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After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
4.08
liked it
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
 
A Stolen Life
3.89
it was ok
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
 
How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
4.11
did not like it
I thought this was cheesy, annoying, and overdone even BEFORE she made some ridiculous crack about millenials being entitled, which is such a trite th ...more
May 2017
May 28, 2017
 
The Ring Of The Dove: A Treatise On The Art And Practice Of Arab Love
3.89
really liked it
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
not set
Jan 26, 2011
 
The Duke Is Mine (Fairy Tales, #3)
3.73
did not like it
*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 Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
3.91
really liked it
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
 
Stranger in My Arms
3.77
did not like it
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
 
100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love
4.09
it was ok
I mean, it has some good recipes, so that's nice, but honestly, this is what happens when literally anyone can publicize their change in eating habits ...more
Nov 06, 2015
Nov 06, 2015
 
Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure
4.10
it was amazing
Absolutely gorgeous. This book offers a brief survey of important Muslim women, from Ummul Mu'mineen to women like Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, aka Nora ...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
 
Treasure Yourself: Power Thoughts for My Generation
3.82
did not like it
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
 
To Romance a Charming Rogue (Courtship Wars, #4)
3.90
did not like it
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
 
The Importance of Being Wicked (The Wild Quartet, #1)
3.38
did not like it
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
 
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs,  and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers
3.88
did not like it
This guy is a charlatan who uses pseudo science and a very unnuanced view of case studies to push his bullshit idea that there is one single simple cu ...more
Aug 13, 2017
Aug 13, 2017
 
The Scarlet Pimpernel
4.07
it was amazing
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
 
The Abduction of Julia (Rogues, #1)
3.79
it was ok
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
 
Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart
4.49
it was amazing
A must-read for Muslims ... and a must re-read. :P
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
 
Go Tell It on the Mountain
4.01
liked it
I'm conflicted about my rating. On the one hand, this book is stunningly written. The imagery is amazing. I mean, it's James Baldwin, after all. I fel ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
 
Mao's Great Famine: The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62
3.94
really liked it
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)
3.79
did not like it
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
 
The Prophetic Medicine
4.32
really liked it
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
 
A Rogue's Proposal (Cynster,  #4)
4.07
did not like it
Dear God, this drags on interminably and was almost a chore to get through. Could have been 200 pages shorter, easy. (It was about 600 on my iPad, not ...more
Mar 16, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
 
Ten Things I Love About You (Bevelstoke, #3)
3.97
did not like it
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
 
Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women
3.83
really liked it
Some of the stories in this book are better than others, but the book itself is a must-read simply because of the picture it presents. Everyone has an ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
 
My Life and Hard Times
4.14
really liked it
I read this book for the first time shortly after moving to the Midwest. I moved here from Boston when I was ten, and a year or two later, I was flipp ...more
not set
Jan 23, 2011
 
Three Weddings and a Murder
3.60
liked it
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
 
Body Language 101: The Ultimate Guide to Knowing When People Are Lying, How They Are Feeling, What They Are Thinking, and More
3.12
did not like it
This is basically for those folks who have been raised by wolves in a dark cave and thus are unfamiliar with the basic, most obvious and most intuitiv ...more
Dec 08, 2012
Dec 07, 2012
 
The Petite Advantage Diet: Achieve That Long, Lean Look. The Specialized Plan for Women 5'4" and Under.
2.90
it was ok
Not bad, but the main idea can be summed up like this: you are a small woman, and you can't eat as much as larger people so stop it. Also, go do some ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
 
Americanah
4.28
liked it
**spoiler alert** The writing was gorgeous ... except a few parts where it just felt lazy. There were so many compelling characters and plot points th ...more
Apr 11, 2015
Apr 11, 2015
 
Suddenly You
3.98
did not like it
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 Feminine Sixth: Women for the Defense
4.60
it was amazing
I'm honored to be one of the attorneys featured in this book. It's a fascinating round-table discussion, written with a great flow even though none of ...more
Mar 02, 2018
Mar 02, 2018
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