise “Sleigh Beggy” instead of Slay Vega. Which is considerably less cool-sounding.
  • In one scene Elias licks Chise’s neck cut. Now, two things: one, so that bone head moves. That’s the first time he did something with it. Two, this was intended as a gentlemanly gesture perhaps or to show how caring he is but I’m getting very mixed feelings with this. She is FIFTEEN for the love of God. AND she’s filled with distrust for people. One would think that treading with caution would be the wisest course of action around such a person. Elias just goes there. Sheesh.
  • The Alchemist/Wizard Renfred calls him “Pilum Murialis” which of course, I didn’t catch in the anime. The Manga shows the translation beneath in faded letters: the one that tears and eats castles. Fascinating…
  • Elias’s reasoning for pushing Chise into destroying the blight and not doing it himself was so shady. If it was the truth, it was lame. If it wasn’t, maybe it was a test of sorts.
  • The fifth episode was AH-MAZING. It scared the living shit out of me and yet, by the end of it, I was crying. CRYING, DAMMIT!

I enjoyed this story line a lot and though things keep popping up here and there seemingly randomly I see can it will all make sense eventually.


Posted in Anime, TV Shows

The Ancient Magus’s Bride – Episodes 2 and 3 Review

I forgot to express how much I love the theme song of this show already. It is ETHEREAL. I kid you not. So dreamy and beautiful.  I’ve only listened to it twice and totally fallen for it. I wish there were subtitles to it so I could understand what the girl is saying. I’d have to google it.

Episode 2: “One today is worth two tomorrows.”

This was so good! I really liked it. There was a glimpse of Chise’s mother, a visit to a fellow mage and a visit from a friend.

  • Because of the hilarious thrashing he got from Angelica, his fellow mage, it was confirmed that Elias “Bonehead” Ainsworth was acting pretty weirdly. That scene was literally my favorite. Like, you’ve literally bought an emotionally unstable and potentially powerful girl and now you think it wise to tell her that she is to be your apprentice because she is special and that you are going to make her your bride. Sheesh, dude. Develop some tact.

  • The Manga calls her “Slay Vega” but I swear in the anime they say something like Slay “Beggie”.
  • Angelica explained a little about magic to Chise. Only, the explanations of the anime and Manga were different. In anime, she is told her that Sorcerers break the laws of nature to do things while Alchemists alter the laws. In the Manga, she differentiates between Wizards doing spells by understanding then altering the laws of nature while Sorcerers doing magic by borrowing it from the fae. This was confusing so it makes sense that they changed it in the show.
  • The Manga also had this hilarious scene where Chise asks if Angelica and Elias were lovers. His reaction was priceless.
  • The priest that visited Elias mentioned something about his “superiors” and giving Elias tasks as payback. That was interesting. I also find it hysterical that whenever he’s annoyed, he resorts to saying “Die”.
  • Also, when the animation gets goofy to show the characters’ funny reactions, I absolutely love it.

My Rating: 4/5

Episode 3: “The scale distinguishes not between gold and lead.”

Eh, this wasn’t that exciting. I mean, we are learning more about Mages and the world they live in and stuff but this episode was almost entirely about watching an almost dead dragon die. So, no, I didn’t find it that exciting.

  • Elias takes Chise to Iceland to run one of the errands for the priest I think. They are there to check in dragons. Chise is suddenly abducted by one. It turns out to be nothing serious as it’s Lindel, another acquaintance of Elias, who brings Chise to the land of the dragons.
  • Lindel is older than Elias who just happens to be 300+. Cool.
  • I just didn’t see the point of those endless minutes spent hallucinating with the dead dragon. There was a lot of nothing.
  • So, mages need wands, do they? Elias doesn’t have one as of yet. He was seen chanting two times and the other couple of times he didn’t even say anything. Angelica didn’t have a wand either, rather she took help from a water spirit. Maybe since mages use non-human sources to channel magic it’s different for everyone?
  • Another tantalizing bit from Chise’s past, the dragon mentions something about her “not jumping being a good thing”? No idea what that was. Presumably, she tried to commit suicide after her mother’s death. Oh, and her mother died in front of her and her father was still alive but she didn’t know where. That was in the second episode.

The Manga and anime do have differences here and there so I’ll be reading and watching side by side.

My Rating: 3/5

Have you seen this show? Let’s discuss!



Posted in Anime, TV Shows

The Ancient Magus’s Bride – Episode 1 Review

About a month ago, my brother told me about this anime show he was watching. He explained the gist of the show and thought that I should watch it. What he said was interesting enough to pique my curiosity but I didn’t get to it immediately. A month later with virtually nothing for me to watch I finally gave in.

It’s called Mahoutsukai no Yome in Japanese which translates to The Ancient Magus’s Bride.

The story is about a young girl called Chise Hatori sold to a mage who goes by the name of Elias Ainsworth. He means to make her his apprentice since she happens to be able to see fae creatures and channel magic. And also, to make her his bride.

Now, here’s the fun part. This is what he looks like:

He’s one big dude.

My original intention was to read the Manga first. There are eight or nine volumes I think, while the show is on-going with about 8 episodes already aired. I read about 44 pages of the first volume after I watched the episode last night. The length had the entirety of the first episode so I’m guessing there are about 4 episodes in each volume.

And it was really good.

I’ll try to summarize without spoiling anything.

The first episode was mainly all about the Mage buying Chise and bringing her to his home. But there’s a lot there just waiting to be told.


