I have been reading Girls of Riyadh since about a week before Valentine’s day. It was sort of the perfect book to read this month as it’s all about love and relationships but set among a culture that is both foreign and extremely interesting when examining those types of relationships. It’s like if Sex in the City or Gossip Girl was set in Saudi Arabia instead of the US. The social (and legal) boundaries between men and women are much more severe than in my own, so reading about the these four female friends and their journey to find love was really neat.
This would have still been a fun read had it been set in a culture more similar to mine, but what made it a great read was seeing all the differences the characters face and yet still had similar reactions to what I’ve seen in myself and other friends when face with… matters of the heart. I don’t know how you are when you read a book about love, but I’m usually surprised or at least get the chance to reexamine my own opinions and reactions to it as I find myself rooting for or disagreeing with a character’s choice. And then sometimes an author can get you to change your mind completely, based on a few actions from a character you previously considered somewhat a villain. That’s always interesting to me.
This was a really good read, I would put it slightly above a just a ‘pleasure read’ as I feel like I actually did learn a bit about a different culture due to the setting and the author’s honestly. So… yeah… I totally recommend this one.
What have you been reading lately???
Happy reading adventures! xo. Emma
P.S. The illustration to the right of book cover was created by Martha Rich, found here. Loved it!