Sunday, July 24, 2011


HP7 made me cry.
If you're gonna watch it, remember to stuff a few tissues in your purse/pocket.
I had no choice but to use my gown, with the Gryffindor crest [that lovely Sal gave me] pinned on to it.
I also drew a scar on my forehead, but my cousin made me wipe it off.


But Alan Rickman?
You are the man.
Shit okay? The whole Snape and Lilly scene had me bawling.
It was so super sad.
I never cried for it while reading The Prince's Tale you know? So HPDH2? TEN POINTS FOR YOU FOR THAT.

It was epic, it really was.

And Ima def get it on DVD as soon as its out.

I saw it at Cini Star, and NO ONE ELSE, [except for one other girl] was dressed up!
And she was just in a gown, SO I WIN.

this picture is from Halloween, but the gown/crest was the same, and this time I tied my hair



(emotional movie spoiler)


While I was getting my gown/Gryffindor crest/Jeggings/All Stars/fake scar ensemble ready, my family was making fun of me because they thought I was too old to be dressing up.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

The False Princess
by Eilis O'Neal 

3.5 stars, out of 5

Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court. But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection. Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.
Sinda is sent to live with her only surviving relative, an aunt who is a dyer in a distant village. She is a cold, scornful woman with little patience for her newfound niece, and Sinda proves inept at even the simplest tasks. But when Sinda discovers that magic runs through her veins - long-suppressed, dangerous magic that she must learn to control - she realizes that she can never learn to be a simple village girl.
Returning to Vivaskari for answers, Sinda finds her purpose as a wizard scribe, rediscovers the boy who saw her all along, and uncovers a secret that could change the course of Thorvaldor's history, forever.
A dazzling first novel, The False Princess is an engrossing fantasy full of mystery, action, and romance.

 My Thoughts:

This is really lovely fantasy book, perfect for when you don't want a whole hefty series, but still intricate kingdoms and wizards and prophecies and strong, wonderful heroines who fight for themselves and are PRINCESSES!
Perfect, for when you want to read about a lovely romance but without the fluff and contemporary teenage voices and a love which isn't spanned over a week, a month, or a year, but since you were a wee little girl (or boy) and you have shared your whole life with him (or her) and you know each other better than yourselves.
And also perfect, for when you want to leave the book finally, with a smile on your face, feeling slightly warm and gooey inside.

The False Princess was a really good book, and the above probably sums it up nicely, however, I did have a few problems with it. It could have been so much better! [I mean it was awesome- 3.5 stars! -but you know, it could have been awesomer]
For example, I would have loved to know Keirnan better. He seemed like someone I would could easily have a book-boy crush on what with his sense of humor and easy personality. But sadly, though he played a significant part in the book, his character wasn't as explored and developed as it should have been.
Another thing: if the action had been a bit more breathtaking and scary and nail-bitey-ish, i would have given this a 4 star rating which is REAAALLY high in my book.

But, with everything taken into account- READ THIS BOOK!
Its excellent for a debut novel and I'm sure I'll pick up whatever Eilis O'Neal  writes next without much hesitation.

The False Princess was wonderful and definitely should be on your summer reading pile.


General Info:

Title: The False Princess
Author: Eilis O'Neal
Published: First published July 13th 2010
Length: 319 pages
Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy, Romance

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mr Weasly would be proud.


It can only mean one thing- Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, the last HP movie EVAAA is out/gonna be out.

If you're lucky enough to be going to a movie theater to watch it, I salute you.
And want to kill you just a tiny bit.

Trust me man, consider yourself insanely lucky.

Because, since Paki is so super awesome, the HP movies are not shown here in the cinemas.
(WTF?! I know.)

Anyway, the point of the above is-
Man, everyone crying about this last movie: Yeah its sad.
But honestly [and don't kill me for this], I did my share of mourning the days leading up to 7/07/2007.
And then after I read the last line of the last page.
Yes, its sad its that its last movie and all, but really?
The mourning stage has long been over guys.

Sadness x infinity and beyond.

As the days led up to The Deathly Hallow's release date, I grew more and more concerned about my choices in life. Not that I had chosen the wrong ones, but that I had chosen the very best, and most life-changing ones.

[Yeah, we're still talking about Harry P here- JKR's fantastic imagination sex bomb.]

