What I have been reading lately.

Oh my God guys, I have turned into such a slow reader. I spend months to read a book but fortunately I start up to 4 books at the same time so I get more out of it. But I seriously need to start reading faster.

It`s just that when I really enjoy a book I don`t want it to end so I keep procrastinating and reading in a slow pace.

Anyway, here are some of the books I read and LOVED lately. They all left an impact on me and my writing. NO SPOILER. I`ll just tell you my general idea of it and some of the ideas I took away from each book in form of an excerpt.

Also I read most of these books on ibooks, so I don`t have the physical book that I can show you.

1. The Catcher In The Rye. ~ J.D. Salinger.

 

     Sarcasm and depression in their most artistic and raw forms.

     This classic describes the portrait and journey of a free-spirited youg man is his most critical period, that of transition from childhood to adulthood and all the chaos that comes with having to choose a path and taking responsibilities and bending to the social laws.

 
    « You ought to go to a boys’ school sometime. Try it sometime,” I said. “It’s full of phonies, and all you do is study so that you can learn enough to be smart enough to be able to buy a goddam Cadillac some day, and you have to keep making believe you give a damn if the football team loses... The guys that are on the basketball team stick together, the goddam intellectuals stick together...If you try to have a little intelligent—”

“Now, listen,” old Sally said. “Lots of boys get more out of school than that.”

“I agree! I agree they do, some of them! But that’s all I get out of it. See? That’s my point. That’s exactly my goddam point,” I said. “I don’t get hardly anything out of anything. I’m in bad shape. I’m in lousy shape.”
“You certainly are. »

I adored this book especially the writing style and personality of the main character and it brought to my mind The perks of being a wallflower. 

How to have a conversation with me was written right after I finished this book so you can sense that same reckless and ironic writing style in it.

2. La Chute.(The fall) ~Albert Camus.

« Pour cesser d’être douteux, il faut cesser d’être, tout bel »
— Albert Camus

Albert Camus is one of a kind, this is the second book I read of him -the first was The Stranger (L`Etranger)- and I`m in love with his style and melancholic yet confident philosophy on judgement, self-love, drama and kindness.

 

« Mon accord avec la vie était total, j’adhérais à ce qu’elle était, du haut en bas, sans rien refuser de ses ironies, de sa grandeur, ni de ses servitudes...
La vie, ses êtres et ses dons venaient au-devant de moi ; j’acceptais ces hommages avec une bienveillante fierté. En vérité, à force d’être homme, avec tant de plénitude et de simplicité, je me trouvais un peu surhomme. »
— Albert Camus.

 

        The book is basically in form of a long satyric tirade of the main character talking about his life, career, social status and most importantly his vision of life. How his pride and self-love allows him to always stay above everything else but how it sometimes fail him and he finds himself face to face with the most pathetic vulnerabilities that humans encounter. 

Je n’ai pas changé de vie, je continue de m’aimer et de me servir des autres. Seulement, la confession de mes fautes me permet de recommencer plus légèrement et de jouir deux fois, de ma nature d’abord, et ensuite d’un charmant repentir. »

Albert Camus is sassy. I had such a hard time choosing what excerpts to share with you.

3. Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear ~ Elizabeth Gilbert.

 

    You guys already know that Liz Gilbert is my favourite author, so this book was a fairy gift as she shared with us the magic potions she uses in her creative process.

 

        It`s so beautifully written with such insightful and realistic description of the creative struggles and she gives you original and romantic ways to reconnect with your creative self in a funny yet helpful way.

« Begin anywhere. Preferably right now.
And if greatness should ever accidentally stumble upon you, let it catch you hard at work.
Hard at work, and sane. »
— Elizabeth Gilbert.
 

She talks about having a rendez-vous with writing, making a living with art,  going on a road trip with fear, and the controversy that lies in the necessity of art being uncrucial to survival of the human race but crucial for the world`s beauty and sanity.

« Everything sucks, some of the time.” You just have to decide what sort of suckage you’re willing to deal with. So the question is not so much “What are you passionate about?” The question is “What are you passionate enough about that you can endure the most disagreeable aspects of the work? »

It`s just an amazing book that I picture myself reading over and over.

4.Thinking As A Science. ~Henry Hazzlet.

 

 

    This one is a game changer. Not only did it make me aware of the importance of conscious thinking but it also gives deeply explained thinking methods and how to use reading and writing and thinking sessions to nurture your sense of critique and therefore come up with original, unbiased and effective answers to big questions.

 

       You really need to focus while reading it because it is not a no-brainer. Also, I probably highlited half of the book!! 

 
 
« The only way we can ever get ourselves to apply knowledge is to do so by what will at first be a conscious effort. We shall have to devote much attention to it. Old established custom will have to be broken.
We do not act according to knowledge; we act according to habit.
— Henry Hazzlet.
 
« The only way we could remember would be by constant rereading, for knowledge unused tends to drop out of mind. Knowledge used does not need to be remembered; practice forms habits and habits make memory unnecessary. The rule is nothing; the application is everything. »

This book is of high quality of thinking and learning and the intelligent ways to nutrure and level up the human nature. Soo good (y) (y)   

I will probably do a whole post on the reading tips this book gives, would you be interested in that?

   .روضة المحبين ونزهة المشتاقين ~ ابن القيم  

I think I`ve talked about this book enough over here. You can find what I said about it and learned from it here and here. I spent six months reading it so it has to be a good one ;) 

Love is a restless motion towards the loved one.
— Ibn Al Quayyim.

That`s it, I shared with you la creme de la creme of what I`ve been reading, now it`s your turn to recommend me some good books.

Currently I am reading: 

- To kill a mockingbird;

- Le petit prince; ( I just realised that I`ve never read it!! it`s a crime not to)

-The nearly ultimate guide to better writing;

-اغاثة اللهفان من مصايد الشيطان ابن القيم always haha 

- القضاء و القدر عمر سليمان الاشقر

Rise Brighter Sunshines *.*

And hey just a quick question, what would you think about me writing some things in arabic? Just wondering.