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I grew up on radio and books. There was always music and reading materials. At home there was always Her World, Life,Time, Readers Digest and the endless Enid Blyton books. Never a dull moment.

Alzarina's Picks

Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad ﷺ

by Tariq Ramadan

One of my teachers once told me "Tell them about the Messenger, then tell them to read the Quran." And I've held on to it ever since. Countless books have been written about the Best of Creation. This my personal favourite and one I always recommend.

The contents covered are not too detailed but at the same time will inspire one to read even more about the Beloved, InshaAllah.

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Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology

by Adam Alter

I read up quite a bit on the subject of technology. This caught my eye and it's an easy and engaging read, without being technically challenging for me.

We spend hours in front of a screen, not realising its effects. Thankfully Alter shares how we can, among other things, spend and save our money while we are online.

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Rumi's Little Book of the Heart

by Maryam Mafi, Azima Melita Kolin

This is one in the Little book series on Rumi and it's my most favourite. Rumi's poetry is like "medicine" for me. In this collection he writes about the joys of friendship and agony of loss, besides other topics. I once recommended this to a tourist. There was endless Thank Yous after he did a bit of browsing. Alhamdulillah.

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Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

by Jaron Lanier

This is an insider's sharing on the addictive nature of social media. Without social media my time is spent on the endless pile of real, paper books. If you don't want to make tech companies richer than they already are get rid of social media. Pick up a real book and read. :)

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Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

by Mir Tamim Ansary

This is a booksellers' required read and I truly understood why it's on the list. Ansary did a brilliant job to take me on a journey of learning Islamic history. There was never a dull moment reading this book. Not too much detail to put the reader off. But enough to make me continue reading it.

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