125. Exploring Bookshelves with Tamreez

The Exploring Bookshelves series was put on hold for a few months unintentionally, but it is back and hopefully better.

So, in order to refresh your memory, Exploring Bookshelves is a series where I kinda interview/kinda ask/kinda hound a few people on Bookstagram, whom I love!

To read previous posts click on anyone of the names: Sheree, Ridhi, Omair, and Komal.

This time, I have the lovely Tamreez, or better known as @tamreezi on Instagram. But before I go writing about everything she does, lets hear from herself.

About Tamreez Inam: Tamreez is a writer based in Dubai, who in her previous life worked in the international trade and investment consultancy world. She was born in Pakistan, did her undergrad in Canada, Masters in the UK and lived there for a number of years before moving to Dubai with her husband and son.

On Instagram Tamreez uses her profile @tamreezi to mainly talk about books.

Also, has recently joined the Emirates Literature Foundation as well.

What made you want to read and stick to it?

I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember and I owe it to my parents!

When we were little, my Mama would bring us loads of books and take us to bookshops and secondhand book stores. When we became older, Baba (always the more frugal one) started taking us to the library.

I don’t think I ever stopped reading but for a few years when my son was very small and I was working full time, I barely got time to read. I read a book every few months and fell out of the habit.

I got back into it a few years ago and then about a year ago I discovered #bookstagram (a whole community of readers, writers and publishers on Instagram). I felt like the whole world opened up to me. It became a bit of an obsession really.

To write about and discuss books encourages me to read more and I don’t think I’ve ever read as many books as I’ve read in the last year or so. I even went and got a library membership in Dubai because I didn’t want to be constantly buying books (I inherited my father’s frugal gene).

Haven’t we all inherited frugality in one form or the other from our desi parents 😛 But know I’ll ask you a few quick questions in a short rapid fire round thing that everyone does! (How original! I know!)

  1. One Book you turn to in times of need: I don’t have comfort books that I always turn to. Depends what the ‘need’ is and then I’ll find an appropriate book for it. 

  2. One Book you can’t help but re-read: I don’t mind re-reading classics : Little Women, Austen’s novels, Anne of Green Gables series are all books I’ve read multiple times and watched all the film/TV adaptations of.

  3. One Book everyone should read: The God of Small Things.  It’s just the first one that came to mind. If you ask me tomorrow, I’m sure it’ll be something else.

  4. One Book that no one should read: I think it really depends on people’s tastes. Maybe Fifty Shades of Grey? (I’ll agree on that!)

  5. One Cult-Classic Book you never read: Tons of them. George Orwell for starters.

    (Image From: Amazon)
  6. One Book that changed your life; An American Brat.  It was the first book by a Pakistani writer in English that I ever read. The sweet taste of representation! It may not be the best book I ever read, but Bapsi Sidhwa will always have a special place in my heart because she showed me that it was possible for Pakistanis to write Pakistani stories in English.

  7. One Book Series everyone should have:  I haven’t read too many series. Perhaps Harry Potter would be universal enough, but personally I’d love to own a beautiful edition of the Anne of Green Gable series.

Loved hearing from you Tamreez, and that is it for now.

Hope you enjoyed reading it, see you with my next guest!




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