18 Jan

15th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

For 15th #KHIBookSwap meeting our topic was ‘Your Favorite book of 2015‘. Our members shared review of their favorite book of 2015.

Ifrah’s Review of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

The American classic by Kate Douglas Wiggin stole my heart in the year 2015. ‘Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm’ is a beautiful story that every girl needs to read while growing up! A coming-of-age story that will leave you feeling grateful for life, family, friends, health and every blessing you have been taking for granted.

Jamal’s Review of The Humans

I read Matt Haig’s The Humans for this month’s meetup. It is a story of an alien who lands on Earth to kill a professor. The Alien relates his observation of humans to his superiors and the whole narrative is a brutally truthful yet an extremely hilarious analysis of humans. A must read !

Gulzaib’s Review of Masnavi

The Masnavi by Rumi really touched my heart in 2015. It’s a collection of tales some are his personal experiences while other tales just include the complicated part of any particular story and the moral being translated as simple as possible. It soothes you in such a way you’ll want to read it again and again I myself saved some quotes from it. It’s not as serious as the title portrays it to be. It’s a self help in itself.

Noor’s Review of Eleanor and Park

I chose Eleanor and Park for this “Favorite Book of 2015″ discussion in the book club. It’s a YA, romance based story that revolves around two (teenagers) characters from 1980’s. The story is beautifully written and the story is very relatable.”Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” This quote from this book inspired me to a great extent. It’s about embracing both, the good and the bad, sides of the person you’re in love with. I’d rate it 4.5/5

Areeba’s Review of Gone Girl

Gone Girl is a psychological thriller. It starts when Nick Dunne’s wife Amy Elliott Dunne goes missing on their fifth anniversary. The book has twists that will turn your mind and your guesses upside down. It’s one of my MOST favorite books of all the time. I’d highly recommend everyone to read it, especially if you’re into psychopathic characters.

Maham’s Review of The Picture Of Dorian Gray

I picked The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I searched for this books for months and it was totally worth the wait. As an artist, this books speaks to me. Art is much more than just a few brush strokes. This book explains perfectly the power it can have. It tells us how beauty is overrated. But despite that society always has and always will worship it.

Fizza’s Review of Chicken Soup for the Soul

I bought the book “Chicken soup for the soul”. It is collection of short stories on love, life, dreams, people. The best thing about it is that you can read it every now and then and learn from it. The reason why I selected it, is solely because I realized as humans we are always whining and complaining about things, we must learn to be grateful and happy about the life we have, as only a thankful person can live a positive life.

Natasha’s Review of Bossypants by Tina Fey

It’s a book that talks about her story and some tips by her. I liked h it says when someone talks instead of disagreeing try going with the flow and adding to it cause in life all we do is disagree and argue. So how about agreeing a little and seeing how it goes.

My Review of The Forty Rules of Love

It was my 2nd novel by Elif Shafak. As I love Rumi’s poetry it was a must read for me. There is a story of Ella Rubenstein, who is forty years old and unhappily married when she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent. Her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. That novel changed her life. Whether you’re a Sufi or mystical seeker, or someone rather unfamiliar with Sufism, I’d 85% recommend reading this book because I think in either case, it is thought provoking and a rather light and enjoyable read nonetheless.

Jamal surprised us with A BLIND BOOK DATE. He brought so many books for all of us but wrapped in a paper bag and wrote a few things about the book. I got Ibn-e-Safi‘s ‘Jasoosi Dunya‘ & ‘The Coral Island’ by R. M. Ballantyne.

15th #KHIBookSwap Meetup

Books we got at 15 #KhiBookSwap Meetup

 

Overall, It was a great meetup. After 2 meetups I’ve met all my regular members and one new member Gulzaib joined us for the first time. A Group Photo is must after this successful meetup.

115th Khibookswap Meeting

 

Recently Areeba shared her experience about our meetup at her blog.

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap

27 May

9th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

I was so excited for this meetup cos 3 new members will be joining us and they all reached the venue between 5.17pm – 5.40pm as Ifrah Waqar didn’t join us due to work so I’ve to host this meetup.

9th #KhiBookSwap

We started with the little introduction of the new members. Then we started our reading session and for this meetup our ‘Genre of the Month’ was ‘Thriller’. So here are the reviews by our members of their favorite thriller book.

Fizza read ‘The Lost Symbol’ by Dan Brown and this is what she thinks about the book:

“The Lost Symbol is Dan Brown’s another famous work. I am still reading it but this book deals with Professor Robert as usual and how he must save his mentor, Peter Solomon. Not only him but the great Masonic knowledge which needs to be revealed if he wants to save Peter. The Masonic knowledge is powerful yet can be the most dangerous thing if handed to the antagonist, Malak’h. This thriller tells how Professor Langdon puts himself in danger in order to rescue his mentor and the great knowledge.”

