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Podcasts are my new obsession this winter!

Hi all! The title of my blog should really be, “the MIA blogger”, I swear. I try so hard to post every once in a week, but I am always drowned in readings, assignments and my very happening theatre life. And every once in a blue moon when I do get a long weekend due to some chance blessing God bestows upon me, I choose to spend it either binge-watching Gilmore Girls and FRIENDS or ofcourse, listening to hours and hours of podcasts.

Therefore, I apologise for my lack of posts on this utmost forgiving platform of book bloggers.

So now that you have considerably decided to let my laziness and irresponsibility go, Let’s dive into my new obsession with podcasts!!!

 

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I’ll tell you why podcasts > blogging/reading has become the norm of my life.

One thing always stands out to me when it comes to listening to podcasts is, that I get to listen to people discuss specific topics within a restricted amount of time, and because it’s mostly guest speakers talking about their experiences, struggles or something they love, it is very informative and fun to listen to. It’s like watching National Geographic or CNN but with all the banality removed.

There are podcasts of all kinds: News-based, TedxTalks, fiction stories, business and cultural insights; basically something for everyone.

If you want to ever give podcasts a try, listen to the ones down below. These are some of my personal favourites, and I hope you enjoy them!

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Narrated by Aaron Mankhe

Lore is an American anthology which talks about frightening history behind common folklore. All of the episodes are unique and 17-35 minutes long, each addressing a different tale rooted deeply in myths and folktales. From the origin of the phrase “Saved by the bell” and the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula, to talking about the Salem Witch trials in 17th century France, Aaron Mankhe makes each one of these episodes extremely interesting and eerie to listen to.

Lore earned the “Best of 2015” from Itunes, and in 2017, Vallhala Entertainment developed a short television series which goes by the same name. Although not all the podcast episodes have been adapted to tv episodes, the ones which have been adapted are wonderfully executed by combining documentary footage and cinematic scenes to tell horror stories and their origins.

It’s a must watch guys, you won’t regret it!!!

 

Imaginary Worlds

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Narrated by: Eric Molinsky

This should be a must-listen podcast for anyone who’s looking to talk about their favourite fantasy movie or novel. Eric invites various guests over and dives deep into the world of fantasy and science fiction with them. From discussing famous fictional worlds of Harry Potter and Hunger Games, to talking about long-running genre tropes of ‘Saving the Girl’ and ‘Sexy Robots’, imaginary worlds is an intriguing series that goes beyond the surface-level coverage of the genre.

What makes this podcast unique from all the others is, that it isn’t an extended interview or a talk-show style podcast. Instead, he mixes his reporting, clips, and interviews to form a nicely packaged story. For example one of his episodes, “Then they Fell” where he talks about immersive theatre (I never knew such a thing existed!!!) and shares his experience through a series of videos that he made when he went there.

 

The Allusionist

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Narrator: Helen Zaltzman

This podcast speaks to the word nerd in everyone. Ranging from 15-30 min episodes, a lot of the questions are about the origins of a phrase, or why some languages are ignored and the difference between British/American accents and spellings (that personally, is my favourite topic to talk about)

Notable Episodes:

82- A Novel Remedy: Which book do you read to make yourself feel better? And why does it work? A clinical psychologist and a linguist talks about how patients in post-WW1 Britain were soothed by Agatha Christie novels.

78- Oot in the Open: Imagine you are born and raised in a household speaking particular language but then you go to school and that language is banned. Speaking that language will have physical and psychological repercussions – this my friend, is the predicament of the Scots language.

68- Curse Soup: Stephen Clews, manager of the Roman baths at Bath, shows us the curses that were sloshed around amongst people when they wanted to vent out their anger or frustration on someone. (This one’s a pretty funny and interesting podcast to listen to when one of your instructors’ is being irrational lol)

 

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Narrated by Angela Ledgerwood

The description of the podcast, on the iTunes Podcast, describes “Lit Up” as a sanctuary for people crazy about books, stories and the literary life. Angela Ledgerwood, talks to the world’s most provocative thinkers and writers about the power of stories, the importance of literature in 2018, and why they’re compelled to create the work they do.

Lit Up is also about pushing the boundaries and revealing the messy and complicated – rarely talked about – parts of what it means to be human. No topic is off the table and no conversation is too weird, too personal or too controversial. There have been writers like Mohsin Hamid talking about immigration and life in Pakistan and Anna Patchett, the writer of “Bel Canto” opening up about what inspires her fiction.

 

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Beat the Blacklist 2018 Challenge

Hey all! 2018 is right around the corner and I can hardly believe it. In December, it’s going to be exactly 6 months since I started blogging. 6 months! Damn, how time flies by! I have had so much fun over these few months, interacted with bloggers around the globe, started being active on instagram, taking part in challenges (Although never have I ever completed one, oops!), reading diverse books and so much more. I absolutely love this Book/Wordpress Community and I’m hoping to continue blogging for a long time.

