A Month of Faves: Underrated Reads

A Month of Faves is hosted by Girlxoxo and Traveling with T and today’s prompt is about underrated reads. When sorting and compiling this list I realized that I read a bunch of these for college. Which is maybe why they have so few ratings.

The Music Libel Against the Jews by Ruth HaCohen

I read this one because I was taking a history class that centered on Judaism and Christianity. It was quite fascinating and one of the books my professor recommended was this one because he’d met the author at a conference and it intersected with my interests in music. There are a few different points but one of them is about how are major and minor scales are constructed and that not every culture constructs them the same way.

Japanese books by Senko K. Maynard

There are multiple that don’t have many ratings. Most of them are for those who have a foundation of Japanese learning and want to go deeper into the linguistics and other concepts. My particular favorites are Learning Japanese For Real and Expressive Japanese.

Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy by Meredith K. Ray

Maybe a little specific but if you’re wanting more options for books focusing on women’s history, I recommend this one.

Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 by Stefano Carboni

If I remember correctly, this was a big book. But also very interesting. The cultural influences running back and forth because of trade is fascinating. This book focuses on the art in particular.

Tales of Juha: Classic Arab Folk Humor by Salma Khadra Jayyusi

I’m pretty sure Juha was mentioned in one of the books assigned for a class, there was a footnote or I looked it up, and I decided to do a presentation about this character. I enjoyed myself.

So this post was about underrated reads and reminiscing about college.

What are some reads you think deserve more attention?

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