Roba "book-tagged" me a long time ago but I never got around to responding for one reason or another. Now that I have some time on my hands here is my response:

The number of books I own: I really do not have any idea. I gave away some while we were hopping continents and I left a big chunk at my parents house in Jordan so I really can’t give an exact figure. I would say maybe 2 or 300. I really don’t know.

The last book I bought: Kissing in Manhattan. I read so many reviews hailing this novel that is supposed to be the story of New Yorkers struggling with life. Somehow this intrigued me. We’ll see.

The last book I read: How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents. I bought it after it was mentioned on Mariam’s blog and frankly I hated it. I thought it was disjointed although it had some interesting moments here and there.

The five books that mean a lot to me:

  1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being: It is an absolute masterpiece by one of my all-time favorite writers: Milan Kudnera.
  2. The World According to Garp: I read this book so many years ago that I really can’t remember much. One thing I remember, though, was that when I finished this book I had a huge smile on my face, something that rarely happens after I finish reading any certain book.
  3. In the Eye of the Sun: Ahdaf Sweif really excelled in this book. It is a book that many women can relate to in the Arab world.
  4. Love in the Time of Cholera: This book occupies a special place in my heart, as it played a central role in our early days of courtship.
  5. The Ground Beneath Her Feet: A very beautifully written love story. Although it drags forever, the writing style is really out of this world.

The book I’ve been trying to finish forever: The Lord of the Rings. I’m sorry Roba, I tried!

Okay in return I’m tagging the following people: Dalia and Aunt Karen.

2 comments on “Books galore”

  1. I’m going to answer my tag here since my blog is more baby-related.. (I really should have a more ‘general’ blog for this kind of stuff)

    The number of books I own: I would say around 100.. (I left about 400 books back home when I got married and moved to Dubai)

    The last book I bought: The last one I bought was: Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It by Andrea J. Buchanan

    The last one I got (as a gift) was: Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim by Ziauddin Sardar

    The last book I read: The Time Traveller’s Wife – by Audrey Niffenegger

    The five books that mean a lot to me:

    1. To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee I have re-read this one over 50 times and I love it more every time)
    2. I’m gonna go with two groups of books – The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books (mainly the Fudge series).. (Those are the books that got me hooked on reading and instilled the love of the written word in me).
    3. Roots by Alex Haley (the first ‘real book’ I read – and one that still invokes feelings of frsutration in me)
    4. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. (Gave me a good Cliff’s Notes on Philosophy)
    5. The Prophet By Jibran Khalil Jibran. (I’m not sure if this is considered a book or a poem).

    I’m also gonna add my own category: A book I’ve been meaning to read: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I bought this over 2 years ago and still haven’t gotten around to reading it.

  2. Coolness. Finally someone other than me read the ground beneath her feet. I thought it was alright. Certainly wouldn’t rank on the books that mean “a lot” to me.
    I read it on my way from the US to Bahrain (with a very very long transit in Turkey, Istanbul airport).
    If you want a true Rushdie book, I would highly recommend “Shame” by far, the best book I’ve read for him.

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