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Rabi al-Awwal 1441 / November 2019's Book Club Recap

Updated: Feb 1, 2020

Bismillahi ar-rahmani ar-rahim

Assalamu aleikum!

Welcome to our book club. As customary with recaps, we have several books on the roster to dissect and to finish! Grab your drink and enjoy reading our thoughts—brief or detailed—on the books selected insha'Allah. You can read the previous recap here.

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

The book is simply inspiring. The former first lady of the USA is a great storyteller and a woman anybody can relate to in times of highs and lows. Everything in her life has pretty much groomed her for the job of first lady; good and bad. She found her purpose and herself in the process. If you also pause and take a look at your life to this point, you will see the signs that you have a purpose; stay focused on it and you will continue to become more. Favorite quote:Failure is a feeling long before it’s an actual result.Rating: 5/5

  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Nina Hill is an only child who has been pawned upon a nanny while growing up. She is a taciturn book lover who is confident with her sexuality. Nina also works for a bookstore going bankrupt. There, Hill also has several book clubs catered to different audiences to keep herself occupied. This brings up the fact that she is a serious planner. She keeps herself entertained pretty much with her content bookish life. Now, her mom obfuscated the truth about her father's identity. When the secrets her mother kept from her catch up to Nina, she is a bit overwhelmed. How will she deal with that discovery of a family she had imagined on top of having the hots for a trivia opponent she finds not really bright? That's for you to find out! *Winks.* Rating: 4.5/5 Favorite quote: “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts..."— Khalil Gibran from the original quote:

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart, you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.”

  • Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

Black Enough is an anthology written by several black authors, mixed and all. They share with us their deep secrets via short fiction prose. Sometimes, they leave us with a cliffhanger. The common denominator with all of these writers is that they are often othered because they either come off too bougie, nerdy, not ebony enough, too white, etc. So, in this anthology, they make a defiant statement to anyone who questions their blackness. Rating: 4/5

  • Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

This book is smart and imaginative. For instance, the historical pop culture references and the cover of the book that looks like an opal gem. That's because the main character's name is Opal, and she looks a bit like Natalie Portman who is an Israeli American. A lot of careful thoughts/statements and real historical trolls (the Luddites) went into writing the book which is why some elements gave us pauses. For instance, a Jew cursing with the name of a Christian (Muslim) Prophet. Were these elements deliberate because the protagonist is Jew and to make her ring true or was this occurrence simply harmless? Anyway, to continue, it even has a P&P's reference! Who knew boys or men read Austen's works? Lol! It was also nice to read about an honest and nerdy Nigerian character. Not a bad read overall. Rating: 3.5/5

  • The Bird King by G.W.Wilson

This story is very slow paced but it's also a very lyrical creative piece of fiction based on the Spanish inquisition from the POV of a servant to the fictional character of "Aixa al-Hurra." The Circassian servant is also the concubine of the sultan in these last days of Islam in Granada. Vikram, a lovely villain and character in Alif the Unseen, makes an appearance in the book. Rating: 3.5/5

  • The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

Rukhsana comes from a very conservative Muslim family, and she is on her way to a top college in the US when her parents manage to arrange her union in order to hide her sexual preference in love matters. It could be said that this book is a tribute to the LGBT Muslims. The best thing we got from this book is a recipe for a proper chai cup. It was delicious! Thx to the author for that. Rating: 3/5

  • Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

This also is another tribute to the LGBT community. The characters are non-Muslims even some of their names sound culturally Islamic. There is some Jew and Spanish and South Asian heritage in the characters's ancestral roots. The antagonist and the protagonist start off on the wrong foot and drama ensued. "Fucking Sana!" are the words of the protagonist in one instance where Rachel Recht is mad at Sana Khan. This is just to prove my point that there is a tension in this relationship. Rachel and Sana are forced to work together on a film project in a Helen of Troy remake after Sana contributes to damage very expensive filming equipment. Some elements gave us pause but the writing is good. Rating: 3.5/5

  • Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

This is a poignant memoir. His decisions are his, and we will all answer for ours one day. One quote we liked by Historian Dr. Rukia Odero said, "In the end, I'm less interested in a daughter who's authentically African than one who is authentically herself."

