About me: Hi! I’m Zakiyya, a South African bookworm addicted to large cups of tea. I am also a Speech-Language Pathology student and a small business owner. At any given moment, you can find me at my desk, reading in bed, or whipping up something sweet in the kitchen. I am an ambivert, a middle child, a creative, an optimist — and @thebookisnerd is where I share it all. It’s lovely to meet you!
What followers can expect: At @thebookishnerd, you will find pretty pictures of books that hopefully give you the urge to get cozy with a blanket, something warm to drink, and a page-turner. I share honest reviews about the books I read, often talking about how each book made me feel. I love sharing mini reviews, which allow you to decide whether a book is up your alley or not from a single Instagram story. My favorite kinds of books are feel-good ones with witty humor and a little bit of romance (always a little bit of romance!). Although my taste in books and reading habits have diversified greatly since starting bookstagram, I make it a point to try to read more widely every year. I sometimes forget my account; it’s open for the world to view and end up treating it like a personal diary, letting my thoughts spill out, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. In fact, I often picture a 60-year-old Zakiyya sharing shaky pictures of books on an app that no one uses anymore.
A recent book I enjoyed: A recent five-star read for me was How I Accidentally Became a Global Stock Photo and Other Strange and Wonderful Stories by Shubnum Khan. The book is written by a South African author and reads as part memoir, part travelogue. It is sharp, quick-witted, and beautifully written. The author speaks about the experience of being brown, Indian, South African, Muslim, and a woman in this world without destroying the light, gentle feel of the book. It is funny, honest, and vulnerable in a way that makes you feel comfortable. The adventures feel tangible because her writing is accessible, which makes you as the reader feel a part of the journey rather than an outsider looking in. It is this exact quality that makes me love this book so much. I imagine that everyone who has read it is connected by these adventures because we’ve all been on them with Shubnum. Hopeful, hilarious, heartwarming — it will fill you up.