Hi, I am Hina Tabassum.

Since I was baby, words held a special place in my life. They attracted me to them like nothing else. I could still remember all my relatives reading me stories and teaching me to read.

I still think of those days when I won’t eat unless someone read a story to me. One thing that astonishes me, though, is I don’t recall ever hearing Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty or Rapunzel from anyone. The one that is the most vivid in my mind is Hansel and Gratel. That was my favourite and I have heard it so many times, I could have read it to someone in my sleep even when I was a kid!

These were the days when I was in grade three and for me Enid Blyton, R. L. Stine along with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys reigned supreme. I had a mind to become a detective myself (I still want to).

Me becoming a Potterhead is another story altogether because I had no idea that there was this author who has written this amazing book that’s just going to burst open the universe of imagination for me. It was back in grade 5 when my English teacher decided that she would buy us all books that will be suitable for the cadre we have reached in the language. Of course we had to pay but that is besides the point. Luckily, I got Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and fell in love with it! Since then there has been no looking back.

I still remember that I was the only one in school to be allowed to borrow two books when everyone else was allowed only one. That accorded me celebrity status.

Pride and Prejudice introduced me to the Romance genre in grade 6. That book has never ever faced being removed from my all time favourites.

Is your book good enough to make it to my list of favourites? Take a chance!