Books Reviews

What I’m Reading In September (2017)

I’ve never been one to read multiple books at the same time but that habit started a couple of months ago, to the extent that I was reading three to four books together. Every time I came across a new book I would get excited and either buy or borrow it from a friend and get started immediately.  This month, however, I wanted to get more focused with my reading so I chose three books (plus a bonus) and pinned it to my vision board. Alas, I have already bought four books this month and pre-ordered one for the end of the month, but I’m staying true to my goal and so far I am on track.

Doing these posts every month will also be useful for mentioning the Islamic Books that I’m reading that I don’t feel comfortable reviewing because Who Am I to give star ratings to scholarly work? But I do think it’s important to share that information as it could be of benefit to someone. So here goes my September reading list.

So here goes my September reading list.

Productive Muslim by Mohammed Faris

Productive Muslim

I bought Productive Muslim this time last year and for one reason or another, I just didn’t read it. As we enter into the last quarter of the year, I am working on boosting my productivity so it just seemed like an appropriate time to finally start reading it, and work on gradually on implementing the tips suggested.  Based on what I have read so far, this is definitely not a one time read!

Based on what I have read so far, this is definitely not a one time read!

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou 

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I cannot tell you how long ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ has been on my to read list! A friend gave me her copy earlier in the year and it had been sitting on my shelf ever since. Initially, The Knife of Never Letting Go was on my to read list for the month but I replaced it with this book because something in me just felt like this was the time to finally read the words of Maya. Then I stumbled on the quote below by Ijeoma Umebinyou, the author of ‘Questions for Ada.’ and it makes me really excited to delve into the book!

Then I stumbled on the quote below by Ijeoma Umebinyou, the author of ‘Questions for Ada.’ and it just makes me really excited to delve into the book because there’s so much to learn from the life of Maya Angelou.

“bury your tired bones in books written by women who survived wars like the one you’re surviving. nwanne’m, this is also a form of prayer.”

Humility in Prayer by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali 

This was the first book that I read from my list this month and Alhamdulillah I have finished it. My spiritual focus currently is about developing better Khushu in my prayers and I got a copy of this book whilst I was doing a course earlier in the year so I decided to make this my first read.

Bonus Book: Love in The Holy Qur’an by Ghaazai Ibn Muhammad Ibn Otalaal 

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Love in The Holy Qur’an is my bonus book and it comes with a great recommendation from a friend. It’s an English Translation of Prince Ghazi of Jordan’s thesis who is a Professor of Islamic Philosophy and an interfaith activist.

I’m looking forward to writing book reviews for some of these books by next month.

What books are you reading this month? And do you ever read multiple books at the same time?

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3 comments

  1. JazakAllahu Khayran for sharing your reading lists! I find it a challenge to read even though it was on my list of things to do more of this year:( And I am also a slow reader.

    What is the one-thing that has allowed/allows you to read regularly. Please kindly share x

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    1. During the holidays it’s a lot easier for me to read because I have time on my hands, especially if I’m not interning. But otherwise throughout the year, my commutes provide me with the best time to read (Roughly 1 hour 30 minutes everyday).

      I am trying to read more in the morning and in the evening (for 15 minutes) but that’s a work in progress haha. You might also find this post beneficial https://muslimgirljournal.com/2017/07/15/tips-and-hacks-for-you-to-read-more/ xx

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