Monday, September 29, 2014

I love reading

I love reading. Who doesn't love reading? Reading is like an escape for me. All these while you live in a hectic life so reading is the only time for you to escape for awhile from all those things that had occupied you. 

I started reading since I was 4 years old (I guessed so. I knew how to read some time before that, but it was just at the age of 4 I was into the habit of reading). My parents were the major influence of why I loved to read. When I was a little kid, my mom would tell me stories or read me some story books before I went to the bed. Later I could read by own so I started reading by myself before I went to sleep. No more story telling before sleep. At that time I loved colourful story books. I still remembered when my 6th birthday, my mother gave me a lot of story books as my birthday present. I guessed there were about 20 books. Heaven! :) 

As I grew up, my mother then introduced me to some heavy reading materials. My mother introduced me to cerpen (shirt-stories in Malay) and also light Malay novels. I remembered that my parents never failed to bring me to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) every time there were book fairs at there. My mother even showed me on how to choose a good book (read : short stories and novels).

Since my mother loved the veteran authors like Fatimah Busu, Khadijah Hashim and Othman Puteh (just to name a few), so that gene was passed to me as well. According to my mother, in a way to find a good book, look at the author and also the year of the book was published. If the books was published around 1990-1999, then we could buy that book. At that time I was only 6 and I followed her instructions without any doubt. For the romance novels, there were all forbidden to me! And now I really thanked my mother for introducing me to all those veterans authors. Call me skema or old-fashioned or anything but for me, I never read Malay love story novels! I rather read our Antalogi Cerpen dan Puisi when we were in Form 1-5 rather than reading those lovey-dovey novels. 

So my mom was my biggest influence of reading Malay materials. She even had subscribed for me Arus Sains, a science-based magazine in Malay. At the age of 9, I could even cry when read those sad short stories or novels. Basically it was all because of my mom's influence :)

Then at the age of 9 too, there was a change in my life. Since I had moved to Bangi, I'd been surrounded by brilliant and clever kids. Not to mention their English were very good. At that time, all my girlfriends were in loved with Mary Kate and Ashley's series. I then challenged myself, why not I gave it a try? Well reading English novel wasn't that half bad was it? Before this I only read English story books but this time, I tried to make a difference. 

So then I became a big fan of Mary Kate and Ashley. The Adventure of Mary Kate and Ashley, Two of A Kind, Sweet 16, So Little Time.. you named it! I even tried to cut my hair just like them. Hahaha.

I found this at BookXcess. Well look at the price! *smirk*
Source : haniyahaya's

I then moved to Sweet Valley Jr High as my friend, Raihan had introduced me. And trust me, those books were great! I also started to read The Famous Five and Nancy Drew series. I always spent my recess time at the library, reading books. I even could admitted that  I had finished reading all those books in my school library at that time :)
And yeah, here's the catch, I never bought English novels. What I did was- I borrowed them from my friends. And I was very happy to received a 'Mary Kate & Ashley : Two of A Kind' book as my 11th birthday gift from my friend. ( Too bad I still couldn't find that book though)

When I was in secondary school, I had entered a boarding school. So my whole life as a high school student was at the boarding school. At that time, I still remembered that during English period, we sometime had a programme called reading programme. Our English teacher would gave us one story book for each of us so that we could read for the whole week. Those books had their own level. Level 3, 4, 5 and 6. The first book that I received was 'Men in Black' and it was a level 3 book. I had completed reading it within an hour! Then I decided to read some of friends book which were level 5-6. That was when I knew John Grisham. There was a book written by John Grisham which had been simplified. I really enjoyed reading it.

During our prep hours in the afternoon, I always went to the library. Even though we had our extra class, I always managed to sneak into the library. I became one of the members who loved reading the old books which hadn't been read for almost 10 years. I still remembered there was a time I wanted to borrow a Malay book. That books was ugly and full of dust. 
The librarian looked up at me and asked me,
"Are you serious that you want to borrow this book? This book is old. I mean, look at this. The last person who even borrowed it was 10 years ago."

