This is a fresh take on the Pride and Prejudice story. I loved it. It was upbeat and fun.
Back to work. Audiobook for the day.
#TheBattle of Monday can be better fought with a quick review & desk avocado toast for breakfast.📚🥑🍞😋
I have really enjoyed the crop of Pride & Prejudice retellings from different cultural settings/perspectives out lately & this one might be my new favorite. Loved the characters & the glimpse into a modern-day suburban Toronto Muslim community setting. Keeps to the spirit of the original but has its own clear voice. 👍👍📚
I‘m not always a fan of retellings of Austen‘s work, but this one is pitch perfect. The plot translates perfectly to the Muslim community in modern-day Toronto. Ayesha meets Khalid and sparks of both attraction and anger fly. Loved the side plot about workplace discrimination too.
“It‘s not enough to find someone you love. You have to be ready for that love, and ready to make changes to welcome it into your life.”
How often will I eat ahi poke? Any chance I get. 😍🐟🍚🤣Desk lunch from across the street (dashing across an access road with no crosswalks & plenty big trucks is a bit like playing Frogger 😱) with a few chapters of my library e-book.
It has been the longest week at work & it‘s also taking me multiple library tries to read this book. I have the hard copy too, but here‘s hoping the e-book will prod me along. 😉Lots of life & Litsy to catch up on but I‘m taking some #metime to read & enjoy my happy place & meal before getting to my errands & adulting. Happy Saturday everyone. 🌤📚🥑🍞☕️
I absolutely loved this book. A romance novel without any corny sex scenes, and you get to learn about Muslim culture. It was a fun, light read, and I highly recommend it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
This was an enjoyable window into a community I knew nothing about, the Canadian Muslim community. I liked the main characters a lot and thought the book was well written. The book is billed as a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I can absolutely see the comparison; especially towards the end there are overt similarities in plot and dialogue. At first I was trying too hard to look for the P&P references. It‘s better to just enjoy the ride!
I forgot to take my usual finished soup + a book photo so I had to improvise. I didn‘t get to finish this library book when I checked it out before so I am hoping this time I can. The finished 🍲 is Yotam Ottolenghi‘s Legume (Noodle) Soup full of beans, split peas, pasta, spinach & herbs. A bit of a pain to make with extra steps but I modified it slightly & the taste more than makes up for it.😋 On the blog for #soupersundays link to recipe👇🏻
A Muslim-Indian-Canadian community take on Pride & Prejudice. Issues of identity within traditional and Canadian culture and perception and reality. A peek inside a culture I don‘t know. An eye-opener but not too heavy. A re-telling, of sorts, of Pride & Prejudice—but the story doesn‘t force it. 4.5/5 ⭐️
A bunch of my library holds came in all at once! This had 4 people waiting so I started it last night before bed. I finished it this morning as I was making coffee.
It is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice with sprinkles of Shakespeare references (Happy dance with jazz hands)
What a refreshing story about a Canadian Muslim who is trying to understand her place in the larger world and her community. Ayesha gets wrap up in helping her cousin plan a conference and in so doing isnt so forth cominv about who she is.
This story was beautifully written, funny and interesting. It was a delight to read about a completely different community and what values they hold and how they come together when a crisis occurs.
I loved all of the Shakespeare references thrown into this P&P update. It took a bit to get going, and I almost wish I hadn‘t known it was Part homage to Austen, because I wasted time in the first half trying to find the parallels instead of just enjoying the story for itself. I loved Ayesha and I loved the character growth of multiple characters. This was a solid debut.
Delightful as a good cup of Chai. Window into a world I know nothing about: Canada's Muslim Community. Fun story yet also tackles issues of stereotyping. Particularly loved Ayesha & Clara's friendship. Two very different women, yet they are friends, who look out for one another & are always there for each other. I think Jane Austen would approve. 💖💕
Sometimes a modern-day P&P reboot is a bit corny until I remind myself to settle in and wrap myself in Jane Austin rules. This time I just wrapped myself in a hijab (okay, a Charming Charlie scarf) and enjoyed every paragraph of this retelling - even forgot it was a reboot.
Last book of #BFCr2
This was a delight to read! It‘s honestly the first romantic comedy featuring a woman in a hijab by a woman who wears a hijab that I have ever read. It seems so important to have this kind of representation across genres. The incorporation of Pride and Prejudice worked well, overall. It was fun how some characters represented one or more of the characters and points of view from P&P. It was funny, smart, and genuinely romantic!
Not so much #audiosouping today as this Avocado, Cucumber & Fennel Soup (with Egg Salad Toasts) is a quick no-cook soup (other than toasting the pumpkin seeds on top) great for a humid day. Refreshing & good flavor (pretty too) , it‘s on the blog today for #soupersundays. 😋Link to recipe 👇🏻With one of my current reads, I am hoping to get a few more chapters in tonight.
