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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.

My Favourite Books of 2015

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I know what you’re thinking. It’s already February and I’m still speaking about 2015. Well; that’s what happens when you’re late and you cannot catch up on things 😉

To be honest, I wrote most of this at the beginning of January, then I didn’t have time to edit it, and I had a lot of things to do -school related- still do, but I need to this. I really want to share with you my top 10 of 2015, and I would love to see you do that too ❤

Without any further delay, let’s start this.

2015 was a good reading year for me. I’ve managed to read a total of 50 books ( or more: 52 or so). I’ve read many English books, a lot of Arabic ones, and one French book sadly, which will be in this list. Also,  I discovered new authors, and I was a bit open to new genres and new choices.

Little Women

I love this book. I watched the movie a very long time ago, and really wanted to read it.  I actually started it at the end of 2014, and I’m glad I did. This is a beautiful, just a beautiful story about family, sisters, love, life and the things that matter. It reminds me of me, my sisters, my brother , and my family.  It’s simple, clever, and I recommend this for sure. One more thing..  is that I want a friend like Laurie ( who is one of my favorite characters ever)  😉

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It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be

This book is a must read book. The title is capturing. It’s very easy to go through, and you’ll definitely enjoy reading it. It made me love reading nonfiction again.

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This book came when I really needed it, i.e. when I read this book, some things were happening, and there were some passages of it that really spoke to me, and helped me. It may not be the greatest book written in Arabic, and I may have some/many notes about it, but I loved it. I’m also a “Khawatir” fan, so it makes an absolute sense 😉

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Animal Farm 

This is a book that makes you think, and link events together with historical ones. This is a very good piece of literature. I think George Orwell is brilliant, and I can’t wait to read more and all of his work. You should too (this is not an order of course, but a kind of demand :p )

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This book is a celebration of language, and its beautiful aspects. Of course, I knew the story before reading this. I actually read the Arabic version ( a concise one), and maybe a French one as well when I was really young. But this reading was entertaining and just beautiful ❤ loved it ❤

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Philomel Cottage

This Agatha Christie’ short story is amazing. It takes less than an hour to read, and it is GOOD. I read this as a part of this Halloween Stories Collection, and I’ve read other ones (mostly by Stephen King..), but this one is the best. I started it and couldn’t put it down. Many people don’t like this, but I can’t see why…, because I love it, obviously. This is a perfect example of a short book ( very short) that is rich in the content.

*A spoiler:  You’ll get surprised by the ending.

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Les Fourberies de Scapin

This is my only French read for the past year. I wanted to pick this up since I was 15 or 16. We had it in our bookshelf for a very long time. I finally had the chance to read it, and it didn’t disappoint me for sure. This was funny and creative, though it was not as funny as Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, which I read back when I was 14, and which made me laugh so hard. But for this one, I liked it. It was rich in the content, and it’s an easy quick read. I definitely recommend it.

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To Kill a Mockingbird 

This does not need a justification. I’m happy that I finally read it. I actually found it in our university library, and borrowed it without a second thinking. Atticus is one of the best characters that I’ve ever read about. I loved the characters, the writing style, and the themes. This book does worth all the hype that has been around it for the past 50+ year.  I think I’m going to reread it soon insha’ALLAH, because it deserves to be reread. I also think you need to read it.

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Horses of God

This book is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. This is a book that can change your views on certain things. It can change your ideas on certain people, and makes you see life in a different way. I actually worked on this book in my BA thesis, along with its adaptation. I’m so happy and proud that it’s by a Moroccan author. This book is originally written in French, and it was translated into English. I read this book 4 or 5 times last year, and I’m diffidently going to reread it. If you want to read this book, read it with a critical mind, and try to understand the characters. This book is about poverty, terrorism, identity, Morocco, you and me; it’s about humans, and it’s good. Go and read it;  I think you’re going to love it.

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For the Love of ALLAH

This is a 50 page book, and it’s the best book that I’ve read this year. Essentially, this book  is about Salat, and how to do it properly, and why you should do it. I love praying and I think of it as a daily talk with ALLAH, 5 times a day, if it’s not more, and this book made me love it even more. This book makes you understand Salat. I read it last Ramadan, and I feel happy to have done that. It is very important for me as a Muslim and for you too if you are Muslims. It’s very helpful for the non-Muslims as well, if you want to understand our practices and way of living, and understand Islam and its values the right way.

