Meeting History and Toxic Masculinity in Classic Naguib Mahfouz Novel

Some of you may know that I lived in Egypt in the 90s. I was mostly isolated by my mental illness, but even then, I had noticed the prominence of the Si-Sayed figure. What I didn’t ever expect is that this figure appears in Naguib Mahfouz’s 1956 classic called The Palace Walk. 

Give This a Listen: Popular Music Around Mahfouz’s Time**

This is a violin cover of the classic Umm Kulthum song called “Enta Omri.” The song is way too long (at least nine minutes long. And, it doesn’t have awesome variety like a Queen song).

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In the most recent months of 2018, I have been aiming to read beyond my
The Love for V.E. Schwab I started reading V.E. Schwab's work about a year ago.
        **Before I continue, I have to credit the following brilliant photographers:

Fumbling into a Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon Journey

As someone who is afraid of space and traveling in general, it’s hilarious that I am trying to participate in this readathon. It is called Tome Infinity and Beyond, and it going to be fascinating to trek through the challenges.  I first heard of it on the I Don’t Have a Degree in Reading channel. 

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Happy September to my peeps! After attempting to squish my library books and TBR into
  Look! An image for the post! It's been a while. Image courtesy of Photo-MIX
The NEWTs readathon has been steadily creeping the bookish web for the past month. As

You Make Me Smile: Top 5 Friendships in Recent Reads

I am having a particularly rough time existing, so I am taking advantage of post ideas that make me smile. May this bring you joy, too. For Top 5 Wednesday this week, we are celebrating friendships all over the blogosphere. And, that, is worth smiling for. Here are my favorites buddies.

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Ah, welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday where I break the rules. This is becoming
Getting redeemed is often reserved for villains, but today, I am going to be talking
For Top 5 Wednesday, this week's discussion topic centers around book tropes that were presented

A Not So Random Randomathon TBR Pile

Happy September to my peeps! After attempting to squish my library books and TBR into different challenges for this week, I settled on the Randomathon. As usual, yours truly may have to go rogue. This series of challenges are set for readers to apply their TBRs from September 3rd to the 16th.  You can check Randomathon’s Twitter right here.

Randomathon Challenges:

Read a sci-fi book

From what I have researched, the Shatter Me series is considered sci-fi. Luckily for me, I have picked Restore Me from the library a few days ago. I am worried that Tahereh Mafi is going to torture the characters in this installment. Funnily enough, I didn’t read any spoilers. For those of you who don’t know, I actually find spoilers to be a good way of reducing anxiety induced by the reading experience.

All I know is that someone shaves their head.

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As someone who is afraid of space and traveling in general, it's hilarious that I
  Look! An image for the post! It's been a while. Image courtesy of Photo-MIX
The NEWTs readathon has been steadily creeping the bookish web for the past month. As

August 2018 Wrap Up: DNFs and Mixed Bag Reviews

In the most recent months of 2018, I have been aiming to read beyond my comfort zone. and so DNFs are starting to happen more in my reading experiences. This August was tumultuous in terms of reading especially. Lots of hits and some misses along the way. However, I want to begin with a warning: I am not dismissing the skill of these authors nor am I saying that fans of these books are somehow not lesser than in any way. Simply put, I found their stories to be not something I enjoy or they conflict with some preferences and/or beliefs that I have.

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Photography by Anton Repponen on resplashed.com It is time for my first a month in
  Even though I had a tumultuous January, I had a pleasant reading month. Part
    November has come to an end. Here is a wrap up of the

Top 5 Works of Media to Introduce Baby Woke Steps

Ah, welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday where I break the rules. This is becoming a trademark of mine (or so I assume). Today, rather than talk about books, I want to talk about free works of media that can help someone be more woke.

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I am having a particularly rough time existing, so I am taking advantage of post
Getting redeemed is often reserved for villains, but today, I am going to be talking
For Top 5 Wednesday, this week's discussion topic centers around book tropes that were presented

More NEWTs Cheating to Finish up August 2018

 

Look! An image for the post! It’s been a while. Image courtesy of Photo-MIX Company on Pixabay.

As erratic as my reading has been, I am still attempting to get some allotted reading space in my schedule. The good news is that last week was actually a decent week in terms of wrapping up books. I am hopeful! Here is the list of all the NEWTs’ Challenges.
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As someone who is afraid of space and traveling in general, it's hilarious that I
Happy September to my peeps! After attempting to squish my library books and TBR into
The NEWTs readathon has been steadily creeping the bookish web for the past month. As

Top 5 Characters Who Redeemed Themselves

Getting redeemed is often reserved for villains, but today, I am going to be talking about all kinds of characters. Top 5 Wednesday’s topic for this week is so on point that I have to join in.

There are very few redeemed villains in my reading experience–at least, not ones I can remember. Many of them are like mini-villains. It’s sort of like when you play video games and you have varying levels of villains that you have to face.

Before I go any further, I want to include this fascinating article on redemption arcs in media and literature. Its author highlights different stories with redeemed characters (effectively and ineffectively).

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I am having a particularly rough time existing, so I am taking advantage of post
Ah, welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday where I break the rules. This is becoming
For Top 5 Wednesday, this week's discussion topic centers around book tropes that were presented

Top 10 Books that Can Kick My Slumps in the Face

Slumps, of all kinds, are the worst. It doesn’t matter if you can do your work but not read, or read but not do your work, or even not be able to do either one. It stinks. This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about slumps, and how we can kick them (in the face).

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Image courtesy of Couleur on Pixabay. Not a genre I normally reach for, middle-grade books
For this week's Top 10 Tuesday, I am twisting the prompt a bit. Rather than
**Image by Jill 111 on Pixabay  As someone who struggles with a mood disorder, I

BT: The Queer Eye Book Tag

I sound like a broken record, but I am trying to recover from this bout of hopelessness. Forever my ray of sunshine, Inge has tagged me in the Queer Eye Book Tag. Listen, I love Queer Eye. And, not to sound like a hipster, but I also loved the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Let’s do this.

How it works: the Queer Eye Book Tag consists of five categories, one for each of the Fab Five – Food & Wine, Fashion, Grooming, Design, and Culture. For each category, pick a book that comes to mind. Finally, there’s a category inspired by the #QEHipTips, which we’ll call #QEBookTip. This is where you recommend your favorite queer books. When you’re done, tag your friends!

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My incredible friend Ely posted her answers to this Book Personality Challenge a few days
As I watched Marines' video of this tag, I felt that it would be a
    Ali from the Hardback Hoarder channel recorded a video where she answered the