Hey there blog friends,
I’m back and I hope you’re all doing really well 😀
If you’re not new to my blog, facebook page, twitter account, instagram or youtube channel, you would probably know by now that I love movies, photography, music, art, nature, flowers, travelling, stars, moonlight, daydreams, tea, solitude from time to time, books, words and literature.
So, it’s time for my roundup of the top 10 books I read in 2012, books I personally enjoyed and encouraged friends and family members to read…
1. A new Earth by Eckhart Tolle:
When Oprah says « This is a must read », I READ ! In fact, Oprah was so moved by this book that she and the book’s writer Eckhart Tolle taught a 10 week webcast seminar in 2008 covering the topics in each chapter in depth. I finished the book in about 3 days because I seriously couldn’t put it down. Here’s some notes I personally kept from the book:
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it”
“This is my secret, » he said. « I don’t mind what happens.”
“You become most powerful in whatever you do if the action is performed for its own sake rather than as a means to protect, enhance, or conform to your role identity.”
“Don’t Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness”
“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you, and allowing that goodness to emerge. But it can only emerge if something fundamental changes in your state of consciousness.”
2. A tiny bit marvellous by Dawn French:
Here’s a little story I shared with you on my Facebook page exactely one month ago: « Look what I found yesterday at Istanbul Atatürk Havalimanı… Someone left a book in Starbucks with a note inside it saying: « In October 12 Emma Noms travelled to Bahu. On the plane she read this book. It was quite funny ! Please read – Hope you find it funny too ! »
I’m currently reading it. It’s called « A Tiny Bit Marvellous » by Dawn French and it’s amazing !
So, whoever you are… Thank you ! »
3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson:
It was definitely one of 2012 highlights for me… Getting to sit with Walter Isaacson and interview him on january 17th along with: Chakib Tsouli, Chadi Nanaa, Faiçal Oulharir, Mehdi Ayache and Yassine El Kachchani. Which I still need to edit and upload.
Back to the book now, I LOVE to read biographies and this is one the best ones I’ve ever read in my entire life. It was honest, inspiring, shocking and tragic by the end… The part where Steve Jobs stopped eating and preferred to starve himself and how he was eventually eaten alive by a greedy tumour made me cry my heart out.
4. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami:
I saw this book for the first time between the hands of my friend Tifawt -who’s the cutest human panda in the whole wide world- and I asked her what it was about and she answered: « So many things. You have to read it to understand it. I can’t put into words but it’s amazing ».
I’m not going to lie, the name in itself was so intriguing to me. I called it IQ 84, then 1Q 84. I wondered if it was a world wide printing mistake, then I opened the book at the first page and found: 1984 and I saw the light. No, I’m just kidding. Reading this book was actually my first couragious step into the world of Haruki Murakami especially that I read most of the 984 pages in class instead of listening to my lectures and courses.
I really hope none of my teachers is reading this.
Despite the complicated and multiple threads, this book was a joy to read and a huge mental test for me, a test to see how much I was willing to put up with Murakami. And it was a tough one. The last part of the book is definitely my favourite. I just loved how it all came together very elegantly.
5. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins:
I’m going to apologize in advance to all the Twilight Saga fans but « The Hunger Games » trilogy is way better than all that vampire love drama. My personal review of these books: I simply want to scream the following at the top of my lungs: THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY IS BEYOND AWESOME ! These 3 book deserve a review I probably won’t be able to give. It is a breathless read that once you start you simply can’t put down again. Oh and Katniss is my new personal Tomb raider with a Bow and arrow 😀