Page Turner Kuwait

Happy new year dear readers! The last day of the 2016 was so hectic for me, my husband and I enrolled in gym, for me to lose weight and for him to gain muscles. We spent the day on the beach, had lunch in Pizza Express (our favorite) and did some shopping.

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But what was so interesting that day is that I got my first Kuwaiti blogging/social media gift from a juvenile startup business run by young girls who love books. They sell used or previously owned books and buy your old books, kind of a recycling website. This website is called Page Turner Kuwait, which finds new homes for old books.

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The girls run their own website, do their own delivery and orders personally. I didn’t know that when the assignment came my way, but when I received my package yesterday I learned much about this new promising business.

Mais Dawleh sent me an instagram message back in early December saying:

Hello Dana!

We’ve noticed that we share a passion for books and reading and we would like to introduce ourselves. Page Turner is a new online platform for people across Kuwait to sell and buy books and is run by a group of students and alumni. Page Turner’s objective is to encourage people of all ages to become as passionate as we are and develop a love for reading books in addition to increasing the level of readership in Kuwait.

We’re fans of both your blog Dana’s Sanctuary and Instagram and would be delighted to offer you the chance to order a book via Page Turner (free of charge) to allow us the opportunity to present to you all that Page Turner has to offer.

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To encourage them to success, I order three extra books, but I think for used books the prices should be lower, even if they are like new.

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I got The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis, The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich, If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins,and Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl by Tracy Quan. But there was a complication in delivery time punctuality, though the cute packaging made up for that.

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It’s great to encourage startup businesses to success, I hope everyone would visit their website and check what they have to offer!

Happy New Year and keep on reading! x

Dana’s Sanctuary Nominated for Liebster Award

A year or so ago, I received my first Liebster Award nomination but I was going through a phase and I didn’t respond. This award is for bloggers online, the word Lienster comes from German origins which means: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, etc… in short it means, receiving an award for the loveliest blog.

I’m not sure what winning such award entitles but I’m in. I want to thank the two lovely ladies that nominated me last year and this year: Amriaa’s blog and Drown in Melancholy. Two beautifully composed blogs, I would surely recommend and nominate.

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If I was painted/sketched right now, that would be me smiling and writing on my white desk.

The rules for participating are as follows:

  • Share 10 facts about yourself
  • Answer 10 questions set to you
  • Come up with 10 more questions
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers to take part

10 Facts About Dana Al-Basha

  1. My name is Dana Al-Basha. I’m 27 years old going on 28 in August 6.
  2. Number 6 seems to be my lucky number. I was born in August 6, 1986. On 6 O’Clock.
  3. I live in Jordan, we are originally from Palestine. We lived like gypsies for a few years when I was young because of war and politics in the Arabic world. Which makes me very opinionated and patriotic.
  4. I’m a family person. I love my family and I cherish my time with them. I can’t wait to have a family of my own. In my opinion, the larger the family the better.
  5. My love for the written word started from my first memories of books. My mom used to read for me and my brother constantly and even create stories for us and letting us take part and sometimes act them. I guess that’s where I started loving to write. I can’t like a house or a place that doesn’t have books, I can’t be at ease. A person with no passion for knowledge seems dangerous to me.
  6. I’m Muslim and for the past few years I feel more attached to this fact then I was when I was born. I no longer take knowledge as I receive it, I love to research, read, think and decide on my own. I am a thinker and I’m proud to be a Muslim girl. I love praying and my time with Allah, my faith is my strength.
  7. I love fashion, clothes, shoes, accessories… and I’m thankful that I was born a girl, so I can enjoy wearing dresses and strutting in heels… if it were to me, I would wear dresses every single day. With as many colorful fabrics and original styles as possible.
  8. I’m an eyeliner girl. I love to emphasis my dreamy eyes and make them look brighter with a glint of a naughty charm. There is always red lipstick and gloss in my bag and perfume is essential. I take so much care of my appearance and hygiene.
  9. I’m obsessed with anything related to Jane Austen and Wallis Simpson. I have a need to read history and learn as much as I can about anything or anyone I find interesting but only few become an addiction.
  10. The day I decided to create this blog was the luckiest turn of events in my life. Who knew that following your passion and heart could turn a hobby into a career? I thank God for bestowing upon me the gift of the written word and I want to thank all my readers and followers, you make my day brighter all the time. Thank you.
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I’m a girl with long hair, every time I cut my hair I get depressed, I love tea as well, especially with mint and sage.

10 Questions Set by Drown in Melancholy

  1. Who is your favorite author? Difficult one. I have many. But I’ll pick Stephenie Meyer. Her Twilight saga books changed my life and her story is close to mine, I dream stories all the time.
  2. If you could choose a celebrity as your boyfriend/husband who would it be? Can they be fictional? LOL, mmm, let’s see, I have many such as Royals, dead and alive and imaginary characters. If I have to pick one I would pick Richard Armitage, I love his voice, I just watched the last kissing scene in North & South, he’s to melt over.
  3. What do you like most about blogging? It feels like a mix between a public diary and keeping history of every day’s life. I love writing even about nonsense it feels like practicing a hobby until the real deal is done. You know, finish a book and publishing it.
  4. Have you already blogged somewhere else before starting this blog? Yes, I had two or three blogs, but I wasn’t as serious as I am now about this one. This one is my baby.
  5. Where was the last place you traveled to? Lebanon.
  6. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage? I don’t drink. But if you asked me about my favorite beverage the answer would probably be tea.
  7. What’s your favorite cake? I’m not a sweet-loving-person, but I guess chocolate cake. I love making cake though.
  8. What was your favorite subject at school? Literature, creative writing and history… oh and art class.
  9. What kind of cell phone/smartphone are you using? Samsung Galaxy S4.
  10. Japanese Food or Italian Food? Which one do you like better? I love both but pasta is probably my favorite dish, in any form or with any sauce, so Italian.
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Some books just take you places that would never exist but in the pages of a book. I really have a HUGE urge to travel and see the world, this urge grows more profoundly from reading my dear books.

10 Questions to the Nominated Bloggers

  1. Where are you from?
  2. What is your blog mainly about?
  3. Do you think your blog is sending a positive message in the internet?
  4. What is the main point for blogging to you? Is it for fun or for building a career?
  5. Beside blogging and writing, what other skills do you possess?
  6. What is the book you’ve read and changed your life?
  7. What inspires you?
  8. What kind of job do you have at the moment?
  9. How did you come up with your blog’s title?
  10. Why do you want to win this award?
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I’m a girl of colors, I love colors, flowers, pink and happiness. I like to spread happiness just as I walk by any door.

10 Blogs/Bloggers Nominated by Dana’s Sanctuary

  1. Amriaa’s blog
  2. Drown in Melancholy
  3. Rethinking Nasserism
  4. Cheeks & Heels
  5. Confessions of a Hawaiian Princess: One Woman’s Journey to Greater Health
  6. About Fashion and Travel
  7. KellyVision
  8. Vintage Reflection
  9. A Pretty Penny
  10. The Domestic Man
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Let’s not forget: long hair, manicure, sunglasses, accessories and oh RINGS!