We live in such a mixed world today that it would be hard to find something with authentic roots in it. It's best to remain true to ourselves instead of following catchy trends that often rob us of our true selves.

In addition, Obama wrote something we interpreted fittingly. This book is a re-print and a re-edited version of his previously published work in 1995. Obama said that while reading the 1995 version of his book, he found himself changing certain words and wincing at others.

For a man of his stature to admit to still trying to hone his craft, it's inspiring. So, to all the writers out there, revisit your past works and try to re-edit them shamelessly.

Finally, the book is filled with many African wisdom we have heard the elders say. Obama was relayed this info from his grandfather by his grandma. For instance, the reason why so very few black people succeed at becoming successful leaders or at beating colonialists and supremacists. The reasoning is that the black man often fails to make things for himself or make things himself.

"How can the black man defeat the white if he cannot make his own bicycle?...The white man alone is like an ant. He can easily be crushed. But like an ant, the white man works together. His nation, his business—these things are more important to him than himself. He will follow his leaders and not question orders. Black men are not like this. Even the most foolish black man thinks he knows better than the wise man. That is why the black man will always loose."

Obama's grandfather had worked with white men pre-independence days and learned their ways without forgetting his. And he became successful; something that incited jealousy from his own people and caused his incarceration. Anyway, his relationship with his son, Barack Senior, remained strained until he died. Why? Because the latter (Obama's father) was foolish and too proud based on the accounts of his mother. Rating: 4/5

  • The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan

We liked the power of the women. We also like the writing. Now, when religion in a book is not clearly stated as Islam but insinuated, it gives us pause because it comes off as a created religion. A big no for us. Rating: 3.5/5

  • Things That Shatter by Kaighla Um Dayo

In this gripping memoir, Um Dayo shares the emotional abuse she was subject to in Christianity and then in Islam by men with their own irreligious agendas; their egos. The author goes from a white-savior mindset wanting to want to help children in India speak better English during her Christian Summer Camp to volunteering and giving charity in India to full-blown l need to save myself from everything else oppressing me. In this journey, she found herself because that's what prompted(s) her and many people to work in the service of others. Overall, the writing is wonderful. Her stories are raw and emotional. May Allah always be on her corner, aameen. Rating: 4.5/5

  • The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels Book 1)

In this first installment of the Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Series, we get a glimpse of what being a Muslim law enforcement individual entails to while working in the West that often feels targeted by Islam or Muslim terrorists. This a creative fiction tale inspired by the bosnian war of 1990 and the Srebrenica genocide by the Serbs. The writer is a compelling storyteller. Rating: 4/5

  • The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels Book 2)

This is the second installment in the political thriller series by A.Z.Khan. It's based on the actual events of The Toronto 18. Summary: Detective Esa Khattak heads up Canada's Community Policing Section, which handles minority-sensitive cases across all levels of law enforcement. Khattak is still under scrutiny for his last case, so he's surprised when INSET, Canada's national security team, calls him in on another politically sensitive issue. For months, INSET has been investigating a local terrorist cell which is planning an attack on New Year's Day. INSET had an informant, Mohsin Dar, undercover inside the cell. But now, just weeks before the attack, Mohsin has been murdered at the group's training camp deep in the woods.

INSET wants Khattak to give the appearance of investigating Mohsin's death, and then to bury the lead. They can't risk exposing their operation, or Mohsin's role in it. But Khattak used to know Mohsin, and he knows he can't just let this murder slide. So Khattak sends his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, undercover into the unsuspecting mosque which houses the terrorist cell. As Rachel tentatively reaches out into the unfamiliar world of Islam, and begins developing relationships with the people of the mosque and the terrorist cell within it, the potential reasons for Mohsin's murder only seem to multiply, from the political and ideological to the intensely personal. Rating: 4/5

  • The Lover by Laury Silvers

The Lover by Laury Silvers centers on Zaytuna, a mixed-race woman who is a Muslim ascetic who lives a rough life and can be very judgmental. She washes clothes for a living and she has a close friend named Saliha; an unapologetic man-eater. Zaytuna also has a fraternal twin called Tein— an alcoholic war veteran—and both are flawed like any human being should be. When a very young servant girl seeks her help to solve/make go away the murder of her friend Zayd on whom she had a crush, she is torn between letting things run their course and meddling in this affair that does not concern her. I mean everything has already been written. So, who are we to think at times that we can even make the world a better place if He doesn't allow it.

