Saturday, January 11, 2020

Middle Eastern Reading 2020 TBR

This is a place I wanted to list the books I'm thinking about or know about for my focus on the Middle East in 2020. I would love more recommendations, particularly of native authors, translated into English.

To read: The Meeting Point by Lucy Caldwell (the 1 Bahraini author translated into English has super bad reviews)

To read: Bitter Lemons of Cyprus

Already read: Reading Lolita in Tehran, Persepolis, The Blindfold Horse, Suvashun, The Temporary Bride
To read: The Blood of Flowers, My Uncle Napoleon, Persian Girls, Moon Brow

Already read: Fifteen Iraqi Poets
To read: Without an Alphabet, Without a Face; The Corpse Exhibition, Nostalgia My Enemy; Frankenstein in Baghdad, The Baghdad Eucharist

Already read: Sadness is a White Bird, Some Day, The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust, Second Person Singular

Already read: Salt Houses
To read: Inside the Night 


Already read: Pearls on a Branch, Unnecessary Woman

To read: Celestial Bodies

Palestine, Gaza Strip, West Bank
Already read: Sadness is a White Bird
To read: A Woman is No Man, A River Dies of Thirst, The Blue Between Sky and Water, Time of White Horses, Wild Thorns, Rain Inside, Inside the Night


Saudi Arabia
Already read: Habibi, The Wrong End of the Table, A Sinner in Mecca, 

Already read: No Knives in the Kitchens of this City, A Tree Whose Name I Don’t Know
To read: The Crossing by Samar Yazbek

Already read: so many

Already read: The Dog by Joseph O’Neill, Minutes from Miracle City by Omar Sabbagh
To read: Temporary People

Already read: Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
Could read: Henna House by Nomi Eve

Kurdistan and all other border places
Already read: A Tree Whose Name I Don’t Know, 
To read: stuff from Red Emmas, Women from a Non-State Nation, I Stared at the Night of the City


  1. Please add The Confusion of Languages to your list! It's by an American author who lived in the Middle East and is set in Jordan; I highly recommend it.

    1. I'm bad at monitoring my blog comments so I'm just now seeing this but thank you!!


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