I replied to him with a sarcasm note, "Yes. Why? Is it a crime if I borrow the old book?"

Well, he was my junior so he couldn't talked much about it. Senior ruled right? 

Even at TGB, I still continued that habit. I didn't know. I just loved to spend my prep hours at the library. It gave me peace and calmness. Besides it was a nice place for you to take a nap :)

When I was in secondary school too, I started reading much heavier reading materials like Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Meg Cabot's novels and many more. Mostly were young adults, chic-lit kind of books. Big thanks to all my friends who were very kind enough to give me permission to borrow their books. I then started to grow interest in mystery and adventure kind of books like John Grisham's, Sherlock Holmes and etc. I just loved all those goosebumps that I had when reading those kind of story lines. I guessed it must probably because of the hormones. You know those changing period to adolescence. You started to find your own track, you started to find yourself. So I guessed my reading materials also jumbled up like my hormones. 

Now, I kinda liked romance novels. But please bear in mind that I only read English romance novels. People might said that I am biased, but I just couldn't stand reading all those mushy Malay novels. Don't get me wrong. I still read Malay novels, but like I said before.. I'm very particular and choosy enough when it comes to books. That's why I prefer to go alone when I'm shopping ( Never mind. I hardly go for shopping, meh) or going to bookstores. It takes me like ages to choose something that I like!

I actually have a dream. Since I was a little kid, I'd been dreaming to have my own library. And now coming to think of that, I've been dreaming to have my own book cafe; a library with a cafe together. So people can enjoy their sweet time reading their favourite books while sipping a cup of tea or coffee. Yummy! (^__^)

So that's my story of how I grow up and love reading. How about yours? Don't you mind to share it with me? :)

Last but not least, let me take a bookshelfie! :D

Here's some of my collection. 

Regarding the book shelf:
1. (Top Left and Right) - All English novels
2. (Left) - All my medical books
    (Right) - All Malay novels
3. (Left) - Medical books + School Year Books
   (Right) - My medical notes & All the notes when I went to halaqa(usrah)/conventions/course (eg: Twins of Faith/K-Fiqh)
4. (Bottom Left and Right) - All my printed medical notes from Year 1-2

without wax,
haniyahaya :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Book review for this week

Source : haniyahaya

Title/Author: Gifted Hands : The Ben Carson Story / Ben Carson with Cecil Murphey

A wonderful book! I really enjoyed reading about Ben Carson and his story. The moment when I read the letter from her mother, Sonya Carson  I knew that I just couldn't help myself from flipping through all the pages. (And yeah, I finished this book within a day!)

"Ultimately, it's you who decides whether you will be success or not, by doing what is legally necessary to get you where you want to go. You are the captain of your own ship. If you don't succeed, you only have yourself to blame." -Sonya Carson

I really loved how his mother played a major role in forming him and also his older brother. She always encouraged both of them to be the best that they could be, to do well in school, having them read at least two books in a week and only allowed them to watch not more than three TV shows in a week :O

I also liked Ben's belief in God although he's not a Muslim. Ben never took credit for his accomplishments, but returned all the credits to God. He also always said his prayer before conducting any surgeries. That's one thing that every one of us should put into practice. As a Muslim, du'a is our biggest weapon. We should make du’a at all times and for everything we do, whether it be big or small, because nothing is too big or too small for Allah. :)

In the end, I loved how he put in the key of success-- THINK BIG.

"If you can remember these things, if you can learn THINK BIG, nothing on earth will keep you from being successful in whatever you choose to do." -Dr Ben Carson

Wanna know what's hidden behind THINK BIG? You gotta read this book! :D

Rating : 5/5

Title/Author : The Hundred-Foot Journey/ Richard C. Morais

The reason I bought this book at the first place was I seemed to be attracted to the synopsis behind of this book. And of course, those testimonials also one of the  reasons I bought it. And of course I can't even helped myself from imagined those food that Hassan had cooked. My mouth became so watery, and of course I can even heard the borborygmi sound which indicated that my satiety centre had been stimulated while reading this book. Overall it was a good book! I can't wait for its movie so be released soon.