My life, felt so completely over, because really, a major chunk of my internet-time was spent on my most favorite Harry Potter fan site,, and I checked it as regularly as any facebook addict will check their notifications and newsfeed.
Which, everyone knows, is a freakin' lot.
Every single day they had so many updates for the book, JKR revealing tidbits, speculations from 'credible' sources, ALL THOSE SEXY SECRET THINGS ON JKR'S WEBSITE!
I drank 'em all up, in mixtures of excitement and joy and anticipation.

Because of Joanne Kathleen Rowling, I had a lot to look forward to for a lot of my younger years- something major and awesome, which I knew wouldn't disappoint and would always let me escape into a different, magical world, where love conquered all, and ear wax was not just a sticky substance found within your ear- but also a candy flavor.

Did you ever get to take the W.O.M.B.AT?

"W.O.M.B.A.T stands for Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test. It's administered by the Wizarding Examinations Authority. The head of this Authority is Griselda Marchbanks, CDMG, APMD, fbBB."

From that secret door which unlocked for special surprises only?

And alllll the stuff about the theme park, pictures and updates on it, and whatever movie was due at the time.

Re-reading the books, over and over, and over again.

Receiving my exclusive 'midnight' book release [but not really, 3AM more like it, since its Paki time] invite in the mail, from my local bookstore, {and I still have it! Though, it never happened since, oops, guess what? There was a BOMB THREAT in that particular mall, where the store was. Typical :l} and dreaming of dressing up as a witch and going.

The Potter Puppet Pals!
I LOVED THEM. Saw every video, waited impatiently for more. LMAO/ROFLMAO at them- every time.

Specially the 'Wizard Swears' vid.
Aw Neville.

And actually crying!
Before Dumbledore's death, I had never, ever cried over the death of a person in a book. Someone unreal, made up, fiction.

But duh, Dumbledores real man, shit. And so is Harry Potter and his Wizarding World.
I will break free of my Muggle confines and one day, you'll find that I've apparated to Hogsmeade.
One day.
(I'll post pictures for sure. Dont worry.)
[On a side note, jokes apart, thats my number one vacation dream spot.]

Dumbledores death was just, 'HOW COULD JO DO THAT?!' And I cried for his departure, and Harry's (and my) pain and disbelief and the sheer sadness of it all.
Another HP death I was dripping like a leaky faucet: Dobby. :,C

Falling in love with Won Won.
Hes funny and adorable.
My fav kind.


And everything else.
You're probably a potter head if you're still reading this.
You know what I mean.

End of an era, they say.
But no, I don't agree.

Because, as Jo put it, true to her style:

 Its not the end, not by a long shot.
As long as you remember, and pass on the books to your friends and family, and keep coming back to the best book EVAAA, the era will live on forever.

 Anyway, enough of my emo crap.
Now, its time for some (a lot of) HP

because really, this is the best time for it.



HAHAHHAAHAHAHAHA, this is one of the best.

a little glee/chris love here too, just because.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for!


They made a flying car.

Mr Weasly would be proud.



Harry Potter has reached out to an estimate of 200 countries, spoke out in over 69 languages and has touched the lives of more than 400 million people. It is the phenomenon that ignores race, age, gender or religion and it has brought us together despite all our differences. We are the Harry Potter generation. ϟ

All pictures are from

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


So in the book blogging world, people usually call posts like these, 'In My Mailbox' posts, its a 'meme' made by The Story Siren.

BUT, 'book haul' sounds so much more fun.

So, now, before you eye orgasm out at seeing the lovely pile of books, [- yes, PILE! :D], I want you to know, I'll be having a giveaway for my Paki readers soon!
Comment on this post telling me which book you'd like to win out of the pile, and just maybe, if you're lucky that book will be up for grabs!

Anyway, without further ado, here are the new additions to my growing to-be-read pile:

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaahh, you like that? ;3

These books above are old books and new ones mixed up.  I got some from Galaxy Books and some from Readings- both in Lahore.

It was heaven.

Then there are the super-brand-new books below, which were more expensive but I made my mom buy them for me anyway because I want to go to Karachi and I didn't because of stupid reasons and I was sad.

Glossy, beauties.

Here are some more pictures of some closeups:

13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

Here is a list of them all, click on a name to go to the review and/or to know more about it!

