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:

Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa

Blurb from Goodreads

A sweeping and lyrical novel that follows a young Palestinian refugee as she slowly becomes radicalized while searching for a better life for her family throughout the Middle East, for readers of international literary bestsellers including Washington BlackMy Sister, The Serial Killer, and Her Body and Other Parties.

As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait in the 70s to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children, and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, the man she thinks she loves jilts her after a brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been. After trekking through another temporary home in Jordan, she lands in Palestine, where she finally makes a home, falls in love, and her destiny unfolds under Israeli occupation.

Why I Want To Read It

Great Monday everyone! It’s the first day of the week and it is just right to start with some positive energy! I hope everyone is enjoying their own Mondays. I know, Monday sickness right? I can totally relate because I have been having one since the start of the Holiday season. My body is still finding ways to cope and adjust. LOL.

To kick off the week, I am posting a Goodreads Monday update. I am still feeling sluggish, hence, no book came to mind. I had to browse through my Goodreads Want-To-Read List and this title popped out because I can’t remember why I added it to my list. I think read a recommendation for the book either through a Goodreads post or a book blogger post. It is a book about Palestinian migrants, a subject that I have been trying to familiarize myself with, albeit subconsciously. It all started with Colum McCann’s Apeirogon, then preceded by Etaf Rum’s A Woman is No Man and, most recently, Sahar Mustafah’s The Beauty of Your Face.

I do find Arabian writing and the Arabian voice compelling, which I guess is a major factor in my adding this book to my to-be-read list despite having never heard of the author before. 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!