Rating : 4/5

Title/Author : Sorry / Max Davidson

An interesting non-fictional book I must say. I set my heart on this book when I first saw the title itself. I was wondering, "Just sorry ey for your title. Seem pretty cool to me." The rest is history.
When I read this book, I learnt lots and lots of new words which I believed these could improve my vocabulary. I did scribble a lot in this book. Never in my life I scribbled so much in a non-fictional book. I loved how the author put the art of apologizing into a book and turned out to be a brilliant book! I even wrote down some of the quotes that really touched my heart when I read this. And all those examples given, they were so real (may be some of them were not). But I recommended this book to all of you. Seriously folks, we are indeed to improve our manners! The art of apologising is not only to say sorry, maybe to some extend you need to take the blame to make this world a better place.

"Just misplaced chivalry, some would say, but what is wrong with a bit of chivalry in our backbitting world?" 

Rating :4/5

without wax,
haniyahaya :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

#5books7days challenge - Part 3

It's a wrap people for this #5books7days challenge!
I actually took about 8 days actually to complete it. HAHAHA. Well, Maybe I can do better next time!

So, since the forth and fifth books were written in Malay, I shall proceed the book reviews in Bahasa Melayu :)


Sebenarnya gambar kedua-dua buku ini tiada kerana 
1) untuk buku yang keempat, ianya merupakan buku yang saya pinjam daripada sahabat saya, Mimi.
2) untuk buku yang kelima, ianya pula telah dipinjam oleh Mimi. Tak sempat nak ambil gambar walaupun saya sudah membelinya sudah sekian lama (masa Pesta Buku Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur 2014 tempoh hari)

Baiklah, kita teruskan..

Untuk buku keempat

Tajuk/Penulis : Kopi-ah/ Abrar Shafie & Munirah Rashid

Sumber :

Buku ini merupakan antologi cerpen Islamik. Buat pertama kalinya dalam sejarah saya membaca buku terbitan Lejen Press. Sememangnya saya sendiri ialah penggemar cerpen dan tatkala membaca naskah ini saya merasakan kedua penulis telah melakukan yang terbaik. Ingat senang ke nak tulis cerpen? Tu belum lagi novel. Jujur saya katakan, penulisan Abrar lebih saya minati kerana gayanya yang bersahaja namun untuk Munirah saya amat kagum kerana beliau mampu mengupas tentang isu Pattani yang rata-rata kebanyakan dalam kalangan kita tidak cakna langsung tentang isu tersebut.

Rating : 3/5

Untuk buku kelima pula..

Tajuk/Penulis : Tongkat Warrant Ini Saya Punya Kerja/ Sasterawan Negara Usman Awang

Saya amat suka sekali membaca hasil karya penulis-penulis veteran. Dalam buku ini terdapat koleksi cerpen dan juga puisi hasil nukilan Sasterawan Negara kita, Usman Awang. Bagi saya buku ini amat menarik. Dalam buku ini juga terdapat cerpen-cerpen yang saya kira saya pernah baca sebelum ini, tetapi tidak ingat bila dan di mana. 

Rating : 4/5

Sekian sahaja untuk kali ini.
Anda pula bagaimana?
Sudah berapa banyak buku yang sudah dibaca?

without wax,
haniyahaya :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

#5books7days challenge! -Part 2

If you haven't read about this #5books7days challenge, I guess it's better for you to do so as I have mentioned it before in my previous post. 
So now, I'm going to give you my book reviews for this challenge.

So here it goes..


