You know that challenge going around FB right now where you’re being asked by friends to come up with 10 books that have influenced you or stayed with you in some way or another? Earlier today a friend of mine tagged me, and I usually don’t play along these games, but when it comes to books, I just can’t help myself. One day when I decide to settle down, I’ll turn one of the rooms in my house into the biggest library ever.
Anyways, back to the challenge: it was really hard to come up with a lost of only 10; the initial list of titles jumping to mind was much more, but I guess the 10 below made the cut for some reason. Take a look and let me know what you think!
1. El mo3’amerun el 7’amsa series – unsure of the author:
Probably the first book series I’ve read from beginning to end; the books that introduced me to my absolute love of reading.
2. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen:
One word really: “Mr. Darcy” well – I guess those were two words.
3. 1984 – George Orwell:
My love of dystopian books stemmed from this one story and yes Big Brother is watching you.
4. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Alborn:
One of my favorite quotes of all times: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
5. Awlad 7aretna – Naguib Mahfouz:
One of the very first arabic novels I read on my own just because I felt like it and every time I remember bits and pieces of this book I feel like it’s a work of genius.
6. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald:
All this sadness and depression behind this fake mask; sometimes I think this world still exists.
7. Le Petit Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
Probably one of the few books I read in more than two languages. I can still clearly remember the first time someone introduced me to the book and how I stayed up all night to finish it.
9. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini:
There’s this one scene in the book that makes me really sad everytime I think about it.
8. Die Verwandlung – Franz Kafka:
Kafka had to make it on this list; this story hunts me down; sometimes I’m not even thinking about anything and then out of nowhere I remember the opening scene of the Metamorphosis.
10. 100 years of solitude – Gabriel García Márquez:
One of the most confusing books I’ve ever read, and yet I couldn’t stop reading; what a story.
What about you? What would be a definite book on your list that I might have missed?
Let me know!