Hey bookish friends!
Last week I was tagged by Andrew from Okay so Booksically to take part in a little challenge he created for the bookish community, in the hopes that we could all get to know one another a little bit better. I always love to know more about the person behind a blog, whenever I find a new space I’ll fist make a pit stop on the About Page so that I can have a better idea of who the writer is. I even created a weekly feature on this space for that very reason – check out my latest A Cuppa with a Book Blogger post!
So when I saw Andrew tagged me to take part I was all on board; and here I am getting ready to answer the questions he’s set out. Let’s get right to it, shall we:
Tell us about your user/blog/channel name and your real name
My name is Nihaad or نِهَاد in Arabic script. The meaning of my name is “something growing successfully” and was chosen by my Mum after a difficult pregnancy that almost lead to a termination. Apparently I’m a miracle baby :p
As for the story behind my blog name, Read and Seek, reading has always been a big part of my life since my Mum’s all about books and education. Growing up she used to read me bed time stories from the Poldy book collection; and I could never forget the day she took my brother and I to get our very first library cards. I love reading! Also, ever since I can remember I was always encouraged to look for answers to any questions I may have about Life, Faith, School work or any other topic that I’m unsure of. I cannot rest until something makes sense to me, and if I have to spend hours, days or months trying to piece together a plausible answer then so be it! I love Reading and I love Seeking answers, hence the name Read and Seek
The first picture I see in the Explore feature on Instagram is a desk shot by @little_hooligans. It looks so organized and I feel like I could get a lot of work done if I had a work place like that.
The second picture I spot is a journal snap by @ang3line_l that makes me want to get back into bullet journaling because it looks so cool. Journals make lovely Bookstagram Props!
And the third picture makes me wish for Winter to come because it looks so cozy! It’s a photography from @press_liz. I love the steaming mug of tea in front of the window where you can clearly see that it’s raining outside.
The first video I see when I open YouTube is a December Wrap Up & January TBR by one of my favourite BookTubers – missmareadsalot. Emma has the most amazing book collection and I always enjoy watching her videos – especially the ones where her brothers are featured! Their sibling love and banter is just beautiful! I’m pretty sure I’ve watched this video already so I am a bit unsure as to why this video is the very first one I see.
The second video is an unpopular Opinions Book Tag by Liene’s Library. I haven’t watched any of her videos before so this is something new for me.
The third video I see is a February Book Haul by AbigailHaleigh. Her bookshelves are something from my dreams!
Your favorite song to listen to while reading/writing
When I’m reading I don’t listen to music, but when I’m writing I love listening to Linkin Park’s Breaking the Habit. It just puts me in the zone and I can never get tired of hearing it. Twenty Miles by Deer Tick is another song I leave of repeat while writing. You’d also find me listening to Bastille, Imagine Dragons and Coldplay.
Favorite book on your shelf at the moment
My favourite book on my shelf has got to be A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I adore that book and I’m about to read it for the 5th (!!!!) time in six months! Seriously, I cannot express my love for ACOMAF and the characters in the story because then I might just go on and on about it. I actually wrote a little rant post a few months back if you’d like to check it out:
Favorite bookish thing you love using as a prop in your pictures/videos
I’m not a big prop user, but I think my favourite bookish thing that I love displaying in my Instagram pictures would have to be my Mum’s old cameras.
3 Books you are dying to re-read, but probably never will
Someone Knows my Name by Lawrence Hill: I read this book a few years back and it still haunts me to this day. I’d probably never get around to reading it again because it’s an emotionally draining book that takes a long time to get through. But if I ever find a physical copy of this book then I’m sure I’ll give it reread because the story is incredible.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: This is one of my absolute favourite books and I am dying to give it a reread since I read it year ago. I’d like to see what I think of it now that I’m older. But since my TBR haunts me in my sleep, I doubt I’ll get around to reading it anytime soon.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Another book that I’m really keen to reread but I’m not sure that I’ll get to it anytime soon because it is just so heartbreaking </3
Amazing bookish finds (this can be books, bookish things, or bookish moments)
Each and every single time I visit the Bargain Books Warehouse, I walk out with a stack of books that I paid PEANUTS for. I never fail to find a book I want at a really good price. For example, I found a hardback copy of Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher for R30!
Hottest author(s)/Author Crush
I don’t really have an author crush, but I do have major character crushes which means I have an author crush by extension… The author I choose is Sarah J. Maas but more because I absolutely love Rhysand (and Cassian and Azriel, his probably my all time favourite fictional character and so technically that means I love Sarah J. Maas lol! But also, I don’t know how the heck she thinks up her plot twists! Her mind is just freaking amazing! And she’s an incredibly talented writer so of course I’d choose her!
If you’d like to see Andrew’s original post, go ahead and watch it over here:
Thanks Andrew for creating this bookish challenge for our lovely community, and for tagging me to take part – I really enjoyed answering all the questions and cannot wait to see everyone else join in on the fun!
I’d like to tag the following book bloggers to complete this challenge:
Cath from Bookishsmaug
Jade from Jade’s Advocate of Books
Michelle from Book Adventures
Bill from Kenyan Library
Munira from A Touch of Starlight
Aamir from Moonlight Books