Review | Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

514pg6W7kCL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgTITLE: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged
AUTHOR: Ayisha Malik
RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2015
GENRE: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Consider this the Muslim Bridget Jones’s Diary.  British Muslim writer Ayisha Malik uses an iconic romance formula to respond to misconceptions of her culture.  Fresh and funny, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged is sure to warm hearts and broaden perspectives.   Continue reading

My Romantic Reading List for Valentines Day 2016

Love is in the air this weekend!  To celebrate Valentines Day I’m revisiting my favourite romantic reads.  Some are old, some are new, some aren’t your average love story.  But one thing they all have in common is a talent for making me swoon.  What are you favourites?  Share below in the comments!

6867Atonement by Ian McEwan

Cecelia and Robbie are torn apart when Robbie is wrongly accused of rape and sent to the WWII frontline.  Through painstaking detail McEwan crafts a rich world around their star-crossed romance, weaving viewpoints and time periods together.  Atonement is heartbreaking but beautiful.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldUnknown

How can you talk about romance without mentioning this masterpiece?  Jay and Daisy’s romance is beautiful, but best of all is the writing.  Set against an intoxicating backdrop of 1920s opulence, The Great Gatsby paints a portrait of humanity more vibrant than life itself.  I am in love with its unforgettable language.

818z5OvvrWL._SL1500_Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

This is a story about finding (and learning to love) yourself.  Eat, Pray, Love isn’t your typical romance, but it IS deeply romantic.  Liz’s self-reflection and personal epiphanies touch upon every aspect of her world.  This book has enormous heart and soul.  If you’re alone this Valentines Day, Liz will inspire you to spend it loving yourself.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë9781471141638_hr

Another obvious addition.  Re-reading this book countless times made Cathy and Heathcliffe’s damned romance immortal to me.  I would agonise breathlessly over the claustrophobic house, the desolate moors, and the characters’ self-destructive wills.  Wuthering Heights is overpowering.

194755Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

My final pick is a children’s book.  Mr Hoppy is desperately in love with his neighbour Mrs Silver, the owner of a disappointingly small tortoise called Alfie.  Mr Hoppy decides to make her happy by secretly swapping Alfie for a slightly larger tortoise every day.  Esio Trot is simple and completely enchanting.

I can think of many more that deserve to be on this list (fodder for next year’s Valentines Day post wink wink).  I hope you enjoy these romantic reads and spend your Valentines doing something special by yourself or with loved ones xo  

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Book Review | Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

: Helen Fielding
: Penguin Books
: 1996
: Romance, Comedy
: 271

For the sake of this review, let’s pretend you haven’t heard of Bridget Jones.  Bridget is our frumpy thirty-something narrator, chronicling her misadventures and her consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, and calories through a series of self deprecating diary entries.  Despite past heartbreak, she’s desperate for romance, resulting in constant calamity.  But unlike most chick lit heroines, Bridget is no perfect princess.  She’s messy, moody, and completely relatable.   Continue reading