Sunday, October 27, 2013

100 Books

This year I have a 

goal to read 100 books 82 down, 18 more to go!

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1.  Little Princes by Conor Grennan (highly recommend- about Nepal)
2.  Passage to Istanbul by Joseph Kanon (meh- slow spy novel, not very much culture, do not recommend)
3.  Desert Queen by Janet Wallach (you have to be in the mood- about British inventing modern Iraq)
4.  Tales from the Expat Harem by Anastasia Ashman (highly recommend)
5.  Apples are from Kazakhstan by Christopher Robins (recommend- great explanations of Soviet transitions)
6.  Rebel Land by Christopher de Bellaigue (recommend- historical background via stories of different kinds of people in Turkey including Kurds and Armenians)
7.  Crescent & Star by Stephen Kinzer (not a narrative- just historic information- dry)
8.  SOLD by Zana Muhsen (highly recommend- about Yemen)
9.  My Forbidden Face by Latifa (highly recommend- about Afghanistan)
10.  Princess by Jean Sasson (highly recommend- about Saudi Arabia)
11.  Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are not for Sale by Rachel Loyd (recommend- about child enslavement in New York)
12.  Leap of Faith by Queen Noor (highly recommend- captures the recent history of the Palestinian peace process and of course Jordan).
13.  Murder in the Name of Honor by Rana Husseini (highly recommend, about Jordan & the world)
14.  A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (highly recommend, fast and compelling read about South Sudan)
15.  The Woman Who Fell From The Sky by Jennifer Steil (recommend- about Yemen, expats, journalism)
16.  Survivors by Allan Zullo  (recommend- about Polish Children who survived Jewish camps in WWII).
17.  Friendly Fire by Alaa al Aswany (recommend- fiction collect of short stories about Egypt)
18.  Last Night Another Soldier by Andy McNab (fiction- about British troops in Afghanistan)
19.  Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay
20.  A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kasghar by   Suzanne Joinson (Fiction)
21.   The Founding Foodies: How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized America Cuisine by Dave Dewitt
22.  Finding Fish by Antwone Fisher (Highly recommend)
23.  Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art of War by Robert Coram (HIGHLY recommend- military history, US history, AF history, Marine Corps history, and the story of a man of character)
24.  Knickers in a Twist by Jonathan Bernstein
25.  Britannia in Brief by Banker & Mullins
26.  A Woman in Jerusalem: A Passion in Three Parts by A.B. Yehoshua (Fiction)
27.  Princess Sultana's Circle by Jean Sasson (part 3 of the trilogy- see no. 10, highly recommend about Saudi royalty).
28.  The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization by Thomas Friedman (recommend, but like World is Flat better). 
29.  The Quran (in English) 
30.  Building Moral Intelligence by Michelle Borba (highly recommend for ALL parents)  
31.  Culture Shock: London by Orin Hargraves
32. Religions by Philip Wilkinson (great photos but really disappointing overgeneralizations of beliefs)
33. Mormons & Muslims by Spencer J Palmer (highly recommend)
34. The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunker (highly recommend- she describes purposes, processes, materials, methods, etc, VERY useful and inspiring)
35.  Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (crass, full of laughs, highly recommend- but not for everyone)
36.  Culture Smart!  Britain by Paul Norbury (recommend- a little dry compared to the others of similar purpose and scope)
37.  Brit Cult: A-Z of British Pop Culture by Andrew Calcutt (informative but VERY boring)
38. Sorry!  The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings (meh, Kate Fox was better- see no. 39).
39.  Watching the English by Kate Fox (Highly recommend- entertaining and accurate)
40.  Netherlands: Culture Smart!  by Sheryl Buckland (recommend, very informative)
42.  Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex by Anne Frank (her short stories, some true some fiction)
41.  The UnDutchables by Colin White & Laurie Boucke (Thank you Alexander)
43. Vincent van Gogh and his letters by Leo Jansen (no link)
44.  Tired of London, Tired of Life: One Thing to do a Day in Londonby Tom Jones (heavy on drinking suggestions, not as interesting if your socialization doesn't center on alcohol consumption.  Still had some worthy suggestions.)
45.  Princess Sultana's Daughters by Jean Sasson (recommend, but not for everyone- 2nd in the princess trilogy- see numbers 10 and 27.)
46.  For the Love of a Son by Jean Sasson (About Afghanistan, highly recommend but prepare to read about the extensive human rights violations that dominate tribal culture)
47.  Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel (fiction.  faster read than Life of Pi but not quiet as captivating)
48.  Driving the Saudis by Jayne Amelia Larson (recommend, but not highly)
49.  Three Women of Herat by Veronica Doubleday (highly recommend)
50.  Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks and Jm Haskins (recommend)
51.  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossieni (highly recommend- Thank you Udgoon)
52.  Arn't I A Woman: Female Slaves in the Plantation South by  Deborah Gray White (academic, but recommend)
53. Divided by a Common Language by Christopher Davies
54.  Mission Al Jazeera by Josh Rushing (recommend)
55.  Moisture of the Earth by Mary Robinson (highly recommend- about racial stratification in the south, union organizing)
56.  The Cypress Tree by Kamin Mohammadi
57.  The no. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (fiction-thank you Donna)
58. Afghan Tales by Oleg Yermakov
59.  Cinnamon City by Miranda Innes (British expats in Morocco- Recommend)
60.  Across Many Mountains by Yanzom Brauen
61.  A Woman Among Warlords by Malalai Joya
62.  The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah (Afghan/British expat in Morocco- Recommend)
63.  Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder (Slow read, but really valuable perspective on TB and poverty globally- Recommend for those in the mood for heavy social topics)
65.  Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (I've only read the first 3 chapters before, so I'm looking forward to reading the whole thing).
66.  Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi (Highly recommend, particularly for feminists.  About an Egyptian woman executed for slaying her pimp)
67. Cities of Salt  by Abdelraham Munif (meh, some parts dragged)
68. A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving by Godfrey Hodgson  (dry but informative)
69.  A Muslim American Slave: The Life of Omar Ibn Said by  Omar Ibn Said (interesting but do not recommend unless you are realllly interested in Slave history- a bit dry).
70.  All I Did Was Ask by Terry Gross
71. Memoirs of a Woman Doctor by  Nawal El Saadawi
72. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
73.   Perfect Soldiers by Terry McDermot (HIGHLY recommend- about the attackers as individuals involved in 9/11)
74. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander
75. A Stone in my Hand by Catharine Clinton
76.  Code Talker by  Joseph Bruchac (Recommend- about Navajo Marines- good for older kids, too.)
77. Quiet by Susan Cain (Highly Recommend for all introverts and recommend for those living with introverts)
78.  Christmas: A Candid History by Bruce David Forbes (dry but informative- explains what parts of Christmas celebrations came from where/when and how it is different in various nations)
79. Don't forget to Tape the Toilets by A Anonymous (lots of typos, but highly recommend for expats considering life in the Gulf countries and those interested in Saudi culture).
81.  The Origins of Christmas by Joseph F. Kelly (Highly recommend- explains about Christology and the early authors of Christian texts)
82.  Culture Shock! United Arab Emirates by Gina Crocetti (Highly recommend for anyone interested in Gulf culture)
83. Love in a Torn Land: Joanna of Kurdistan by Jean Sasson (highly recommend- a glimpse into the Kurdish genocide in Iraq under the Baathist party).
84.  Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar by Emily Ruete

Currently underway:

Up next:
64.  The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner (fiction)
80.  Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

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