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.
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.
Written by Farman Shams Co-founder of #KHIBookSwap