And I fortunately I read ‘Inferno’ by Dan Brown which is the 4th book in Robert Langdon series and here it is my review:

“This book has the same storyline as all the previous Langdon series books. Professor Langdon – expert on symbology and iconography finds himself embroiled in the middle of a high-stakes mystery, teams up with an attractive, smart and capable foreign woman who helps fill in the gaps and challenges him, and the two cement alliances, skirt villains, and undergo a hair raising adventure to save the world’s. It is not good as The Lost Symbol and sometimes it seemed like it was a tour book of Italy. Story began well but quickly became long & drawn out. I would rate it 2/5.

Fiza Mari’s review of ‘Needful Things’ by Stephen King:

“The book which I read this month is “Needful Things” written by Stephen King. It’s a story of a small town where a new shop opens named Needful things. Gaunt is the character who owns this shop. When the shop gets opened, there are objects that each person in the town desire the most and want to buy those objects at any cost. What Gaunt does, whoever comes to his shop to buy, he further requests them to play a small deed that is, a small prank on someone else. What happens later, all these pranks get out of control and everyone start killing each other. Sheriff Alan is the only character who knows that it’s Gaunt who is behind all these violent acts. I found this book very thrilling and I loved reading it.”

Yusra Hanif’s review of ‘Silkworm’ by ‘Robert Galbraith’ aka J. K. Rowling:

“This novel is second in series of a private detective’s story who sets out to solve yet another mystery. A writer goes missing after having written a controversial novel and his wife contacts our hero to solve the case. What unfolds is an intricately woven web of conspiracies and revenge which takes unexpected turns and twists. My verdict: 2.5/5 as the idea is decent but plot execution lacks finesse. It’s a non-thrilling thriller which leaves much to be desired. only read it if you are craving for a murder mystery and can compromise on the quality of fiction. or a friend is willing to lend you a copy.”

Maham Zafar’s review of ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter’ by Jeff Lindsay:

“I decided to read the book “Darkly Dreaming Dexter” by Jeff Lindsay for the genre “thriller”. The book is actually a psychological thriller on which the famous TV series “Dexter” has been based. It tells the story of a young man named Dexter who lives a secret life. Everyone knows him as a blood spatter analyst. But he is also a killer. He refers as his need to kill as his Dark Companion. And he only kills other killers, in a very smart and clean way which he refers to as Harry’s (his adoptive father) Code. I personally loved the show which is why I love the book even more. It is very difficult to like a killer, but in Dexter’s case, you can’t help but admire him and the way he lives. At some point, you feel sorry for him, given his past. But in the end, it’s a treat to watch justice being served.”

Areeba’s review of ‘Tell Me Your Dreams’ by Sidney Sheldon:

“Sidney Sheldon meets psychology, a perfect combo. Tell Me Your Dreams is a story about a girl searching for answers about the terrible things happening to her. She is in trouble yet she is the trouble. Sidney Sheldon’s another page-turning thriller that made me love him, once again.”

Noor Unnahar’s review of ‘If Tomorrow Comes’ by Sidney Sheldon:

“If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon : this thriller is one of the best books I’ve read so far. The story is based on a woman, who gets betrayed from her loved one, her family is destroyed by some gangsters and she ends up losing her career and getting into jail. Where a lot of accidents change her life. She becomes a con artist. Not your average one but the MIND-BLOWING mastermind who had nothing to lose.”

Jadirah’s review of ‘Mockingjay’ by Suzanne Collins:

“If wouldn’t have been for my brother, I wouldn’t have ever myself picked up the Hunger Games series. However, once I started reading, I flipped through all three pretty quickly. While, I thoroughly enjoyed the first part, I found Catching Fire to be a bit slow paced initially. By the time I picked up Mockingjay, the thrill again was real. I liked it because it was gripping and unpredictable. There was one thing or the other to keep the reader busy thinking about and then a sudden change of events. It didn’t have the happiest of the happy ending but I still pleased that it was ended realistically. I would rate the series a 5/5 because I couldn’t find any glitches in the plot.”

The Fun Part:

Selfie is must! Courtesy Noor Unnahar…..

9th #KhiBookSwap MeetingFor the last 2 meetups I’m acting like a Santa Claus  thanks to Zeeshan as my bag was full of books but this time it was filled with gifts for the members, why ? Well last month I went to Malaysia for vacation and I bought some gifts for the members but unfortunately thanks to Emirates they lost my bag which has the gifts. So I bought them again and here they are…..

9th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

Gifts for #KHIBookSwap members

And then they (Maham, Natasha and Fizza) gave me my birthday presents 🙂 which was on 1st May and I swapped Sidney Sheldon book with Areeba for Karachi, You’re Killing Me!

9th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

Books I got from the 9th KHIBookSwap Meetup

And Maham surprised us with these cute bookmarks based on Harry Potter characters.

9th #KhiBookSwap Meeting

Free Bookmarks by Maham

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap