Monday, 5 January 2015

Tagged: 'Sisterhood of The World Blogger' Award

I appreciate the nomination/tag for the Sisterhood of The World Blogger Award by Neal from Daily Diaries. I was given 10 questions to answer, mostly about books.

Attempting not to be a wet blanket, I used to believe awards nominations / tags like these with questions put up illusions. I don't suppose many will be interested in my answers, but it'll make one believe so. I never anticipated I'd ever get involved in it but it's definitely a beneficial method to connect with one another in the blogosphere. I'll probably just approach this as a compilation of mini book reviews and make this quick.☺

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(What is) your guilty pleasure? 

I feel completely rested when sleeping for long hours but it leads to such an unproductive day. I'm working towards obtaining a regular sleep cycle and having healthier sleep. 

(What is) one book you wish you could read all over again for the first time? 

I'd like to experience the thrill of reading Joyce Maynard's After Her again. It'll be fascinating to delve into the suspense of the book, while learning the identity of the murderer. Putting pieces of the crime and its suspects together as the protaganist approaches the answer she seeks all over again is indeed engaging. It will be more apt for one to feel exhausted after reading as if they've chased the perpetrator itself and followed the investigation. Having to read it once again to experience just the sudden excitement would be pleasant. 

(What is) the worst book you've ever read? The one which disappointed you the most. 

Ice Cream by Helen Dunmore is a book that consists of various plots and characters that I was confused with initially. First impressions are important when it comes to reading a book and Ice Cream had made the otherwise when it introduced it's mundane characters. Perhaps it depends on each reader. The reviews given on Goodreads were fairly acceptable, but I was disappointed when it wasn't as satisfying as expected. 

If books could talk, like actually talk, which book would you like to talk to? 



Some might have heard of this book. Scott Westerfield's Uglies is a science fiction novel set in a future dystopian world in which everyone is turned "Pretty" by extreme cosmetic surgery upon reaching age 16 (even males). Before they undergo the operation at 16, they are known as Uglies. It tells the story of teenager Tally Youngblood who rebels against the society's enforced conformity, after her newfound friends show her the downsides to becoming a "Pretty". They show her how being a "Pretty" can change not only your look but your personality. 

This book was up for the big screens but production was halted, so it's a shame, but it would be wonderful to be able to ask the characters about their feelings living in such a world that is in fact similar to ours, where beauty is venerated in our image-obsessed society. I'd like to hear the voices of those who remained an Ugly and escaped the operation and learn more about how they managed to navigate the challenges.

(What is) your favourite character from any book you've ever read? 

Najwa in Leila Aboulela's Minaret is one of my favourite characters in a book.

Minaret tells the story of the spiritual exploration of a young woman, Najwa when she is forced to leave her country, Sudan, with her family. Najwa is a determined girl whose family was initially privileged, but becomes exiled when her father is involved with the coup forces. Her family is taken into political exile in London, impoverished, where she finds herself in a quiet fortitude learning to improve on her faith. At the same time, she becomes a maid to a wealthy Sudanese family and meets Tamer, her employer's son. The two forge a friendship and a common bond in faith that will eventually blossom to something more. The book is also an insightful novel about a wink of the Islamic faith that the Western world are only beginning to understand. 

I find Najwa's experiences in learning more about her faith compelling. I admire her optimism despite the dishonour that had fallen upon her family, and look up to her strength and nobility after her father had passed. She is a great example of resilience in her spiritual beliefs in this multifaceted world. 

(What is) your favourite song, artist and band? 

We're Not Alone by Echosmith is the most played song on my playlist and my favourite song. Echosmith is my favourite band. (I suppose Echosmith can be referred to as an artist and a band.)



Echosmith is an alternative + indie pop band composed of four siblings. Their album Talking Dreams brought a fresh, original vibe to the indie pop scene. We're Not Alone is an anthemic song that focuses on positivity and reminds us that we should always give a hand and support one another, finding strength through goodwill. It allows us to glean some morsel about life and reminds us to focus on our dreams regardless of any constant barrage that negates what we have done.

If you are writing a novel and you want to include someone you know, who would you choose? 

I would include two people I know - my twin and a good friend, who I've known since we were in secondary school when we were in Girl Guides. She has a unique personality that would make a rather likable character for the novel. 

What genre do you usually go for? Which is your favourite book outside that genre? 