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That’s it. I hope you loved reading this post, as mush as I loved writing it. Talk to you soon insha’ALLAH.

 

My Top BookTubers

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Salam dear friends,

Hope you’re doing really good 🙂

Today, I decided to share with you something that really makes me happy, and it’s a thing that I do every single day, which is:  Watching Booktube, different amazing booktubers. YES, that’s my guilty pleasure.

I may not have said this before, but I really think of starting my own channel on YouTube, talking about books and things that interest me. I actually thought about this for years, and I just need that little push and determination, and most of all: commitment.

For the people who may not know,  booktubers are a community of people who vlog about books on YouTube. I choose today to talk about people who do much more spontaneous videos, like “books reviews”, “top favorite books”, “book hauls”, ” TBR” and wrap ups. Of course, they are the other channels which talk about books in a funny way like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, oh I love that, but I’m going to talk about it next time in a whole complete post, happy ??? 

There is no particular order in this. I love them all equally, and I really enjoy most of their videos. I’ll do a sequel for this post for sure, because there are so many other booktubers that you need to watch for sure.

Catriona from Little Book Owl

Megan from PeruseProject

Sanne from booksandquills

Katy from Katytastic.

Sasha from abookutopia

Zoe from readbyzoe

You may have noticed that they are all females, but this is due to:

  1. Most of the booktubers are females, go and check.

  2. All my Favorited females. I couldn’t find a male booktuber that makes me happy and love books more than these ladies. Of course, VlogBrothers are good, and I enjoyed some of their of videos, but they are not on my top list, sorry.

That’s it for today. Let me know in the comments if  you agree with this??? or do you have different list. I’ll be happy to discover some new channels for sure.

Talk to you very soon insha’ALLAH.

Tina Fey in Morocco !!!

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Salam dear friends,

I hope you’re doing great. I didn’t post a thing during the last month. I was travelling and super busy, and…. But, I’m back now.

This post is a very fun one. During the holiday, I read many books; but Bossypants was the one that always in my bag for the last month, and has traveled with me to many cities, saw many beaches, mountains, rivers and roads. I liked this book. It’s funny and worth reading, though I didn’t like some parts ( a review is coming very soon).

Many of these pictures I’ve already posted in my Instagram account, follow me there (https://instagram.com/kaoutar_chahbane/).  In this post, there is a book and it’s in different places. Enjoy reading (actually, seeing :p ) .. Waiting for your comments 🙂

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#boutofbooks: My TBR

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Salam dear friends,

It’s a little bit late, but here is my TBR for this week Read-A-Thon.. Enjoy 🙂

PS: I’ve already started reading all these books 🙂

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

I wanted to read this for a long time now, and today, I read 20 pages of it.. I love it 🙂

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Crazy Love

I read most of this in the past two days.. I think I’m going to finish it tonight 🙂

L’homme Sans Passé and مادة التعبير الفيلمي

I only read 20 pages in each.. The first one in French, and it talks about a man who loses his memory in the day of his wedding.. interesting 🙂

The second one is an Arabic non fiction book, and it’s about the techniques and the processes of making movies… Well written 🙂

I also have many other books and materials (concerning university mainly) that I want to read this week.. Who knows?? Maybe, I will.

I have 4 days to go, and I hope that I can make it 🙂

I’ll share with you my progress soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂

One more thing: What do you think of my TBR ??

My Book Review: The Pursuit of Emma

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Salam dear friends,

It’s been a while since I shared with you any of my books reviews.. Today, I have a beautiful book to share with you 🙂

My book for today is The Pursuit of Emma written by Chris Doherty.

It is the story Tom Sharpe whose world turned upside down when he wakes up one day not finding his “wife”. He tries to discover what exactly happens, and more secrets keep on showing up. He finds out that the life he used to live, and the things he used to believe on are not a complete reality. He decides to start his journey of the pursuit of the love of his life, Emma.

I really enjoyed reading this novel. I loved the way Tom changes, though I can’t understand how he can just forgive her, save her ( like really save her) , and live with her. He changes from being a crying baby to a fighter, and a doer. I also liked  the way the writer represents the whole story, and the twists of the plot, very clever. When you start reading the novel, you don’t expect those things to happen, and to the story to develops that way.

