Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.


This week’s book:

The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah

Blurb from Goodreads

A Palestinian American woman wrestles with faith, loss, and identity before coming face-to-face with a school shooter in this searing debut.

A uniquely American story told in powerful, evocative prose, The Beauty of Your Face navigates a country growing ever more divided. Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the principal of Nurrideen School for Girls, a Muslim school in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a shooter—radicalized by the online alt-right—attacks the school.

As Afaf listens to his terrifying progress, we are swept back through her memories: the bigotry she faced as a child, her mother’s dreams of returning to Palestine, and the devastating disappearance of her older sister that tore her family apart. Still, there is the sweetness of the music from her father’s oud, and the hope and community Afaf finally finds in Islam.

The Beauty of Your Face is a profound and poignant exploration of one woman’s life in a nation at odds with its ideals.


Why I Want To Read It

And today is the first Monday of December although it is already the seventh. It is also Parents Day, so happy Parents’ Day to all parents out there, especially to my mom and dad who’ve been awesome parents despite having me, a prodigal son. Tsk Tsk. I hope everyone is staying safe and happy in this most uncertain and unpredictable times.

Monday is not just the first day of the week, it also means a Goodreads Monday update. For this week’s update I am featuring Sahar Mustafah’s The Beauty of Your Face. This week’s update is also my 50th Goodreads Monday which means it’s nearly been a year since I started doing this post. It’s a post that I enjoy because I came across interesting titles through other fellow bloggers posting about books they want to read and why they want to read it. Conversely, I enjoy sharing my own list.

Anyway, I first came across The Beauty of Your Face while researching for books to include in my 2020 Top 10 Books I Look Forward to List. The premise of the story piqued my curiosity; I know, I have been into Arab literature lately. Availing a copy of the book, however, was another thing. It was a challenge but an online bookseller managed to purchase a copy of the book on my behalf. After about four months of waiting, I will be receiving my copy next week. I will immerse in it as soon as I receive it.

How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead! And yes, tomorrow is a holiday again in the Philippines. Another day to rest after another challenging month-end close.