A beautiful view into a beautiful brain--lots of thought and reflection went into this short, gratifying read. I just started in the afternoon and fin...moreA beautiful view into a beautiful brain--lots of thought and reflection went into this short, gratifying read. I just started in the afternoon and finished this evening--it only took me a couple of hours and I have young children! Honest and poignant, a great read for everyone, especially women, from the deep reflections of a woman who knows she has purpose and goals...and challenges others to believe the same of themselves. Inspirational, wise, unchronological prose from the Egyptian girl next door on the complexities of life and love.
My review from Amazon:Roses are are not always red and violets are not always blue. If they were only red and blue, where's the fun in that? That rhyme is boring. Life sometimes sucks, but that's what makes it life and people need to know that :). Thoughts That Don't Rhyme is a collection of anecdotes, letters, and thoughts from a beautiful soul bearing her own securities and insecurities to make us, readers, into better people. This is not a story, and the author states that writing this was an act of faith which was out of her comfort zone. I'm so happy she stepped out of her comfort zone...in her discomfort, she motivates readers to get going with their own goals in life. It's a book for all with universal truths, so dive right in even if the roses aren't red and the violets aren't blue. I found the book to be inspirational and thought-provoking, and certain chapters just took my breath away from this Egyptian girl-next-door. I read it in a few hours one evening, all the while still being mommy, wife, cleaning lady, chef, and...well, me. :) All the superwomen out there will love this book...as well as the men who can handle superwomen who don't quite fit in the box. ;) (less)
This was an enjoyable, entertaining, gratifying read. I wish the ending went a little differently...more on the poignant side, but nevertheless I coul...moreThis was an enjoyable, entertaining, gratifying read. I wish the ending went a little differently...more on the poignant side, but nevertheless I couldn't put the book down from start to finish and didn't even know I finished until I saw that acknowledgements were the next chapter. I hope the movie lives up to the book. This one was bound to go to the big screen. And I still in some ways can't believe that through the portrayals of her characters and how real they seemed to be...a white novelist made me feel like she was black. I'm also bewildered at the alarming number of white women taking issue with this book saying that she stereotyped black women. I'm black; I don't feel stereotyped. Perhaps those critics need to get more in touch with their black side like Stockett does. I guess the book would have been okay to those critics if a black person wrote it...which means we still have a ways to go in patching up the emotions of the past. What I'm looking forward to is my mom's perception of the book--as a black woman coming of age in the 60s living on and off a farm in Alabama. If she enjoys it (and she's a tough one to please when it comes to these highly sensitive books dealing with blatant racism and prejudice), then Stockett has done her job well. It is what it is and I believe she tells it like it is, whether you like it or not. This is a very important book in addressing the very complex nature of "race" relations in the U.S. A must read for all...and fans of The Secret Life of Bees should especially enjoy this good read.(less)
I had to read this book in college and it was an EXCELLENT read on the history of relations between the Muslim World and the West. The author also pro...moreI had to read this book in college and it was an EXCELLENT read on the history of relations between the Muslim World and the West. The author also provides great solutions to solving current affairs. Great read for anyone interested in International Studies, and Islamic Studies.(less)
A very good read--and very pleased to see knitting characters :). I felt the story was heartwarming and moving at times, especially with Clare and Mic...moreA very good read--and very pleased to see knitting characters :). I felt the story was heartwarming and moving at times, especially with Clare and Michael's storyline. I'm starting to really like Debbie Macomber and how she tells the characters' stories, and lets us get to know them. A nice escape for me, and I think if I'm ever at a loss for a book out of town, I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a Debbie Macomber title! Very classy lady.
Favorite quotes from this book:
"He grinned. 'Ah, yes, this breakfast group of yours. Tell me, are the meetings just an excuse for men-bashing?'
