In an optimistic attempt to acknowledge the beauty we miss, I’ll be posting something beautiful everyday for the next 356 days. Some will be new shots, others old and revived.
Damn. That was brutal in ways I can’t begin to describe. The kind of of books that leave you hiding in your room, because you would look so lame crying at your phone screen.
You venture into this story knowing full well how it ends (spoiler alert: they both die at the end), but when it comes, you’re never ready for it. No one is ever ready for death. And it broke my heart.
What would you do if you knew it was your last day to live?
Here’s my newest collection of short stories. The book is inspired by real people suffering mental disorders, and aims to raise awareness against stigma. I write this not only as a psychiatrist, but also as a patient.
The first story in this book is mine.
To read the book, follow this link or click the book cover.
P.S. If you have a Wattpad account, I’d appreciate your votes and comments on my book. 🙂
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
John Green is one of the few who’ve made me laugh and cry in one moment. Also, I’ve been laughing throughout the book, but for some reason, I burst out crying as I finished. Maybe because I didn’t want it to end, or maybe because I have never read something so beautiful.
I wonder how he came up with this brilliantly-constructed plot, how artistically he sculpted each character making such a hard-to-put-down book. I bet it wasn’t easy.
And it’s worthy to mention that this’s the first time I wasn’t offended by a Muslim character. Some aspects of Hassan’s beliefs weren’t so accurate as well as some of the Arabic, but still,I find the effort John Green put in this story very remarkable and impressive.
I loved every word, period.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
I let out a long “Awwww!” when I finished reading. This is one of the best-written books I have ever encountered, and Emma Orczy has officially become my top favourite classic female writer (yes, she has just surpassed Jane Austen)!
I was amazed by her assembly of words since the opening paragraph. Although the plot is so predictable, that you solve all the mysteries before she exposes them, although there were points were I felt that Marguerite, the smartest woman in Europe, couldn’t be that foolish, and other points where the pace was almost stagnant, I couldn’t help but enjoy and feel entertained by every line. After all, Emma Orczy still managed to make me fall for The Scarlet Pimpernel and his audacious wits! 🙂
I have just published a new book on Wattpad! A collection of flash fiction pieces about strangers who cross our path. Feel free to check the first chapter! I would really appreciate it if you took the time to read it. Here’s the link:
Any feedback is welcome! 🙂
This is my first time to give up on a book. Halfway through, I just couldn’t go further, for every thought the author conveyed provoked me. The mere character of Shams was confusing. I don’t know much, but if Shams symbolised Sufism, then he made it sound like complete nonsense; utter crap!
The so called “forty rules” rather complicated the love of God than simplify and elaborate it. I could sense a repelling tone of superiority in Shams’s words; as if ordinary people who embrace the moderate path of Islam are brain-washed and misguided. Perhaps I haven’t grasped the meanings the author wanted me to understand, but I’m not willing to give this book a second chance.
Alright, let’s do this again! Here are some unaccomplished items from last years list:
1. Finish my novel(s).
2. Reach my ideal weight.
3. Eat clean for at least a month without cheating.
4. Build abs.
5. Run regularly for at least 3 months.
Complete half a marathon.
7. Buy a heart rate monitor/fitness tracker.
8. Learn to dance.
9. Earn drivers’ license.
10. Read 100 books at least, and re-read the Qur’an.
11. Complete Duolingo‘s French course.
12. Play guitar.
Volunteer in a cause.
14. Fall in love.
15. Go skydiving.
Attend a live concert.
17. Inspire more people.
Now with brand new goals:
18. Become a psychiatrist.
19. Get or at least decide on a suitable postgraduate academic qualification.
20. Knit something.
21. Earn judo’s black belt.
22. Learn Photoshop.
Have my own credit card.
Buy something online.
25. Visit London.
It’s time, again! Well, it’s been a messy year; though I had no exams to worry about, I haven’t crossed so many items off my list. They said medical interns have all the time in the world, but it turned out being the exact opposite! So anyway, of the 24 things I had to do before my 24th birthday (that’s today!), here’s what I’ve done.
1. Finish my novel(s): I’m almost done of my novel’s first draft, but still, it’s not 100% finished.
Win NaNoWriMo: Yay! I won! 😀
Scrub-in, preferably in an eye surgery: Scrubbed in Ob/Gyn, just for 5 minutes! Turns out surgery isn’t my thing after all.
4. Reach my ideal weight: Not yet, I’m ridiculously fluctuating.
5. Finish “Insanity” workouts without twisting any joints: I did twist many joints, so…
6. Learn to dance: No time!
7. Earn drivers’ license: Still procrastinating!
20 100 books at least, including the Qur’an: Could barely read a few!
9. Speak French: Such a luxury!
10. Play guitar: LOL! I have the guitar, but that doesn’t count, does it? 😛
11. Volunteer in a cause: I did volunteer at the hospital, but I’m not sure it counts, because it wasn’t charity, I was there to learn.
12. Fall in love.. or not: Not. *Sighs*
Pick a specialty: I’m 90% positive that I want to be a psychiatrist, so that’s something.
14. Prepare for a fellowship in the picked speciality: It’s not that easy, but I have a few plans.
Save a life: It wasn’t directly me, but I helped resuscitate many patients, some recovered, others died. But I like to believe I did save a life.
16. Run regularly for at least 3 months: I tried to make it regular, but shifts always happened!
17. Run half a marathon: Coming next April, so…
18. Buy a heart rate monitor/fitness tracker: Couldn’t yet afford.
19. Eat clean for at least a month without cheating: Hahaha! Epic fail!
20. Build abs: In progress, I like to believe.
Earn a belt in judo: I earned THREE BELTS! Yellow, Orange, and Green! (Yeah, I’m awesome!)
22. Go sky diving: Wasn’t that fortunate.
23. Attend a live concert: Not yet.
Inspire more people: It appears so. 🙂