Shopping for Books in Amman – Part I

Each time I visit home, I hunt my favorite bookstores like a starving man looking for next year’s best reads. This time, I came around Christmas time, many new books hit the shelves and I was over the moon happy! (truthfully, still am).

Of course, I greeted all my darling “older” books back home, I cleaned my shelves, rearranged them too, some I packed with me, and got a hundred photos of them on my cell phone when I was done! (Yup, it’s a sickness).

The books I got are mainly from Virgin MegaStore, Readers Fully Booked, WIDE:SCREEN • The Fun Library and some from Books@Cafe, William Bookshop and even the airport! I will add the books here according to shop.

Readers Fully Booked

Readers has two branches, one is located in Cozmo (my favorite) and the other in Taj Mall. Readers has many great collection of books, events, and family oriented activities. Here’s my list:

The Ring and the Crown
by Melissa de la Cruz

First of all, I love Melissa‘s books, she is a remarkable author, and the cover is just so darn cute! I love the color red and that gorgeous flowers crown! Not to mention that The Ring and the Crown is an interesting name.

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys’ magic, Eleanor’s extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard.

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie’s face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she’s always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she’s always dreamed of–the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor’s court: trust no one.


A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab

Many sellers told me to get both books A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows (book 3 A Conjuring of Light is soon hitting the stores), I’ll either regret it or salute myself after I read it, but I only got the first book; usually when I go nuts and buy a whole series without any knowledge of the style, I usually grow to regret it.

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.


Love Warrior
by Glennon Doyle Melton

This book is an Oprah’s Book Club selection! I heard it’s the next Eat Pray Love, and I decided to give it a go.

The highly anticipated new memoir by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton tells the story of her journey of self-discovery after the implosion of her marriage.

Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out—three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list—her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: that her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.

Love Warrior is the story of one marriage, but it is also the story of the healing that is possible for any of us when we refuse to settle for good enough and begin to face pain and love head-on. This astonishing memoir reveals how our ideals of masculinity and femininity can make it impossible for a man and a woman to truly know one another – and it captures the beauty that unfolds when one couple commits to unlearning everything they’ve been taught so that they can finally, after thirteen years of marriage, fall in love.

Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.


The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown

My favorite Langdon movie and I suspect book!

Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes.

As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci – and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history.

Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever…


Vinegar Girl
by Anne Tyler

I got to say, the cover I got isn’t the prettiest cover for this book but I can’t wait to dive in, this book is part of a project called (Hogarth Shakespeare) it’s all about Shakespeare’s plays reimagined into our modern times and this particular story is among my favorites. Vinegar Girl is based over The Taming Of The Shrew, have you watched 10 Things I Hate About You and Ah Min Hawaa (آه من حواء)? This is the same story!

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she’s always in trouble at work – her pre-school charges adore her, but their parents don’t always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There’s only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost.

When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he’s relying – as usual – on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he’s really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men’s touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?


Lair of Dreams
by Libba Bray

Have you read The Diviners by Libba Bray? It’s such a fabulous book! Set in the time of the flappers and has such an amazing ghost story, cults, magic and two love stories (Sam & Evie and Theta & Memphis). One of the best I read. I wish my copy could be signed, this is how much I love these books! I got to say that the first oiginal cover is the prettiest.

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.


The Keeper of Lost Things
by Ruth Hogan

I got to say, I bought this book for the cover alone! The pink flowers on blue background was so attractive to me.

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer-Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is a heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.


Without Merit
by Colleen Hoover

I dived in after I bought this book because I loved Hoover‘s It Ends with Us but truthfully I find the story weird so far and I’m not a fan of that crazy family. Let’s see! I got to say the cover is gorgeous.

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.


My Brilliant Friend
by Elena Ferrante

The first time I saw all four books, it was in Kuwait’s book fair, I looked at them but didn’t buy them. Now I have the first one: My Brilliant Friend, it seems like a warm story, it kind of gives me the vibe of Daddy Long Legs. I love the vintage feeling of the covers.

