Ramadan Reading (2013)
events / July 10, 2013

During the month of Ramadan (July 10 – August 8), I am going to be posting daily reviews of books that deal with Islam, as well as other discussion posts related to the topics that come out of these books. I will be writing about both fiction and non-fiction books, and from a variety of sources and perspectives. This page is a tentative schedule of posts and reviews for Ramadan 2013. I’ll be updating this list as the month goes along, linking to posts as they go live and updating the plan if books or discussions are added, subtracted, or moved around in the schedule. Friday, July 12, 2013 Review – Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson Monday, July 15th, 2013 Review – The Crisis of Zionism by Peter Beinart Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 Review – A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez Monday, July 29th, 2013 Review – A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 Review – The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight Friday, August 2nd, 2013 Review – The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Armchair BEA: Introduction 2013
events , thoughts / May 28, 2013

Since I – ever so sadly – cannot attend Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention in New York City this week, I’ve decided to join in on Armchair BEA again! Those of us who are participating in Armchair BEA are essentially putting together our own book blogger convention from the comfort of our own homes (or workplaces or wherever else we’ll be). You can read more about Armchair BEA here. Today’s the beginning of Armchair BEA! I’ve selected five of the “interview” questions and talked about them below. Feel free to poke me in the comments and I’ll be sure to check out your blog this week! 1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?  Hi, I’m Carina! I’m a Canadian high school teacher, currently working abroad. I’ve been blogging since December 2009. I started blogging because I wanted to start reading more again, and I wanted somewhere to keep track of what I’d read. I read quite a lot for the first few years, though my reading’s slowed down quite a bit since I moved overseas. I do, however, listen to tons of…

24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Rakem Sitta
events / April 27, 2013

From 4pm this afternoon until 4pm tomorrow afternoon, I’m joining in on the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon! It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. This is my sixth time participating in the read-a-thon. This time, I’m only reading, no cheerleading or mini-challenge hosting. Normally, I would be at work tomorrow, but I have the day off to attend a job interview – so I’ll actually get to participate in more of the readathon this time than I did in the fall! Here’s what I’ve got in the house to choose from over the next 24 hours: Twenty Years After (a little over 4 hours left in the audiobook at the start time) Sex and God at Yale (audiobook) Cemetery John (audiobook) Confessions of an Arabic Interpreter Running With Scissors The Taqwacores (which I started a few weeks ago in Beirut) Sex and the Citadel “?? ???” (an Arabic children’s book) Updates Hour 1: 4-5pm Introductory Questionnaire: What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – I’m reading today…