Source : instagram of @haniyahaya

Title/Author : Starter for Ten/ David Nicholls
The reason I bought this book at the first place is because I just loved how the writer put trivias and answers for each new chapters in this book. It is really cool for me since I really love trivias. Basically the story isn't half bad. I just realised that they already made it into a movie. Brian Jackson was potrayed by James McAvoy and Patrick Watts was potrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. I need to watch the movie soon. I just can't imagine nerdy Benedict as the captain of the Challenge team.
Rating : 3/5

Title/Author : Theodore Boone The Accused/ John Grisham
I'm a big fan of John Grisham's works.This book is great. It is so action packed and full of excitement. It is the third book in the Theodore Boone series. (I haven't read the previous two books-gotta find them!) There are lots of cliffhangers after every chapter, so it just makes you want to read more. I recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, and anticipation/excitement. 
Rating : 4/5

Title/Author : A Girl Walks Into a Wedding: Your Fantasy, Your Rule/ Helena S. Paige
It's written in 2nd-person and it's the second time I read this kind of book. It's a choose-your-own adventure style book. So, it is up to you to choose how's your story going to be like. And trust me, it's a very quick read - I even read through several different scenarios! 
Rating : 2/5

without wax,
haniyahaya :)

#5books7days challenge! -Part 1

So a week before my EOP Theory exam, I was busy scrolling down the Instagram. Ahem! I knew I shouldn't do that but I just can't resist the temptation of Instagram. It wasn't because of the online shop in the Instagram.. (Believe me, I never shopped via online in my entire life!) But.. It was due to these whole Instagram's accounts that I'd been following recently. 

Recently I just figured out some good accounts that were all about books. It was really amazing you know for a bibliophile! Heck I didn't study much during my study week but I was busy planning what book should I read next after I finished the exam -.- (yeah kill me now!)

And then, I came across with this #5books7days challenge. What you have to do in this challenge is that, you need to read 5 books within a week (7 days). It's like a readathon (or some sort of like that I guess). I found it really amusing as I haven't read story books that much for ages! (Those stories on Wattpad didn't count ey?) Plus, since I'd nothing to do for this break, I guessesd it was good for me to cultivate back my reading habit. I found out that my reading pace had been slower than before. 

For example; before this, it only takes me about 2-3 days to finish up one novel but currently I need 1-2 week to finish up a novel. Sometimes I even get bored to it and decide not to read it anymore. Pretty bad huh? 

So how about you? Don't you dare to take up this challenge?

Source : instagram of @haniyahaya

without wax, 
haniyahaya :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Post EOP Theory Exam

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wavarakatuh.

Alhamdulillah I had finished my EOP Theory exam last Friday. Basically for this one-week exam (4 days to be precised), we had Medicine, Paediatrics, O&G and last but not least, Surgery papers. 

I had done my very best though I still thought that I could do better. I sometimes felt that I was such a pillock. The answers that I wrote down were horribly awful and fatuous especially for O&G SEQ papers (tho O&G is one of my favourite postings) -.-
But whatever it is, it is over. I cannot simply go back to the past and changed what need to be changed. Well I'm not a time traveller.

And Alhamdulillah, all praise to Allah--Today, I'm officially had passed my Year 3! 
Year 3 had taught me so many things in my life. I realized that this path is not as easy. It is not like those TV shows that you'd watched. Seriously! But a journey as a medical student is like a roller coaster; there are ups and downs of it and I really love every single bit of it :)

Alhamdulillah, thank you Allah for you blessings. Big thanks to my parents who are always there for me when I am in my fragile state, my supportive friends, the HTAR staff and last but not least, all the patients at HTAR. For those patients who I had clerked before this, thank you so much for your time and willingness. It was a pleasure for me because I could learn so many things from you. Without you, I might not be able to survive till now. So again, thank you so much! May Allah repay all your kindness.

My comrades with Dr Atif and Dr Pandit :D

without wax,
haniyahaya :)