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists.


The Moonlit Garden
by Corina Bomann

The cover and title attracted me instantly: The Moonlit GardenCorina Bomann wrote it in German, so this copy is translated. I like German authors and their stories, they are different.

Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she’s completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?

Together with her best friend, Ellen, and handsome musicologist Gabriel Thornton, Lilly sets out to explore the violin’s legacy. From England to Italy to Indonesia, she follows its winding trail. Along the way, she learns of Rose Gallway, a beautiful woman of English and Sumatran descent who lived among Sumatra’s lush gardens more than a hundred years earlier. A celebrated and sought-after musician, Rose once owned Lilly’s violin and regularly played concerts for Sumatra’s colonial elite—until, one day, she simply disappeared.

As Lilly unravels the mystery behind Rose’s story—and uncovers other unexpected secrets—she’ll come to see her own life in an entirely new light. And as each shared discovery brings her closer to Gabriel, her heart might finally break its long-held silence.


Because of Miss Bridgerton
by Julia Quinn

Sometimes I say to myself “I have outgrown historical romance novels” but you know what? My romantic heart hasn’t, I adore these books! Adding that Julia Quinn is one of my favorites! Because of Miss Bridgerton  is the first book in a new series called Rokesbys.

Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places…

This is not one of those times.

Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband… someday.

Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should…

Or not.

There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he’s arrogant, annoying, and she’s absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can’t stand the sight of him, either.

But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor…

Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can’t abide is the one person they can’t live without…


The Shadow
by Sylvain Reynard

I read the first book in 2016 and I kept wondering what happened next, to tell you the truth, I felt sorry for Raven, I want her to be turned into a vampire for one reason really, so she can be prettier and healthier. So I bought the second book in The Florentine SeriesThe Shadow.

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…

Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart…

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…


The Pearl Sister
by Lucinda Riley

What can I say about Lucinda Riley? She is one of my absolute favorite authors and this series is splendid! The Pearl Sister is the fourth book of the The Seven Sisters series. So yes, I’m invested!!

CeCe D’Aplièse has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt – so-called by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe and named after the Seven Sisters star cluster – she finds herself at breaking point. Dropping out of art college, CeCe watches as Star, her beloved sister, distances herself to follow her new love, leaving her completely alone.

In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over one hundred years ago. En-route to Sydney, CeCe heads to the one place she has ever felt close to being herself: the stunning beaches of Krabi, Thailand. There amongst the backpackers, she meets the mysterious Ace, a man as lonely as she is and whom she subsequently realises has a secret to hide…

A hundred years earlier, Kitty McBride, daughter of an Edinburgh clergyman, is given the opportunity to travel to Australia as the companion of the wealthy Mrs McCrombie. In Adelaide, her fate becomes entwined with Mrs McCrombie’s family, including the identical, yet very different, twin brothers: impetuous Drummond, and ambitious Andrew, the heir to a pearling fortune.

When CeCe finally reaches the searing heat and dusty plains of the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. As something deep within her responds to the energy of the area and the ancient culture of the Aboriginal people, her creativity reawakens once more. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her something she never thought possible: a sense of belonging, and a home…

The Pearl Sister is the fourth book in the number one international bestselling Seven Sisters series.


by Alexandra Bracken

Wayfarer is the sequel to Passenger… As you can see, I love adventure books!

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected – Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realises that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognisable … and might just run out on both of them.


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Copy
by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay

I finally got my copy!! What gorgeous illustrations! Jim Kay outdone himself! Each volume is even better than the last! It’s such a great feeling to dive into Harry’s world again and again with each release!

Picture the magic – discover J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with glorious full-colour illustration by Jim Kay, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger.


