Wednesday, July 6, 2005

I have been Book tagged by Valiant Contender...and it took me while before I figured out what that meant.. :) so here goes...

Number of Books I Have Read:
No idea..can't even guess ...but I will admit that there are a lot of books that have pieces of tissue or pencils in then to remind me of where I strayed and got distracted and started reading something else...not monogamous with the books i'm sorry to say.

Last book I read:
Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi...like i said before..go get it folks, really.

Number of Books i Own:
I think just under 2,000.

Books that mean a lot to me:
Conference of the Books
Khaled Abou El Fadhl
This book and his writing really helped me make my peace with the faith we were raised in but which got twisted and brutalised by the reigning orthodoxy. He wrestles Islam out of the ugly tangle of prejudices and anger and hatred and ignorance and fear that has plagued it and presents an evolving and very loving relationship with the text and the faith.

Upside Down : A Primer for the Looking-Glass World
Eduardo Galeano
This book made me laugh out loud in the subway, which is where I read most of it, and also got me so riled up about and interested in topics that had passed below the radar before. His Open Veins of Latin America is also great...and what a title.

Anything by Graham Greene...I don't know why but his writing manages to break my heart every single time..and it's so simple..

The Gift
Daniel Ladinsky's translations of short pieces by Hafiz...this was a lifesaver whenever I had nightmares or when things got icky...I would just open up a page and whatever I read made it all seem ok.

Arundhati Roy in general..her one leap into fiction and what a leap...and her essays...articles...
earthquakes. whatever you want to call them..just stuff that makes you sit up and say 'damn, that was sharp!'

The book I have been reading for a ages but could not finish:
The Corrections
J. Franzen
I have no idea why I am so slow with this..it keeps going back on the shelf and I keep pulling it back out...it has taken a tour of every tabletop and surface in the house...it will be finished someday..

I am currently reading:
Fiction: Snow by Orhan Pamuk... haunting tale about extremism, love and contradictions...
Non-Fiction: Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice-Geoffrey Robertson- I like the way this is written, it tells the story of the rise of Human rights law and problems with the systems in place in a very engaging way...only 60 or so pages into it..have a ways to go.
Arabic: Samarqand- Amin Maalouf(translated from the French)- I know I'm late in the game for this one...but better than never eh..

Supposed to tag people now...so if you just read this..you are tagged..I can't list all the bloggers' bookshelves I am interested in..

9 comments:

Hanan said...

Arundhati Roy is amazing. And anything for Amin Maalouf always intrigues me.

kwtia said...

Hi Hanan! Yeah isn't she just fun to read...she does acrobatics with words that you just gape at...and I am loving the flow of the Malouf book..the translation is lovely..
hey you know this means we need to have a look inside your book world now..

SheWrites said...

You know, I've had the same problem with The Corrections. I bought it a few years back, when it made a big stink in the US, but I don't think I've gotten past the first few chapters in the dozen or so times I've tried to read it. One day.. one day.

A good friend turned me on to Amin Maalouf just last year, and I haven't been able to get enough.

Just under 2,000 books! I want to raid your library. :D

N.

kwtia said...

N. You're very welcome to raid the shelves..although some of the books, I have no idea what came over me when I got them...what is it about the Corrections..I mean I kinda like it when I'm reading it but then find it hard to pick it up again..and I sort of avoid it and act all weird around it...like I dont want to hurt its feelings, and i appreciate how well done it is, but well...I sorta stray.

sarah said...

Hey, they've got The Corrections as Sparks notes, if you want a shorter version! I've never heard of the book, but now I'm curious to read it.

kwtia said...

Sarah, Spark Notes are kunda fun for stuff you know you are never going to get into in depth...I got obsessed with reading their chemistry section last year..I'll wait till I've lost hope in actually finishing the book before i spark The corrections..

Valiant Contender said...

Inspiring

kwtia said...

:) VC, Thanks for tagging me..sent me back into happy memories of books I've known..

Valiant Contender said...

Your welcome :) I've been long interested in your bookshelf, and your blog as well.