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JulieAly

JulieAly

Joined March 2021

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My August stack! I enjoyed all of these titles. Carrie Soto Is Back was my favorite new read this month (I previously read The Alchemist and it‘s one of my all time favs). I enjoyed that The Love Hypothesis wasn‘t overly predictable. One Italian Summer was an ok read but it was missing something- although I‘m unsure what that something is but I‘d recommend it.

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All of my July reads. ‘The Untethered Soul‘ is a must read! I enjoyed ‘One True Loves‘ & ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty.‘ ‘It‘s Not Summer Without You‘ was ok but ‘We‘ll Always Have Summer‘ was not good & made the entire series not worth reading. ‘Healing The Emptiness‘ was decent.

As a Muslim women I have very, very mixed emotional about ‘These Impossible Things‘ concerning representation & the white savior complex but it was still a good book

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Bride of the Sea | Eman Quotah
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I loved this book! It was a great, emotional read that pulls at the heartstrings. I love how Eman made references to Islam.

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Bird Summons | Leila Aboulela
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Mehso-so

I had very high expectations for this one. The story was great but the poor structure takes away from the storyline.

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Cover Story: A Novel | Susan Rigetti
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I picked this book up to help get me out of a reading slump and it did. I read it in a day, not necessarily because I couldn‘t put it down but because it was a quick, simple read. It reads like a fan-fiction of Netflix‘s Inventing Anna. If you want a quick, simple read this is the one for you but I wouldn‘t rush to it.

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I picked this as one of my Ramadan 2022 reads. It‘s a decent book. It‘s not too informative so I didn‘t gain much from reading it but others might. I‘d recommend to reverts or Muslims that want to figure out how to focus more on their deen.

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I read this because it‘s an Egyptian classic but probably wouldn‘t have finished it if it wasn‘t. The book had no chapters, just 3 parts. The story was ok. It didn‘t make me miss Egypt or give me the feel that I was there. I wouldn‘t really recommend unless you‘re a fan of Egyptian literature.

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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It feels wrong calling this book “good” because it‘s about the loss of the author‘s mother. It‘s very well done and reads more like a story rather than a memoir. Michelle paints a vivid picture of her mother, their relationship, and Michelle‘s emotions. Being a daughter of an immigrant, I can relate to Michelle‘s longing to be more in touch with her heritage and regret in not being fluent in her mother tongue. I highly recommend!

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I found this book at Target and was very interested. I regret buying it.

Desha This book is on my TBR and I was so looking forward to it! I‘m curious as to why you regret buying it? 11mo
JulieAly @Desha the author seemed to just ramble on about regrets/types of regrets but didn‘t get to the “moving forward” part. I thought the book would be more about moving forward from regrets or learning how to use them to better oneself but it wasn‘t. 11mo
Desha Okay thank you! I too was thinking it would be more about moving forward from regrets. In that case I‘m not as excited about reading it lol. Thank you for your review!! 📚 11mo
JulieAly @Desha you‘re welcome! 11mo
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The Heart of a Woman | Dr. Maya Angelou
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I loved this! It was a slow beginning but couldn‘t put it down once I made it to page 100.

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There‘s a lot of information in this book, which is great, but it‘s not structured. It reads like random articles/mini biographies just thrown together. The author is obviously a Liverpool supporter (no complaints here) but I‘m not sure if someone who is not a Red will enjoy this. This would make a great reference book.

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Black Buck | Mateo Askaripour
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I enjoyed this but didn‘t enjoy it at the same time. The story itself was really good but I was not a fan of some of the characters. Overall not a bad read but I wouldn‘t rush to pick it up.

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This was one of the most heartbreaking reads, I cried several times. I highly recommend.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one too 💔 12mo
JulieAly Have you read “Against The Loveless World” by the same author? It was really good 12mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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I did not enjoy this. I only finished it because it was a book club pick

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Highly recommend this to all my Muslim brothers and sisters 💕

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This put a lot of things into perspective for me. I enjoyed this a lot. RIP, bell hooks

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In Five Years: A Novel | Rebecca Serle
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I loved that this was a love story focused on friendship.

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I didn‘t enjoy this at all, I didn‘t laugh a single time.

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Really enjoyed this read, I was pleasantly surprised

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Mehso-so

Interesting but not my favorite.

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Karnak Cafe | Naguib Mahfouz
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Loved this

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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Panpan

I did not enjoy this.

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Really enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a tearjerker.

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Paper Palace | Miranda Cowley Heller
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This wasn‘t my favorite read but it was terrible.

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I loved this! It was a great mix between autobiography and inspirational with some comedy thrown in. Shonda was so honest about her life make it feel like she‘s a friend and very relatable.

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On Palestine | Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe
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Written in 2015 but still incredibly relevant to what‘s occurring in Palestine. It was a quick read (204 pages) that‘s describes the past, then present, and future of Palestine. I highly recommend for those interested in learning more Palestine. 🇵🇸

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This wasn‘t as good as Daisy Jones & The Six or The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo but it was a fun, quick read.

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Very inspiration. I‘m not a huge autobiography reader but this one was very well done. I highly recommend.

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This book was incredible! It was an emotional roller coaster filled with heartbreak and love. I was in a bit of a reading slump before picking this up but thankfully it pulled me out of it. I highly recommend but have some tissues on hand.

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Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories | Ghass?n Kanaf?n?, Hilary Kilpatrick
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Heartbreaking but loved these short stories.

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Finally reading this!

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The Untelling | Tayari Jones
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A very slow buildup. I struggled to get halfway through this but hopeful that it‘ll pick up.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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It isn‘t my favorite book but I‘m glad I finished it. Parts were bland but others were very interesting. I recommend.

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I finished this book in one sitting. It‘s not a self-help or “how to” book. It‘s a real man‘s story of his drive and ambition to make it in a country he was told to get out of. It is a quick, easy read. I recommend this to every one, especially immigrants or first-generation immigrants who have been told to “Go Back To Your Country.” Reading this gave me an ambition to do better. I commend Issa for his honesty about his life and journey.

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The Alchemy of Happiness | SBP Editors, Al-Ghazzali
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Great, fast Islamic read.

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What's Mine and Yours | Naima Coster
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A quick, light read with racial undertones. Some characters weren‘t as developed as I would have liked them to be and I saw the plot twist coming. Overall a good read.

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I cannot remember the last time a book made me laugh out loud as much as this one. A good read for Egyptians and non-Egyptians to get a better understanding of the Egyptian revolutions. I enjoyed that Bassem didn‘t put his political views in the book and remained unbias. I recommend.

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The Beauty of Your Face | Sahar Mustafah
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My favorite read of 2020! I could not put this down. I laughed and I ugly cried. It was incredible.

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Loved this book! It was a little slow in the beginning because I didn‘t have an interest in the characters but couldn‘t put it down towards the end. I didn‘t see a lot of things coming, which I loved. Highly recommend this and Daisy Jones and the Six by the same author.