The Liebster Award

I would like to thank Nathprasad Dhanawat for nominating me for this Award! He has an awesome blog so please go check it out and support him if you don’t already!

The rules of this award:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Suppose!! You are deep sea diving and you notice that an ANACONDA snake 🐍 is going towards your friends, if you go to alert them your life can be in danger,  what will you do?

I would definitely alert them!

Which is your most favorite place in the world 🌎?  Why?

Kenya- nothing beats home.

Which are your 3 wishes that you want to do before die?

Travel the world, educate children from poor countries who can’t afford education, live on a farm.

What are 3 languages that you really want to speak?

Russian, Sanskrit and Latin. (I was going to add German but I already know how to speak some of it so I thought it didn’t really count!)

Your favorite writer?

J. K. Rowling, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Harper Lee, Anthony Horowitz, Mark Zusak, Khaled Hosseini, Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Arthur Miller, Dario Fo (and many more!)

Have you ever tried to feed food to a monkey with your own hands?

Yeah we get monkeys at our place sometimes.

One bad thing that you do, even though you know that’s bad?

Eat junk food pretty often (to be fair I also eat A LOT of very healthy food!)

One craziest thing you’ve done in your life?

Hmm started this blog?

Your favorite sport?

Basketball

Any suggestions regarding my blog?

No I like it the way it is!

Why did you become a blogger?

Because as a writer I need some sort of outlet for my writing and blogging is the best option for me right now!

11 Facts About Me:

  • I’m 20
  • I love it when people have tattoos! I think they look incredible
  • I want to dye my hair blue at some point
  • I love music
  • I love cooking- especially Asian and Italian food
  • I love fried foods!
  • I get cranky when I’m sleepy or hungry
  • I’m double jointed so I can twist my arms and legs and thumb all the way around.
  • I have black hair
  • My eyes are hazel
  • My favorite colours are blue, black and purple
  • I prefer cold weather over hot weather

My Nominees:

Anoyone reading this post is welcome to try answering the questions above!

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The Liebster Award!

I would like to thank wavesofawesomeness for nominating me for this award! Please check it out if you haven’t already if you like quotes, poetry and other awesome posts!

So the rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Acknowledge blog who nominated you and display award
  2. Answer 11 questions the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs
  5. Notify them of the nomination
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer

The Questions Given To Me:

Would you rather own a bakery or a candy shop?

I would have to say a bakery because as much as I like candy I prefer pastries!

Do you prefer drawings or paintings?

Both! And if you like paintings check out this blog.

Would you rather live in an area that’s always hot or always cold?

Cold. I always prefer the cold over the heat

Who are your favourite bloggers and what is/ are your favourite post(s) from them?(I don’t have to be one of them 😉 )

wavesofawesomeness

Elaine

Shay-lon

Opher

inkgirlandwords

Jirah

orangutanlibrarian

Chape

Shweta Suresh

Katzenworld

becomingdeutsch

Esmé

Simon

Shruti

Christina

And I’m sure I’m still forgetting a few!

Who are your favourite YouTubers?

I really like Ryan Higa!

Who are some of your favourite authors?

Jane Austen

J. K. Rowling

Dan Brown

Stephenie Meyer

Dyan Sheldon

Khaled Hosseini

Margret Atwood

Jack Kerouac

Meg Cabot

Describe your blog in an advert style

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a confused, anxious, pessimistic, weird, introverted, twenty year old girl? Well look no further we have just the blog you want! At lifesfinewhine not only do you get the real twenty year old girl trying to find herself experience you also sometimes get random posts about Awards and Tags! So don’t forget to check out lifesfinewhine to stop the fun and start the soul crushing anxiety!

What is/was your favourite topic to study in History?

Everything! I swear I have never been bored learning something in History (yes I know I’m a nerd).

What type of phone do you have?

Samsung

What would you change about your life?

I would get rid of my anxiety.

If you were president/ mayor/ royalty, what would you do or change about your area/ county/ country?

I would work harder to bring peace and unity to my country, I would also make sure that my country causes as little pollution as possible even if it means certain things are banned, I would work very hard to stop hunting, I would try to help people who can’t afford education get free education, I would try to bring universal healthcare and free university for my citizens.

11 Facts About Me:

  • I love Italian food
  • I want to someday see Germany and hopefully live there!
  • I want to explore Europe
  • I love anything to do with History and Psychology
  • I am currently learning German
  • I’m 20
  • I’m 5’2
  • I love animals
  • I love art
  • I used to like horror movies but I’m not that into them anymore
  • I love reading

My Nominees Are:

Anyone and everyone reading this! (Do the same questions!)

