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What’s for Dinner? The Book Edition

Getting a copy of my published recipe cook “What’s for Dinner? was an amazing feeling.

Ayaz and Faraz had been telling me for several years to publish it, and I actually had most of the work done and saved from a few years ago. So when I decided to go for it, the process was relatively quick and easy for me.

If you follow me on pretty much any social media, you will see that first and foremost I always describe myself as Arham’s Mama. It is who I am and it is what makes me most proud and happiest. This book is no different. It’s for him. I want Arham to know I’ll always be his number one fan in anything he wants to do [as long as it’s in good faith].

Have you picked up your copy of ‘What’s for Dinner?. I’d love to hear feedback. 

Have you tried any of the recipesLet me know what you think!

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“What’s for Dinner” is Published

Published!

I’m happy to say that my [first] book of a series of recipes is published and can be found by clicking here.

It is also available directly from Amazon (click here for Amazon link).

The above links I mentioned all are physical copies of the book (paperback), but if you prefer digital books, it is also available as a digital book on the Kindle if you click here.

It is also available as a paperback Amazon Europe too (click here for the Amazon Europe link).

And click here for the Kindle version for Europe.

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement and support thus far.

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

I cried [plenty of times… but that shouldn’t be surprising], I laughed, but so many times I just paused… to reflect and to ponder.  The choice of words are brilliant. I think that is what captivated me the most.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a quick, easy, articulate and captivating read. I finished it in a few sittings in a less than a 24-hour time frame. I love how beautifully honestly it is written. How honestly sarcastic the teenager is portrayed. It is what it is.

What’s it about you ask? Literally: two teenagers with cancer who fall in love [depicting their inner struggles, etc.]. My take? It makes you think. Deep. Not just about death and dying, but life and living.

There are many memorable quotes in the book, but that struck me the most? This:

My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They’re made of me as surely as brain and heart are made of me. It is a civil war, Hazel Grace, with a predetermined winner.

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The Hunger Games

I finally caved in and read The Hunger Games yesterday.

I feel like that’s all everyone has talked about lately. It’s been all over my social network feeds, that’s for sure.

It sat on my side table for weeks (probably longer) after Imran lent me the book and insisted I read it (along with Faraz). Two nights ago, I picked up the book and couldn’t put it down! I read nearly a third of the book before falling asleep and finished it off yesterday morning reading it every chance I got (in the car, etc.).

The book captures your attention, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and you just can’t read it fast enough! Although it wasn’t my style of reading, it kept me captivated for most of it. It’s written really well and so descriptive that it makes you feel as if you are there in person observing the moment.

Many people have asked me what I thought of the book — and the best way I could describe it is that it’s like a more evil version of The Lord of the Flies and 1984 put together.

The concept is cruel, inhumane, and absolutely absurd…. but it sure makes you think!

Am I going to watch the movie? Absolutely not. I can’t stomach gruesome scenes for the life of me.

Have you read The Hunger Games? Did you watch the movie… or are you planning on it? What do you think of it? If you haven’t read/watched… is there a reason?

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Obama’s Children’s Book

The youngest person in my house is 22 (me!), so I am sure many would be surprised if they heard that we recently bought a children’s book.

Well, it wasn’t just any children’s book – it was Barack Obama’s “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters“:

I gotta admit, the book is pretty good – and I’m not just saying that because I’m a supporter of him.

All politics aside the story line is good, as is the moral of the story. It essentially introduces various famous Americans (13 of them) with various traits/characteristics that they are known for (and each introduction starts in the form of a “Have I told you…?” question). The core of the story is, of course, that America is made up of a diverse group of people from all sorts of backgrounds who all bring something different to the table and each one is as important as the other.

By the way, a 100% of the profits are being donated to a charity.

Have you read it? What did you think of it?

P.S. Don’t forget to leave me a comment below on your thoughts! As always, I’d love to hear from you.

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Summer Reading

I’m not embarrassed to admit that the first book on my list for summer reading is:

I had pre-ordered The Baby-Sitters Club: The Summer Before book and I got it the day it was released… but was so busy with school that I didn’t get a chance to read it until our drive back from Canada.

I haven’t really “read” for fun probably since college started so I’m definitely looking for suggestions on good novels to read.


 P.S. Don’t forget to leave me a comment below on your thoughts! As always, I’d love to hear from you.

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The Baby-Sitter’s Club

The Baby-Sitter’s Club (BSC). You remember those books? If you are a female around my age (21) or even plus/minus a few years, you probably do. I don’t know about you, but i LOVED those books. They were my all time favorite novels to read growing up and I definitely grew up on them.

Even more than that, there are so many memories I have connected to them. For one – my cousin Samia and I would ALWAYS read them with a bowl of soup (whether it was breakfast, lunch, dinner, or an in-between snack)… just for the sake of it. They were almost interconnected. It could be ninety degrees outside, but we would still have some soup and read the books with them. The strange thing was – we did this mostly at breakfast time! Crazy, huh? But you know what – I’d do it all over again and wouldn’t change it one bit.

I remember heading to the library all the time just to see if they had a new BSC book that I hadn’t read yet. If I got lucky, there were a few new ones! I remember coming home so many times with so many books and finishing them all in the same day.

As years passed by, I would buy some and my cousins would buy others… and then we’d switch.

The BSC collection, for sure, inspired my love for reading that continues to this today.

Yes, I realize how unrealistic the story lines were most of the time – but then again, times were different back then. And even if it wasn’t realistic, who cares? Certainly not me. It’s not often a book is so intriguing or fun that you finish it in one sitting, let alone a whole collection of such books.

Ever since my brother shared this CNN blog post with me on Monday about how the author Ann M. Martin is writing a prequel to the the BSC books, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the classic BSC books and how much I used to love reading them. I gave a lot of my BSC books to my little cousin (ironically whose name is also Samia) many years ago, and when i ‘shared’ the CNN blog post on facebook – I learned she still had them (or at least some of them)… so that’s pretty cool.

If anyone knows where I can find the whole collection, PLEASE let me know – because I really want to try and get them… just for old times’ sake.

P.S. Don’t forget to leave me a comment below on your thoughts! As always, I’d love to hear from you.

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