Meet the Bookstagrammer: @its4eyedgal aka Raima
What’s on your bedside table?
As of right now, I have Arzee the Dwarf by Chandrahas Choudhury, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Introducing Philosophy For Everyday Life: A Practical Guide by Trevor Curnow. These are the three books I’m currently reading. I also have a reading lamp, notebook, mug with pens and bookmarks, photo frame, coaster and a trinket dish.
Favorite read of the last 6 months?
Without a second thought, Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King. Two badass, resilient and fierce female characters with wild secrets, one got haunted by hers and the other is trying to survive by being a high riding bitch because sometimes that’s all a woman can be. It’s in the form of a monologue but not once I felt bored. It’s not a horror book but I was on the edge the entire time. It’s entertaining, thrilling and one of a kind. I absolutely love it!
"All time favorite author? Hands down, Agatha Christie! Her books are my new found love." - @its4eyedgal #bookstagrammer #bookstagram
Who is your favorite debut author from the past year?
Not my favorite but I like her a lot, S. K. Ali, author of Saints and Misfits. Her writing style is simple yet she accomplished to portray the struggles of a Muslim girl trying to fit in the modern world by striving to find the perfect balance between Islam and everything else. She has represented Islam, hijab and Muslims with clear understanding. Her book says, it’s the people who are defaulted, not the religion.
All time favorite author?
Hands down, Agatha Christie! Her books are my new found love. I started reading her books in 2018 only but I instantly fell in awe of her story and character building skills. She writes with such minuteness that you can’t help being engrossed in her stories and the interesting array of characters she comes up with; and let’s not forget Hercule Poirot. He’s a gem! Mysterious, meticulous, always using his ‘little grey cells’ and that incredible mustache of his. I don’t have a crush on him , but he’s one charming fellow!
Which character would be your arch enemy?
Dolores Umbridge. She was torturous, manipulative, disrespectful and that devilish smirk of hers is the worst. I’d be scared of her power but
I wouldn’t think for a minute before kicking her butt. I was overjoyed when the Centaurs took her away into the woods of the Forbidden Forest. Feast for all!
If you read a book again for the first time, which would it be?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. That book made me fall in love with Classics. To read it for the very first time again just to experience that feeling of wonderment would be totally worth it.
First book you remember hooking you as a reader?
Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton. I don’t remember my exact age when I first read them but I was in school. My best friend and I, we were crazy for these books. I still remember my excitement before the library period because that’s when I got to borrow them. Later, my best friend bought the entire series and I got so happy since I could borrow them whenever I wanted and that was just as good as owning them.
"Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. That book made me fall in love with Classics. " - @its4eyedgal #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #janeeyre
If you could switch lives with a character for a day, who would it be?
Celia from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. To see that magnificent circus in all its glory with my own eyes and to be a part of it would be one hell of an experience!
Bookstagram account recommendations we can support?
Dr. Asmara @thedoctorreads Make some popcorn, sit back and enjoy her detailed reviews. I always look forward to them.
Amina @browngirllovesbooks her role game where she introduces her readers to to-die for guys but can only choose one from the lot. It’s sweet torture! She also designs cool t-shirts.
Poonam @bookish.behaviour she always reminds me to read thought-provoking books.
Bill @kenyan_library his pictures are BEAUTIFUL! He’s one talented guy.
Tell us a bit about yourself and why you bookstagram.
I’m Raima, a 26 year old stay-at-home mother who is on a mission to make her child just like her, a book nerd. I’m from Karachi, Pakistan. I’ve studied Philosophy and English Literature. One of the reasons I started bookstagram is because I had no one to share my passion for reading with. It gets lonely and a bit frustrating when you are excited about a book but you have no one to discuss it with. So, when I discovered this amazing community with like minded people with whom I could not only relate but learn so many things, I knew I had to jump on board! It was the best decision ever. I can talk endlessly about books and everything related to it. I can show my creative side as well. It truly is the best!
Which are your favorite bookstagrammers? Let us know in the comments down below!
"One of the reasons I started bookstagram is because I had no one to share my passion for reading with. It gets lonely and a bit frustrating when you are excited about a book but you have no one to discuss it with."- @its4eyedgal #bookstagrammer #bookstagram
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