Saturday, January 26, 2013

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Salaam/peace readers,

I promise you this is the last book I'll mention this month. I went to the bookstore a second time this month. This time my sister came with me. Of course we both go on a hunt for a handful of books, pick at table, and get drinks. After two hours I finally finish 'The House I Loved'.

My sister wanted to take a break, yet wanted me to check something. "I want you to to read the first couple pages of this book (Paper Town) and tell me if it's good," she said.

I did and I liked it. I continued to read the first few chapters. Time was up and I went to pay for it. The cashier was a teen and told me the book was amazing.

After dinner I continued to read. Between yesterday and today I only sleep three hours. While reading I wrote down many quotes, but I'm keeping the which quotes I picked to myself or it would expose more personally who I am. And like Margo, the mc, I want to remain some parts a mystery.

So about the book:

I could relate to her when she mention having her last string pulled and that the town she grew up in is paper boring, that she wants to leave. And she did something I would never do: have revenge and actually leave, but this is somewhat me: leaving clues only for certain people to figure out.

At the scene when they have a conversation with her parents and the deceive alone and his parents alone I could relate my parents to hers and his, but they are in between and better and I love that. But it's sad her parents didn't care for her. (this reminds me of a little bit of Violette and Rose from 'The House I Loved').

I loved how he had his friends got over their fear and become closer.
And I love and can relate that for once after four years of high school he his finally recognized and he feels like it is his.

The last chapter left me in awe and as I write this I'm still in awe. I would let you why that is and about all the above, but I'm not a spoiler person. You got to pick up this book and I really mean it!!

Other than that, a big thanks for my sister for being persistent in me reading it and buying it! And a big thanks to John Green for writing such an amazing book!!

-Fida Islaih
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Review: Jars of Clay

I love that it takes place in Tunisia. And that one scene where they were harvesting olives made me feel familiarity to my home that I have never been too, Palestine.

I also love that it has multiple povs of two people falling in love with each other. The girl is of higher status than the boy and already has an arranged marriage ahead of her. Yet I love their love interest and am sad the book ends with a sad cliffhanger.

There is a second volume and I can't wait to continue reading!

-Fida Islaih
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Book Review of Samplers

Salaam/peace my readers,

Yesterday a friend on twitter shared a link to her most recent blog post and through it I found four collections of samplers and a giveaway for a book from that list of samplers. I entered the giveaway and collected my samplers. All yesterday, in one day I read the historical fiction collection. Below is what I have to say about them:

It was only a sampler of To Ride a Puca by Heather McCorkle, but I held on to every word of it like it wasn't. I wanted to know what Neala would do with her power. I wanted to know what happened to the people and Druids with the invasion of Danes. I could imagine in my head the power they had and how they used it. I loved the descriptions of nature. I loved the surprise of fairies and brownies. I really love how the love interest is happening. I can't wait to get my hand on the whole novel.

I love Rouge by Leigh Moore that it has to do with a love interest, maybe love triangle and an orphan. And that it takes place in a theater. It was a little hard to keep going but there were two parts that got me interested again. I do want to read the whole novel.

Artemis Rising by Cheri Lasota is a little too much for me, I'm not into the ceremony that took place. Yet I am interested in continuing reading it and finding out how the love interest works out.

Playing with Matches by Lee Strauss takes place during time time Nazism started in Germany. This is the kind of story I think of when I hear historical fiction. I'm glad to have been able to explore more kinds of historical fiction. Thank you Ali Cross for the introduction to them!

-Fida Islaih
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thoughts of 'Maybe Loving You'

I read this post and everything spoke to me. But this pull at me, "Gives you something to talk about. I’ve met quite a few writers that have been writing their novel for over 5yrs or even more. They sometimes admit that they may never finish but love to just write. They often share their challenges with their writing and their triumphs and from one author to another I totally understand that writing is like putting together a puzzle. Some people like to finish it, others like to widdle at it. But in both cases, it is pleasurable and freeing."

It reminded me of one of my writing projects. I'm working on a novel-in-verse that is a love story based on my own. I didn't have an ending. Each time I had a thought of him or saw him I wrote about it. But I wanted to go to the next step, so I slapped on an ending and edited it. I queried agents knowing I'd get rejected. But I didn't want to think to much of everything. But I still kept deleting my ending and adding more scenes/poetry to it.

