Ruined by Reading

To Read

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf

The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan

“Believing Women” in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an by Asma Barlas

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea

White Mughals: Love and Betrayl in Eighteenth-Century India by William Dalrymple

I, the Divine by Rabih Alameddine

The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

The Dowry Bride by Shobhan Bantwal

Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil by Katherine Bullock

Cringe by Sarah Brown

The Sound of Language by Amulya Malladi

Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid

A Case of Exploding Mangos by Mohammed Hanif

Beijing Coma by Ma Jian

Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshananthan

Minaret by Leila Aboulela

We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands by Rachel Shabi

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

Corner Shop by Roopa Farooki

The Tsarina’s Daughter by Carolly Erickson

Girl Most Likely To by Poonam Sharma

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber

Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Disquiet by Julia Leigh

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

First Darling of the Morning by Thrity Umrigar

The Fire Gospel by Michael Faber

The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark

The View from Garden City by Carolyn Baugh

Black Ships by Jo Graham

Hand of Isis by Jo Graham

Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi

The Plague by Albert Camus

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig

Year Zero by Jeff Long

The Reckoning by Jeff Long

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer

The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra

The Sirens of Baghdad by Yasmina Khadra

The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

Abraham on Trial by Carol Delaney

Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

The Accidental Pope: A Novel by Raymond Flynn

Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin by Nicholas Ostler

The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby

At the Drop of a Veil by Marianne Alireza

The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis

The Captive Queen of Scots by Jean Plaidy

The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo

The Egyptologist by Arthur Phillips

The Fifth Queen by Ford Madox Ford

The Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal

Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone

God’s Politics by Jim Wallis

Honeymoon in Tehran by Azadeh Moaveni

Immortal by Traci L. Slatton

The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner

The Blue Notebook by James Levine

Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

The Way Home by George Pelecanos

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips

Roanoke by Lee Miller

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah

East of the Sun by Julia Gregson


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  1. Sandra said, on December 21, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I have read Candide, Atonement, and The Sound of Language. All very good stories. I especially enjoyed The Sound of Language. You have some good reading to look forward to on this list.

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