Leave it to Sean to suggest such a thing. 'Oh, hardly. The problem with you men is that you're so threatened by women getting together, you naturally assume it's all about you.' " (p.170)
"Although she could well afford a cleaning service, she preferred to do her own housework. She joked that it helped her work out her aggressions, which was true; she also felt that she could better maintain the kind of control she wanted over her environment." (p.178)(less)
Hearts We Lost is Umm Zakiyyah's best book to date! Poignant and a tear-jerker towards the end, the read is unpredictable and uplifting, making the re...moreHearts We Lost is Umm Zakiyyah's best book to date! Poignant and a tear-jerker towards the end, the read is unpredictable and uplifting, making the reader ponder many a hadith all the while assessing his/her current state of heart. What I love most about this novel is that Umm Zakiyyah broaches on the taboo here--and skillfully. The characters are real and believable, portraying the ups and downs of the human condition soulfully. In addition, the novel also centers around the world of dreams and spiritual healing, which aren't topics that are very popular on Islamic literary shelves...so what a great addition the Hearts We Lost is to the new canon of Islamic fiction! Umm Zakiyyah has just scored herself a new fan with this one! And I am completely moved by this work that made me forsake my precious sleep until 1am this morning! MashAllah! (less)
An honest, thoughtful journal--I would have never thought of visiting Yemen before reading this diary, and now I so anxiously want to be a part of the...moreAn honest, thoughtful journal--I would have never thought of visiting Yemen before reading this diary, and now I so anxiously want to be a part of the Dowra program, inshAllah and experience a bit of what the author experienced. Got a lot of good quotes from this book, but Ethar's most insightful contribution to the world through this book is her honesty in showing the struggle and complex balance it takes to live Islam in the "real world" with all it's distractions and glitter. Sure, it's easy to remember Allah in an isolated desert when there's nothing else to do, but what happens when you leave it? I picked up this book for insight into the place where the great Imam Al-Haddad (ra) lived and to compare her journal to my online blogging journal from Palestine, and I am so happy I did. So many of her feelings resonated with me, and its good to know that others share in my deepest hopes and fears of being successful in the deen. Reading about her life in Tarim calmed me down about my own struggles on the path and inspired me to take part of a retreat to sojourn to Allah on my own--the Seekers Guidance Retreat I'll be traveling to tomorrow, inshAllah (and subsequently blogging from :) )!(less)
This is my remedy when my heart needs some curing and softening. A great guide for Muslims who need to reconnect to the deen of Allah. I love how shor...moreThis is my remedy when my heart needs some curing and softening. A great guide for Muslims who need to reconnect to the deen of Allah. I love how short and comprehensive the chapters are. They are short and sweet, but very deep. I can't help but learn something new each time I pick up this book. The Book of Assistance definitely makes the reader contemplate. It's a great straight talk and counsel. The Nur of the author definitely comes through--mashAllah, he would've been an incredible shaykh to learn from in his heyday, I'm sure, but at least we can still learn from him now through The Fons Vitae series.(less)
This was a surprisingly good read for me. I'm not much into the fiction scene, but I needed a break from my depressing non-fiction. I picked up this b...moreThis was a surprisingly good read for me. I'm not much into the fiction scene, but I needed a break from my depressing non-fiction. I picked up this book after I saw an interview of the author on Knitting Today. I was curious to see how she combined her love for knitting and writing in her books. There were so many things that I appreciated about the author--from her ambition to write while raising 4 children, to overcoming dyslexia, to her Christian beliefs that keep her books clean. I really planned to read this book and then get back into my non-fiction but I'm interested to see what happens to these characters as the series develops. Macomber definitely made me care about her characters, and I'm especially attached to the characters Alix and Jacqueline. I may be reading more of the Blossom Street series. I like Macomber's old-time values. Non-graphic, romantic, and clean, this could easily be a Hallmark movie (like a couple of Macomber's other books). While I could do without the brief drinking scenes, I appreciated that matters of marriage stayed within marriage and were one or two sentences at that. Was it predictable?--yes, and the ending was kind of corny (I'd rather it have ended with Alix's story), but this is a great read for conservative readers :).(less)
I would recommend this book for first-time bloggers who don't have a clue about blogging. I read this after I already started blogging, but I still fo...moreI would recommend this book for first-time bloggers who don't have a clue about blogging. I read this after I already started blogging, but I still found it useful in some tips and interviews of other crafty-minded bloggers. It was visually inspiring, showing how important photography can be to the look and feel of a blog. It made me think more about the mood I wanted to convey through the details. Seeing how those who have been blogging blissfully for years have done it definitely made me want to step up my game. This book re-inspired me from my blogger's block. If you're already a blogger, check it out from the library, but if you want to get started blogging, you may want to purchase this one!(less)
Great book, read it in two days in under 3 hours while my daughter napped...motivational and inspirational for any creative minded person. The author...moreGreat book, read it in two days in under 3 hours while my daughter napped...motivational and inspirational for any creative minded person. The author answered a lot of my questions and gave me a sort of pep talk through this work that I can use both in my crafting and literary endeavors--a highly recommended read. Oh, and yes, this book does cover the business aspects that I felt were lacking in Crafty Superstar :).(less)
I like the layout of the book and its quick read nature. It read like a conversation--I read it in two and a half hours. A lot of it was stuff I alrea...moreI like the layout of the book and its quick read nature. It read like a conversation--I read it in two and a half hours. A lot of it was stuff I already knew. There's a lot of good tips and I appreciate the sample forms in the back, but I wish the author went more in depth on what it takes to legalize small businesses. For instance, how big or small do you have to be before you get in trouble with the IRS? I'm off to read Craft, Inc. now and hope that it has the answers for me!(less)