With this said, I have decided that this 2018 I am going to give it my best shot to any reading challenges I take part in. Like, atleast I will try ok? So I saw this challenge over at NovelKnight’s blog and ohmygod guys IT IS SO COOL! Seriously, leave every challenge you are currently doing, sign up for this because this is the one of the most interactive and simplest of challenges I’ve come across. It basically calls on tackling the books that have been on your TBR for a long time but you just can’t get the time to read them (which means no extra money to be spent on adding new books). Basically all books published before 2018. It runs from January’2018 to December’2018 so you have soooo much time to complete this, I think even I will be able to manage lol. And if I can do it, I’m pretty sure everyone can.

It is extremely simple. And the best part? You get to pick your own books AND create your own TBR list too! If this isn’t cool, then I don’t know what is. But wait this isn’t it. Once you’ve linked back to NovelKnight’s blog, you will be paired up in a team with your own team logo and badge. With every book you tackle from your TBR, your team will be given a point. I’m a Novel Knight!!

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Isn’t this so cool and an amazing way to mingle with the book community?? I’m so pumped up for this tbh. Especially because I get to make my own list haha! All you have to do is post your reading updates throughout the year on your social media platform of choice using the hashtag #BeatTheBacklist! Don’t forget to visit her blog for further details. 

Anyway, so my Blacklist TBR for the year is going to be:

Stand-alones:

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  2. When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  5. All the Light We Cannot See
  6. Let me Die in His Footsteps
  7. Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

Series:

  • Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

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Crooked Kingdom

  • Firebird Series by Claudia Gray (Book 1-3)

A Thousand Pieces of You

Ten Thousand Skies Above You

A Million Worlds With You

  • Mara Dyer Series (already read book 1)

Evolution of Mara Dyer

Retribution of Mara Dyer

  • Red Queen Series (already read book 1)

Glass Sword

King’s Cage

Classics:

  • Wuthering Heights
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Ok, since I have to make a realistic list, how about I stop at 20 books? Because I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading ARC’s and other new releases as well. I have categorized my blacklist so it gets easier for me to choose where to start from or which to read first. Hopefully, by the end of 2018 I will be done with thiss!!

If you guys haven’t taken part in this…well, what are you waiting for?? JUST GO AND SIGN UPP! Until then,

-Happy Reading!! xx

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I’M BACK AGAIN POST🙌🏼

Hello guysss!!!
Welcome back to my blog after my very unexpected first long hiatus. I genuinely feel so outdated with everyone’s blogs and even my own blog, tbh. Basically I haven’t had any time recently, like any time at all, to blog or read. Hell, I didn’t even have time to myself in like a really really really really long time!!

Imagine. This is my birthday month, my birthday came and went by and I didn’t blog, or post anywhere on any social media. I was like, “Oh I will upload a birthday book haul, or gifts I want for my birthday, or just randomly telling bloggers out there to make me feel special on my birthday, but hey guess what? I DID NOT GET TIME THE ENTIRE NOVEMBER TO POST, SO BASICALLY I LOST ALL CHANCES OF GRABBING YOUR ATTENTION, YOU GUYS. *sighs*

(Can we pretend that the day you read this is my birthday and you all shower me with birthday wishes and ask me what gifts I want? (love you guys thanks) )

Anyway, now for some legit explanation of my long absence and for updating what I did in my “very busy month”

Okay, so I had this theatre inter-school festival at my college and I was one of the managing directors of the event. It was a three-day event with lots of different plays to watch. Sadly, I couldn’t watch any play because I was running to and fro like crazy trying to keep things…well…proper. Hats off to event managers who so successfully manage events and can still smile so gracefully in pictures at the end. Like on the last day of the event, I was just like, “Fuck this shit. I’m not managing another event again.” But guess what? Next week I have another drama event, AND I AM AGAIN THE DIRECTOR HA. UGH. IDK HOW TO EVEN REACT.

Then right the next day, I had 3 quizzes, 1 research project due and 1 assignment. When I was finally done with this, I went and got a much needed 10-hour sleep.

I woke up and was like Thank God, now let’s read. But no, that just can’t happen in university, guys. It’s time to accept that. Like if soemone asks me to describe university in one sentence I’ll just be like, “A phase in life where you just get emotionally and physically frustrated and drained and you realise how much you’re ready to give just to be back home.” Sorry to all you freshmen or high-schoolers out there, but seriously guys this is the ultimate truth.

Moving on, I had enrollment phase for my next semester and OHMYGOD I LITERALLY PICKED UP MY DREAM COURSE. I’m not even joking, it’s really something I’m so obsessed about. “Jane Austen and the domestication in the 19th Century” Like seriously guys, all of you should get up from your seats at this moment and give a woot of approval on this. Or just sit and clap. Whatsoever, but damn I AM SO EXCITED! As per the course outline, we get to read all Austen’s novels which means I will be tested on Pride and Prejudice in my exam! Like that’s damn crazy, who would have thought examinations would ever be fun!!?!!