This a  great novel filled with suspense.  I don’t want to talk about the details, but I really want you to read it; trust me, you’ll love it. The ending is so….. No need to say more.. Go and read it now 😀

Funny thing, while reading this I dreamed that I’m part of the whole life of Tom an Emma: scary and funny at the same time, right?? ❤

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A quote that I loved, really loved ❤

Talk to you soon insha’ALLAH 🙂

Female Authors You Should Be Reading…

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Salam dear friends,

Today is the international women’s day.. I decided to share with you some of the female authors that you should know, and read their works. The authors are from different periods, and they are clever, creative, and talented 😉

Louisa May Alcott

I think we’re all familiar with this name. I love her way of writing: simple and thoughtful.

Maya Angelou

I love this woman. I have read almost all her poems, and parts of her other works.. I first knew her in the Oprah’s show. I was very young and I loved her words, and I found that she’s very wise. Her quotes are mind changing.

Danielle Steel

A woman who needs no introduction…This author knows what she’s doing. So far, I’ve read two of her novels, and I loved them. She is currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time.

Debbie Macomber

I really enjoyed reading the works of this author. She knows how to choose her characters, and I feel that women will identify with them.

Zadie Smith

She is compared to Charles Dickens, and other brilliant authors. This young female author should be known and read 🙂

Alice Munro

This Nobel Prize winner deserves to be on the top of the list.. She is the queen of short stories… You should read one of hers at least 🙂

There is more, of course.. J. K. Rowling, Anne Rice, Gillian Flynn, Alice Walker…………….

I know I did not mention them all.. The list is long, but I choose these women just to show how great they were and are. I love their works. I thank them  for what they’ve done, and I am sure I’m not the only one who enjoyed reading what they’ve written 🙂

Happy International Women’s Day to all the books lovers, authors, women, and human beings.

My Book Review: All For You

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My Book Review: All For You

Salam dear friends,

It’s been a while since I shared with you my readings, and the books that I’ve read lately are just beautiful.

I’m really happy that I had the chance to read them, and I’ll share them here very soon insha’ALLAH 😉

My book for today is All For You by Sheila O’Flanagan.

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I thank my friend for giving me this book and telling me ” read it, you won’t regret” and I definitely did not 😀

The book is about Lainey,a weather forecaster who loves her job and does it very well. Lainey tries to find happiness and to make her dreams a reality. It is about family. it looks at mother, daughter and grandma relationships. In the beginning of the book, you can clearly see the difference between Lainey and her mother, Deanna. Her mother is a feminists who devoted her life to the women cause, leaving Lainey with her grandparents. And there are some long-concealed family secrets 😉 😉

I have mixed feelings for both Lainey and Deanna… I loved the grandmother ❤

Deanna claims she did that for the sake of Lainey and to the cause of all women, and it’s true but she did it for herself (first). I did not like her that much, and I think that she’s strong but at the same time, she’s very weak.

At first, I did not like Lainey choices, and how she reacts towards men, how she sees every man as a future husband, and how she will give everything for that thinking that her life won’t be good if she did not have a husband or a boyfriend. She made me think of this song:  It describes her perfectly in some point. At the end, she realizes that she can be alone and happy at the time, she starts taking decisions, thinking about her life in a whole different way… And it’s good, just good 😉

This book is good because it’s the story of a mother and daughter, and how different people choose to live. The book is about realizing who the important people in your life really are. It’s easy to be read 🙂

517 pages full of… LIFE.

As soon as I began reading it, I couldn’t put it back… You love it 🙂


I really enjoyed reading it 😉 

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.”

She’s back…

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Salam dear friends,

Great news for Harper Lee readers 🙂

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After publishing her beautiful novel more than 50 years now, she’s back with another book 😉

It was announced that Lee would be publishing another novel, called Go Set a Watchman, which she had written in the mid-1950s, before To Kill a Mockingbird 🙂

Go Set a Watchman is to be published on July 14, 2015.

After all, “To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee’s only published book.

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The novel is 304 pages, and will be published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins , in the United States and by Heinemann, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in the United Kingdom. The first printing will be two million copies.

Happy reading 🙂 🙂