Owl Post | I Can’t Even! | May Box

Snapchat-3369422008075602870.jpgJust when I thought Owl Post couldn’t be any more magical than it already is, they proved me wrong!

I bought and loved the March and April boxes! The bookstagrammer in me was thrilled by the opportunity of reviewing the next big thing among st the bookworm community of Pakistan. Which also led to the crafter in me, wanting more. One of the best things about Owl Post is their undying support and promotion of small local businesses. Being the owner of one myself, I can tell you the wonders such vast exposure can lead to. So without further ado, here’s my review for the May box and a revelation of the incredible part I got to play in it.

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That’s right folks! I got me some fairy lights! Prepare to find them in every single one of my blog post from now on!

Is it just me or are the fairy lights making the entire box seem ten times more magical!? And I haven’t even broken the seal yet!!

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Voila!! Yet another beautiful box I can’t wait to bury my face into!

Absolutely loving how Owl Post is improving their graphics! The description card also seemed of better quality and glossier than before!

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Well hello there! Do you see it?? Do you?? That’s my name!! Right there!!!! THAT’S RIGHT FOLKS!! I HAD THE INCREDIBLE HONOR OF COLLABORATING WITH OWL POST THIS MONTH!!

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BEHOLD!!!!! 5 DAYS OF SWEAT BLOOD AND TEARS POURED INTO THESE MAGNETS! Pardon my yelling.CAN’T BE HELPED!!

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*Deep breath*

Okay now we must move on to the other amazing goodies the May box had to offer!!

 

So we begin with this ADORABLE felt Owlie! I could just eat him upppp!

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Moving on to this incredibly BEAUTIFUL bookmark! Black and gold! My ultimate favorite color combination! I immediately shoved this glorious book mark inside my current read.

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I absolutely loved loved loved these loose notes!! These are the perfect gift for someone like me who is against highlighting quotes with hi-lighters and too old school for saving them in my phone.

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MORE Owl Post stickers? Bigger? Various colors? UMM YES PLEASE!! I slapped these onto my laptop, the first chance I got.

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LOOK AT THIS GLORIOUS POSTER!! I love how every item in the box followed the theme so perfectly. The fonts used on the goodies were all similar which made all of them appear visually connected.

Last, but SO SO NOT THE LEAST!!!

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THIS BOOK!!! The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

For everyone who was bothered by the pirated books, behold! Owl Post has rectified their error and are here with an original book this month. I was never bothered by the quality of the books before, but I can’t help but admit that the original books, feel, look and smell TEN TIMES MORE AMAZING!

 

 

THIS new addition though! Going up on my cover photo soon!

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Keeping the obvious reasons aside, I was extremely happy to see Owl Post back on their feet with in a day of the controversy which they were dragged into. They came back with a bang! I love how they are promoting themselves through Owl Post’s Army! Oh how I wish I could make the cut!

 

So I’m already subscribed to the June box! Simply can’t wait to get my hands on it! Until then my fellow bookworms, happy reading!

Yours nerdily,

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Read At Your Own Risk | Karachi You’re Killing Me! | Book Review

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When it first came out, every Karachiite with even the smallest knack for reading, was positively desperate to get their hands on this book. After all, who doesn’t want to read a book based in their beloved city? I too picked up a copy began reading with anticipation.

SO MUCH REGRET. I couldn’t help but ask, HOW? HOW in the world was this book allowed to be published?

It was poorly written. The plot was weak. In fact, the entire book was like sitting through a painfully long Bollywood movie. There were a couple of inaccurate facts in the story. Not to mention, it was absolutely vulgar. It pains me to think about the perverted image this book has portrayed throughout the world, about not just the city of  Karachi, but it’s women as well. Because I’m sorry, but the last time I checked, smoking and drinking in front of your father was rather frowned upon in Karachi. Not to mention, I thought Karachiite girls possessed more self-restraint and wouldn’t sleep with the first foreign guy they saw.

For those of you who say that these kinds of things actually do happen in Karachi, let me tell you. They do happen, but they happen so brazenly in the bare 5% population of the city which cannot possibly constitute the image of the entire city. If anything, it makes me question the kind of environment the author has grown up in. Also, I refuse to allow anyone who doesn’t even live in Karachi to write trash about it.

And to top it off, the book will soon be adapted into a movie by Bollywood of course. Great! Time to show the entire world how pathetic and vulgar Pakistanis are.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to my worst enemy.

Pls. Seriously. Don’t read it.

Sincerely,

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My New Favorite Book | The Night Circus | Book Review

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“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

Have you ever fallen in love with a book? Treasured every single minute you’ve spent reading it? And then felt heartbroken when it ends? Those are my exact sentiments about this particular book. I had looked around for it for the better part of a year but it was always out of stock. And yet somehow I found it just when I had stopped looking for it. How magical is that?

I fell headfirst in love with everything about this book! The plot was magical, the characters enchanting and the writing was phenomenal. It was so well written, that all the while I felt as if I were watching a movie and not reading a book. Oh and speaking of movie, I’m over the moon to know that this book is being turned into a movie in the near future!! *Breathing intensifies*


I’m not going to spoil this book for anyone by talking about the plot. But I will strongly urge everyone to READ.IT.FOR.THEMSELVES. But I will share my favorite quote out of the book!

“You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough.”

Sigh.

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Owl Post | MY HOGWARTS LETTER | April Box

I did my waiting!!! 12 years of it!!!

Owl Post has granted my wish! I FINALLY GOT MY HOGWART’S LETTER !!!

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If you’re a bookworm, you’re probably a Potterhead. And if you’re a Potterhead, you’ve probably been waiting for your Hogwarts Letter since you were 11. Let me tell you, you weren’t the only one! Alas, us poor unfortunate (possibly muggle) souls never received our letter!

