Meet the Bookstagrammer: @nkliterarynerd aka Nargis Kalani
What’s on your bedside table (or the equivalent)?
I technically don’t have a bedside table but every night I do keep a book (which I am currently reading) and my headphones beside me. After books, music is my solace.
Favorite read of the last 6 months?
My favorite read of the last 6 months would be Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches by Michel Guyon. The author has created such a different fantasy world by merging the history of Leonardo Davinci with science fiction. This book is actually middle grade and includes so many astounding illustrations that it was hard not to fall in love with the book. Not only that, it contains a deep message for youngsters and adults alike about adaption in life while fighting your own fears in the process. It’s actually a book for all ages with a spell bounding thriller.
"My favorite read of the last 6 months would be Archibald Finch and the Lost Witches by Michel Guyon." @Nkliterarynerd #bookstagrammer #bookstagram
Who is your favorite debut author from the past year?
Favorite debut author from the past year would be Tomi Adeyemi. At the age 24, she published her first book which embodies people of color. Her book is an amalgamation of her experiences as a black woman and a fictional world with African Gods and goddesses. All those police brutalities and violence inflicted on the people of her community drove her to write about it. She basically spread awareness on these events by creating such a spell bounding tale that tears your heart and soul. I still cannot stop thinking about the main character Zelie. Here, I am waiting impatiently for her second book to come out.
Which character would be your arch enemy?
Amarantha from A Court of Thorns and Roses. She would definitely be my arch enemy because of all the horrible things she did to Rhys, Tamlin and other fae lords. Her hatred for humans went beyond anything and she became the High Fae Queen of Prythian by deceiving all the high lords. She cursed Tamlin just because he rebelled against her and did not love her back. Rhys had to be Amarantha’s whore as he was protecting his court, his family & friends from her injustices and cruelties. She is literally the worst one out there and I hate her with all my being.
All-time favorite author?
This is the hardest question to answer because I have read so many authors from different genres who have inspired me so much throughout these years. I tried to narrow them down and so I ended up selecting two authors from my two favorite genres, fantasy and sci-fi. Cassandra Clare and James Dashner. Cassandra created this diverse world of shadow hunters with such diverse characterization and while reading her books, you are able to relate to these people who are part of a whole different world than yours. I have read all the books from her Mortal Instruments series and the infernal devices. Both these series are just so epic. Honestly, the concept of shadow hunters itself is so unique and the background story is so in depth but you won’t feel for one second that she’s dragging the series or something.
First book first hooked you as a reader?
Coming on to James Dashner. I think he and his books are really underrated and people don’t talk about them enough. As much as I appreciate books focusing on female protagonists, I feel that we are starting to neglect the male protagonists. This is another reason why I chose James Dashner. I genuinely loved reading the Maze Runner series and the Mortality Doctrine, both of which contain male protagonists. James Dashner has built such a diverse sci-fi world in both these series. These stories contain such a deep background of each world, like I was so amazed while reading it. I thought, “Woah, this author is such a genius for writing such minute things in grave detail.” While, reading these books, I felt smart and geeky. In fact, reading from the male protagonist’s perspective was such a different experience from what I usually read
If you read a book again for the first time, which would it be?
If I read a book again for the first time, that would be Matilda by Roald Dahl. I read this book in 6th grade as a part of my school course book. I clearly remember finishing this book even before the end of the term. I was just so inspired by Matilda’s character because she became so independent when she was just 1 and a half year old. She taught herself to read and cook and do her own chores because her family left her all alone. Amidst this abandonment, she became such a strong and confident girl. Books became her best friends and books were her first love. Her story teaches a lesson to young children and adults alike. I read the book again when I was like 16 or 17 year old and I still loved it. This book is one of the oldest in my shelf but it’s definitely one of my prized possessions.
"If I read a book again for the first time, that would be Matilda by Roald Dahl. " @Nkliterarynerd #bookstagrammer #bookstagram
If you could switch lives with a character for a day, who would it be?
Two years back I read this manga The Death Note and it’s pretty famous. There’s an anime too, of this manga. The main character in this story ‘Kira or Light Yagami’ stumbles upon this notebook which is a death note. This death note belongs to the death demon called Shinigami Ryuk. This death note has the ability to kill an individual, all you have to do is write the name of that person with the description of his or her death. I was so intrigued with this manga and the whole plot. Obviously, I was also curious about the death note and literally wished sometimes to have something like this. I would definitely want to switch lives with Kira for a day just to experience writing the name of a person whom I wish, should die. I know that sounds kind of evil but well, I do want to kill criminals and frauds like Kira did..
Bookstagram account recommendations we can support?
@abibliophileobsession , @books_and_coffee03 @bookgirlingmoments @stars.brite @mode2geek @browngirllovesbooks @coffeefueledfiction @storiesandplottwists @bookstalesbyme @gurlwithbooks @haventreadityeti @missmaddychats @thebookishword @absolutelybooked @madhatter.reads
Tell us a bit about yourself and why you bookstagram.
I am Nargis Kalani from Karachi, Pakistan. I am 24 and currently working as a social media executive. Working full time and running a book blog side by side is so tough but it’s been a year and I have learned to manage it pretty well. Reading books is something I cannot live without, and I think reading helps me deal with the professional world. As to why I bookstagram? Because bookstagram is one big community where you can reveal your true inner bookworm. I found so many amazing people here not only from my country but also from other countries around the world. I love clicking bookish pictures and experiment with my artistic and photographic abilities. Bookstagram is a platform for me to express my bookish feelings, interact with my friends around the world and spread the love for books to the world.
Which are your favorite bookstagrammers? Let us know in the comments down below!
"Amarantha from A Court of Thorns and Roses. She would definitely be my arch enemy because of all the horrible things she did to Rhys, Tamlin and other fae lords." @Nkliterarynerd #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #acotar
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