The Rules of Magic
by Alice Hoffman

Has any of you watched Practical Magic 1998 movie? It’s one of my favorite movies ever, and the book Practical Magic happens to be one of my favorites as well. (this doesn’t happen often) They are not similar but both are amazing, the book happens to be darker though. So Practical Magic was released as a standalone in 1995, only in 2017 Alice Hoffman actually wrote a prequel to Practical Magic with the aunts story under the title The Rules of Magic, and the cover is yellow and gorgeous!

Find your magic…

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.


مأمون القانوني
ديك الجن

 عمركم سمعتوا بحساب الفيس بوك والتويتر الخاص بديك الجن كاتب أردني بإسم مستعار… المهم هذا كتابه مأمون القانوني

ديك الجن هو اسم مستعار لكاتب حقيقي منغمس في هم الآخرين، لا يركض وراء الضوء قدر ما يحب التعبير عما يريد، صدر له حديثاً كتاب: “مأمون القانوني.. تنويعات من واقع الحياة “، وهذا ما يقوله في مدخل الكتاب: “كاتب يفر من الضوء مرتديا المعنى، يحاول أن يقدم لك ما هو خارج اللحظة ولكنه لا ينسى أن يسبر أغوار دمعك وفرحك، سارقا منك أسئلتك وكأنه يتربع معك على سريرك ويتمثلك ليكونك وينطق بلسانك، لا تسلط في لغته بل انسيابية عالية تجعلك تركض خلف تراكيبه للمفردات التي يحاول أن يسرقها من فمك لتكون سهلة المذاق بالنسبة لك””. ويعتبر كتاب مأمون القانوني الكتاب الأول لديك الجن الذي يؤكد بأن الكاتب لا ينسى أنه يمسك بيدك وكأنه حكيم أعمى يريد أن تستدل وإياه على الطريق دون أن يشعرك بفوقية مقيتة أو وعظ جامد فارغ من الروح، بل هو يفتش فيك وفي شخصياته عما يضيء طريقه، ثم يمزج ضوء كما معا لتكون الرؤية مشتركة وجادة وحرة. كما تعتبر كتابات ديك الجن صفحة فيسبوكية جمعت آلاف المتابعين ، لتتحول إلى كتاب “مأمون القانوني” الذي احتل مرتبة الكتب الأكثر مبيعاً خلال أيام ، لما فيه من سخرية و واقع يرسم ابتسامة على وجه القارئ .. وذكريات تجعله يشعر بأن بطل القصة هو ذاته. كما يحتوي الكتاب على 68 مادة مطبوعة من القصص و التنويعات ، ويهدف في المقام الأول لتدوين وحفظ ما نشر عبر صفحات الفيس بوك على مدى العام الأول تقريبا .


Empress of a Thousand Skies
by Rhoda Belleza

I saw this book first in Kuwait, but when I returned to buy it, it was sold out, so fate made me meet this book again in Amman! Empress of a Thousand Skies sorts of reminds me of Cinder. You know, moon princess looking for revenge? But no judgment till I read it.

Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an wants vengeance.

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.


Palestine on a Plate: Memories from My Mother’s Kitchen
by Joudie Kalla

So many feelings hit me while flipping through this beautiful, nostalgic, delicious book! This is such a beautiful book to have around your kitchen when you want to cook something your mom and grandmas made… I wish it was even larger! Palestine on a Plate is a beautiful cookbook.

Palestinian food is not just found on the streets with the ka’ak (sesame) bread sellers and stalls selling za’atar chicken and mana’eesh (za’atar and sesame bread), but in the home too; in the kitchens all across the country, where families cook and eat together every day, in a way that generations before them have always done.Palestine on a Plate is a tribute to family, cooking, and household recipes created with love that brings people together in appreciation of the beauty of this rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the stories and culture of Palestine through the food in this book.

This is a celebration of real Palestinian food, cooked with the ingredients that Joudie’s mother and grandmother use, and their grandmothers used before them. Experience the wonderful flavors of Palestine through zingy fattet hummus (tangy yogurt, chickpeas and hummus, served over toasted pita bread and drizzled in buttered pine nuts), satisfyingly spiced makloubeh (an upside down spiced rice dish with lamb neck and fried eggplant), eggplant and zucchini stuffed full with spiced and herbed lamb, and sublimely decadent awameh (honey dumplings) all accompanied by fresh mint tea and white coffee (not actually coffee at all, but a refreshing mix of water, orange blossom water and sugar).