Anyway, in order to have peace of mind about this murder mystery which keeps nagging at her, Zaytuna seeks a sign from the Creator to help her decide. And the one she gets is loud and clear. Therefore, she gets involved and goes against many of her principles; especially lying which she has always despised in order to pick the brain of witnesses and people of importance in the case. Of course, the police of the time with Ammar as the lead investigator and Tein as a bodyguard of course get involved, but ultimately, Zaytuna is the one to solve the murder mystery by not letting herself be discouraged by the illustrious fending off techniques and word plays of the people she interviews.

Silvers does a great job painting the time and place of this story lyrically. Her words pack a punch! When she describes ugly, she does it vividly. And when she describes beauty, love, metaphysical feelings, etc. you experience those too. In all, The Lover is a beautifully written historical Muslim thriller. Rating: 4.5/5

  • After She Said Yes by Kaya Gravitter

This is a contemporary Muslim fiction story dealing narcissism, emotional abuse and religion used as a weapon to silence a target. The target is Aurora, the protagonist; a girl married to a philandering hypocrite Muslim. Eventually, she finds her strength and picks a better man. Will life be better this time around? The author surely hints to that. Rating: 3.5/5

  • The Sign of the Scorpion by Farah Zaman

In Book 2 of The Archipelago Series or The Moon of Masarrah Series, a girl named Layla takes the lead in a time where our main characters are once again on vacation in a desert at Duhkhan Castle; the Shaykh's place around whom the mystery of the gem of Masarrah in Book 1 revolved at Bayan House next to the sea.

In Book 1, Zaid, her friend and the brother of Zahra was at the forefront.

In Book 2, Layla awoke by a female piercing cry in the desert night. Her brother's name is Adam.

At the core of the story, we find love, deception and jealousy pushing antagonists to spread rumors and commit evil acts of treachery in the process. There are also marriage vibes in this tale. Overall, it's another exciting and adventurous tome with brave Muslim young adults. Look out for Book 3 or Tome 3 titled The Hour of the Oryx. Rating: 4/5

  • Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

This Muslim representation of Pride & Prejudice is funny. The self-help coach Masood was especially hilarious! Go Kangaroos! lol. Ayesha at Last also portrays the spectrum of Muslims well; strict, moderate, so-so, lax, very lax, not practicing Muslims, etc. Our favorite quote: "...'Dreams tend to shatter if you're carrying other people's hopes around with you.'" Definitely well said. Rating 3.5/5

  • The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Sarac Haddish

Haddish is from Ethiopian Jew and Christian African American descent. Haddish is a Jehovah Witness herself at the time she wrote the book. Her book is true to her voice. She has some filthy and raw stories in there. She also makes you realize that no matter how good you can be, you will also have enemies, people who want to screw with you, take advantage of you and the list goes on. Just don't hesitate to set them straight or fuck'em up if you have to so they live you the hell alone. One thing that was surprising in all her account is the fact that she admitted to not knowing how to read until she was in her teenage years; basically, she stayed under the radar until she was a full grown woman, and it caught up to her. She also had facial warts, hence she was called an ugly black unicorn in her young days. Her parents were very abusive; emotionally and physically. She trumped all that and a bad marriage. She is a survivor. Rating: 4.5/5

  • The Mister by E.L.James

Alessia Demachi is a Christian Eastern European who left a small town in Albania to find a safe haven in the UK. She had been promised to a rich and dangerous suitor back home because in her culture it's all about a man's honor. Something many people think is an Islamic thing. It's not. Anyway, instead of giving up on life like most people would do and accept the cards that have been dealt to them, she defies all odds and runs away from a sex trafficking trade that held her captive. Thankfully, she understood English to know the intention of her kidnappers who paid and facilitated her travels. She knew English because her Grandma was a British missionary who married an Albanian and settled in Eastern Europe. Alessia is also a very talented piano and chess player. With the help of her mother's friend/pen-pal in the UK, she finds a job in a rich estate where she is paid under the table.

