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My 2019 reading list was filled with exciting, insightful and thought-provoking books; all of which sparked a new idea, provoked emotion and rendered clarity to my blurry thoughts. This list is far from exhaustive, but it captures diverse genres that caught my attention and made a good impression.

Headscarves and Hymens, Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy

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I remember reading this book on a train ride home and as I flipped through the pages, drops of tears escaped from my eyes. I was enraged, shocked, inspired and enraged again.

In Headscarves and Hymens, Eltahawy brings to light anecdotes of abuse, atrocities and injustice taking place in the Middle East and North Africa. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the power imbalances in the Middle East and the deep consequences it has had on the lives and autonomy of women. It also…

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