The foundation of love is prayer (April 2015)
Married in Johannesburg. Three years ago if you told me that that sentence would relate to me, I wouldn’t have believed you. I met my husband two years ago, and though it’s hard to believe sometimes, by the Grace of God, we’ve been married for almost a year and a half now.
Most tellings of love stories stop with the words “and then they lived happily ever after” but in real life (vs reel life) it takes time to figure out what being married looks like and to learn how to share a life. This knowledge requires time, patience and the help of others. Today I found a draft post I wrote about marriage around the time of our one year anniversary, and thought as a means of self-reminding it would be helpful to post some of the things I’ve learned and continue to re-learn every day about marriage.
Life is too short for bad books
It’s been a full reading summer (thank you Surrey Libraries!) filled with excellent reads, unexpected reads, and terrible books as well. The video below is a description of my favourite 7 reads of July and August 2016. What books would you recommend for Sept/October? Please do comment below.
I have a new favourite book. I just read Nadia Davids book “An Imperfect Blessing” published by Umuzi Press in 2014 and it’s difficult to express how amazing this book is. This book is about a Cape Malay family in Cape Town in 1986 and 1993, and in the telling of the family’s story, so much of South Africa’s history is told as well. I love the incredible female characters, the window it offers readers into South Africa, and the way it challenges readers to go and read more about South Africa’s history. It is a stunning book, and I highly highly recommend the book. The information I had about South Africa was poor before I moved to Johannesburg, and in the telling of one family’s very specific story, this book shares so much about South Africa as a whole. This book is a gift.
My full video review is above. Please do share and comment with your thoughts!
A magnificent read.
I am battling the flu, and a couple of days ago I sat in bed and read Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni’s AMAZING new book “Before We Visit the Goddess at one sitting. It’s an incredible book about the love that exists between mothers and daughters, the challenges of love, the vulnerability, fierceness and resilience of women, the challenges and solitude of immigration and the legacies we inherit from our mothers, grandmothers and greatgrandparents. It’s a magnificent book and one I highly highly recommend reading. Below are my #booktube reflections on the read.
My 5 Favourite Books with Muslim Women Characters
If you’ve ever wanted to read a book with amazing female Muslim characters and felt frustrated that you can’t find a good book to read, Episode 3 of the Seriously Planning #booktube show is for you. In this episode,I discuss my 5 favourite books featuring Muslim women. Please do watch, share and subscribe!
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, by Ayisha Malik
Greetings friends! Seriously Planning has a new YouTube show about books, and this week’s episode is a review of a new UK release called “Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik.” In this episode I talk about how this book introduced to the Youtube book/reading community, why I started a channel, the importance of good cover art, and discuss my favourite and not so favourite parts of this book. It’s a book that would be a fun holiday/relaxing read or a book that would be good company if you’re stuck in bed with the flu during Joburg’s cold cold winter. This book will only be available in Canada in October 2016 I believe (not sure about the US release date), but it is available here in Johannesburg. If you’re read this book, what are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you.
You can find the video below.
Greetings Seriously Planning friends! I have exciting news to share. Seriously Planning has a new BookTube channel (a YouTube channel that talks about books) and the first episode is finally out! I’ve been watching Booktube for a couple of months now and have been desperately trying to find other booktubers who are people of colour (especially other Muslim women) as well as other people who are broadcasting from South Africa but haven’t been able to find other voices. So I thought it was time for Seriously Planning to have a YouTube channel! We’re just starting out, but I’m excited for this to grow and become a community of sharing. Please do watch, like, subscribe, and share with friends! Till next time.