One, Two, Theme! Challenge (2011)

Joanna and Alexandra are hosting the One, Two, Theme! challenge.

Click the link to read the review for each book. The completion date follows the book title in parentheses.

My Tentative Themes:

  • Islam
  1. How to Read the Qur’an by Mona Siddiqui (June 16, 2011)
  2. Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam by Asra Q. Nomani (June 17, 2011)
  3. Being Muslim: A Groundwork Guide by Haroon Siddiqui (June 27, 2011)
  4. I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim edited by Maria M. Ebrahimji & Zahra T. Suratwala (June 29, 2011)
  5. The Translator by Leila Aboulela (July 11, 2011)
  6. The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam (July 18, 2011)
  7. Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif (July 19, 2011)
  8. Borderline by Allan Stratton (July 20, 2011)
  9. Wandering Lonely in a Crowd: Reflections on the Muslim Condition in the West by S. M. Atif Imtiaz (July 23, 2011)
  10. Stranger to History: A Son’s Journey Through Islamic Lands by Aatish Taseer (July 25, 2011)
  11. The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Anti-Semitism by Tarek Fatah (August 4, 2011)
  12. Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think by John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed (August 7, 2011)
  13. Gladdy’s Wake by B.K. Anderson (August 9, 2011)
  14. Children of Dust: A Portrait of a Muslim as a Young Man by Ali Eteraz (August 18, 2011)
  15. The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali (August 22, 2011)
  16. Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution by Salman Ahmad (August 29, 2011)
  17. Mother of the Believers by Kamran Pasha (December 26, 2011)
  • Middle East
  1. Loom by Thérèse Soukar Chehade (April 9, 2011)
  2. Some Dream for Fools by Faïza Guène (April 9, 2011)
  3. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (April 21, 2011)
  4. Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner (June 21, 2011)
  5. Finding Nouf by Zoë Ferraris (July 2, 2011)
  6. Sweet Dates in Basra by Jessica Jiji (July 15, 2011)
  7. City of Veils by Zoë Ferraris (July 21, 2011)
  8. The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing by Darina Al-Joundi with Mohamed Kacimi (July 24, 2011)
  9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (July 27, 2011)
  10. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (August 10, 2011)
  11. CultureShock! United Arab Emirates by Gina Crocetti Benesh (October 17, 2011)
  • Politics
  1. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding From You by Eli Pariser (May 30, 2011)
  2. Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West by Benazir Bhutto (June 26, 2011)
  • Sexuality
  1. Annabel by Kathleen Winter (January 22, 2011)
  2. Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi (January 31, 2011)
  3. One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love edited by Rebecca Walker (April 14, 2011)
  4. Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody (May 3, 2011)
  5. Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren (May 15, 2011)
  • Food
  1. The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove by Cathy Erway (January 2, 2011)
  • Education
  1. Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men by Leonard Sax (May 1, 2011)
  2. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at American’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose (July 9, 2011)
  3. This Girl is Different by J.J. Johnson (October 20, 2011)
  4. Columbine by Dave Cullen (November 26, 2011)
  • Running
  1. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (March 9, 2011)
  2. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall (April 23, 2011)
  3. The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete by Matt Long with Charles Butler (May 18, 2011)
  4. Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes (December 31, 2011)

4 thoughts on “One, Two, Theme! Challenge (2011)”

  1. So glad you’ve decided to join us! I’ve just read a good fiction book about Education: Pat Conroy’s The Water is Wide.

    I’ll add your themes to the list!

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