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Desert Island Book Tag

Before I start out this post I just want to give a big shout out to theorangutanlibrarian for nominating me for this book tag! Theorangutanlibrarian has an amazing blog and if you are interested in books and pretty much anything to do with reading this is the blog you need to follow!

Water — A book you simply cannot live without

The Harry Potter Series By J. K. Rowling of course!

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Food — A book that is a close second on your favourites list

The Little Prince By Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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Shelter — A book that makes you feel at home and safe

The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy By Douglas Adams

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Flare Gun — A book you would recommend to someone who doesn’t read

An Abundance Of Katherines By John Green

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Matchsticks — A book that warms your heart

A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini

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Compass — A book that directed you towards your love of reading

The Secret Seven Series by Enid Blyton

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I tag:

zahraammar

Issa

Maranda Lee

(Feel free to ignore if you’ve already done this)

And to everyone else- what would be your number one pick for a desert island?

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My January Favorites

So I decided to do another favorites post since January was a very fun month and I read a bunch of new books and got into a bunch of awesome music!

My Favorite Books

I haven’t really read those many books this month since my school started and I’ve been pretty busy actually but I read these three and I absolutely loved them. Dyan Sheldon, John Green and Khaled Hosseini are some of my favorite writers and these books were really amazing.

and baby makes two

And Baby Makes Two by Dyan Sheldon– this book is not just another YA novel. Well technically it is but it is completely different from all the others that I have read. Unlike most YA novels that I have read where teens are shown to be deep and smart, this one shows a fifteen year old girl who is sometimes naïve and sometimes just stupid. Her mom who is at times controlling but who does it for her own good is somehow saddening to read about. So the book pretty much revolves around the fifteen year old Lana who gets pregnant and faces some harsh realities of life and is brought down to earth. If you want to read my full review for this book click here.

“Getting what you want is only the beginning.”

 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini– I love this book so much that I decided to reread it for like the third time. Each time I read it I always end up having tears in my eyes. Hosseini’s amazing and raw description teamed with the amazing plot and loveable characters is what make this book incredible. This book shows us a different side of Afghanistan, one we are not shown by the media. Set in the 1970’s, this book reveals the damage done by the Russians. The book is about a young boy who makes a mistake that will change his life forever and continue to haunt him throughout his youth. He goes back to Afghanistan hoping to right his wrongs only to find out about some horrific things that have happened since he left the country. He must now fight unlike what he did before and he must finally face his demons. If you want to read my full review for this book click here.

“For you, a thousand times over.”

Looking For Alaska by John Green– this book just brought out so many emotions in me by the time I was done I just wanted to lie in bed for a few days and do absolutely nothing. This book is about a boy Miles who meets a girl called Alaska. From the moment he lays his eyes on her he knows there’s something about her. He is instantly interested in her and soon finds out she is a very deep but unhappy young girl. Just as they start to really get to know each other tragedy hits. Miles who is devastated is forced to figure out some harsh realities about life and about Alaska too. The end is very bittersweet and I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive”

My Favorite Songs

So when I like a song I get insanely obsessed with it and listen to it until I can’t bear it anymore. I didn’t listen to much music this month because I was just too obsessed with these tracks:

We Didn’t Start The Fire by Billy Joel– this song is pretty much Billy Joel listing historical events and people which is like heaven for me. As most people probably know by now I am pretty much obsessed with history and everything to do with it so this song was so amazing to find. The first time I heard it was on Parks and Recreation and I needed to hear it again. Since I study history in school and we are currently doing the Cold War this was so relevant and it even helped me with understanding the timeline better. You can have a listen to it here.

Uptown Girl by Billy Joel– I had heard this on Trainwreck before but I hadn’t exactly loved it but when I started listening to We Didn’t Start The Fire I decided I would give this song a listen too and so I did and ended up loving it. It’s such a fun song and it’s really sweet too. I have literally not been able to stop listening to Billy Joel this month and the crazy thing is I am still not tired of his songs (I usually get tired of songs pretty fast). You can have a listen to it here.

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Book Review: The Kite Runner

*Warning: Contains Spoilers*

“And that’s the thing about who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”

The Kite Runner is Khaled Hosseini’s first book which was published in 2003. This book is why I went on to read A Thousand Splendid Suns and did a review for it that you can read here. I originally read this book quite a while back and remember being totally engrossed. I read it again as part of my English class for school and I loved it just as much as I had the first time I read it. This book is as emotionally gripping as all of Hosseini’s books are. It is a story about love, life, betrayal and redemption. It also talks about the war in Afghanistan and how much damage it did to the country and how it turned the lives of the people there upside down.

