The Power Of Books
To say that books can change your life is not a lie, the power of reading is epic, but actually learning from them is even more powerful, Some books made me cry and some made me laugh and some made me question my faith and self and absolutely all of them challenged my mind. I had read more than one book for each author in the list, but I listed the ones with the most impact on my life. For now I can say that these books have changed my life and transformed me into who I am today, I will read more in the future and I will post more lists in the future.
I will list each book with my own opinion about it, and what I took from it, without spoiling any of them, here is the list:
- The Overcoat & the Nose By Nikolai Gogol: He is one of the greatest Russian authors who influenced the world of literature, and this book is going to play games with your mind, with a brilliant well executed fantasy and charming style.
- Violet’s War By Ahmed Juma: This Epic novel that goes around the struggle among powers and how to create the difference in a world that lost it balance with so many twists and betrayals, this novel taught me the art of survival and how leadership is equal between men and women.
- A Farewell To Arm By Ernest Hemingway: A meaning of a true love in a time of war and chaos, as a reader it made me compare between the world then and the world now, and how love used to be seen and how we lost all connections to it today.
- Thus Spoke Zarathustra By Friedrich Nietzsche: I will not say more than what the world already knows about this book, it will make you question your faith, practices, and believe, it will be extremely challenging if you still didn’t open up to that part in you, too scared to ask and too afraid to even question religion and faith. This book will change who you are as a person.
- The Dream By Emile Zola: A love story that faces a religious and social challenges, the same challenges are still present in the world we live in and how different background, social class, religion can come between two lovers.
- Snow By Orhan Pamuk: In a world where religion interfere with the state and how it demolish people’s ethics and values just to gain power and rule the nation, and the danger that faces the person who dares to question that power or even challenge it, and how it tear down families and friends relationships.
- Black Milk By Elif Shafak: her perception about motherhood and life as an author and a woman, and the challenges that a women get to face in conservative societies, while questioning marriage, love, motherhood, and going through her postpartum, it answered a lot of my own questions and helped me to see things from different views.
- The Storm By Gibran Khalil Gibran: Love, Life, Morals, Religion, Politics, Fear of death, and Fear of living, a life changing book. I really can’t add more of words, it’s written by a genius, this book will give you chills.
- A Confession of an Economic Hit Man By John Perkins: political, a clear insight on how politics really works, a whistle-blower who confesses a true life story of him manipulating and destroying countries throw the world bank by giving loans to developing countries and behind closed doors they use these loans to captivate the nations and destroy their infrastructures.
- The Gambler By Fyodor Dostoevsky: the great Dostoevsky is trying to portrait a corrupted society and a greedy world full of double standards and ethics and how people turn into their worst nightmares when they are faced with challenges and temptations.
- One Hundred Year Of Solitude By Gabriel Garcia Marquez: This one here is the book that made me fell in love with novels and reading , it’s about group of people who chose to abandon this world to create new realty in an I isolated land to create a life where it’s fulled with fiction and reality that get mixed together and the resemblances to our life and how stories and mysteries been told from generation to the next full of fiction just to continue living in fear of those stories so we can fear the change.
- The Duel By Anton Chekhov: This novel has all the characters in life it feels like Chekhov wanted to represent every part of his mind in one novel, it’s a short one but it truly represent all kind of humans or maybe a reflection to the author’s characters , for example the bored one, the one that hates everything and everyone, the critic one etc. it’s so interesting that it will let you discover that we all have one or many of them in our life or within us.
- Bad Feminist By Roxane Gay: A group of articles with an extreme explanation of what feminism is about and how it’s challenging to be a feminist in a world that for centuries showed women nothing but an emotional creature. it also touches the sensitive subjects such as violence, anger, race, and how women are portrayed in music, movies, and in daily life.
- The Intimate Enemy By Guy Finley: it’s the book that changed my whole life, it talks about how people turn into their own enemies and how we destroy our own life by believing what we are told, by our past, and how to let go of fear, expectations and anger.
- The Seat Of The Soul By Gary Zukav: A spiritual journey that opened my mind to a new wide open window called karma, intention and how living through fear, anger will even lead to more painful experiences, and how my intention is the key to everything i put out to the world, and to unlock the multi-sensory human that I am.
- To A God Unknown By John Steinbeck: it’s about a second chance at life that don’t go the way expected, it’s about family, frustration, dreams, and unexpected events that turns people’s life upside down, searching for God something to believe in, and through that journey it gets too hard and too painful. A conflict starts when those members are searching for the truth and those who think they found God through their practices, and how the characters gets too dark and too confused during their search.
- The Light We Cannot See By Anthony Doerr: Two different worlds, two different believes come together during World War II, and how some humans never lose their kind side and become saviors for those are called enemies and how humans kindness wins over evil thoughts and systems that changes two individuals future and present in a time it was all about white and black no in between, a novel that rocked my world upside down.
- Fifty Shades Of Gray By E L James: Many different opinions about this trilogy some called it too poor and it has no meaning and so many sees it just as a romantic novel. For me what I loved about this novel is the author herself breaking all the rules in the literature world, were women authors are not expected to write these types of novels. E L James broke the mold with this book, not just with couple of lines but by publishing four books that talks about two young couple exploring their sex life with specific details.