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  1. 1. Will you be participating?

  2. 2. How will you be reading the book?

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Are the books being suggested available for online reading? As most people may not be able to rent/buy books thus decreasing the number of people participating. I just went to Borders (a book store) today and the Islamic section was seriously sad.

 

EDIT: My suggestions:

- A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

- Dua Weapon of the Believer by Yasir Qadhi

 

Ive read a Thousand Splendid suns.. Its good but its really long!

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Are the books being suggested available for online reading? As most people may not be able to rent/buy books thus decreasing the number of people participating. I just went to Borders (a book store) today and the Islamic section was seriously sad.

 

EDIT: My suggestions:

- A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

- Dua Weapon of the Believer by Yasir Qadhi

yeah! sixteen inches of policy tripe and one Quran. The mormons had like six feet! If not online I'll have to order or drive to get, maybe my mom could get for me?? hmmm. one is never too old for ones mum. ;)

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Ive read a Thousand Splendid suns.. Its good but its really long!

I'm open to suggestions and willing to read if the book is available online somehow.

 

yeah! sixteen inches of policy tripe and one Quran. The mormons had like six feet! If not online I'll have to order or drive to get, maybe my mom could get for me?? hmmm. one is never too old for ones mum. ;)

16 inches of policy tripe? I'm confused. Are these book names?

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Dang nabbit! I thought I responded!

 

Islamic Book: In the Footsteps of the Prophet

Non-Islamic: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangaremba. (Its not a long story but its a heavy story. About structural violence and the like. A story about a young girl and her journey through life in Zimbabwe).

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I'm open to suggestions and willing to read if the book is available online somehow.

 

 

16 inches of policy tripe? I'm confused. Are these book names?

I keep forgeting people can't see me. :blink: The bookstore in my city has sixteen inches of bookshelf space for Islam. All of it western think tank pundits commenting on US policy toward Islam. Whatever book we get, if it is not online I will have to drive for it or procure it by other means. ;)

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Are the books being suggested available for online reading? As most people may not be able to rent/buy books thus decreasing the number of people participating. I just went to Borders (a book store) today and the Islamic section was seriously sad.

 

Just to add to that, depending on where participants are from in the world it may be difficult to access certain suggested Islamic books...and even non-Islamic ones. Perhaps suggestions that are made should be books that you know will be widely (across the globe) accessible.

 

Did we decide whether it was a monthly, forthnightly or weekly read? Bearing in mind the first one took around 1 month to read.

 

I've read A Thousand Splendid suns a few years ago.

 

Can someone provide the source for the list of best 100 books?

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I keep forgeting people can't see me. :blink: The bookstore in my city has sixteen inches of bookshelf space for Islam. All of it western think tank pundits commenting on US policy toward Islam. Whatever book we get, if it is not online I will have to drive for it or procure it by other means. ;)

Ah, gotcha. InshaAllah, we'll try to find books which are easily available for reading.

 

Do you think we should look at the list of the best 100 books again? To The Lighthouse is on that list but it was hard to read and pretty boring.

That made me laugh. :lol: I'm scared to think what other unreadable suggestions may be on it.

 

Just to add to that, depending on where participants are from in the world it may be difficult to access certain suggested Islamic books...and even non-Islamic ones. Perhaps suggestions that are made should be books that you know will be widely (across the globe) accessible.

 

Did we decide whether it was a monthly, forthnightly or weekly read? Bearing in mind the first one took around 1 month to read.

 

I've read A Thousand Splendid suns a few years ago.

 

Can someone provide the source for the list of best 100 books?

So perhaps we should tell everyone to first find an online link to the books they are suggesting. So if people can't buy it, they can at least read it online/on their computers/kindle (:dance:).

 

Let's keep it 3 weeks and we can extend to a month if necessary. I think the reason it took long for me to read the book was because of how difficult it was to read the style. Took me a while to get used to it.

 

^ Well i tried finding one.. but they are all different :huh:

 

SO shall I just post a link to a random one that looks ok and maybe we can choose off there?

Sure.

 

Also, can people post what categories of fiction they wouldn't mind reading?

I wouldn't mind: horror, thrillers, humour, romance (if it's not disgusting) and sci-fi.

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A poll would be cool. I don't mind hunting for a book if its something I havn't read or is Islamic. A poll would be very cool. everybody puts in a book, everybody votes twice (once for own and once for other) winner picked. eh? eh?

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Here is the Exclusive Books 101 Books to Read Before You Die List:

 

101 Books to read before you die

 

 

1. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

 

2. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

 

3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

 

4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

 

5. The Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

 

6. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver

 

7. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

 

8. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

 

9. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

 

10. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

 

11. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

 

12. Spud – John van de Ruit

 

13. The Power of One – Bryce Courtenay

 

14. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

 

15. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

 

16. Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

 

17. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

 

18. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

 

19. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

 

20. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

 

21. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

22. Disgrace – J. M. Coetzee

 

23. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

 

24. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

 

25. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

 

26. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

 

27. Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

 

28. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

 

29. Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton

 

30. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

31. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

 

32. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon

 

33. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

 

34. Atonement – Ian McEwan

 

35. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

 

36. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

 

37. The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

 

38. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

 

39. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

 

40. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

41. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

 

42. I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb

 

43. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

 

44. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

 

45. War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy

 

46. Clan of the Cave Bear – Jean M. Auel

 

47. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

 

48. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

49. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

 

50. Possession – A. S. Byatt

 

51. Perfume – Patrick Suskind

 

52. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende

 

53. Chocolat – Joanne Harris

 

54. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith

 

55. Q & A – Vikas Swarup

 

56. Dune – Frank Herbert

 

57. Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

 

58. Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels

 

59. River God – Wilbur Smith

 

60. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

 

61. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

 

62. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

 

63. Mort – Terry Pratchett

 

64. Crime and Punishment – Feodor Dostoyevsky

 

65. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

 

66. East of Eden – John Steinbeck

 

67. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

 

68. The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

 

69. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

 

70. The Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy

 

71. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

 

72. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding

 

73. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

 

74. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

 

75. Animal Farm – George Orwell

 

76. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

 

77. Watership Down – Richard Adams

 

78. Magician – Raymond E Feist

 

79. Middlemarch – George Eliot

 

80. The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth

 

81. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

 

82. The Magus – John Fowles

 

83. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

 

84. Agaat – Marlene van Niekerk

 

85. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

 

86. The Shell Seekers – Rosamunde Pilcher

 

87. The Colour Purple – Alice Walker

 

88. The Beach House – James Patterson

 

89. Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak

 

90. Kringe in ‘n Bos – Dalene Matthee

 

91. The World according to Garp – John Irving

 

92. Northen Lights – Phillip Pullman

 

93. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

 

94. Shades – Marguerite Poland

 

95. Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer

 

96. Fiela se kind – Dalene Matthee

 

97. Story of an African Farm – Olive Schreiner

 

98. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

 

99. The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton

 

100. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

 

101. Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne

 

We could eliminate the ones most of us have read and then work in it from there?

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Bapre & OWEN - I would create a poll but we need to at least shortlist the books first so let's vote on the thread itself. For fiction, which kind of genre are you ok reading?

 

FR - I still can't see the site so if we choose a book from there, I'll need ur help.

 

cubster - any thrillers/comedy on there? I think we should skip series like LOTR and Harry Potter.

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I've read 21 books from that list...

 

Does anyone (those who are willing to read this time) have any preference on the genre of book?

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