Colorful, stunning photography evoking the vibrancy and romance of the country will bring Palestine into your home and make you fall in love with this wonderful way to cook and enjoy food.


Landry Park
by Bethany Hagen

The title “Landry Park” attracted me at first then I thought to myself “another dystopian novel! I’m in!”.

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate.

As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty – her family and the estate she loves dearly – and desire.


by Marissa Meyer

I think it’s safe to say that I formed an opinion of Marissa Meyer and decided that I love anything she writes immensely. Anything with her name on it is a winner to me! Her Lunar Chronicles series is one of my favorites!

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


Year One
by Nora Roberts

Another author I absolutely love is Nora Roberts! Everytime I get one of her books I’m happily surprised and I go into an amazing ride! I think this is the first time Nora writes something like Year One.

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.


A Gathering of Shadows
by V.E. Schwab

Remember when I said I wasn’t getting book two of Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab? I was absolutely lying to myself! Weeks later, I bought A Gathering of Shadows!

It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.


Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps
by Anne-Marie Faiola

I love the idea of making my own soap and making it suitable to my skin! Imagine all the beautiful smells and perfumes! The benefits is undeniable as well! Beautiful book!

The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, and green tea is one of life’s little pleasures. And with the help of author Anne-Marie Faiola, it’s easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen. This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. Begin with a combination of skin-nourishing oils and then add blueberry puree, dandelion-infused water, almond milk, coffee grounds, mango and avocado butters, black tea, or other delicious ingredients — and then scent your soap with pure essential oils. Step-by-step photography guides you through every stage of cold-process soapmaking.


Hello Glow: Natural Beauty Recipes for a Fresh New You
by Stephanie Gerber

I tried some of the recipes and they were amazing! I told some of my friends about it and they all want me to send them some of the recipes! Hello Glow is an important and great book!

Forget paying big bucks at a spa, or slathering on overpriced “mystery cream” that contains who knows what. Make your own fresh, organic, and effective spa, skincare, hair-maintenance, and cosmetics recipes at home with these 50 beautiful, tried-and-tested tutorials, brought to you by the popular DIY beauty and wellness website

Stephanie believes the journey to well-being can -and should!- be simple and beautiful, natural and stylish. Which is why her site is the trusted destination for organic wellness, nutrition, and skincare ideas. From masks of all flavors and for all skin types, to soothing bath oils and invigorating scrubs, and from treats for your tresses to beauty-boosting DIY cosmetics, Hello Glow has you covered.


Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies: 150 Herbal Remedies to Heal Common Ailments
by Anne Kennedy

I just started reading this book! I have always been fascinated with natural remedies, their mixes, uses and recipes… it’s truly an art to know how and when to use herbal plants, and of course where to find them and how to storage them.

Everyday ailments. Herbal remedies. Your complete resource to start feeling better, naturally.

When a headache, cough, or other common ailment hits, many people turn to over-the-counter medications for relief. But for those who prefer to use herbal medicine, it can be difficult and overwhelming to find an authoritative resource that’s also easy to understand.

Join natural health author Anne Kennedy as she guides you on a journey towards discovering the right herbal medicine practice for you. Here in her fourth book, the author of The Portable Essential Oils, Essential Oils Natural Remedies, and Essential Oils for Beginners, has created an accessible, all-in-one collection of herbal medicine therapies to use in the comfort of your own home.

Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies offers the most effective natural remedies that can be used to treat common ailments, without the risk of unpleasant or potentially harmful side effects that pharmaceuticals can cause. Inside these pages you’ll find:

150 HERBAL MEDICINE RECIPES to soothe and heal everyday illnesses and injuries naturally

50 OF THE MOST COMMONLY USED HERBS profiled and explained

EXPERT HERBAL MEDICINE ADVICE on necessary ingredients and tools to set you up for success
With simple organization and clear, concise instruction, Herbal Medicine Natural Remedies has you covered no matter what ails you, such as: Allergies, Bee sting, Bronchitis, Canker sore, Chapped lips, Constipation, Dandruff, Diaper rash, Eczema, Fever, Hair loss, Headache, Indigestion, Menopause, Mental Wellness, Poison ivy, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sore throat, Tendinitis, Weight loss, and more.


Sun Warrior
by P.C. Cast

Book two of Tales of a New World… Sun Warrior.

The blockbuster bestselling series is back! 

#1 New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series, P.C. Cast, brings us Sun Warrior, an epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…

The battle lines have been drawn and Mari, an Earth Walker and Nik, a Companion, who were once from rival clans now find themselves fighting to save each other and their people from destruction.

Thaddeus betrayed his own people, killing Nik’s father and destroying their entire clan. But he wants more. He wants the power he believes Mari has stolen from him and his people and he will do anything he must to get them back, even if it means destroying everything in his path. There is only way to stop Thaddeus, but it means a harrowing journey for Mari and Nik into the heart of darkness. Meanwhile, Dead Eye becomes a willing vessel for the newly awakened god, Death. Death has plans of his own and he, too, will use whatever and whomever he must, including the mad Thaddeus.


Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen

And finally, from Readers, I found a clothbound copy of Sense and Sensibility one of my favorite books and the only remaining missing copy of Austen‘s Penguin Clothbound Classics! I finally have it in my collection!

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love – and its threatened loss – the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.


Books at Cafe

Books@Cafe has two branches, one is located in Abdoun (my favorite) and the other in Rainbow Street. Books@Cafe has many great collection of books, rare finds, and yummy food! They also take book orders and have a great collection of magazines!

Salt Houses
by Hala Alyan

I’ve been wanting this book since I saw it in Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 first round; the day I found it was Black Friday! It was a lucky day!

“Reading Salt Houses is like having your coffee grounds read: cosmic, foreboding and titillating all at once. In this magnificent debut, Alyan’s powerful and poetic voice guides us into the dark recesses of history and leads us right up to the present tensions between East & West, the modern & ancestral, the hopeless and the hopeful.”
—Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan’s Inheritance

On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967.

Salma is forced to leave her home in Nablus; Alia’s brother gets pulled into a politically militarized world he can’t escape; and Alia and her gentle-spirited husband move to Kuwait City, where they reluctantly build a life with their three children. When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in 1990, Alia and her family once again lose their home, their land, and their story as they know it, scattering to Beirut, Paris, Boston, and beyond. Soon Alia’s children begin families of their own, once again navigating the burdens (and blessings) of assimilation in foreign cities.

Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses is a remarkable debut novel that challenges and humanizes an age-old conflict we might think we understand—one that asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home again.



Downtown Amman

There are many shops and booths that sell books mainly Arabic books, old English books and used books. I love to shop there whenever I can, but the parking situation is a nightmare. In any case, I can’t remember the name of the booth I bought these books from, but good stuff!

أحمد خالد مصطفى

 الفضول ينتابني حول هذه الرواية التي تحمل اسم أعور الدجال… أنتيخريستوس… كما أن أمي ولأول مرة تسرع في قراءة كتاب وتسبقني في إتمامه.

إن لديك عادة بشرية سخيفة .. تحب أن تقرأ تلك السطور القليلة خلف كل رواية .. ثم تقرر لو كنت ستأخذها معك أو تتركها على الرف .. أنا لا تهمني رغباتك البشرية هذه ولا يهمني لو أخذت الرواية أو تركتها .. لكن طالما أنت هنا .. فمن واجبي أن أنقل لك رسالة هامة .. تذكر دائما أيها البشري .. إن أنتيخريستوس ليس هو ربك .. مهما رأيته يميت أناساً ثم يحييهم .. حتى وإن رأيته يشير إلى السماء فتمطر .. ويشير إلى الأرض فتنبت .. تذكر دائماً .. إن أنتيخريستوس .. ليس هو ربك.


