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. . .



  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


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
21 Jul

#KBSKitabReview A Hashtag Series

Few months back I swapped 2 books at the KhiBookSwap meetup and finally I finished them. So I had an idea instead of sharing their reviews on goodreads or on this blog, we should start a hashtag series called ‘#KBSKitabReview‘ that might help some book buyers. Every month we will be featuring one best photo with this hashtag at our instagram account.

Here are the rules to be a part of this hashtag series:

1. Upload an image of a book with a short review, genre and its rating on your instagram.

2. Tag that photo with #kbskitabreview

And here is my first contribution to the #KBSKitabReview



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