Book Spotlight: Read a book that is set in the Middle East

Happy February Everyone!

This month we covered two of the Read Harder Challenges. Meaning that if you’ve been following along you’ve read two books focused around reading outside of your comfort zone. Which means you have twenty-two books left for the rest of the year. Go you!

For this spotlight let’s get into the next challenge, which is “Read a book that is set in the Middle East” For those of your who are interested there are a number of narratives set in the middle east. Previously narratives were about the “Mystery” and the “Danger” of the “Orient” that can be pretty harmful when not written by someone who actually is from the Middle East. Usually when an author notes how “exotic” someone looks, I’d steer clear. Also I would caution you to seek out authors that are of Middle Eastern descent. Remember guys, representation matters.

With that being said, the book spotlight of the challenge is the book “The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh.




“The Wrath and the Dawn” follows Khalid, the 18 year old Caliph of Khorasan. Every night he marries a new girl and every night ends with her execution. The country is in peril, families are hiding eligible women, everyone is trying to solve the mystery of why someone would do something this awful. 16 year old Shahrzad has had enough and volunteers to be married to Khalid. The reader soon learns that Shahrzad’s best friend was murdered in this fashion and she seeks revenge.

What I liked about this book is that language. Everything is told in a very lyrical style. You really understand setting and the scenery through the prose. The author has a style that makes you really fall into the story.

Let the Field Library know what you think!

Don’t forget registration for “The Field Games: Read Harder Challenge” ends on February 14th.




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