نفر من الجن
أيمن العتوم

 سمعت كثيراً عن كتب أيمن العتوم… لذا أبتعت هذا الكتاب كما أن العنوان مميز

الرّواية تتحدّث عن النّهايات الكُبرَى للكون، وتعتمد على مرجعيّات دينيّة وعلميّة وتاريخيّة في المُفاضَلة بين الإنس والجنّ. ولا تُعرَف الفترة الزّمنيّة الّتي تُعالجها الرّواية، بل تمتدّ في كلّ الأزمنة. وتنتشر في أمكنةٍ واقعيّة وأُخرى مُتخيّلة. وتكشف عن الإرادة البشريّة المُتذبذبة في خضوعها لقُوى الشّرّ، وسيطرة الظّلام على الأرض بما كسبتْ يدا الإنسان. وتُفسّر الظّروف الّتي تصنع الطّاغية، ويترعرع فيها، وتجعل النّاس يخضعون له. وتُبشّر بنشوء حضارات في مناطق لم تكنْ مأهولةً من قبل، وبانكسار حضارات أخرى كانت سائدة. وتتطرّق إلى قضايا أخرى كثيرة.


William Bookshop

William’s is beside Music Box and it sells stationary mainly, some books and magazines. It’s a cool place.

Too Late
by Colleen Hoover

Another Colleen Hoover book, I don’t know much about this book, but usually Hoover’s books are about relationships and issues.

Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.
Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.
Nothing except Carter.



Airport WHSmith

I LOVE buying a book from the airport and sticking to it in the plan, it’s kind of ritual, Amman International Airport is filled with many great stores that sell good books, magazines and chocolates!

Cartes Postales from Greece: The runaway Sunday Times bestseller
by Victoria Hislop

I LOVE traveling books and Victoria Hislop is amazing… and please don’t let me start talking about Greece! It has been in my wishlist forever!


Cartes Postales from Greece is an extraordinary new book from Victoria Hislop, the Sunday Times Number One bestselling author of The Island, The Return, The Thread, and The Sunrise. It is fiction in full colour – magical and unique.

‘Hislop’s passionate love of the country breathes from every page’ Daily Mail

Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A.

With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.

On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A‘s tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more.

Beloved, bestselling author Victoria Hislop’s Cartes Postales from Greece is fiction illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind.




3 thoughts on “Shopping for Books in Amman – Part I

  1. I love your book reviews, Dana! I like how you do yours as it is in a similar style to how I do mine. I looked at the calendar and realized that I have to catch up! February is a short month so that gives me a day or two less to finish this month’s books and review them!

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      • You’re welcome, Dana! Oh no, I think you write superbly, even with smaller reviews. Each one you’ve written here (I’ve read every single one, except for the ones in Arabic) is well done and written with clarity. It makes me want to go out and buy some of these books! That’s how I know that a review is well written; when it can persuade me to want to read a book (or not to if the review states that the story is poor).
        I try to approach my reviews in a similar manner. I give enough detail to get my readers interested, but still leave enough out of them so as not to ruin the story for them. My favorite books that I’ve written reviews for were the “Taj Mahal Trilogy” series by Indu Sundaresan. I loved those books. But writing reviews for them was extremely challenging!! They are very detailed stories with many characters. But in the end, I felt that they came out pretty good.

        That’s one of the reasons why it takes me a while to finish a book as I reread certain parts until I can ascertain what is happening and present it in a clear way in a review. I’m very punctilious when it comes to this. It’s a lot of work but is really fun for me! Plus, I learn so much from reading!!!

        And yes, it is! I can’t believe that we’re almost through February. And spring is right around the corner! We’re getting a preview of it right now as it’s pretty warm over here! 🙂

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