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Samuel Zwemer: The Burden of Arabia | Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
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Pickpick

Biography of Christian missionary Samuel Zwemer who served in the Arabian Peninsula for many years, then in Cairo, and later at Princeton University. Zwemer was often quoted in a recent book I read and I didn‘t know anything about him. This was a good resource that told his story and helped me start to know more.

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jenniferw88
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#readingbracket2022
Only had 2 5 ⭐ reads this month, but Blood and Sand came top.

Will not be surprised if Priory wins overall.

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jenniferw88
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Librarybelle Wow! This sounds like a harrowing experience! 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds great!! 2mo
Cortg Wow! This sounds like a tough, emotional read! 2mo
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vonnie862
Finding Nouf: A Novel | Zo Ferraris
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Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

This was a great mystery set in Saudi Arabia. I need to read the next book in the series.

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#LetterF
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 2mo
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JulieAly
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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akaGingerK
Girls of Riyadh | Rajaa Alsanea
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Mehso-so

Added to my TBR several years, moves & a full state ago, I wish I‘d read it closer to when it was written- it‘s very contemporary to a past decade. I enjoyed the emails-via-Yahoo!groups frame and wanted to know how all the braided stories turned out. Two major caveats though prevent me from recommending it: when encountering their love rivals, one character got real racist, real fast (anti-Asian, specifically) and another became smugly fatphobic.

akaGingerK Overall, it was a gossipy behind-closed-doors of a culture I know very little about, and the frame provides an interesting commentary on the plot/characters. But the racism & fat phobia were both overt and not held out as problems either by the narrative itself nor by the framing commentary - and once my attention was drawn to it, it was hard not to question other moments that I might have otherwise missed 5mo
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Victoriahoperose
Girls of Riyadh | Rajaa Alsanea
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Panpan

This was short and quick, but just not enough connection for me. I am going to probably guess that the translation just didn‘t work for the book and that‘s why I disliked this one. I read it in a few hours just to get through it and be done with it but I did like the bits of culture in this and learning some new stuff in this book. Overall, it just wasn‘t for me.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Goodreads tell me I finished this the first time just before Christmas in 2015. My life has changed so much! I once again found the book engrossing and somehow comforting in a way I can't explain to anybody. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Butterfinger
Girls of Riyadh | Rajaa Alsanea
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It sort of reminded me of Crazy, Rich Asians with all the education and rich nuances that only those in the know -know. It was written as an expose and I enjoyed getting to know them. #SaudiArabia #ReadingAsia2021 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Librarybelle Sounds interesting 9mo
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jenniferw88
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#12booksof2021 #July @andrew65

This will probably be my favourite book of the year - I'm recommending it to everyone!

Andrew65 Looks a good recommendation. 9mo
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