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After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
4.04
A gripping and well-written account, but rather markedly biased in favor of Shia ideology. I was surprised, for example, that while Hazleton provided...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
 
The Ring Of The Dove: A Treatise On The Art And Practice Of Arab Love
3.94
I read an excerpt of this in college for a class, and then got the book and read it in its entirety. It's beautifully written, although the language a...more
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Jan 26, 2011
 
A Stolen Life
3.84
I was going to give this book a 4 star rating and be done with it. Anything else felt douchey. How could you give a book about a courageous girl who k...more
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
 
The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
3.94
My fascination with North Korea is well known; I've read just about every book on the subject, which was why picking this up was a no-brainer. And the...more
Sep 09, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
 
The Scarlet Pimpernel
4.05
This. Book. Is. Legendary.

There aren't enough words to do it justice. It's a fast-paced, swash-buckling tale of a young English nobleman and his gang...more
Feb 19, 2012
Jan 27, 2011
 
To Romance a Charming Rogue (Courtship Wars, #4)
3.94
I wanted to like this book, and I wanted to like the hero and heroine, but I couldn't. For the first third of the story, the hero is quite clear: he d...more
May 13, 2012
May 13, 2012
 
Stranger in My Arms
3.77
This book was an absolute waste of time, except for the hero, Hunter. Hunter was a great character with an interesting backstory. The same could not b...more
Mar 06, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
 
Treasure Yourself: Power Thoughts for My Generation
3.96
Miranda Kerr has been my favorite Victoria's Secret model since almost the start of her career with the retailer, which was why I really wanted to lik...more
Sep 09, 2012
Sep 09, 2012
 
The Abduction of Julia (Rogues, #1)
3.82
This book was enjoyable enough, but also ... annoying. I have a few little issues with it.

* The chick, Julia, is surprisingly dim-witted and naive. It...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
 
Suddenly You
3.98
As I said about "Stranger in My Arms," if this had been the first Lisa Kleypas book I picked up, I would never have picked up another. (If you want to...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
 
The Importance of Being Wicked (The Wild Quartet, #1)
3.42
The Importance of Being Wicked is the debut novel in Miranda Neville's new series about some rather badly behaved women. Caroline Townshend is a notor...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 23, 2012
 
The Prophetic Medicine
4.32
This book is full of hadeeth and natural remedies, all of which I'm huge on. Most of these I've already heard of and tried (with good results) and I'm...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
 
Mao's Great Famine: The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62
3.89
A very informative, well researched book about the effects of the disastrous Great Leap Forward, a supposed revolution in industry and agriculture dre...more
Jul 19, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
 
And the Miss Ran Away With The Rake (Rhymes With Love, #2)
3.75
I really wanted to like this book. I've heard wonderful things about Elizabeth Boyle, and many of my friends recommend her highly. However, I found "A...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
 
Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke, #3)
3.95
This book had its funny and cute and entertaining moments, but was a pretty dismal JQ romance. I have to admit, the Lord of Newbury just creeped me th...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
 
Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart
4.52
A must-read for Muslims ... and a must re-read. :P
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
 
When the Duchess Said Yes (Wylder Sisters, #2)
3.58
Unfortunately, I knew from the moment I started this book that I was in trouble. I tried very hard to like it, but just couldn't get there.

The angle i...more
Aug 05, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
 
The Lady Most Willing...: A Novel in Three Parts
3.89
I absolutely adored this story, which is an anthology of three novellas (three and a half novellas?) that all flow together so seamlessly that it feel...more
Sep 26, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
The Duke Is Mine (Fairy Tales, #3)
3.75
*SPOILER* I criticized Eloisa James on Twitter for:

- having her heroine constantly mock a mentally disabled man (her fiance, later, ex-fiance)
- writin...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
 
The Husband Hunt (Madison Sisters, #3)
3.83
A good effort, but rather mediocre. I am a sucker for girl-is-in-love-with-family-friend stories, where the heroine loves her brother's best friend, o...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
 
Three Weddings and a Murder
3.65
It was the book overall that rather ... failed, not the novellas. Milan, Dare and LaValle wrote amazing stories. That's why this gets three stars, rea...more
May 28, 2012
May 24, 2012
 
Quran: A Reformist Translation
4.38
This translation is excellent, and while I cannot fully accept this Quran-only perspective (though I do agree whole-heartedly that hadith can never be...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 28, 2012
 
70 Matters Related to Fasting
2.67
I guess, overall, this is a decent enough book if you know absolutely nothing about fasting. However, if you do, and particularly if you are familiar...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
 
A Previous Engagement
3.41
Oh. My. God. This was terrible.

I had this book on my Kindle (Thanks, Pixel of Ink!) and wanted something to read to unwind before bed as I waited for...more
Feb 02, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
 
Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived
3.58
Though not very well written, the stories of American mass killers and their victim-survivors are harrowing, cautionary, and compelling. I'm not going...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 22, 2011
 
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
3.80
Absolutely adorable, and totally honest. Mindy Kaling does not disappoint, and it's easy to see why she's such a touchstone at The Office. The girl is...more
Dec 07, 2011
May 24, 2011
 
What Would Audrey Do?
3.56
Though well written enough in terms of form and structure (I won't say anything about the annoying Royal "we" the author chooses to employ), what this...more
Nov 17, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
Seduced by a Pirate (Fairy Tales, #4.5)
3.72
Boring and kind of bloodless, if that makes sense. It felt like there was a minute of angst, followed by everything happily falling into place. I real...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 25, 2012
 
A Year in High Heels: The Girl's Guide to Everything from Jane Austen to the A-list
3.40
This book has a little something for everyone. There were parts of it that were absolutely uninteresting to me, like the part about how to plan a wedd...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
 
No True Gentleman (Rutledge Family, #2)
3.92
This book is fantastic.

The protagonist is Max, a half-Italian nobleman who lives as a middle class man and works as a detective. This becomes somethin...more
Jul 2012
Jul 01, 2012
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