My Pet Virus by Shawn Decker

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Memior

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Plot: Sean is a hemophiliac who contracted HIV in the 1980s when he was 11.  This story is his struggle to come to terms with having HIV.  It is also the story of how he met and fell in love with his wife, who accepted him in spite of his illness.

Opinion: I thought this was an easy read.  Even with my limited free time, I managed to finish this in a week because it was so engrossing.  However, I was annoyed at parts with Sean and his behavior, particularly his refusal to take medication to treat his illness until the point where it developed into full-blown AIDS almost killing him.  I also was not happy to read about how when he was a teenager he had sex with someone without telling them about his status, which I think is not only irresponsible but unfair to his partner.

Next book: Song of Susannah by Stephen King

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Abridged Biography Of Prophet Muhammad (S) by Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab At-Tamini

Abridged Biography of Prophet Muhammad (S)

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Format read: Hardback

Genre: Islamic

Rating: 6 out of 10

Plot: This is a book of seerah, which is the biography of the Prophet (s.a.w.).  It covers the period from right before he was born until the last of the Sahabah, or Companions (r.a.a.) died.

Opinion: While I am glad this book didn’t have the egregious typos that are common to translated Islamic books, I wasn’t impressed with it overall.  First, I understand that as an abridged book it wasn’t going to be as long or go into as much detail as a book that is not abridged.  However, I felt that so much detail was left out of some parts that it was confusing.  I’m fairly familiar with the Seerah, but I think that someone who had not read Seerah before would be totally confused.  Also, while I appreciate covering some of the important events in Islam after the death of the Prophet (s.a.w.), I felt that that section was too long (about a third of the book).  I think it would’ve been better to spend more time focusing on the life of the Prophet (s.a.w.) than incidents after he died.  For anyone interested in reading a good book of Seerah, I recommend either The Sealed Nectar or When the Moon Split (which is about as long as this book).  I think both of those books are better written and easier to understand.

Next book:  My Pet Virus by Shawn Decker