If you’ve been wondering where the recipes went this month… I do have a post in the works. But I suppose you can blame these books for my procrastination because I’ve been doing a loooot of reading. A trip to the library made my to-read stack grow quite a bit and I’m truthfully a less ambitious cook in the summer. So here we are now.
Take a look at this month’s reads below and stay tuned for a recipe, coming soon:
Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening (by Manal al-Sharif) – I read this book because I actually wrote some pieces back in the day about the Women2Drive movement in Saudi Arabia — a social media movement that highlighted Saudi women’s attempts to drive (which they are not allowed to do). Al-Sharif was a key figure in that movement, having dared to get behind the wheel and having it filmed and posted online. This book was a really enlightening look into her background and the events surrounding her push to drive in Saudi Arabia. It was a compelling read that I sped through over the course of a couple of days.
The Master and Margarita (by Mikhail Bulgakov) – So I’m not going to lie, I struggled with the first couple of chapters of this novel, about the Devil’s visit to the Soviet Union, which is hailed a classic. But after taking a break and returning to it, I got sucked in. That said, there were still chapters later in the novel that I didn’t have the easiest time with, but I’m glad I stuck it out even though I’m not sure it’s a book I would revisit at a later date.