1. I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 by
2. How To Be Popular by Meg Cabot
3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
4. Who's That Girl? by Alexandra Potter
5. Girl Meets Cake by Susie Day
6. Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz
7. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
8. Life At The Shallow End by Helen Bailey
9. Lion Boy by Zizou Corder
10. The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff
11. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
12. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
(Not pictured here:)
13: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

So, I've read quite a few of the above, and How to be Popular by Meg Cabot and 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher are two completely different, but absolutely WONDERFUL books. Number 13, Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison is hilarious and SUCH a fun read!

I bought some of the above for my sisters, though I probably will re-read the ones I've already read- and obv the rest.
Is there any particular book you'd like to be reviewed first? Let me know! And I'll try to push it up on my TBR list.

Is there any book you'd like to WIN?
Let me know!
I may add it to the giveaway I'm going to have soon.




Saturday, July 2, 2011

a big dumping of summer

So its Summer.
And I'm like a deflated balloon here.
If you bother reading this blog and keeping up with the random life-glimpses I present every once in a while, you'll know the Karachi plan was a huge fail and that I am stuck in Lahore until November.

However, staying here is not completely torturous as I have had a few reasons to :D.



Since you know, a picture is worth a thousand words and shit.

So here folks, is my summer so far.

The Party.

 THAT adorable treat is a Death By Chocolate cake for my friend's surprise 20th birthday.
Yes, I decorated it- with edible glitter- and sprinkles!
She loved it :D
That was a fun day, we played Taboo, saw Limitless- which was a good movie by the way, [though the cliff hanger ending sucked] and had Zinger Burgers and Butter popcorn.
Way too good.

Its kind of a funny story, 'surprise' bit of her party though.
It involved me picking her up from her house, and taking her home- all the while being followed by a car full of our friends.
I had to distract Sundas SO MANY TIMES!
It was hilarious.
At one point when we made a stop at the bakery so I could get 'some snacks' for lunch [read: this ^cake]- she caught a glimpse of one of the boys- (I'll call him Melvin since he was slightly annoying) Melvin, running to the car.
It was so hard to stay focused and serious.
Especially when she kept going 'Omg, is that Melvin? Dude! I think I just saw Melvin!'
I however, being the coolio (yeah coolio, stfu) that I am, launched into a super romantic story of what one of our other close friends was giving his true love on her birthday.

[HES BAKING HER A CAKE! And writing her poems. Not to mention the purse and other things hes buying for her! And when I told this to a boy I kinda-sorta like (lets call him Doosh), his reaction was: Tell him to wear a dress to while hes at it!
You, Doosh, are not romantic and super lame.
Just like your name.

So when we got home, I shoved her into a room and ran out to get everyone else- the others who were hiding outside the gate.
Then I crept them into the house
-(and locked all the doors since I'd invited boys too, and didn't want a random family member dropping by, getting shocked by my besharmy at associating with males of all people. The horror!)-
and we ran to the room and surprised her.
It was such a happy moment, and you know, actually a surprise, unlike the fake surprises of today when your friends actually expect a surprise party- not that there's anything wrong with that- but you know, takes 2% of the fun outa it.
Over all, it was a fun, fun day.

The Picnic.

So yesterday we went to a family picnic, in the outskirts of Lahore.
It was a farm- with a tube well!

Below is a picture of me contemplating life and thinking about its meaning at the farm.

[Totally posing]

So what happened was, a little later after that, I was just standing in the beautiful garden/farm looking at the peacocks there, when I heard a tiny chirp very close to me. Now the birds were in the trees, and the hens on the grass- but then I felt a slight weight on my head.
And I SCREAMED BLOODY MURDER and flung the hat like crazy on the ground.
My cousin had put the chick on my head, and as my hat fell, so did the chick.
Thank god the poor creature was okay.

It was really embarrassing since EVERYONE started laughing and even the gardeners joined in.
(I HATE it when people laugh at me.)

The picture below, is the incident-inspired result.

The Babies:

Pretty much self explanatory, yes?

petting that chick

three year old twin cuzzies

I also bought LOOOADDSSS of books, and Ima be posting about them soon.
Such glorious books!

And you guys... I'm going to be having my very own Paki giveaway soon!
So stay tuned for that.

Have a lovely Summer!
Much Love,