About me: My name is Rima, and I'm a 25-year-old British Bangladeshi living in London. During the day, I work for a software company that helps brands grow on social media, and after work I blog on Instagram. I'm also an aspiring writer in diverse young adult fantasy if I can stop procrastinating (read: scrolling through Instagram). I joined bookstagram back in 2015 (before IG stories existed!) when my university friends peer-pressured me into opening an Instagram account. But I didn't really know what to post on it, so I started sharing reviews of books from my English degree, and that's how I found the amazing #bookstagram community and met some amazing people and read some incredible books.
What followers can expect: People can expect warm, cozy photos in shades of honey and brown, as I'm obsessed with autumn year-round. I like to think my page is a welcome place for everyone, and I'm a strong advocate for diverse representation in books. Reading is also an act of self-care for me, so I share books that I'm reading and loving. You will learn very quickly that The Daevabad trilogy by Shannon Chakraborty is my favorite new adult fantasy ever! This year, I started a monthly series called #PardonMyBooks, where we come together every month to chat about the books we've read and loved or hated, without the pressure of finishing a goal or TBR. To encourage people to read diversely, I choose a theme every month and share book recs from myself and the community. So far we've covered Regency romance (thank you, Bridgerton), diverse fantasy, women writers, and Islamic books — I think it's going well, except it's a little dangerous for my bank account. When I'm not reading, I also like to cook and binge everything on Netflix, so you may see pictures of food and TV/movie recommendations pop up on my stories, too!
A recent book I enjoyed: I was blown away by Huma Qureshi's memoir, How We Met, back in March. Not only is the cover a gorgeous mustard yellow backdrop, but it's an incredibly heartfelt story of a British Pakistani woman dealing with grief, the pressures of Asian society on young women, carving a world for herself, and finding love on top of it. Like many, I would assume, I was anxious to read it because there are a LOT of books about the British Muslim experience that tend to pander to the white savior narrative of oppressed (mostly female) Muslims. In the end, I found this was a greater story about being comfortable in your own skin and mapping out a narrative for yourself. It's a short read, but it packs a punch; by the end of it, I had cried and laughed with Huma, so I encourage everyone to check it out!