Her boss is Maxim Trevelyan; a woman-eater with too much money to know what to do with. When he first sees her, he is half-asleep and half-awake. Long story short, he falls hard for the enigma that Alessia is. This book is sensual and better written than the first trilogy by the author. It's also safer in terms of sex; meaning not weaved with the kinky BDSM stuff. If you're looking for a sultry read, check out this book. Rating: 4.5/5

  • The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

Driss Guerraoui, a less than perfect husband and a small business owner, is hit by a speeding car one night while he is walking in his neighborhood. This makes his daughter Nora, his favorite and a struggling artist, rush home. The only person who saw the crime is an illegal Mexican who is afraid to come forward. After his wife pressures him, he comes forward because a reward is now on the table. As the investigators and the family start looking deeper, secrets are revealed and family relationships are tested once more. Nora's sister, an established Dentist who secretly pops pills, runs a practice with her husband. She is jealous of her sister who has less than her. The novel ends with mother and daughter starting anew but with no closure given to the reader when it comes to the fate of the witness and the drug addict dentist. Creative fiction does it again and leaves you wondering about what happened to two characters. You can only wonder, and if you want to do it realistically, one gets deported for sure and one gets caught by her greedy husband. Rating: 3.5/5

  • The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami

Summary : In these pages, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America: Mustafa al-Zamori, called Estebanico. The slave of a Spanish conquistador, Estebanico sails for the Americas with his master, Dorantes, as part of a danger-laden expedition to Florida. Within a year, Estebanico is one of only four crew members to survive. As he journeys across America with his Spanish companions, the Old World roles of slave and master fall away, and Estebanico remakes himself as an equal, a healer, and a remarkable storyteller. His tale illuminates the ways in which our narratives can transmigrate into history—and how storytelling can offer a chance at redemption and survival. Rating: 4.5/5

  • Dark Museum by Melanie Surani

Dark Museum is the previously published novel titled Awake by Melanie Surani. It is a spooky dystopian suspense read. The villain is an artist called Blair. If you cross her or her brother, you're sure to become one of her "artistic pieces." Several people go missing on her account, and the story turns mind-boggling when we realize how long they have been out.

Summary: What if you awoke in an eerie art museum without knowing how you and four others arrived? What if those four comprised a musician you had the hots for, a movie star, an office worker, and someone you knew nothing about, all of whom remembered the same woman right before finding themselves there? What if that museum had no easily discernible exits, no means for contacting anyone on the outside, but still had operating internal surveillance? For Sophia Stewart the real nightmare doesn’t begin until she escapes.

Now, if you think Blair is a sociopath and a psychopath, wait until her brother makes a threat. He gave us the chills! While the book makes you jumpy, it has a bit of humor. One the four that arrived is a good looking South Asian actor who someone in the group mocked by saying something along the line of "Mr..I can't walk the streets of Mumbai without anybody trying to molest me!" lol. Affaire à suivre ! We have to pick the brain of the author to ask her what books helped her write such believable predators! Rating: 4/5.

  • Well Read Black Girl edited Glory Edim

Well Read Black Girl is an anthology by several Black authors. The pieces range from short memoirs, personal narratives to some poems. The essays are a great insight in the lives of these book lovers. Our favorite quote is:

In our opinion, if you don't write your own background in history, no one will do it for you. It's avoiding that, which has caused the diverse books craze we see these days. Writers from minority groups also need to take responsibility for the fact that oral storytelling had been preferred over the centuries by the ancestors. The lack of diverse books is not only a gatekeeping issue. Rating 4/5.

