Middle Eastern Sojourns – Part 2

It took me almost a month to get through And the Mountains Echoed. I spoke about my initial difficulties in my first installment of Middle Eastern Sojourns, only to be bombarded with even more hindrances soon after. Nevertheless, I persevered through sporadic reading and once I had finished the book, I developed a new appreciation …

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I Stand with Muslim Women

via Daily Prompt: Resist Today is World Hijab Day. I started writing this post weeks ago to honour my Hijabi friends and my favourite muslim public speakers, writers, activists and innovators. I rewatched dozens of videos, re-read my book notes and called up my hijabi girlfriends so that I could make sure my anecdotes about …

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In Defense of Dystopian Fiction

Over the past few days, I have developed an acute but powerful appreciation for my ability to read. I watched Donald Trump’s inauguration. I listened to his dismal speech. Yesterday, I was heartbroken as I watched him begin to repeal back the march of progress in America. And then it hit me. Suddenly, I became …

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Middle Eastern Sojourns – Part 1

My father introduced me to Khaled Hosseini in 2015 by blasting the audio version of The Kite Runner in the car every morning for two weeks.  You see, my father doesn’t actually read his books. Instead, he listens to them in his spare time - usually during his morning and afternoon commutes to work and …

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Thrice Read Reading Tag

Ok. It seems really pretentious to create our own tag and literally call it the Thrice Read tag but we’re incredibly unimagitive and that’s all we could come up with. Currently, Caitlynn, Jenn and I (yes, it is I, Eden, writing this post) are sitting in a coffee shop in Nashville eating breakfast and giving …

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Asian Explorations: Books 1 and 2

Book 1: The Valley of Amazement When I was a little girl, one of my favourite daytime cartoons was Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat. Unbeknown to me at the time, the show was an adaptation of Amy Tan’s children’s novel of the same name. I forgot all about Sagwa after the show ended and 14 …

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The Valley of Amazement vs. Memoirs of a Geisha

So I started writing my review for The Valley of Amazement and then I did a silly thing: I started reading Memoirs of a Geisha. I couldn't help it! I am simply dying to see how the Chinese and Japanese cultures differ when it comes to entertainment, the sex industry and the expectations of femininity. I don't …

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My Intercontinental Reading Challenge

If you want to read the world, if you want to encounter it with an open mind, the world will help you - Ann Morgan Last year, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, I discovered a problem with my bookshelves. They were loaded with bestselling novels by award-winning authors who provided vividly evocative …

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Daily Prompt: Tempted

I have been tempted in many ways since I started university, but nothing compares to my temptations to speak up in my conservative-dominated world. *Trigger Warning*: This post contains information a reference to sexual violence and may be triggering to survivors.