The Allure of a Ritual: Celebrating Hajj through the Arts
27 July 2020
A good book can be a decadent experience. A great story lets you live vicariously through the lives of vibrant characters. In the Ithra Library, a treasure trove of worlds can be found on our shelves. Our book recommendations list includes some of the best novels on the market.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
The Fault in Our Stars introduces the reader to Hazel, a teenager who has dealt with terminal illness since birth. When she meets Augustus Waters, her seemingly time-stricken existence gains more wondrous adventure and love than ever before.
Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds
Long Way Down sets the stage for Will, a teenager on a vengeful mission: to murder his brother's killer. In a plot set in 60 powerful seconds in an elevator, Will's plan is interrupted by a few visitors on his long way down to the ground floor.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
Neurologist Dr. Oliver Wolf Sacks recounts his patients’ histories and how they adapted to their bizarre world of neurological disorders. This 1985 book considers what can be perceived as strange, and illuminates the brilliance in being human.
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald
H is for Hawk recounts Helem Macdonald’s experience of training a goshawk after the devastation of her father's sudden death. The memoir captures Macdonald’s bereavement and the charm of a magnificent beast whose wild nature and fierceness echoes her own.
Blink - Malcolm Gladwell
Psychologist Malcolm Gladwell revolutionizes how we understand the world. Blink explains why we think in a certain way and how our decisions are made in the blink of an eye. This is a book that will change the way you think forever.
Dreams from My Father - Barack Obama
Initially published in 1995, Dreams from My Father is former United States President Barack Obama’s memoir of his life during his early years in Honolulu and Chicago. The memoir dives into rich storytelling, including his exploration of his Kenyan family, as he confronts the bitter truth about his father’s life.
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
The last installment of The Hunger Games trilogy follows Katniss Everdeen’s vengeful adventures against the Capitol. No one is safe. How will the finale of The Hunger Games conclude?
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - Yasutaka Tsutsui
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a sci-fi novel telling the story of a teenage girl and her incredible accidental ability. She finds herself able to time travel, but with a twist. She repeatedly repeats the same day.
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
August Pullman was born with severely deformed facial features. Starting 5th grade at a public school for the first time, he faces his new peers. This remarkable book tells the story of Auggie and glimpses the point of view of his classmates, his sister and other characters throughout the story.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
Published in 1989, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been a huge success. To this day, it reigns as a must-read for self-help and business. Stephen Covey presents a timeless approach to achieving your goals and being active.