Mystery and Crime has always been a genre I enjoy. A book that sits well with me in another genre, Fantasy, is perhaps J.K Rowling's Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban

(What is) a book that made you cry after/while reading?

Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner is a perfect book to cry over, and although with much disgrace, I profess I didn't shed a tear while reading it, it did make me feel extremely sorry for the characters. However, I did tear up a little while watching the film. Hosseini is a brilliant writer who never fails to tug on the heartstrings of his readers. The Kite Runner is a beautiful novel exploring love and loss and its unfortunate turn of events is the most liberating feature of the novel.


(What are) your views on the Twilight movie or book? 

I believe every author has a different approach to writing their novel, and as much as a I'm not interested in books that are mainly based on romance, I respect Stephanie Meyer's decisions into making the book something that explores the desires, fears and frustrations of young adults, that in fact many can deeply relate to,  and eventually become a fan of.

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Until next time! ♥

Lettering by me, photos by me.

I don't usually update my books here, but you can find me on Goodreads

27 comments

  1. 2nd para - "tags... put up illusions"
    Penultimate para - "did tear up"
    And some unfinished sentence somewhere...

    Regards
    your first plus one

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    1. I appreciate your help in correcting my grammatical errors. Thank you. :)

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  2. I share your thoughts about these awards and stuff but I think they also represent that as bloggers we appreciate each other and we just want to show that in some way so this stuff. :)
    Your lettering never seizes to amaze me.It's amazing how every single time you come up with such beautiful stuff.One question though how are your photographs so beautiful?Do you have a studio kind of thing for all this work?I also love the way you arrange all the accessories around the paper and of matching color :D
    Mystery and Crime you say,have you read The DaVinci code by Dan Brown?

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    1. That's true. :) Thank you! I wouldn't call what I have an actual studio, I wish it was, but it's just a make-shift one. I'm pretty surprised myself at how many pink accessories I actually have too. I've not read The Da Vinci Code, but I'd like too. For now, I'm just borrowing what's available at the library. :)

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  3. Dian... I actually enjoy reading posts like these as it is a wonderful way to get to know a blogger... I'm going to have to look up Echosmith... they sound like something I would enjoy ♡

    Have a lovely day xox

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    1. Hi Launna, I like how you're really young at heart. Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day too. :)

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    2. Thank you Dian... I plan to stay young at heart for as long as possible... You have a great week <3 xox

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  4. You have a beautiful way of expressing yourself that soothes the mind and soul. I enjoy reading your posts! :)

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    1. Thank you for your generous comment, Sakshi. :)

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  5. WAIT. OMG. When you mean lettering, it means you WROTE all those quotes?
    I am impressed o.o Mashaallah xD it's so uniform and pretty and beautiful Q.Q
    And I've heard amazing reviews about the Uglies! I want to read them but I don't think I'll have time >.>
    Great post!

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    1. Jazakillah Khair, Catalina (Kanra). :) Yes, Uglies is a great book, although the second book in the series, Pretties isn't as good. You should definitely read it. :)

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  6. Mystery/thriller has been my favorite genres since forever. Though I love YA as well. I love your typography, it's so pretty & neat x

    Noor's Place

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    1. Thanks, Noor! Yes, YA is a pretty interesting genre. Your graphic designs are lovely too. :)

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  7. I really like the way you express yourself, it is a gift. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Linda, that's very kind of you to say. :)

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  8. I'm going to read Uglies, sounds worth a read! And all of your typography and photographs are so neat and beautiful, totally Pinteresty!

    I Have A Messy Bun

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    1. Thanks, Areeba! Yes, Uglies is a great book, hope you'll enjoy it. :)

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  9. I really loved Uglies too! Did you read the sequels (Pretties, Specials, and Extras)?

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    1. Hi Elsa, I've only read Pretties, but not the rest. Pretties wasn't as good as Uglies though. Have you read them all? How were the last two books? :)

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  10. Omg Echosmith yassss I'm so obsessed with them right now

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    1. Yes, Talking Dreams is a great album, can't wait for their next one. :)

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  11. Uglies! Gosh that's on my TBR, I was hoping to borrow it from the library soon!
    Echosmith, yes, I love them! I could listen to them all day:)

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    1. Yes, you should, it's a good book. :) And yes, Echosmith's songs are pretty good. :)

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  12. I love your answers! you put a lot of thought into them! your blog looks awesome by the way, I cant wait to read more! And you photography is amazing!
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