21 Oct

12th #KHIBookSwap Meeting and Interviews

For 12th KHIBookSwap our genre of the month was ‘Book to Movie Adaptation‘ & ‘Black Comedy‘. As usual we gathered at Del Frio on 10th Oct. I was bit late cos I was coming from the Insta Meetup. Areeba & Noor already reached the venue while Fatema joined us for the first time and she contacted me via twitter to spot us and luckily she found us.

Noor’s Review of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is one of my all-time favorite books. Though I haven’t read much book-to-movie adaptation, this book was the first one to pop in my mind when I thought about this genre. It’s a love story from two different lifestyles. The guy wasn’t rich as the girl, but their love was true, regardless of their social statuses. They endure every problem society has put in front of them without tearing apart. It’s heartbreaking, funny and sweet. A 5/5 book for me. Recommend to all romance readers.

Areeba’s Review of Diyar-e-Dil by Farhat Ishtiaq

Diyar-e-dil, now a drama on Hum TV, is written by Farhat Ishtiaq. It’s a story of a family shattered into pieces because of ego and unfair decisions. Characters with haunting past, this story covers love, hate, intensity, past, nostalgia and broken relationships. Also, my favorite part is where the protagonist Fara struggles with herself to get back to her blood relations and overcome her own doubts and misunderstandings about her family’s past. I’d rate it 5 out of 5 because I know there are points when I can relate to this book and the dialogs between characters are beautiful. Kudos to Farhat Ishtiaq, I love her work.

My Review of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

I selected this book cos it’s a Black Comedy & Book to Movie adaptation too. I think it is the best movie adaptation so far although they’ve changed the ending of the movie but overall it was awesome. At my book club I am the only person who has read and watched this movie. It was Chuck Palahniuk debut novel. Fight Club is the story of an unnamed narrator, who is a traveling automobile company employee and suffers from insomnia. On advice from his doctor attends support groups and pretends to be a victim. He gains some emotional release here and feels part of a people and becomes addicted to attending these support groups as an imposter. He’s not the only one who’s a trickster and important character pops up at the meetings Marla and they both find they have an emptiness to fill and befriend each other. After that he meets Tyler Durden and he introduced him to the concept of fighting. What starts as a few rounds in a bar parking lot soon transforms into the nationwide movement known as Fight Club. As the fight club’s membership grows Tyler begins to use it to spread his anti-consumerist ideas and recruits fight club’s members to participate in increasingly elaborate pranks on corporate America. This was originally the narrator’s idea, but Tyler takes control from him. Tyler eventually gathers the most devoted fight club members (referred to as “space monkeys”) and forms “Project Mayhem,” a cult-like organization that trains itself as an army to bring down modern civilization. Overall it was thought provoking book and If you like dark humor and cynicism then it’s a must read for you.

Fatema’s Review of Contact by Carl Sagan

The story is about how a Scientist started receiving a message form Aliens and how Scientists, Politicians and Religious people reacted to the message. The novel may not be an irresistible page turner because the story unfolds slowly and there are long explanations sometimes. Scientific aspects may also be difficult to understand, but this is a great read for those who enjoy rational thinking because the novel is quite thought provoking. It beautifully addresses the differences between Science and Religion. If you are a hard and fast believer, read the book at your own risk because Sagan was a non believer and has addressed the issue from that point of view. The Novel basically gives the message that Humans will unite and forget their differences if they realized how insignificant humans are and how vast and majestic the Universe is. The story is intelligently written and I personally liked the strong female protagonist.

In the movie, they have changed some major relationships of Ellie with other characters and have somewhat altered the message Sagan was trying to give.

As there was only 2 members present with one new member. I got a chance to talk with them cos usually I didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone as they are all busy in their never ending conversations.

We’ve been interviewed for the first time!

Anum Shehreyar interviewed us all to make an archive of Pakistani Readers. It was a great experience and she came very well prepared. Our interviews can be found here while KHIBookSwap back story can be found here.

And in the end most important thing ‘A Selfie’ by Noor

12th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

12th #KHIBookSwap Meeting

Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap

14 Oct

#KBSKitabReview so far

On 21st July we started a hashtag series on instagram called ‘KBSKitabReview‘. The basic idea of starting this series is to help readers to select their next book to read. So here are the some reviews we have received so far.

The Sky is Falling & The Fifth Miracle Review by me. . .

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  The Sky is Falling: This is my first book by Sidney Sheldon. The novel is about Dana Evans, a TV anchorwomen trying to find the killer who murdered the Winthrop family. The use of suspense is gripping & eye-popping. The writing is lucid that keeps you hooked till the end. Genre: fiction, thriller Rating: 4/5 The Fifth Miracle: The origin of life is one of the major puzzles that science is trying to solve since the dawn of human history. Paul Davies manages to engage the reader in an incredibly referenced & thoroughly researched exploration into life on other planets. Highly Recommended! Genre: non-fiction, sci-fi Rating: 4.5/5

Dil usy dhoond laya hai review by Areeba

 It’s a compilation of different afsany. It’s VERY WELL written, the characters and the dialogs are fantastic. Picking Asya Razaqqi for the first time was worth it. My rating: 4/5. Not full stars because a few afsany were written in same tone. Genre: Short stories

Notes from the Underground Review by Fiza Mari

A VERY WELL WRITTEN book about an isolated man who starts writing to an anonymous audience (believing he will never have readers) about his life, his confessions, his contradictory behavior and the inability to cope up with the society around him and how he believes that his intelligence is the reason of his misery and isolation. What makes this book so realistic is the fact that there are people who actually live such miserable lives. Do give it a read! Genre: philosophy Rating: 4.5/5

Past Imperfect Review by Raahat

I finished reading ‘Past Imperfect’ by Julian Fellows last night. “A gloriously funny, bumpy ride through the modern times”. The novel takes us back to the Season of 1968 and its lavish balls and parties, to the debutantes, to the eligible men who accompanied them. Damian Baxter is filthy rich (new money) but he has one concern which is becoming more urgent as the weeks go by and he gets nearer to his death, who should inherit his fortune. he doesn’t think he has any children but one day, a letter from an ex-GF suggests he may have fathered a child, the letter is anonymous, he needs someone to find out who the woman is, and that someone is Damian’s sworn enemy. it’s truly a bumpy ride, the balls, and the scenarios. I’d give it 3.9/5. Genre: Fiction

FanGirl Review by Manal

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A weak plot so it falls behind in the list of good contemporary novels but over all a nicely written young-adult. Rowell can do better. 2/5.

Manuscript found in Accra Review by Noor Unnahar

My newly found love: philosophy genre. It’s probably because I’ve been reading too much from Paulo Coelho. This book was the best one, after The Alchemist. If you’re looking for a quotes-and-wisdom filled nostalgic read, then Manuscript Found in Accra is a tremendous book. I rate it: 5/5
 

Karachi, You’re Killing Me! Review by Manal

Reading this book was like reading someone’s diary who’s very VERY whiny. Kind of funny at only a few parts. Waste of time otherwise. Horrible ending. 1/5.
 

Shadow and Bone Review by Manal

BEST BOOK EVER. The plot, the characters; everythingg! If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games & Divergent trilogy, you should definitely give a read. Lastly, before this book goes mainstream; calling dibs on Darkling and Mal both.  5/5 Genre: Fantasy.
You can also submit your book reviews by uploading a picture of a book cover on your instagram, write a short review with genre and it’s rating out 5 and tag it with #KBSKitabReview. You can find us on instagram to follow this series.
Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap