هنا، ألوذ في هدأة هذا الليل براحةٍ من قيظ النّهار. هنا، أحوك في الفكر خواطر، وأولّد على الشّفة بنات. هنا، ابتسامات حنين ترجّع صدى طفولةٍ نائية، وقصص حبّ طواها الزّمن. هنا، حلمٌ بغدٍ أجمل
Farah tagged me with this bookworm questionnaire, although I stopped being a bookworm long time ago (When you translate books for a living, reading cannot be a hobby!). I told her at first: "bala fadayeh ya benet", but I guess tomorrow is the day of scandals anyway :p

Number of books I own: Actually, I didn't count them, but there are several bookshelves at home. I have also borrowed books to read, more than those I bought.

Last book I bought: Rissala 2ila El-Okhtayn (Letter to the two sisters) By Issa Makhlouf. I'm a huge fan. I even waited for him to show up and made him sign it in person.

Last book I read: I think it was The Davinci Code by Dan Brown.

Five books that mean a lot to me:
1. Birds of September by Emilie Nasrallah. I was ten when I read it for the first time. The book made me read almost everything else she had written (I used to have this rule: If I liked a book by a certain author, then I should read all his books). I even remember the last couple of lines:
وقفت هناك، أمدّ ساعديّ للريح: بطلة خائرة في حلبة السّباق، نقطة استفهام على جبين الأرض
2. Le Tres-bas, by Christian Bobin: One can easily weep when reading this book, not because of the sadness of the events, but out of the beauty it holds within the lines.
3. 3ayn el Sarab By Issa Makhlouf: My own Sacred Book. as simple as that.
4. Les Voleurs de Beaute by Pascal Bruckner : How much do youth and beauty really count? It is definitely a must-read.
5. Le Chateau de Ma Mere by Marcel Pagnol: I know this one is very old, but there's just something about Pagnol. (Le Manon des Sources est encore plus dechirant!)

The book I am reading since long but could not finish: A book written by a blogger/friend. It's not that I could not finish it, but too much work have kept me from reading it. But don't worry, I will :)

Tagging: Everyone interested.
  • At ٣/٧/٠٥ ١١:٠٨ ص, Blogger Delirious said…

    You can never stop being one...once a bookworm, always a bookworm! :) I've just become less of a bookworm due to lack of time.

    Number of books I own: Dozens and dozens! No place on bookshelves anymore, so they've been gathering dust on the attic!

    Last book I bought: Well, I went last week to La Braderie du Livre and bought 25 books, but I don't think there's enough place here to enumerate them all (plus, they're all in French, so I don't think there are many who'll be interested to know what they are ;)

    Last book I read: Some silly story called "Les amies de ma femme"

    Five books that mean a lot to me:
    1. Veronika Decides To Die by Paolo Coelho (was a great inspiration at one point in my life)
    2. Manuel du Guerrier de Lumière by Paolo Coelho (always on my bedside!)
    3. The Stars Shine Down by Sidney Sheldon (I used to dream I'll be like Lara, the heroine, when I grew up...I read almost all of his books when I was 13-14 and I love them all!)
    4. Les Catilinaires by Amélie Nothomb (I liked this one so much that when the french-english translation teacher asked us to choose 10 pages from a favorite book and translate them, I chose this one...and got one of the highest grades!:)
    5. All Alice Roy (Nancy Drew) novels by Caroline Quine in French. (not for their content as much as for the memories I have of the time when I used to read them as a the rate of 2-3/week!)

    The book I am reading since long but could not finish:
    Pity the Nation by Robert Fisk (Haven't even been past the first few pages!)

  • At ٤/٧/٠٥ ١٢:٣٢ ص, Blogger Eve said…

    thx for sharing your reading experience, D. :)

  • At ٤/٧/٠٥ ٩:٠٦ ص, Blogger Delirious said…

    you tagged everyone interested...didn't know there wouldn't be anyone else! where is everyone??

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