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My Top 5 Summer Books

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Salam dear readers,

Since it’s finally fall, I wanted to give you a wrap up of my summer.

Summer is over alhamduli’ALLAH.. YAAAAY!!! I have mixed feelings about this. Summer in Marrakesh is somehow unbearable, but it’s one of the characteristics that makes Marrakesh what it is; and alhamduli’ALLAH we got through it. Yes, I will miss the free time, the travelling, the beach, and all the reading that I could do. But still I’m a “pro-Rain/Cold” person.

Today I want to share with you my  top 5 books that I’ve read this summer.

This summer, I read some very good books, some bad ones and some average. I also reread 2 of my favorite books and I really enjoyed rereading them. I won’t talk much about these books but I will try to give reviews of them very soon insha’ALLAH.

You can see more about the books that I’m reading on my Goodreads profile.

Let’s start:

Living Dead Girl:

This book (sigh) … This book can’t be easily described or talked about. It’s a young adult/contemporary novel written by Elizabeth Scott. Let me just say that it’s the most disturbing book I’ve read in awhile (if not ever). It deals with kidnapping, rape, pedophilia, family, identity… I couldn’t put it down and I got really scared while reading it. I couldn’t/didn’t want to imagine what was happening. I didn’t like reading some/most of the content and I was reading it really quickly trying not to pay attention to what’s been described. I don’t want to spoil the book, but I will try to give a review of it very soon. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

The Great Gatsby:

I can’t give this less than 5 stars. This was my third time reading this, and it was even better.  I love reading it and rereading it and talking about it over and over again. every time I read it, I discover new things about it that I didn’t notice before. This book is about dreams, lost love, wealth,  and society. I can’t express why I love this books clearly, but it’s just one of my favorite books of all time. I gave a book review a very long time, but I think I will write another well developed review very soon insha’ALLAH.

The Trouble with Women:

 

Have you ever noticed that women are rarely mentioned in our history books and courses?? I did for sure. This book deals with that in a very simple funny way. It’s a nonfiction feminist interpretation of this whole subject written by Jacky Fleming. I read this in one sitting, and I really really enjoyed it. You can read it in an hour or so. It contains sequential art and that helps in the structure and the goal of the book as a whole. Again I will go in depth in a review of this book in a day or so insha’ALLAH. I gave it 4 stars.

Steal Like an Artist:

This is a very interesting read. It’s written by Austin Kleon,a young writer and artist who create wonderful things in what he writes and speak about.  This should be read by every student, every blogger, writer, teacher… Basically EVERYONE. The message is really powerful. It just tells humans everywhere that they don’t need to be genius, they just need to be themselves, and to know what they want. It has great tips that I tried to put into practice immediately. “Creativity is everywhere. It is for everyone” and that’s in itself is a life/mind changing

ساق البامبو

This is an Arabic book entitled “The Bamboo Stalk” written by Saud Alsanousi. This was probably one of the best books that I’ve read in my entire life. The language use is so beautiful. It shows how much love the writer has for the Arabic language; this love reaches the reader, and make him appreciate the language even better. It has an amazing story with very unique characters. Th events take place between Kuwait and the Philippines.  It tackles different subjects like:  race, identity, family, sense of belonging, social classes, and other universal struggles. I will definitely recommend this book. Go and read it.

That’s it for today. Let me know in the comments of your favorite books of this summer and what do you think  of mine.

Talk to you soon insha’ALLAH.

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Kaoutar’s Book Thoughts: Three Men in a Boat

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Salam dear readers,

These are my thoughts on Three Men in Boat by Jerome K. Jerome.

I’ve just finished reading this book. It took me awhile to read it, but I read most of it in the past 3 days, so I think that is a good thing 📚📚📚📚📚 “Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing. ” ☺📚☺📚☺📚☺ I give it a 4 ☆ out of 5. At first, I thought of giving it 3,5 but it’s worth more. It made me smile, laugh, and think. It is full of knowledge, and it just brushes up my British history knowledge. At some point, it can seem hard to follow, specially with the heavy description of London streets, rivers, and monuments. But it’s just a unique book. I don’t know why, but while reading it, it keeps reminding me of Charlie Chaplin and all those silent funny movies. I imagined the characters as those actors with their outfit, hats, and all those beautiful characteristics. It is also based on real events that the author and his friends experienced, so that’s definitely a plus. The book shows that the author is a man of experience, that he knows what he’s talking about, that he has a very smart sense of humor, and that he’s wise. I really recommend this to all of you dear readers, especially to the ones who like a good funny British classic. 🔭📚🔭📚📚🔭📚🔭 That's it… I’m going to go back now to reading my other Arabic book 😊☺😊 #me #reading #books #bookstagram #bookphotography #bookworm #morocco #marrakech #instalike #instagood #beauty #nature #igreads #currentread #whatareyoureading #boat #classic #كتب #اقرأ #كتبي ر

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I read this book last month, and I already expressed how much I liked it. Who says that British classic humor can be hard to grasp? This book shows absolutely the opposite.This meant to be a travelogue, but ended up as a very funny book.

This is the story of three men – Jerome and his two friends, Harris and George and their dog. They decide to take a trip in a boat (something that was common in those days) in the River Thames in Oxford, England to cure themselves after they suffered from some weird ailment.  While narrating, he mentions all the villages and landmarks he and his friends pass, such as Marlow, Hampton Church, Magna Carta Island, … The books is also full of funny stories that happened to the characters or people they know. These stories will make you laugh out loud. There are stories of friends, historical figures, and even stories that happened to Montmorency, the dog.

The book also describes the common events  and situations that can happen in our everyday life. Even for today’s modern life, these situations are still relevant. You can still relate to the characters/ real people.  It has a beautiful sense of wisdom combined with a brilliant wit, which you can just love 😀

It refreshes your knowledge of many things. 3 years ago, I took a “British Culture”class, so this reminds me of what I like about that subject. I like studying and knowing more about the British history, so I really liked it when he was talking about the Magna Carta, the history behind certain streets and homes, and the earliest kings and queens of the UK,

Things I did not like: The ending was a bit quick, since their return journey was not described in full detailed, and it was just in one chapter. Also, sometimes you will find it hard to keep with some of the description, but you can’t help but love it.

I recommend this for the following reasons:

  1. It’s a classic. No need to explain more
  2. It’s funny in a smart way. For example, there is this “German language” story that made me giggle, and I’m sure it will give you the same feel.
  3. It’s full of knowledge. I’m sure you like books that make you know more, so go and try this 😉

Rate: 4/5

I have chosen to change this section from “book reviews” to “Kaoutar’s Book Thoughts”, they are my own spontaneous first thoughts; because I don’t want to give a full detailed review. These are just my thoughts on a certain book: why I loved it/ hated it. I love talking about books, but I don’t like to spoil them 😉

This is my favorite quote in the book. I actually highlighted it in my copy, which I rarely do (try not to do/ hate to do) in books.

“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing. ”

 

That is for today. Keep reading books, and checking my blog 😉 Talk to you soon insha’ALLAH.

Ideas Worth Spreading

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Salam dear friends,

Do you feel inspired?? Well, you will 🙂

ted talks

I decided to add a new category to the blog in which I share my favorite TED talks.

I really love watching These talks.. It inspires me and helps me think; write, and create new things 🙂

TED talks are a mind changing. TED is a form of online videos of scientists, artists, inventors and others talking about their work.

I think it’s good to watch what others have done, and to get inspiration from it. It’s also good to share what you know with others, and that’s what TED does.

They encourage viewers to build on what they already know, and that’s great 🙂

Keep on following, because every week I’ll share one of my favorite talks with you insha’ALLAH 😀

Sarah Kay… A poet and more…

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Salam dear friends,

The past Sunday was the International Women’s Day, and I thought of sharing with you some of the brilliant women that you need to know about 🙂

One of these women is a young lady who inspires me in every possible way and I just love her.. I’m talking about the talented: Sarah Kay 🙂

It’s been weeks since I last watched her videos.. My friend reminds me of her today, and I thought I need to share with you and you need to watch her and know her 😉

I first found out about her 2 or 3 years ago, and looking into her bio, I have a lot of things in common with her.. I love that 🙂

To give more information about her, I took this from her Facebook page, and it’s lovely:

Sarah Kay is a New Yorker. a poetry writer and reader. a spoken word poetry teacher. the founder and co-director of Project V.O.I.C.E. with Phil Kaye. a witty banter enthusiast. a postcard lover. a documentary filmmaker. a foodie. a playwright. a singer. a songwriter. a photographer. a best-selling author of the book B. an editor for Write Bloody Publishing. a Gemini. a mediocre driver at best. a musical theater geek. a smoothie expert. the daughter of a Taoist mother and a Brooklynese father. a hapa. less cool than her little brother. an alum of the United Nations International School. an alum of Brown University. an alum of Brown University Graduate School’s Masters Program in the Art of Teaching Secondary English. a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grinnell College.