It revolves around the life of a young boy, Amir, and his best friend Hassan. Hassan is the son of a worker at Amir’s house but the two grew up together and are as close as brothers. One thing they are exceptionally good at is the art of kite flying and Amir decides that they must win the annual kite flying contest that year because he thought it would win him the love of his cold, distant father. Although they do end up winning the contest there is a heavy price they pay for it leaving their friendship in turmoil.

Soon Amir and his father are forced to flee Afghanistan due to the war and they end up living in America. Unlike in Afghanistan where they were very well off and lead a comfortable life, in America they have to start afresh working minimum wage jobs. Even though Amir and Hassan are separated and live on two different continents Amir is always haunted by his past. No matter how preoccupied he is he cannot stop thinking about Hassan.

Eventually, Amir decides to become a writer as writing had always been his passion since he was a young child. He meets a girl he falls in love with and marries and even though he is happy he still continues to live in the shadows of his betrayal. His father unfortunately dies soon after the wedding.

Fifteen years his marriage he gets a call from a friend of his father, Rahim Khan, who is still in Afghanistan. He and Rahim were very close when he was a child and Rahim was the only one who had encouraged him to pursue his dreams of being a writer. Amir decides to go back only to find things about his past that will all lead to a battle between good and evil and an opportunity for Amir to redeem himself. This may be the last chance he has to finally let go of the past, to correct the wrong that has haunted him all these years. It won’t be easy but Amir knows it is finally time to face his demons.

Another great aspect of this book, apart from its raw emotions and powerful characters, is the description. Hosseini, just like in his other books has done a great job describing the life of the people in Afghanistan before, during and after the war. It shows how much devastation was caused to this once beautiful and peaceful country. It describes their struggles in a different way than we are used to seeing.

The end is very moving and I was really emotional at the end. It can be interpreted differently but in my opinion it leaves us with some hope that things may get better- not anytime soon but maybe someday in the future.

“For you a thousand times over”

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Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

*Warning: Contains Spoilers*

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is an incredible book about two women from different families and different backgrounds who are forced to suffer the same fate as a result of unfortunate events. These two women go on to form an extraordinary bond and fight for their freedom. Unlike Hosseini’s first book The Kite Runner this one focuses more on the lives of young women in Afghanistan. I originally read this book for my English class and absolutely loved it. Hosseini has a certain way of using characters to bring out emotions and create realistic situations. His books are always very honest and raw and discuss subjects that need to be more openly discussed if we want a way to solve them.

This book begins with the narration of a young Afghan girl Marriam who is living a miserable life where she feels trapped by her dramatically possessive mother. She is closer to her father who visits her often but always leaves her anyway. Her father has wives and Marriam’s mother is only a maid who once worked for them and so she lives further away on her own. Her father obviously feels guilty about the situation but is too afraid to do anything about it and Marriam’s mother is too irrational to truly help Marriam understand the situation better.

One unfortunate day, Marriam decides to leave her mother to go visit her father even though she is forbidden to and comes back to find that her mother has committed suicide leaving her all alone. Her father who is influenced by his wives decides to marry her off to a significantly older shoemaker, Rasheed. The marriage quickly goes downhill and soon she lives in fear of his ever changing moods, violent temper, control and trust issues and misogynistic views. He believes that men should never lose control of their wives and to prove this point he forces her to wear a burqa and he often ridicules, insults and torments her, sometimes physically abusing her.

Laila is also a young girl living in Afghanistan whose life is turned upside down when a rocket lands on her house killing her family. Her boyfriend Tariq has already left for Pakistan and when she realizes she’s pregnant with Tariq’s baby she agrees to marry Rasheed when he asks her.

At first Marriam is furious and accuses Laila of stealing her husband but after the baby arrives she starts to soften towards Laila. Soon Marriam and Laila are closer than ever. Knowing that they only have each other they quickly start trying to defend each other against Rasheed’s rages and abuse which only angers him more. Hosseini allows the reader an insight not only into the lives of these women and their suffering but into Afghanistan before and after the Taliban rule. He talks about how men were forced to grow beards, women were forced to cover up, women weren’t allowed to go out of their house alone without being accompanied by a male and at one point he talks about how women in labor were turned away from hospitals because the two genders weren’t allowed to use the same hospitals.

This book really portrays Afghanistan and its people in a different light instead of the stereotypical way we often see it portrayed by the media. It really makes you think about life and how much these people have been through. By the end you will truly become emotionally attached to the characters. This is a must read book that I could not put down.

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls”

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