Haneen Reads

Just some book reviews

Jan 2023 Books

Published February 12, 2023

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2023 is looking good so far, reading-wise. I’ve somehow managed to read 7 books in January, which feels like my normal reading rate from three years ago. Without any furth ado, here are the books I read in January.

1. Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis – 2003

In this well-researched and well-structured book, Angela Y. Davis offers the reader detailed contextual backgrounds and historical aspects of the modern prison industrial complex. In its title, Davis poses the question “Are prisons obsolete?” And then begins to dismantle all your preconceived notions of “crime & punishment” that you have taken for granted all your life.

Full review here

2. Book of Sith: Secrets From the Dark Side by Daniel Wallace – 2012

This dark little book is compiled by Darth Sidious (AKA Emperor Palpatine) of dark side accounts, lore, and secrets from archives he inherited from Darth Plagueis. If you’re a Star Wars fan, this one is for you, especially for those of us who take interest in the dark side.

Full review here

3. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – 1859

This is a classic tale of redemption set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. This is my fifth Dickens, and his masterful and witty writing style is ever so present in the Tale of Two Cities. I must admit that although I enjoyed reading this novel, it had some major issues for me.

Full review here

4. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie – 1924

Always love a good Agatha Christie book, and Poirot is just THE best! I’ve read a few of her most famous novels and decided to read a bit more of the Poirot mysteries. However, this book is not a novel, but rather a collection of short stories, and they were still marvelous.

Full review here

5. التيه لـ عبد الرحمن منيف – 1984

التيه أول جزء من خماسية مدن الملح لـ عبد الرحمن منيف. تدور أحداثها في منطقتين ”وادي العيون“ و ”حران“ والتغييرات التي يمر بها أهل هذه المناطق أثر اكتشاف البترول.

في نظري الرواية كان لها فرصة لتكون أفضل بكثير مما هي عليه، خاصة وأن أعمال منيف الأخرى كانت مميزة أدبيا وفكريا. الفكرة العامة للرواية مثيرة ومشوقة، لكن الأسلوب السردي الممل، وكثرة الشخصيات، والمبالغة في إرسال رسالته للقارئ أضعفت الرواية بشكل عام. ففي هذه الرواية نرى تأثير أيديولوجيات الحزب البعثي على منيف، أكثر من رواياته الأخرى.

Full review here

6. King Lear by William Shakespeare – 1605

Where to begin? Well, King Lear is one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever read in Shakespeare, so stupid and unlikeable that you kind of want him to meet his end!

Full review here

7. Now We are Six by A.A. Milne – 1927

A lovely collection of poems for children mostly about Christopher Robin and a whole bunch of fantastical characters. Winnie-the-pooh is only there for a couple of them, but it was still lovely.

Full review here

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