20 Nov

13th #KHIBookSwap Meeting and #KBSatKIBF

For October our genre of the month was ‘Banned Books‘ and for the first we decided to discuss it at our Facebook Group with our members so all members can participate our book discussions. So this is what they said. . .

Fizza shared her review about Kite Runner from Khaled Hosseni

I have read the Kite Runner from Khaled Hosseni. It’s such a strong and eye opening book. You could actually feel the chaos, the situations. Amazing read.

Atiya shared her review about A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

It is a phenomenal book that explores the idea that if you are inherently evil society cannot make you good. There is a part in the book where Alex and his droogs (Nadsat for bro) attack a author and kick his wife, Anthony Burgess himself was attacked by such thugs in England and his wife was never able to conceive again…he channeled that pain and wrote about it

Ifrah shared her review about Kite Runner from Khaled Hosseni

I chose Khaild Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”. I absolutely loved his “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and was disappointed by his “And The Mountains Echoed”. Against all fans and accolades, I found The Kite Runner to be highly predictable! The narrative was only intriguing for the first 25% of the book. The language was of course to-point as always. The central plot dealt with fighting inner demons but along the story you start to sense a pressure to feel sorry for the protagonist – which I am sorry after some, I did not. This was on my ‪TBR, so I guess picked it up for the genre but I wish I had picked up another title. Extremely predictable in all its totality!!!

Gulzaib shared her review about  Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

I have read Fifty Shades of Grey’s trilogy. Apart from the kinky stuff you see the story was unique and intriguing. The best part was when Christian shares his past secret of that manipulation of his aunt with Anastasia. I really liked it. This trilogy is my first erotic literature fiction. I give it a 4.0 rating.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower review by me

I chose Stephen Chbosky debut novel ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’. It is a wonderfully written book in which Charlie is confused on so many levels about so many things and throughout this entire book you almost feel like your learning along with him. It was strongly powerful in a manner that diary or letter style books rarely achieve. Charlie’s letters will make you think about yourself and will make you think differently about certain things. Characters, including the teen narrator, drink, smoke, and use drugs. Even so, it has become a classic of sorts because of its tender coming-of-age story that’s easy to compare to The Catcher in the Rye. 

As the 11th Karachi International Book Fair was happening in November instead of December this year in Karachi, we decided to do some book shopping together. We met one of our new member Sawera for the first time and grabbed Jamal from his Kaymu book stall to get some discounts and started book hunting. I’ve been visiting this book fair for past 7 years and the biggest stalls like Liberty, Paramount and Oxford have the same stalls. Like they’ve reserved them. Every year Hall 1 is less crowded as compare to Hall 3 and 2. Hall 3 is always the most crowded Hall due to Liberty Books. Well, Sawera bought Call of the Wild by Jack London, One Shot by Lee child and The Innocent Man by John Grisham. Ifrah bought Mrs. Funny Bones by Twinkle Khanna and The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. Maham bought Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson and Jamal got Next by Michael Crichton.

13th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

13th #KHIBookSwap Meeting


Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap