The Rose Within (A Gothic Romance) by Sana Pirzada

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Genre: gothic, historical fiction
Year Of Publication: 10th May 2016
Publisher: Book Empire
Pages: 314 ( paperback)
My rating: 4/5

“Is it only one’s facial beauty that another is attracted to? Does innate kindness not matter? Will I ever be loved by a beautiful woman? Or will the scar on my face, my ordinary looks and my humble background always obstruct my chances of a fairy-tale ending?” Continue reading “The Rose Within (A Gothic Romance) by Sana Pirzada”

Speakers of the dead (Walt Whitman Mystery #1) by J. Aaron Sanders

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Genre: mystery/thriller, historical fiction
Year Of Publication: 1st March 2016
Publisher: Plume
Pages: 307 ( paperback)
My rating: 4/5

This book introduces us to a fictionalized version of Walt Whitman (the American poet). Set in the 1800’s New York city Walt Whitman finds that his dear friend Lena Stowe is to be hanged for the murder of her husband ; Abraham Stowe. To prove her innocence Walt (a reporter for the Aurora)sets out on a journey that will test his limits and make him question all that he believes.

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Tanya Tania by Antara Ganguli

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Genre: Young adult, historical fiction, South-Asian authors
Year Of Publication: 27th September 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Pages: 224 ( paperback)
My rating: 5/5

“Tanya Tania is a story about two young women coming of age in two countries that are coming of age”.

This book is set in 1990s  India and Pakistan.

Amongst political turmoil and a tumultuous family life Tanya Talati and Tania Ghosh find solace by writing each other letters that span over six years.

It all begins when Tanya breaks her leg and her mother suggests she write a letter to her best friend’s daughter – Tania. Soon a deep friendship forms between the two and they share with each other what cannot be said out aloud in their own homes.

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RECAP: #eidbookswap 2016

At the beginning of last month I though it would be a great idea if bookstagrammers that lived in Pakistan swapped books during Eid.

I’d been thinking about it for a while now and finally decided it was time to set my plan in motion. Hence, I became the host of the first ever #eidbookswap ( #bookisheidi2016). My goal was to promote the love of reading and a means for positive, meaningful interactions within the #bookstagrampak community. Continue reading “RECAP: #eidbookswap 2016”

Wishlist 2016

2016 is nearly half-way over and like any other bibliophile on a budget I’m sat here deciding what to read next.

With a heavy heart I’ve been able to short-list a few of the titles (from the hundreds) that I want to read A.S.A.P. and have mentioned why I want to read them.

Now without further ado let’s begin!


1) Outlander (series) – Diana Gabaldon

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