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 πŸ˜–πŸ˜–. 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,
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 😁 Β€

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?