Meet the Bookstagrammer: @_thatgirlwiththebook_ aka Rawa Rabail Khan
Who is your favorite sidekick?
Sophie Neveu from The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. She is a cryptologist in French Judicial Police and the smartest one of the rest of all sidekicks in the Robert Langdon series. Her character was powerful and robust throughout the book and she was an absolute beauty with brains. The most important characteristic about Sophie’s role is her calmness throughout their mysterious journey to investigate the crime. I loved how composed she remained through all of the bizarre revelations about the truth that had been hidden from her all her life and she never once let down her calm demeanor. So yep, Sophie wins it for me
Which season do you read the most?
I read in winter break the most because my semester ends before it and I get rid of all the academic pressure. Plus, I love winters and it’s the most pleasant time of the year around here. I love reading till late at nights with a cup of coffee and Is there be a better combination than a steaming cup of coffee with a book on your lap in a winter night?
"I read in winter break the most because my semester ends before it and I get rid of all the academic pressure." @_thatgirlwiththebook_#bookstagrammer #bookstagram
What book could you read 100 times?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This book is special for me for so many reasons. It was the first book I read apart for my course books in 2015 and fell in love with it. It would not be wrong if I say this book encouraged me and got me into reading. I love this book for all the reasons but my main is how real this book feels to me every time I read it. TFIOS is a complete package. We meet our darling Hazel and see the ins and outs of her daily life with cancer. Then Augustus, the star cross love of her life enters and pretty soon they are swooning over the same books and bonding stronger with all those late night calls. Then there’s this beautiful Euro-trip to Amsterdam where they finally give into their feelings and in the midst of everything good, their worlds fall apart and there’s this unbearable pain. One of them has to see the other die which just breaks my heart all over again no matter how prepared I am for the fatal ending. In spite of having read it 6 times since 2015, I always end up crying like the first time. So as I said, this book is a complete package with the right amount of love, romance, friendship and everything a teenager feels – even the pain
Which fictional character would be your best friend
Park from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Park is adorable, he is caring and smart and brave and isn’t afraid to stand up for Eleanor. The way he understands her was just so beautiful and so rare to see beauty in someone people despised. Park is the kind of guy who would stick around you no matter what. He is one of the most practical guys I have ever read. And luckily I do have a best friend with all of Park’s traits
If your life was a book what genre would it be?
I wish it was YA Fantasy. I mean I have had enough of reality I guess, it would have been great to have a little magic and a few super powers like reading people’s minds or having the power to go invisible or at least a power to be able to fly. But clearly that’s not possible. My current life can fall into the ‘non-fiction memoir’ category about daily life struggles of a mediocre girl, living far away from home in a not-so-advanced city for studies. Reading lots of books to escape the bitter realities and trying to experience more than one lives all at once.
Favorite reading accessories
Bookmarks and literally every jewelry item with a bookish quote. I have more bookmarks than I have books and a really pretty TFIOS inspired pendent. And most of the bookmarks I own are made by myself because I cannot always find specific quotes or fandom bookmarks anywhere so I make them myself.
The last book you read that you loved?
I recently read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and it directly landed into my ‘recent favorites’ category. Dante befriends Aristotle and both the boys then embark on road to friendship that lasts for a lifetime. Their story will always remain one of my most cherished tales. Their growth together had so much to learn from. There was so much uncertainty in the lives of those teenagers and they wanted to figure it out all at once which reminded me of my own teenage years. I love the books that you can relate to on more personal basis than just for the sake of entertainment or a mere time pass.
"Reading lots of books to escape the bitter realities and trying to experience more than one lives all at once." @_thatgirlwiththebook_#bookstagrammer #bookstagram
Tell us a bit about yourself and why you bookstagram.
I am from Pakistan and I am a 3rd year Software engineering student. I have great friends but unfortunately none of them is really into things that I love, like reading. So to connect to similar people like me and to spread my love for books I started Bookstagramming. And it sure did enable me to find so many great fellow readers that I have befriended in the last 10 months of my Bookstagram journey. I can now freely discuss about books with people who would actually want to listen and not just act to seem interested. I am now able to sometimes get a chance to commute with an author when I review their books and they comment or like. I learn about new books every day. My TBR has gone wild since I started Bookstagramming because of so many great recommendations. I remember I was so skeptical about starting Book Blogging because of uncertainties but I am so glad now that I did start it back then. It has brought so many good things my way and I love this community.
Which are your favorite bookstagrammers? Let us know in the comments down below!
"I recently read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and it directly landed into my ‘recent favorites’ category." @_thatgirlwiththebook_ #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #acotar
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