  • Chise can see fae creatures and she is supposedly a very unique person called “Slay Vega”. People who attract the fae and are able to use magic through them. There were all sorts of magical and fantastical creatures in the episode including a mermaid, fairies and a bunch of others. There was also a gateway to the fae world so there’ll be more of that surely.
  • The world is modern, there was a shot of skyscrapers. Too modern, in fact, because slavery is accepted again. The “organization” Chise was bought from was seen housing all manner of creatures for sale.
  • There is a glimpse of her past, she was turned away from her own family then different relatives because she was “odd” until she was approached by the organization and she relented. I don’t think her being odd was the entire reason. She was fairly sane so I’m not sure what exactly happened to cause all those people to abandon her.
  • She is 15 and I found that quite disturbing. It’s a little suggestive, the first episode.
  • The mysterious Elias Ainsworth. I’m most excited to learn about his origins. Was he ever human?
  • I find his behavior toward Chise a little endearing, a little weird, the way he calls her “child” and “my puppy” (not unkindly) and pats her head and abruptly hugs her, and also a little disturbing because again, she is just fifteen and he’s quite possibly doing those things not only because she craves positive human interaction but also because he intends to marry her. His actions feel as if he doesn’t know how to behave around other people, though there is another maid in the house. Guess we’ll see.
  • He mentions a war after which Mages were distrusted. This bit made me remember Howl’s Moving Castle  where Howl fights in the country’s wars as the king or queen’s personal wizard.
  • The manga covered everything the episode did. I was able to catch things that went by too fast for me to grasp in the episode, otherwise it was 99% the same as the Manga. I still intend to read it all.

All I can say at this point is that I am suitably intrigued and will definitely see this through.

Rating: 3/5


Posted in Bookish Balderdash

The Reading Habits Tag

Yes, I read. A lot. It used to be once in a while but two years ago I discovered Goodreads and that changed. Now it’s pretty much non-stop. Finish one, start another and on and on. The notion that there are people out there who don’t read at all is unfathomable to me. My own brother and sister don’t read! I just, I can’t.

As with any activity, reading has its own set of associated habits. Here are 11 questions that answer how I like to read:

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Yes, I do indeed (pity there are no windows nearby). The room is supposed to be the guest/dining room (it’s a small house) but it’s mainly used by me for praying and mostly reading. I have almost all of my stuff here except for a proper bed and wardrobe. So anyway, there are two twin couches in this room and one big sofa cum bed. My reading place is the left of the twin couches AND the left nook of the sofa. It just feels right to sit there, you know?

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I like bookmarks but find the practice of buying lots of different ones a waste and completely unnecessary. Anything goes. If I have a bookmark lying around I’ll use that, if I have a piece of paper, great! There are literally hundreds of ways you can mark your pages. Plus, I mostly read ebooks so all you gotta do is tap the bookmark icon and you’re done.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I can totally just stop reading if I have to. But often times I make sure to read a certain number of pages before getting up or calling it a day. So it’s kinda like this: during the day, stop whenever I got to. Before going to sleep: read to a specific number.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?


Ration for this month. Well, more like "half" of this month. I think I'll survive November. 😂 I am a HUGE snack lover and I always prefer to munch on one of these while I read. I was at the store today and kind of went Berserk. Not sorry, though. Not sorry AT ALL. QOTD: Your favorite snack of all time? Mine's Lays, hands down but I do miss these local ones that were just 10Rs per packet, insanely spicy and stuffed to the NECK. I've forgotten the name. They just stopped making them cause I haven't eaten one in three years. I have a packet saved like a weirdo, though.🙊 #bookstagram #bookstagrampak #bookstagrampakistan #bookstagramming #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #booktography #booktographer #bookphotographer #reader #readersofinstagram #bibliophile #bookish #bookaholic #booknerd #lays #oyehoye #snacklover #snackattack #munch #readandmunch #kurkure #localsnacks #ieatalot #layswavy #red #fireblood #frostblood #fiery #spicy

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This is an actual, honest to God photo from by bookstagram. I LOVE to munch on snacks while reading. I prefer it that way. Whenever I can, I eat and read at the same time. And I also make sure I’m reading while sipping my evening tea.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

No, siree! It’s impossible for me to focus lest I’m completely alone. I don’t necessarily demand utter silence, moderate chatter is tolerable but it shouldn’t be too loud there should be nothing there in the room to distract me. I count TV and music as significantly distracting. So only me in the room with no loud music blaring in the background. I’m picky in this regard.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

I prefer one, always. But I have read two books at once a couple of times.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

At home, homie. I just said how I can’t focus if I’m not alone and there’s noise. Everywhere has other people and lots of noise. It’s not like I haven’t tried. I rarely go out, might have mentioned sometime before that I do not have an “outside” life, don’t like it, don’t want it, so the few experiences I had of reading outside home were far from successful. It takes 10 minutes to read a single page.

8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?

What kind of a weird-ass person casually reads aloud? A weird-ass one, probably.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

No and no. Reading ahead is pointless and once I commit myself to a book I’m reading it all no matter how effing horrible it is. No DNFs, no skipping.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I don’t understand. How can you not break the spine? Once you’re done with it the spine is going to break, even if just a little bit. Or maybe there’s a trick to it that I don’t know? Either way, I don’t really care.

11. Do you write in your books?

I recall doing it once, and even then I was forcing myself to do it. It’s very distracting for me, pausing the reading to scribble. I don’t find the act of writing on books atrocious at all. If I think there’s something I need to write down, I’ll do it without remorse. But I don’t usually. I mostly read ebooks so I can’t.

Doing the unthinkable and actually tagging someone for a change. Take it away, Zainab! (A Bibliophile’s Obsession)