  • The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Summary: A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

Nothing can prepare you for The Gauntlet… It didn’t look dangerous, exactly. When twelve-year-old Farah first laid eyes on the old-fashioned board game, she thought it looked…elegant. It is made of wood, etched with exquisite images—a palace with domes and turrets, lattice-work windows that cast eerie shadows, a large spider—and at the very center of its cover, in broad letters, is written: The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand. The Gauntlet is more than a game, though. It is the most ancient, the most dangerous kind of magic. It holds worlds inside worlds. And it takes players as prisoners. Rating: 4/5

  • The Battle by Karuna Riazi

Summary: Four years after the events of The Gauntlet, the evil game Architect is back with a new partner-in-crime—The MasterMind—and the pair aim to get revenge on the Mirza clan. Together, they’ve rebuilt Paheli into a slick, mind-bending world with floating skyscrapers, flying rickshaws run by robots, and a digital funicular rail that doesn’t always take you exactly where you want to go. Twelve-year-old Ahmad Mirza struggles to make friends at his new middle school, but when he’s paired with his classmate Winnie for a project, he is determined to impress her and make his very first friend. At home while they’re hard at work, a gift from big sister Farah—who is away at her first year in college—arrives. It’s a high-tech game called The Battle of Blood and Iron, a cross between a video game and board game, complete with virtual reality goggles. He thinks his sister has solved his friend problem—all kids love games. He convinces Winnie to play, but as soon as they unbox the game, time freezes all over New York City. With time standing still and people frozen, all of humankind is at stake as Ahmad and Winnie face off with the MasterMind and the Architect, hoping to beat them at their own game before the evil plotters expand Paheli and take over the entire world.

The POV used to narrate both Book 1 and Book 2 make the stories exciting and engaging. Hoping Book 3 has more of an African American and a Middle Eastern flair. Rating: 3.5/5

  • Musa and the Blade by Q. 'Abdullah Muhammad

Summary: In the village of Al-'Aqrab, there lived a young orphan by the name of Musa ibn Rudainah. Shunned for what he inherited of his mother's legacy, he was ever the target of his people's scorn and contempt. Even so, his aging grandfather, Talha, knew that Musa was the rightful heir to the legendary Ladghatul-'Aqrab; a sword whose fame and glory were known throughout all the lands. With countless foes plotting to get their hands on it, Talha, the current keeper of the blade, must prepare his grandson for what awaits him of impending perils and predicaments. Join Musa as he delves into a world of excitement and adventure, of swords and savagery; finding his place as the inheritor of the blade and forging a legacy of his own.

This is a promising debut filled with many life lessons. The Muslim Youth also has some courageous protagonists in there to feel proud about. I really liked the character of Inara and her self-confidence and sassiness. She is right, unworthy eyes can't see pass her niqab. She is proud of her veil, masha'Allah. Rating: 4/5

  • The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem

Summary: To Leila Abid’s traditional Indian parents, finding a husband is as easy as match, meet, marry. Yes, she wants to marry, but after 26 years of singledom, even Leila is starting to get nervous. And to make matters worse, her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and she’s wondering, are her expectations just too high?

But for Leila, a marriage of arrangement clashes with her lifelong dreams of a Bollywood romance, where real love happens before marriage, not the other way around. So she decides it’s time to stop dreaming and start dating.

It’s an impossible mission of satisfying her parents’ expectations, while also fulfilling her own western ideals of love. But after a series of speed dates, blind dates, online dates and even ambush dates, the sparks just don’t fly! Now, with the marriage clock ticking, and her 3-month deadline looming in the horizon, Leila must face the consequences of what might happen if she doesn’t find “the one…”

One thing to take away from this book is that marriage is not for everyone. People will choose themselves over what they may feel stifles their joy. That said, Leila has a really long unrealistic list of her ideal partner's qualities. She might as well wait for the next life and try to marry the Prophet of Islam (sallallahu aleihi wassalam) because only him has those qualities in our opinion, lol. Also, in reality and in our opinion, when love strikes, real love, we often toss those ideals to the window. Why? Because it's not settling. It's just that nothing is perfect and nothing will ever be. Rating: 3.5/5

