Which book has the most enchanting cover on your shelf?

Although there are many becautiful covers on my bookshelf, I’d say this is the most enchanting. There’s something on this cover that just draws me in. I don’t know if it’s the color of the background, the color of the the font, the picture of the whirling dervish, or all three. Nevertheless, this book was mesmerizing. The story is about how Rumi, the great Persian poet, came to be the poet he is through the bond and knowledge he shared with his master, Shams of Tabriz. There was a certain level of mysticism and spiritulism attained throughout this book. In some parts, I was able to reach a state of tranquility 😌😌.

Initially, this was not the cover I had in mind when I went to go search for it. I heard of this book from a friend who lives in Bangladesh and she was raving about it so much, I thought I’d give it a try. Thankfully I found the book at Barnes and Noble and oh my word, the cover was just as beautiful. Thank you @shafakelif for such a beautiful book.

Rule 40

“A life without love is of no account. Don’t ask yourself what kind of love you should seek, spiritual or material, divine or mundane, eastern or western…divisions only lead to more divisions. Love has no labels, no definitions. It is what it is, pure and simple. Love is the water of life. And a lover is a soul of fire! The universe turns differently when fire loves water.”

Do you like retellings?

I love retellings! Add to that a story about the Holocaust? Yes, please! So many things gave shape to this novel: the stepmother giving the children German names to ensure their survival, Magda the Witch taking them in, the father’s love for his children, the stepmother’s ultimate sacrifice, and Hansel’s need to be the responsible one. Maybe Hansel and Gretel weren’t forgotten in the forest on purpose. Maybe they were kept away from the likes of hungry men in this war-torn world.

Do you like mythological creatures? If so, What are some of your favorites?

I love anything that has to do with mythology and folklore. Lately, I have been obsessed with Jinn, who come from Middle Eastern and Islamic Mythology. I find them so fascinating. I am Muslim myself and we believe that Jinn, like humans, have a choice of how to lead their lives, whereas Angels do not. Therefore, there are good Jinn and there are bad Jinn. But like angels, they cannot be seen unless they wish to come in front of you in some shape or form. In my Bengali culture, Jinn are usually feared because since childhood, we heard stories of how Jinn trouble humans. The bad Jinn are said to hang out on treetops and wait for the right opportunity to prey on humans that are alone. So the best advice is that it’s best to walk in groups at night. Just thinking about that is giving me goosebumps 😖😖. But you want to know something funny? After I came to America, little me put the thought of a Jinni hanging out on treetops in the back of my mind because Jinn can’t ride airplanes! Not to say there isn’t any in America. But if one does happen to come before me, I hope it’s one of the nice ones 😝.

Which HP character have you despised at first but now have grown fond of?

I have two. Severus Snape because of his sacrifice and love for Lilly. And Draco Malfoy…. who I don’t like overall but… after reading The Cursed Child, I have come to have a profound respect for him.

Book Spine Poetry

April is National Poetry Month! While I would celebrate by sharing books from my favorite poets, I found this idea to create poems with book spine poetry:

in a dark, dark wood,
Eliza And Her Monsters,
speak
The Things She’s Seen.
A Child Called “It”,
Boy, 9, Missing,
A Water Dancer.

The Weight of Silence

I Am The Messenger,
A Monster Calls,
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Did you like it? Don’t ask me why my poem got so dark, they just jumped out at me 😁 ¤

O.W.L.S Magical Readathon 2020

This April, I am participating in the Magical Readathon hosted by G at @book_roast. The readathon starts April 1st and ends April 30th. This is my first time participating in the challenge and I am super excited about it. At least this way, I get to tackle a few books off my TBR list.

The career I chose to persue is Magizoologist.

Go check it out here
and you can look at all the possible career choices here.
I hope you have a blast!

Astronomy—Night Classes: read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

Synopsis
Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

Care of Magical Creatures— Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover

Synopsis
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes


Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Charms— Lumos (Daxima: white cover)

Synopsis
Her dad is drowning in grief. He’s also the only one who has been able to see and hear her since the accident. But now she’s got a mystery to solve, a mystery that will hopefully remind her detective father that he is still alive, that there is a life after Beth that is still worth living.

Who is Isobel Catching, and why is she able to see Beth, too? What is her connection to the crime Beth’s father has been sent to investigate–a gruesome fire at a home for troubled youth that left an unidentifiable body behind? What happened to the people who haven’t been seen since the fire?

As Beth and her father unravel the mystery, they find a shocking and heartbreaking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another…

Herbology— (I)mbulus mimbletonia: title starts with an I

Synopsis
Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

Muggle Studies— Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

Synopsis

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Will you be joining the Magical Readathon of 2020?

Book Review

Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: Histotical Fiction
Pages: 391

“How foolish to believe we are more powerful than the sea or the sky.”

Set during WWII(Winter of 1945), Ruta Sepetys documents the journey of four ficional characters to tell the true story of the deadliest  disaster in maritime history, the sinking of Wilhelm Gustloff. The Wilhem Gustloff was carrying wartime personnel as well as civilians,  with an estimated five thousand being children.

“The Wilhelm Gustloff was pregnant with lost souls conceived of war. They would crowd into her belly and she would give birth to their freedom. But did anyone realize? The ship was christened for a man, Wilhelm Gustloff. He had been the leader of the Nazi party in Switzerland.He was murdered. The ship was born of death.”

I knew what lay ahead before I even began this story. This story is raw, it’s emotional, beautiful but at the same time heart-wrenching. Emilia, Florian, Joana, Klaus, and Poet seemed so real to me. I laughed with them and I have cried with them….through everything. If you know about the goat scene, you know what I’m talking about . I could not at all relate with Alfred. I tried very hard because after all he shares a good part of the book, but I just couldn’t. My favorite pair was Emilia and Florian and the relationship they shared. I don’t want to give too much away but I literally choked up with what Florian did to try to encourage Emilia to accept her baby . It was just so beautiful!


Has anyone else read The Salt To The Sea? What are your thoughts? 

Book Review

Wink, Poppy, Midnight

Author:April Genevieve Tucholke
Genre: YA Mystery
Pages: 256

 “In a hundred years, who will care about my unicorn underwear? Who cares right now? There are bigger things to think about.

Bigger things like what?

Battles and wars. Lost causes and lost loves. Unsolved mysteries and magical rings and Here Be Dragons. Fairy Paths. Child-eating witches and child-saving witches. Tinder boxes and saucer-eyed dogs.”

While perusing the shelves of Barnes and Noble, this book caught my eye. I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it’s all it takes for me to delve right in. This book is about a boy and two girls. Wink, Poppy, and Midnight. A hero, a villain, a liar. Who’s who?


Wink reminded me of Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl. They are very similar in terms of personality and mysteriousness. The story captivated me in such a way that I read it in one sitting. It was truly magical.  Do you buy any books based on its cover?