Do you remember the first book you fell in love with? I do. It was in 4th grade when I was first introduced to Harry Potter. I remember feeling like no matter what, I could pick up my book, and be transported to the wizarding world. Since then, I’ve been an avid reader, and throughout my life, books have been my constant companions. I escaped to Narnia while being grounded for sneaking out in 9th grade. I turned to Garance Dore when I felt my creative spark waning. And I visited The Night Circus when real life became a little too mundane. I journeyed to Mordor with Frodo, found love with Don Tillman, and learned about the Sarajevo Haggadah with Hanna Heath.

Books are my inspiration, escape, and entertainment. Because of them, I’m able to travel around the world in the most cost-effective way, and even go back in time. In short, my life would not be the same without books. More importantly I would not be who I am without books.

April 23rd is a very important day. Not my birthday, or Christmas, but really the next best thing – it’s World Book Day! So I’ve partnered with Amazon to encourage all Canadians, and all my fellow readers to read. Let today be the day that you pick up a book. It can be anything – a celebrity biography that you’re dying to read, a classic by Jane Austen, a historical fiction novel (my favourite genre), or even a cook book!  And to get you started, I’m celebrating World Book Day at Boxcar Social from 2pm-7pm today. The space will be filled with books which you are welcome to take home with you or enjoy with a cup coffee on the house. Or you can even pass on your favourite book for the next reader to enjoy.

The point is, start reading. It’s the best way to always learn, and who could say no to that?



  1. April 20, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I’m not sure of the first, but I can definitely remember a few of them! Just thinking about them brings back such good memories 🙂

    xo, Katie
    Willow and White

  2. April 20, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    The first book I fell in love with was also Harry Potter till this day it’s my favorite book series. As a child I also loved anything Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, still do. Thank you for reminding me how much I enjoyed reading.
    xo | Cindy Elena

  3. April 20, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Beautiful post! I loved reading about your adventures with books. Also love your pretty pictures!

  4. Amy Arnold
    April 20, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Isn’t Harry Potter the best?! Some of my original favorite long books when I was younger too. World book day?! That’s awesome. Thanks for spreading the word.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. April 20, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    Oh man I have sooo many books I fell in love with at different ages and stages of my life! I am currently on the hunt for a new book and really need to get back into reading!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  6. April 21, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    This font on the header page looks like Chanel actually 🙂


  7. Miri
    April 21, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Hi Siffat,

    Your article made me think of many books but my most favorite is Half of a Yellow Sun from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 🙂 it is powerful and will make you cry.

  8. April 21, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    I love this. I had no idea 4/23 was World Book Day – I will definitely be celebrating as well 😉 thank you for sharing this very important date babe!

    xx, Amy

  9. April 23, 2017 / 1:44 am

    April 23rd is world book day?! How did I, being such a bookworm, not know this information?!!

    The first book I remember falling in love with is “The Hunger Games.” It really started my interest in reading and made me find a whole other world! 🙂

    Edye |

  10. April 23, 2017 / 11:05 am

    What an inspiring post! I’ve been reading a super interesting book about the world of magazine publishing lately, and I will probably finish it today 🙂

  11. April 24, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Beatiful!! I haven’t read a book in abit and its so annoying but you’ve given me a lot of inspiration xx