Celebrate Good Times!

FLYLēF turns 2! To celebrate, the blog’s curator, Lonna, has brought together a group of bloggers to share friendship-based posts with y’all! Please make sure to visit everyone participating and maybe make a new friend, or a few, on the way! 😀

Friendship

I personally take friendship very seriously – I very much believe in loyalty above all else. I feel like I do my darnedest to remain true to those I feel are my friends. Sometimes friendships don’t last – I think people enter our lives at the right time and maybe aren’t meant to be around forever. Others you click with and become lifelong besties.

I have many acquaintances in real life, but few people, outside of family, that I consider true friends. My best friend and I have known each other for about 15 years – it’s incredible how time flies…Anyway, we’ve been through a lot together and just mesh so well – we like a lot of the same music, sports, and we’re cut from the same cloth, as far as loyalty is concerned.

Wholeheartedly I believe that if people are true blue friends, they don’t necessarily have to be together or talking every moment. I have great friends who live across the country and don’t see often, but when we come together, it’s like nothing has changed – like we’ve been together all along.

Friendship should be easy, simple, and mutual respect is a must. I also feel that it isn’t necessary to ‘collect’ people. For example, I have fewer than 200 friends on Facebook – all people with whom I actually interact. I like to keep up with my people, even if they’re far away. I mainly do Facebook now to post pictures for people I don’t see often to look at, especially of my babies.

In conclusion, friendships are very important, whether friends are made in real life, through the Internet, or even through pen palling, they keep us sane. Although some friends may disappoint us, never let go of the good eggs you have been lucky to find.

 Testimonial

I was introduced to Lonna when I joined the Goodreads book club, Owls Be Reading, which Lonna hosted with Olivia from Olivia’s Catastrophe, last year. Unfortunately, the book club is no longer active, but I really enjoyed it while it lasted!

Perhaps the best book to which I was introduced via Owls Be Reading is I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. The memoir of a girl who narrowly escaped the horrors of the Pakistani Taliban, I really don’t think I ever would have read it had it not been the first book club pick. For the record, I adored the book and I will be forever grateful for being compelled to read it.

I also know Lonna through the amazing seasonal Comment Challenge (see below for the scoop), which pairs bloggers who then support each other for a month through blog comments. I love this challenge – it’s definitely one of my favorites, as it’s an awesome way to discover new blogs as well as to make new pals.

Although I don’t know Lonna in the real world, I feel that she is a really cool and sincere person who is on her blogging A-game! I also always enjoy reading Lonna’s book reviews and stalking her blog in general! Lonna, thanks so much for having me as part of your anniversary celebration – I am truly honored! 😀

  Tour Schedule

❖ May 15th – Bookfever: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 15th – A Reader Writer: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 16th – Milky Way of Books: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 16th – Lisa Loves Literature: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 20th – A Kernel of Nonsense: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 21th – SUSANLOVESBOOKS: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 23th – fallxnrobins: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 27th – Utopia State of Mind: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 28th – Book Briefs: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ May 30th – Foxes & Fairy Tales: Spotlight / Giveaway
❖ June 1st – The Caramel Files: Spotlight / Giveaway

  About FLYLēF  

Lonna Yen the creative mind behind FLYLēF (pronounced like flyleaf) who enjoys reading late into the night to satisfy her insatiable addiction to mostly young adult and adult novels: romance (contemporary and historical), fantasy, and paranormal (especially vampires). She believes in the magic of spellbinding words coming together to build breathtaking worlds in our minds’ eyes. Happiness is just a book away, find it at FLYLēF.

Lonna also the host of FLYTIP and Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, and co-host of The Comment Challenge.

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I Am Malala

I Am MalalaI Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
on October 8th 2013
Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
Pages: 327
Format: Paperback
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I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I Am Malala is a beautifully written memoir recounting the violent relationship of the Taliban with the people of primarily Pakistan. This relationship is akin to that of an abusive domestic one, as the militant group seeks to isolate, control, and terrorize its mostly unwilling subjects.

Malala describes an idyllic existence in Pakistan’s Swat Valley prior to the arrival of the Taliban. Her words slowly take apart her beloved homeland, as militants destroy important ancient landmarks and attempt to rewrite history and infiltrate Pakistan’s rich culture.

Named for Malalai of Maiwand, Pakistan’s version of Joan of Arc, Malala is a special girl who is very close with her family, especially her father, the founder of the school she attends. Malala and her friends find respite from the near constant bombings and shootings on the streets of their city at school six days per week.

Unfortunately, Malala’s school and father are under threat from the Pakistani Taliban to close the school’s doors, as its values do not coincide with those of Sharia Law.

Following in the footsteps of her beloved father, Malala began speaking out against militancy and championing the rights of girls to be educated and giving interviews to various news outlets at age eleven.

Amid suicide bombings and the mass blasting of schools, Malala perseveres, continuing to attend school despite constant threats to cease her education.

The Taliban virtually takes over Pakistan, while authorities stand idly by, merely allowing mass killings, all in the name of Sharia. Malala bravely asserts in an interview that the Taliban “are abusing our religion.”

In October 2012, Malala was targeted and brutally shot by a member of the Taliban, along with two girls sitting on either side of her, due to her standing up for the education of girls and speaking out against terrorism.

Miraculously, Malala and her two classmates survived the attack and escaped Pakistan. Malala is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and continues to advocate for universal education through her personal fund.

I never thought I would be interested in reading Malala’s whole story, but I was captivated by her words. Not only am I in awe of Malala’s accomplishments and good deeds, I am amazed and deeply saddened by the destruction of her homeland and culture.

Malala tells her story in such a way that makes it easy for the reader to empathize with her and her situation. As I read I Am Malala, I imagined what it would be like if my home country, the US, were overrun by terrorists who want to destroy everything that I love and believe in.

I admire Malala’s courage very much and truly hope she is able to one day return to her beloved Pakistan.

Love, Maggie