But yet again, my happiness phase didn’t last long and I got another assignment which was actually fun tbh. I had to watch 2 movies: Dangerous Minds and Whiplash and compare and analyse the teaching techniques used in the movies. This was basically for my educational psychology course and I still have got to watch Whiplash and analyse that uuhh.

At this point you all must be wondering why is this even a book reviewing blog when all she is doing here is ranting about her life. But hey hey, thanks for bearing with me because now I will actually say something which is very much bookish, and basically what you all are here for. My very amazing birthday book-haul which was given to me as my birthday gift by my very amazing group of friends (this is a moment of minute fame for my friends because they get to be featured on my blog haha. I’ve told these guys I’m the Kim Kardashian of the wordpress world LOLOL) Not that I would ever, like ever, be any one of those high-maintenance over-dramatic freaks. 

Before I deviate further…..TAA-DAAA….

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ISN’T THIS JUST AMAZING? I honestly can’t wait to read these. ESPECIALLY ILLUMINAE. I am so in awe at how smartly and uniquely that book is written! It is told in all sorts of documentations, media files, dictionaries, voice recordings like…it’s not a properly narrated book, but it is so much better in so many ways!!! I really hope the story is just AS good, because I am genuinely excited to read that!

On a side note, my current read is The Book of Lost Things.(Finally!) I literally just started it lol, but I’m hoping to read atleast 50 pages a day so i can complete it by next week. Oh also, I read A Million Pieces of You and I LOOOVVEED it! I will write a review but to be honest, that’s not going to happen this month because I’m just feeling really really lazy.

P.S LOOK AT MY FEATURED IMAGE! ISN’T IT SO MAGICALLY COOL?!

What have you guys been doing this past month? What books have you guys read or going to read? Update me in the comments below, I’ll be happy to hear from all of you!!

Take care! xx

 

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MY FIRST BOOK-OUTLET BOOK HAUL

Guys guys guys! I AM SO EXCITED!!

Book-haul kinda posts are my favourite, this one particularly, partly because

1. I ordered these books online for the FIRST TIME FROM AN INTERNATIONAL STORE

2. It’s hard ordering stuff when you’re on a budget, but I did it anyways and I’m so broke, man! But I couldn’t be more happy about it!!

So basically bookoutlet doesn’t ship to my country but it ships to Canada where my best friend lives. So I decided to order a few books and get them delivered to my friend’s house, from where she could just post me later or bring them when she comes. And GUESS WHAT!? HER PARENTS CAME TO PAKISTAN YESTERDAY AND THEY BOUGHT MY PACKAGE OF BOOOOOOKSSSSSS AND THE BOOKS ARE IN HARDCOVER AND PERFECT CONDITION AND SO CHEAP AND SO GOOD TO SEE AND THEY SMELL SO GOOD AND OHMYGOD IM DYIIIINGGGG. Like honestly, I’m so excited!

The best thing is that the books are so reasonable and cheap! I literally got 2-3 books for $3-4 each which is like AMAZING! Hence, I ended up buying 8 books! Haha, umm yeah, told ya I was broke! But it was so worth it!

The books are:

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-Click on the books to read a Goodreads synopsis for each book!

What do you guys think of these books?? what books have you bought recently? Let me know in the comments below! xxx

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Get to know me and yourself! (My very first blog post)

Ok, so in order for people to know me, it is as important for me to know myself too, right? so i stumbled across this “dig  a little deeper” questions which i thought i would answer about myself, just an interesting way to introduce myself.

So take a look, and if you want, you can answer some questions for yourself! I would be happy to know about you guys!! xx

  1. Black pointer.
  2. I’ve never lived in a country, so city it is.
  3. DO A HANDSTAND AND SCORPION POSE!
  4. Yes.
  5. Alice in Wonderland. I have literally read all versions of it, from mini story to the original classic by Lewis.
  6. A Phoenix.
  7. Reading books
  8. I really don’t remember. I have had plenty.
  9. A couple of celebrities (pakistani ones)
  10. Yes, plenty of them actually.
  11. Bamboo shoots. They’re edible and comes in a tin but they’re so gross you would want to puke.
  12. Scorpio
  13. Duh, hence the blog. The last book I read was Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Andersen.
  14. Damn, this is the hardest. I like a lot of books, but something that I absolutely adore from the bottom of my heart is The Nightangle by Kristin Hannah.
  15. Lizards
  16. Amber Romance and Aqua Kiss by Victoria Secret
  17. Umm, just leave it there and walk away…maybe?
  18. Definitely, how to die. (death in a coma)
  19. A french phrase
  20. World War II
  21. zealous
  22. “Your suicide happened the day society made you feel ugly and you believed it.”
  23. checkistomania (well, it would mean just being yourself)