Hi, my Name is Noor and I am addicted to books, I love books, in any type or shape, they bring me happiness and joy and trust me I am not exaggerating!!! I think I love my books a little way too much if you consider checking up on them every once in a while and making sure that my hands are clean before I touch them and my strict policy of NO FOOD OR DRINKS NEAR THEM but who can blame me? They are my “Precious”.
My love for books developed with my early love of stories, you see when I was 14, I used to go into internet forums to read the stories people write and I used to enjoy them a lot, that’s also around the time I started writing, well tried to if I am being honest here. Anyways, around the age of 15, I read the first book, I didn’t exactly purchase the book, but we were on a long bus ride and my mom bought a magazine and it had the book with it. It was the first book I ever read, it is called Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell, I was a teenager with my first love story and I got so hooked, the book is still one of my favorite books I must have read it more than 10 times since then, I like rereading it which explains why my copy is in poor conditions. Since owning that book I started being a book hoarder, I get more books than I can possibly read since I occasionally reread books but then again I am so weak in front of the scent of a new book.
Here are few of my favorite books:
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I am so in love with this book, I can simply say that it changed the way I am and how I think. The moment I ended the book I felt that the world just went silent like I just wanted to pause and notice everything about this world and find the signs, I didn’t know what signs but I wanted to find them! Reading this books makes you evaluate your priorities and your life, I totally would recommend it to people.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
First thing first, this books is why I love letters hands down. Secondly, the reason I would recommend the book because how Charlie “the main character” is basically writing letters to this anonymous friend which makes the reader somehow feels that the letters are addressed to him/her which is a smart way to get the reader interested in the story. Another thing I love about this book is the mentions of other books and the tapes that Charlie makes which somehow makes us connect with him, I remember listening to the playlists while reading. I loved seeing his character develop and sort of finds its self. The good news here, if you’re not into book and reading, the movie is great also.
- 40 rules of love by Elif Shafak
First thing you need to know about this book is that this is not the typical love story, not the boy meets girls type of love but it talks about the journey that Shams of Tabriz takes to find his what I’d like to call a soulmate because the type of friendship he had with Jalaluddin Rumi is greater than to be called friendship.
This book took me on a spiritual journey and made me question my beliefs, it was as if I started reading the book and my mind was like a thousand pages’ book and when I finished reading, it all went blank, as if I was reborn and was given a new chance a new beginning.
This story talks about the small things in life that are sometimes we neglect but somehow it gives it more depth, it talks about forgiveness, love, redemption, remorse, religion and other aspects.
- Diamond Dust by Murad Ahmed
First of all, I got to say that this was my first Arabic book and I really hesitated to read it because it was written in the Egyptian dialect. However my hesitation was not at its place, the book turned out to be very good, it’s a crime thriller story that didn’t bore me not even for a second.
I connected politics with the social life in a way that was smooth and not complicated, the author used an easy language, so that you didn’t need to be aware of a certain vocabulary group to understand what is going on, also the deaths in the story were not ugly and not repeated exactly which made it exciting. The reason I’d recommend this book simply because I am so proud that an Arab author managed to write a story that is so cinematic, it’s Hollywood material.
- Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell
This was the first book I ever read but I already talked about my history with it in my introduction.
What I loved about this book, is the simple idea of soulmates and how even if you were separated from your soulmate, eventually you’ll find your way back to each other. I know it sounds cheesy but I can’t but love it, I loved it when I was 15 and now at 23, I am still in love with it.
These are few of the books that I love, let me know the books that you love and any book recommendations are always welcomed.