But Owl Post has changed that!! This April, their “Magic” themed box brought us the best surprise of all! Our very own Hogwarts letter!

The box arrived at my doorstep and I immediately knew that I was in for yet another magical, mystery ride!

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G’aww! What an adorable bunch of illustrations! Anything done Harry Potter style just can’t go wrong now can it?

 

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Makes you want to weep with joy doesn’t it? Trust me, you will!

More cute illustrations! So as you can guess, this month’s theme was all about magic and the desert!

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So we begin with these super awesome badges!

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Followed by this adorable Harry Potter key chain!

Not far behind, this gorgeous dream catcher!

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And also, this awesome awesome 1/8 necklace!! Mine says “I feel about you makes my heart lone to be free.”

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This month’s book happens to be “Rebel of the Sands” by “Alwyn Hamilton”. 

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And last. But oh.most.definitely not the least.

Owl Post blessed us with our very own Hogwarts letter!! EEEEEEPP!!!!!!!!!!!!

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In light of recent events, Owl Post vanished off the face of the earth. I have absolutely nothing to say on the subject but this. Am I shocked that this happened? No I’m not. Am I upset that we will no longer have a book subscription in Pakistan? Yes I am.

I do hope that Owl post comes back after they work out all of the issues and have rectified their mistakes!

Sincerely,

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Go Set A Watchman | Book Review

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As you can probably tell, my copy of To Kill A Mockingbird is quite old and faded. I read this book over 8 years ago and it was literally the first ever Classic that I had gotten my hands on. It’s been a long time, but till this day, I can describe this book in one word. Mesmerizing. Because even at the age of 15, this book taught me so much!

I wish I could say the same for it’s sequel. Which came out 55 years later, when people least expected it to. In my opinion, the original story never required a sequel, but in light of the turns which society has taken since then, a follow up is probably something the author deemed necessary.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. It’s no where near as deep and thought provoking as the prequel, but it poses a strong argument in itself. The general opinion was that Watchman tainted Atticus’s character. But wasn’t that the whole idea? Lee succeeds in making a very significant point. That in the end, people are people. They evolve and shape with time which leads to the evolution and molding of society itself.

I found the flashbacks in the story rather tedious and Jean Louis quite a bit annoying. So if you ask me, To Kill A Mockingbird will probably outlive it’s sequel in the years that follow.

Owl Post | Magical. Monthly. Reads| Review

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Are you an incurable bookworm? Do you live in Pakistan? Do you like surprises? Well look no further! Pakistan’s very first (bookish) subscription box is here!

I discovered Owl Post on Instagram. And as soon as I read the word book in the description, I knew this was something I was getting no matter how broke I was! I pre-registered myself for their very first subscription box and eagerly waited. And soon enough, a package of happiness arrived on my doorstep!

TA DAA! Isn’t it beautiful? I was absolutely giddy with joy as I carefully attempted to un-box everything.

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An old school seal? 10 points to Gryffindor!!

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I instantly knew that I was not going to be disappointed!!! SO MANY goodies!!

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Based on the theme of Mystery, the first goodie was this gorgeous Sherlock notebook! 100 points to Gryffindor!!

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Just when I thought a Sherlock notebook was good, I spotted this Sherlock cookie!! Om nom nom! 500 points to Gryffindor!!

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A photo frame, an extremely cool bookmark, a other small trinkets followed. And then….

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The big reveal!!! The BOOK chosen by Owl Post for their March box is  He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker.

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I was a little disappointed to receive a pirated copy. But in light of the cost of the subscription box, I guess it made sense.

This adorable message awaited me at the bottom of the box.

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Am I subscribing to the next box by Owl Post? Well, not only have I already subscribed for the April box, I’ve also turned on the auto renewal option and branded myself as a loyal customer! I love books. Truly, deeply and madly. For me, anything remotely related to books is worth spending money on. Was this subscription box worth it’s cost? It was worth much more!! I also loved the fact that each goodie was provided by a different company, which helped bring out many talented people into the eye of the public.

The only issue I had was the overpowering smell of the box, which I’m guessing was caused by the printing ink on the box. Other than that, the cookie was a little stale and it crumbled all over the other goodies. So I wouldn’t recommend an edible goodie in the next subscription box!

Other than that, absolute perfection! I’ve already advertised about their service to everyone I know. So if you too are a bookworm, go subscribe NOW! You shall not be disappointed!

Happy Reading!

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The New Young Adult Wonder | Eleanor and Park | Book Review

 

IMG_20160205_133144.jpgDespite being a 23 year old, I relish my share of Young Adult fiction every now and then. Having had the John Green fever, I had been wondering what was so special about Rainbow Rowell. Because her books seem to be best sellers at every book store I went to.  And so I finally picked up Eleanor and Park.

I usually like to slowly devour my books. But this book was one of the few I read in a mere two days. It was that good. Let’s break it down, shall we?  It’s a pretty standard “Boy meets Girl” plot. But there are many things that make it stand out. Firstly, the diverse characters were a breath of fresh air. They made the story all that life-like. Because let’s face it. We’ve all grown rather tedious of the love stories between the head cheerleader and captain of the football team.

Although there’s nothing out of the ordinary about Rowell’s writing style, the way she treats her characters is commendable. During certain moments, the relationship between Eleanor and Park seems rather extreme. Which is why, the mention of Romeo and Juliet in the story is absolute genius. It reminds the reader that love can be unreasonable and extreme even if it’s between a pair of 17 year olds.

The conclusion of the story isn’t a happy one, but it is hopeful. Because Rowell leaves it to the reader to assume whatever ending they desire. She ends the story with a question. What can those three words be?