What We Are Reading Today: Foreshadow by Leena Al-Thekair

Updated 19 October 2018

What We Are Reading Today: Foreshadow by Leena Al-Thekair

  • 'Foreshadow' is the author Leena Al-Thekair’s debut novel
  • The book certainly does not feel like it has been written by a 15-year-old

Steady yourself, you are about to go on a rollercoaster ride. This book gives insight into the life of Meghan, a high-school freshman, who experiences everything a normal high-schooler does: Sore teachers, anxiety about not being able to fit in, finding friends, keeping up with the old ones. But that isn’t anything she can’t handle.

Meghan’s brother is a physics nerd, and Meghan helps him in his lab until one day she survives a near-lethal accident. She is left with a permanent change and so the year in front of her doesn’t look very bearable.

A beautiful story doesn’t just tell you a series of events — it intertwines feelings, emotions, moments you can relate to, and most of all it makes you live the story yourself. All such qualities can be found in Foreshadow.

It is hard to put down the book once you pick it up. What makes the novel even more notable is its author Leena Al-Thekair. This is her debut novel; with its publication she earned the title of the youngest English-language author in the Kingdom. She wrote the book when she was 14 and it was published when she was 15. But Foreshadow does not feel like it has been written by a 15-year-old. 

The book is available in Virgin megastores in all the branches of the Kingdom and at Amazon as a paperback and on Kindle. 

What We Are Reading Today: Blind Spots

Updated 19 February 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Blind Spots

Authors: Max H. Bazerman & Ann E. Tenbrunsel

When confronted with an ethical dilemma, most of us like to think we would stand up for our principles. But we are not as ethical as we think we are. In Blind Spots, leading business ethicists Max Bazerman and Ann Tenbrunsel examine the ways we overestimate our ability to do what is right and how we act unethically without meaning to.
From the collapse of Enron and corruption in the tobacco industry, to sales of the defective Ford Pinto, the downfall of Bernard Madoff, and the Challenger space shuttle disaster, the authors investigate the nature of ethical failures in the business world and beyond, and illustrate how we can become more ethical, bridging the gap between who we are and who we want to be.
Explaining why traditional approaches to ethics do not work, the book considers how blind spots like ethical fading — the removal of ethics from the decision-making process — have led to tragedies and scandals such as the Challenger space shuttle disaster, steroid use in Major League Baseball, and the crash in the financial markets.
, and the energy crisis. The authors demonstrate how ethical standards shift, how we neglect to notice and act on the unethical behavior of others, and how compliance initiatives can actually promote unethical behavior. They argue that scandals will continue to emerge unless such approaches take into account the psychology of individuals faced with ethical dilemmas.