  • Throne of The Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Summary: The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, home to djenn and ghuls, holy warriors and heretics, are at the boiling point of a power struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious master thief known as the Falcon Prince. In the midst of this brewing rebellion a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at the heart of the Kingdoms. But these killings are only the earliest signs of a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens to turn the great city of Dhamsawwaat, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

We liked that the mentor aka ghul hunter and his tea partner good-humorously mocked each other's flaws. In his quest of ghull hunting, Dr. Adoulla is joined with his assistant, a dervish called Raseed and a werelioness called Zamia they meet along the way. If it wasn't for an associating passage that states that God has children instead of wording it as "creatures" of God, we would have rated it a 4.5 novel. Rating 3/5

  • Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

Summary: On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967.  Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses follows three generations of a Palestinian family and asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home again.

Rating 3/5

  • Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra

Summary: Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius―but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier.

But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything. It turns out "heartbreak" is the one thing she still doesn’t know how to treat.

We liked that the main message is that everyone deserves respect no matter how inexperienced or young they seem to us. Rating 3/5

  • Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Summary: It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

·       Never trust an outsider

·       Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations

·       And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with...

A family trying to build home in a new land.

A man who has never felt at home anywhere.

And a choice to be made between the two.

Sonali Dev's writing is smooth and sultry as usual. If you liked a Bollywood Affair, you will like this remake of P&P. Rating 4/5

  • His Other Wife by Umm Zakiyyah

Summary: Jacob and Deanna are a power couple. Aliyah is Deanna's best friend...whom Jacob wants to marry. Expanded and continued beyond Umm Zakiyyah's popular online series by the same name, His Other Wife is a story about love and betrayal, faith and personal crisis, and withstanding deep emotional wounds. Jacob is a successful businessman and college professor, and his wife Deanna is a renowned marriage counselor and author. Together they are their Muslim community's power couple. Aliyah is Deanna's recently divorced best friend who has just accepted a position at the college where Jacob works—and who is the unwilling recipient of Deanna's constant unsolicited relationship advice, particularly that Aliyah needs to learn how to hold a marriage together and keep a man from ever thinking about marrying another woman. But their friendship takes a difficult turn when Aliyah receives a phone call from her uncle saying that Jacob is interested in marrying her as a second wife—without Deanna's knowledge.

The book is wittingly filled with several Muslim anecdotes and facts from the early righteous. Rating: 4/5

  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad & S.K.Ali

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family is a lyrical account of a kind-hearted black Muslim character called Faizah about her older sister’s hijab on the first day of school. Her older sister’s name is Asiya. The book shows the unbreakable spirit of a young girl in the face of bullying. She quickly remembers the strong and powerful words of her mom to help her carry on, head high: Don’t carry around the hurtful words that others say. Drop them. They are not yours to keep. They belong to those who said them.

Easily said than done perhaps, but they carry a lot of truth. Some days, it will be easier to overlook the abuse, and other days, it won’t be so easy for sure because of the whispers. But, we must remain steadfast and do us and hope that one day they see the truth. If they don’t see it, oh well, that’s not our problem. It’s theirs. Rating: 4/5

Dear readers, Rabi al-Akhir 1441 AH / December 2019's Book Club Post will be

another book club recap insha'Allah. We've got to share our thoughts on all the books we have read so far, hehe. Alhamdullilah! So, stay tuned ^_^ .

After that, Jumada al-Awwal 1441AH/January 2019 will The Ducktrinors Book 1 & Book 2 by Papatia Feauxzar insha'Allah.

Questions to you, the reader, about any book we have discussed, reviewed or we will be discussing are:

1. What did you like most?

2. What gave you pause?

3. What didn't you like?

4. What are your other thoughts?

5. What question (s) do you have for the author?

6. What questions about the book do you have for the moderator or other members of the discussion(s)?

We look forward to hearing from you.



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Until next time, subhanaka Allahumma wa-bihamdika ash-hadu anla ilaha illa anta as-taghfiruka wa atoobu ilayka. Aaameen.


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