Where the Journey Began

Welcome to Khanlibrary!

My name is Shazia and I’m an avid reader from Montreal. I have spent most of my life with my nose in a book, making references to book characters as if they were real and spending hours researching/buying/reviewing books. There is always a book in my bag, because you never know when you will get some downtime to read, am I right? Reading books is one of my biggest passions and it all started thanks to my parents who decided to take me to bookstores early on in life.

The first book I ever read was a Sesame Street book in which Big Bird takes his very first flight to either visit Granny Bird or England. Maybe Granny Bird was living in England? The details are choppy since this was about 24 years ago (yikes!). Regardless, he was going on a trip somewhere and I was taking my first trip with my parents as well. My mom thought it would be a good idea to get me a book showing Big Bird’s travel preparation process. So I read the book with my mom and packed my bags just like Big Bird did in the book. My mom’s favourite part of this story is when I spent most of the plane ride asking if there was a book about Big Bird travelling to Pakistan because that was where we were headed. Yeah, pretty sure there wasn’t. Thankfully my parents ended the Big Bird obsession and introduced me to other books that helped shape me into becoming the bookworm I am today.

As I got a bit older, my mom gave me three books that started the book addiction:

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

These books were the foundation of what would become a lifetime of reading, and probably the cause of my terrible eyesight as well. I have special editions of all three of these books and I reread them every now and then. It is interesting to reread childhood stories with the eyes of an adult. I find a new meaning in these books each time I read them.

I created the name Khanlibrary for my Instagram account where I post pictures of books I have read with little reviews. Discovering bookstagram was such a treat as I have interacted with so many wonderful bookworms from across the globe. It is the bookstagram community that inspired me to start my book blog. So welcome to my blog! I will be posting many book reviews and basically everything book related over here.

Now if you will excuse me I need to go write down ideas for “Big Bird Travels to Pakistan”. I think I have a future bestseller on my hands.

Happy reading!



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