I really want to publish it, but from what I'm doing I see I don't want to let go. I don't know why I'm mentioning this, I don't think I should be.

Yet the above quote reminded me of this. So thank you!

-Fida Islaih
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Friday, January 18, 2013

2 Book Reviews: Love & Memory

Today I got to spend my morning at the bookstore and I bought this book: 'My Name is Memory' by Ann Brashares. I wish there was a sequel to this book I just finished. It's my first adult book I read. It was complex and draining, but I loved it. The young man lived man lives and remembers it. The young woman lived many lives, too, but doesn't remember it. Finally, they get to meet. Yet the young man had an evil brother in another life and had married her. He reaches her before him. And well, you should read it to figure out what happens and the journey to it.

Also today at the bookstore i'm in the middle of reading 'The House I Loved' by Tatiana de Rosnay. It's a book in a POV of an old lady with a heart of a young lover. She is a stubborn person not wanting to leave her home while the high authortity destroys neighborhoods to remodel into the new era. She tells her story in a long letter to her deceased husband. Part of the ending was expected, but the other half was a surprise. Yet wholly, it was relieving and sad in a way. I love this story because I love historical fiction. I got to take a look at like in Paris. This author has two other books which I loved and just had to pick this one up, too! And I hope you do, too!

-Fida Islaih
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Write. Be. Encouraged.

Salaam (peace) readers!

What gives you encouragement to keep writing?

What encourages me to write is my mother
when she read a story I forgot to close and tells me she loves it
and wants and can't wait until I publish it
and when she even says it about writings I don't intentionally write for future publications

What encourages me inspires me
like waking up in the middle of the night cuz I can't sleep and I don't know why
like watching a show, reading a book, or listening to a song where a line pulls my heartstrings to write
like seeing the harmony of nature
or simply everyday activities.

What encourages me is the love I have
and want to show.

-Fida Islaih
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

TCWT Blog Chain: A Book That Changed My Life

This month's prompt is to write about a book. What is one particular book that changed your life? Why did you originally choose to read it? What impact has it had on you?

The book that changed my life, not many people know about, it is 'Mornings in Jenin' by Susan Abulhawa. The book talks about life in the village to living in a refugee camp. It goes through 4 generations. Most of the book follows one girl and her life of learning and moving out of camp to continue her learning.

I love this book and it changed my life. I got this when I was slowly started to think of the Palestinian cause. I remember the day I was on the computer looking at the Barnes & Noble website and looking for books on Palestine or something similar.

My parents surprised me with the book, apparently I left the page open or they looked at the Internet history. I know they know I really love reading. Either the secretly knew my love for Palestine or just wanted me to start learning of my other home.

After that, I've been writing poems and lots of them about Palestine; I even dedicated a second blog of mine and some of my twitter to the Palestinian cause. Also, I'm getting involved in the campaigns on twitter and BDS.

I can't for the day I go to Palestine!


January 5th - Muslim Spirit by Fida
January 6th - The Teenage Writer
January 7th - Miss Alexandrina
January 8th - Between The Lines
January 9th - Avon’s Babbles
January 10th - Life.
January 11th - Inside The Junk Drawer
January 12th - Notebook Sisters
January 13th - Musings From Neville’s Navel
January 14th - The Loony Teen Writer
January 15th - A Mirror Made Of Words
January 16th - Epistolary Girl
January 17th - Inklined Writers
January 18th - Zara Hoffman’s Blog
January 19th - SydneyJoTo
January 20th – Reality Is Imaginary
January 21st - The Little Engine That Couldn’t
January 22nd - Writers Response
January 23rd - John Hansen Writes
January 24th – Miriam Joy Writes

-Fida Islaih
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Poetry Tuesday: 2013

As'salamu Alaikum readers,

It's the first day of 2013! And I'm overjoyed to say my wish for the past year did come true and insha'Allah the same and even better happens!

New Year

As the ball is dropping
my smile grows and grows
I play with my kitty, Tiger
Shadow is next, but she actually has a sense of privacy

My youngest brother is the only one acting silly
saying he's the first to do this
or this is his first whatever for the year
my other bro and sis watch a recap of the past year

I want to hold on to the memories, but forget the past
I want to live for the present
I simply sit back and enjoy another moment with my family.

{written 12:19 a.m. Jan 1, 13}


-Fida Islaih
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