Her talks and spoken words are just mind changing 🙂

I want to share with you some of my favorite videos of her.. Enjoy and share ❤

An Origin Story

A LOVE LETTER

This may be the first video I saw of her 😉

Worst Poetry

Or it may be this one 😉

If I should have a daughter

When Love Arrives

The Type

Postcards

And More… 

And no matter how many land mines erupt in a minute, be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life.

Picture of the Day #Reading #Photographing

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Salam dear friends,

Two things that I love doing are reading BOOKS and taking pictures ❤

I took this picture 3 weeks ago while reading… you may have seen it on Twitter or Facebook 🙂

I really love it 🙂

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“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

2014: My Quotes

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Salam dear friends,

I wanted to share with you one more time my own quotes for 2014… These quotes are products of moments of thinking or life experience… They represent my way of thinking and seeing things 😉

I know that many of you have already loved my quotes, and asked me for more 🙂

Enjoy 😉

Life

kaoutar Chahbane.. Think in a better way

Books

;) ;) ;)

😉 😉 😉

Love

:)

🙂

People

quote

Lesson

Be-Free-But-remember-to

And… My top favorite…

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Talk to you soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂

My Quote of the Day

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Salam dear friends,

It’s been awhile since I shared with you my own quotes… The quotes that I share are products of moments of reflections and thinking.

Hope you’ll like this one 😀

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A Movie To Watch…

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Salam dear friends,

How are you ???

Today, I thought of starting a new thing… It’s Movies Time 😀

The movies I might share are not necessarily famous, but I love them and I think you should try to watch them as well 🙂

So, Which one I’m going to choose first ???

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It’s…

Mushrooming 

I wasn’t really sure that I’m going to like it, but I did 🙂

It’s a great Estonian comedy film directed by Toomas Hussar. The story is fascinating, crazy, and funny in an bizarre way… I love the movie for many good reasons 🙂

I hate to tell you about the whole story, but I’ll give just some small hints.. It’s about Aadu, a politician attempting to survive in a strange new media environment. He decides to go hunting for mushrooms with his wife Viivi, whom we hear her name quite frequently throughout the film, and in the way, she convinces him to give a lift to an awkward musician named Zak. After a while, the film has a kind of  an horror-flick mode. It’s a black comedy mixed with a political satire that I think you’ll like it 🙂

I watched this movie 2 years ago with my brother ( Thank you ❤ ) and one thing for sure, the whole audience really liked it 🙂 🙂 🙂

It’s crazy, funny, and worth watching ❤ 🙂 ❤

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A time for Bollywood…

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Salam dear friends,

Do you like Indian movies ??

I like the good ones. I love watching a movie that has the whole package:  great story, beautiful music, talented dancers… I love the kind of films that make you cry or smile, the films that you love to watch with family and friends over and over:)

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Here is my list of some of my favorite Bollywood movies that you should watch 🙂

Devdas

Despite the fact that the film has a bittersweet ending, I love watching it.

My favorite quote : “Bapuji said leave the village, everybody said leave Paro, Paro said leave alcohol. Today, you said leave home. One day he’ll say, leave the world.”

Taare Zameen Par

The story is about a dyslexic kid, a talented kid who lives in his own world with his own potentials and creativity. Beautiful story ❤

My favorite quote: “Every child has their own capabilities, his own desires, his own dreams.”

My Name Is Khan

Another Shah Rukh Khan’s movie. The movie is about a man named Rizwan, a Muslim autistic. It deals with the issue of Muslims in America after 9/11. The story is so wonderful and it needs to be watched.

My favorite quote:“My name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist.”

Jab We Met

The movie takes you to a beautiful trip. I love the songs, the acting, and the story.

My favorite quote: “Do something crazy, you will feel better!”

Barfi!

The film teaches us about love, family, friendship, beautiful people… It teaches about life.

My favorite quote: “The biggest risk in life is … to never take any risk”

Black

The story is about a deaf, mute and blind girl. The movie is inspirational and beautiful.

My favorite quote: “Life is an ice-cream. Enjoy it before it melts.”

That’s it… Try to watch them, and tell me what do you think 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Talk to you soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