The 10 books Challenge is a challenge where you show or write down your favorite top ten books and you nominate afterwards another 10 people to do the same. It’s basically an exchange of informations kind of thing.
So here are my top ten books for the moment :
1/// the alchemist by paulo coelho
This book was actually requested for me by my arabic teacher ” Sir El Haddadi” three years ago and still one of my favorites since that time. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. What I admire more about this novel is that it is brilliantly written. I highly recommend it for you guys. I’ve read it in its arabic version but it is available now in french, english and spanich version as well.
2/// If i stay by gayle forman
Okay so honestly I did not read the book until I’ve watched its movie.The book is a heartachingly beautiful one talking about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make. I recommand it for you guys. It is really fun to read.
3/// Reclaim your heart by Yasmin mogahed
Let’s talk about the author firstly, Yasmin Mogahed. Besides being the person whom I’m looking up for, she has been since ever a source of inspiration to many other muslim girls. Her first book Reclaim Your Heart is not just a self-help book. It is a manual about the journey of the heart in and out of the ocean of this life. It is a book about how to keep your heart from sinking to the depths of that ocean, and what to do when it does. It is a book about redemption, about hope, about renewal. the reason behind the book is to teach readers how to live in this life without allowing life to own them.
4/// start where you are by chris gardner
This is the second book that I read for Chris Gardner, whose life story both inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness and became a #1 New York Times bestseller by the same name has been inundated with two questions: “How Did You Do It” and “How Can I Do it Too?” Gardner’s power-packed, transformational reply is the basis of this long-anticipated book. I’m in love with real stories, I found them really helpful at least for me in different ways. You should definitely check it out. Reading this book will show you that whatever your dream is it would be possible by working hard. Chris Gardner dream was to own a Ferrari. He didn’t just make it happen but he owned two Ferraris. The author sayings are a lote but what I prefer is:
homeless but not hopeless
5/// نسيان (nissyan // obliviousness ) by Ahlam Mosteghanemi
Ahlam Mostaghanemi who’s by the way an algerian author, has been one of top ten most influential women in the arab world. Her books are a peace of art and her words are brightly written. Nissyan, again it’s an arabic book but it’s translated now in english is one of her famous novels. It’s talking about feminism, love, some real facts and what we should conclude from all of it.
6/// 1Q84 by haruki murakami
A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell. 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers. This book is huge, I’m not going to lie. It took me forever to finish reading it but it is so amazing.
7/// for bread alone by mohamed choukri
Another arabic book where the real title is الخبز الحافي is by the Moroccan author Mohamed Choukri. It is available is english and french version now. As I said earlier I love real stories and this book is one of them. A true story of human desperation, shattering in its impact. It’s an autobiographic type novel telling the life of Mohamed from the Rif mountains of Morocco during the late 40s and early 50s. His father is a drunk, unemployed and viscous, he kills one of Mohamed’s brothers. Mohamed then lives a life on the streets. He drinks, takes drugs and has a high sex drive which is relieved by various prostitutes. He earns money from labouring, petty crime and prostituting himself. He only has his body, health and youth on his side.This is a brutal tale of a young man who sees no future, has little hope, few friends, no legal standing and is illiterate. At the end of the book he decides to learn to read and write. The courage shown in this book is awe-inspiring. I recommand it for you guys if you hadn’t already read it.
8/// 12 years a slave by solomon northup
12 Years A Slave is a powerful listen. Narrated by Louis Gossett, in a smooth tone that make you feel that he really was Solomon Northup, retelling his days and months and years with all of his rights as a free man stripped from him. What makes this book all the more breathtaking is that it is non fiction. Solomon shares with his readers the good, the bad, and the extreme ugliness of man during this time period. I found my heart heavy as I can not wrap my mind around what it had to have been like for the author during this time of loss of family, and loss of hope of ever seeing them again. The book shows what’s the real meaning of being a slave after being free. The book has been transformed into a movie. I didn’t watch it yet but I’m looking forward to see it.
9/// Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Delirium is a book that I just finish reading past month and it was amazing. It has been also transformed into a movie. I adored Delirium when I first read and reviewed it. I had limited experience with dystopia, only having read The Hunger Games, and Matches, but Delirium made it one of favourite genres. I’ve come across many young dystopian novels since then, and having re-read Delirium, I can safely say that it is still one of my favourites and one of the best books I’ve read this year.
10/// hope and other dangerous pursuits by Laila Lalami
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits marks the debut of an exciting new voice in fiction. Laila Lalami, a moroccan author evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco. The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. The story shows what has driven them to risk their lives and whether will the rewards prove to be worth the danger or not. Actually if you stand along the port area in Tangier you can look out across the Mediterranean and see Spain. It is a mere fourteen kilometres away, half an hour on the ferry. It is so close and tantalising that every year hundreds of people from Morocco and beyond risk their lives trying to reach that elusive land. Some make it, most do not. immigration has been and still an important subject for Moroccan people.
At the end I wanted to nominate you guys the readers of my blog to do the same! ^_^