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#NonFictionNovember: My TBR.

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Salam dear friends,

I hope you’re doing great.

Today, I want to share with you my #NonFictionNovember tbr. #NonFictionNovember is a challenge/readathon created by 2 amazing youtubers to encourage people to read more of the nonfiction genre.

They also help the participants by creating 4 -optional- challenges. They encourage readers to pick their books based on these:

New: this means to read a new release, or new author.. Whatever ’new’ means to you.

Contervertial: this is for books with contervertial topics and themes. This aspect may be universally contervertial or just personal.

Important: here you can read about any topic that you are interested in. For me, that would be anything: Translation, Science, Religion,  Feminism,  Literature, Human Rights, Self help, Cinema, Environment … ANYTHING.

Fascinating: this can mean anything that you find amazingabout the book. It can be the style,  the topic, a person,  a place. Again,  it’s a broad area to choose from.

Remember,  the main goal is to read more nonfiction books,  so if you hate that genre, give it a try and pick one book this month. If you normally read 1 or 2 try 3 or more, and so on and so forth.

So here is my TBR (and yeah, I know I’m late):

New: Pancakes in Paris

This a 2016 release. It is a book written by an American man who decides to open a restaurant in France. This is more than him telling us about his journey.  This is a book about his life, his dreams,  himself.

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Contervertial: Le Journal d’Anne Frank

I wanted to read this book for a very long time. Actually,  I’ve started reading it in French 4 or 5 years ago, then one of my friends had a copy in English, so I picked it up and read it. The problem was that that version was not complete qnd she didn’t have the second part. So here I am, determined to read it in French this time.

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This is count for contervertial for many reasons. First it was banned several times. Also, it deals with some contervertial topics and it’s written in a very contervertial period. And finally, it is contervertial because there is still a debate,  still some people think that it was not written by Anne Frank herself.

Important: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

This is a book about living in a better way, living a better life. I started reading it months ago, I enjoyed it, but didn’t finish it. It is beautifully written and I’m planing to start it from the beginning insha’ALLAH.

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Fascinating: When Breath becomes Air

This a beautiful book about a beautiful human being. A book that is beautifully written, and that I really can’t wait to read it. I can’t say more, for now.

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Honorable ambitious TBR mentions (I may or may not read):

في الترجمة: A book about translation and its relationship with philosophy.

A Life in Parts: An ARC I received that is written by Bryan Cranston. It’s his biography from his childhood to now.

Guns: A reread. This is about the contervertial topic of violence,  crimes, and guns in the US. I loved the first time,  and I recommend it for sure.

That is all for today dear all. Talk to you soon insha’ALLAH.

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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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My Instagram Share: Me and Books

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Salam dear readers,

This is me sharing with you some of my Instagram posts, which have books in them.. I really love posting on Instagram and I like sharing that with you.. So without further ado, these are the 5 selected photos:

#julywithcj Day 7: Books that melt your heart. These books gave me different beautiful feelings, and they will always be ones of my favourite books. In this picture, I’ve put only the books that I have in the moment. There are so many more, but either I gave them to one of my friends or I’ve got them from the library or from one of my friends, so I don’t own them in the moment. What are some of the books that melt your heart? #me #reading #books #bookstagram #bookphotography #bookworm #morocco #marrakech #instalike #instagood #beauty #photography #photooftheday #colors #الحمدلله #watch #Antigone #littlewomen #harrypotter #thegreatgatsby #pens #candles #read #كتب #اقرأ #كتبي #lire #livres #kaoutar_chahbane

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My 2016 Bookish Goals

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Salam dear friends,

Today, I want to share with you some of my bookish resolutions for this year. I won’t be specified in my goals. I just will share what number of books and what kind of bookish things I want to do this year.

Read 50 books, if not more insha’ALLAH.

Read a classic per month.

Read 5 French books.  

Reread some of my favorite books.

Read some trilogies, 3 or 4.

Start some series.

 Read 10+ Arabic books.

Read some new genres.

Read translation literature. 

Decrease the number of my books in my TBR.

So those are my top 10 bookish goals for 2016. It’s a very brief post, I know. Talk to you soon insha’ALLAH.

 

My July in Pictures

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Salam to all of you dear friends, This July was very very special, and I thought of sharing that with you in pictures 🙂 Enjoy 🙂

One of the beauiful Ramadan days in Mrrakech; Yes, the sky is red compleely red, but it was a beutiful day 🙂

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Ramadan in Marrakesh 🙂

One of my favorite passages of my read this month:

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I Graduated.. It was a very special day. Ranking first in my department is something that I will always be proud of alhamduli’ALLAH.

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Nice Food and Good Books 🙂

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One of my July read, a good book about the king of Pop:

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It was also my Birthday. I’m 21 years old now… Happy Summer to all of you 🙂

Talk to you soon insha’ALLAH 🙂 🙂

This a “Thank You” note to some special people

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Salam dear friends,

Last Sunday was my birthday (5th of July). I’m officially 21 years old.

I decided to write this for some special people 🙂 🙂

I have many people in my life whom I really love and care about. These people have a major role in my life. They inspire me, support me, and are always there for me.

I thought that this is a good opportunity to thank my parents, my brother, my sisters, and my friends for all what you did for me in the past 20 years. Thank you  for being there in every step of the way. Thank you for your unconditional support and care.

This is a very short post that does not express my full love and appreciation to all of you, but it does say:  Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂

This is from a pluviophile.

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Salam dear friends,

So, I love rain… I think that this weather is just magical and miraculous, and to relate it to bad luck, and ugly things is a criminal act.. I know, I’m using big words here, but that’s just the the “rain lover self” talking 😉

I feel very optimistic in a cloudy rainy day.. Strange, isn’t it?? But, it’s 100% true 😉

Yesterday, I got wet in the rain.. It was a beautiful day 🙂

I took this yesterday when it just started raining

There are many many reasons to start loving rain.. Here are some of them 😀

  • First things first, No rain, NO rainbows.. No need to explain that more 😉

  • It is so beautiful to hear the raindrops.. I really enjoy that 🙂

  • It’s always fun to walk, sing, and dance in the RAIN 😀 I did them all 😉 😉

  • It’s better to fall asleep to the sound of the rain.. Don’t you think??

  • As a books lover, reading a book while it’s raining is so so so so so so much better ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I have many other reasons, but I will share them later.. Keep following my blog and loving the rain 😉

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

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Lesson

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And… My top favorite…

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Talk to you soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂

Marrakesh: the city where I belong…

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Salam dear friends, Marrakesh, the city of love, simplicity, and joy… I thought of sharing with you some of the things that I love about this city, my city 😉 These pictures that I took a while ago represent some ( just some) of the things that makes Marrakesh so lovely and beautiful 😉

The PEOPLE 😀

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The City

With its different parts. Each part has an impact on the people living in it.

Marrakesh

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This 🙂 🙂 🙂

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And of course…. This 😉

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And,  I think you’ll love this one ❤

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That’s it for now… You can add more things to this list in the comments 🙂

Talk to you soon Insha’ALLAH 🙂

Happy Independence Day

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Salam dear friends,

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I know I said it more than once before, but I’ll say it again: I’m very proud to be a Moroccan girl, I love being Moroccan, and I really love my country 🙂

Today, we celebrate The Independence Day… I’m sure you have seen it on Google 🙂

I’m not going to say anything more… I just want you, as a Moroccan person, to ask yourself these two questions: What makes you love Morocco?? What can you do for it ??

Happy Independence Day Morocco ❤ ❤ ❤