What an absolute stellar retell of Pride & Prejudice! It‘s was modern and captivating and a bit turned on it‘s head. If you are a Jane Austen fan, this book is a must ❤️ it‘s also a wonderful story about immigrating to Canada and the ups and downs of that. If I was a high school English teacher I‘d be all over this
Uzma Jalaluddin's Ayesha at Last is such a perfect Austen rewrite. Its completely aligned with Pride and Prejudice without being a moment-by-moment recreation of it. Instead, Jalaluddin takes what makes Austen's work so perfect--the keen societal observations at its heart--and updates them for a modern, Muslim community. (continued in comments)
Hooray! I reached 24 hours! It just turned 10:30pm on the US East Coast, and my lights are flickering from the storm outside, so I‘m happy to call it done for the #24in48 #readathon . 4 books read, and I‘m nearly halfway through the tagged book.
Lots of fun as always...thanks for a great readathon, @24in48 !
Finished my 3rd book for #24in48 - the first that was read in one sitting, and I couldn‘t put it down. I‘m usually not a romantic comedy reader, but I wanted something lighter and am so glad I picked this up! Loved the diverse cast of characters grappling with Big Issues but in a fun, unputdownable format. Highly recommended! #24in48readathon
At 10 hours & some change & taking a break for a bit. I am about 40% done with Book #4 (not pictured) & thought I would show off today's #librarybookhaul I returned a couple books, picked up the tagged book as the hold came in this week, renewed Blood, Bones & Butter since it's for my virtual foodie book club & grabbed The Farm from the new books shelves. The top two cost me $1 each at the library book store.🤗
It‘s my birthday 🎂 and my husband has surprised me again with a stellar stack! Some I have been seriously coveting and some are wonderful discoveries. I‘ll just be over here reading my birthday away
Modern very loose retelling of Pride and Prejudice. The machinations hit a particular spot for me (as someone who has worked in HR type stuff) but very enjoyable overall. For #RippedBodiceBingo there is neighbors, smells like a flower, sassy grandparents, title includes character's name, wine and spirits, and some costumes.
A stunning depiction of of clashing views of modern and traditional ways of finding love. One wild mix of characters, twists, turns, and plot lines. Please tell me this becomes a movie sometime soon!!!
Retellings of classics are very popular and also very hit and miss. This one is a hit! I especially liked the way classic scenes from Pride and Prejudice were reproduced so well within this story. It's very well done.
This who know me IRL know that I am not a fan of Pride and Prejudice and can not tolerate P&P retelling. Well, folks, I have found an exception! AYESHA AT LAST is simply delightful. Set in the Muslim community in Toronto, Jalaluddin does an amazing job of bringing new life to a well-worn tale (with a healthy dose of Shakespeare) while weaving in unique cultural details. #highlyrecommended #books #romancenovel #ayeshaatlast #uzmajalaluddin
Ayesha At Last is a Pride and Prejudice inspired novel with lots of Shakespearean references — Muslim-style. I must stop saying that I‘m not a fan of rom-com because, apparently, I am. I‘m reading a lot of this genre because I‘m on a mission to read all the books on the ModernMrsDarcy.com Summer 2019 Reading List and I‘m truly enjoying most of them. Thank you, Anne, for expanding my horizons.
Spending some time reading with coffee before work.
This book! Was! So! Great!
Perfect in all the ways: imaginative re-imagining of Austen? Check. Wonderful slow burn romance at the heart of the story? Check and check. Hilari-awful secondary characters that are cringe-y and delightful in equal part? Check! Many mentions of food so yummy you are motivated to get take out immediately? Triple check!
I'm such a sucker for a good pride and prejudice retelling, and this was definitely among the best.
I loved how much this adaptation focused on prejudice and judgement, and I thought the characters were all great reimaginings of the classic characters, particularly the Mr. Collins of this adaptation (I find I often judge adaptations on how good the Mr. Collins is because there's just so much potential there).
Described as a modern Muslim take on Pride & Prejudice, it was also heavily influenced by Shakespeare. While a bit too saccharine & cliche for my taste, overall it was a fun read. I really enjoyed being immersed into the life of the Canadian Muslim community. Bonus for the chai recipe at the end! 😊 #diversereads #femaleauthor 🧕🏽 #muslimauthor 🕌 #debut #romance 💕 #mistakenidentity ⁉️ #prideandprejudice #shakespeare #onceuponabookclub ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I just adored this book. Yes this pays homage to Pride & Prejudice but this was so extremely fresh. Just like P&P there are you beloved characters and the ones that just make you cringe. I love how the author wrote so much Muslim culture into this, I felt totally immersed at times. I know there was another book that maybe was in the same vain, that just did not work. This is one of my favorite retellings ever.
@Kdgordon88 Debra, Apologies! I am away at my nephew‘s wedding in Martha‘s Vibeyard. In the hubbub of leave taking I did not think of opening your box- it is out of my sight! I am home Monday, promise to open it then. I am sorry!