My 15 Books to read

1-Honeymoon with my brother: Franz Wisner

honeymoon with my brother This is the true story of Franz Wisner, a man who thought he had it all- a high profile career and the fiancée of his dreams- when suddenly, his life turned upside down. Just days before they were to be married, his fiancée called off the wedding. Luckily, his large support network of family and friends wouldn’t let him succumb to his misery. They decided Franz should have a wedding and a honeymoon anyway- there just wouldn’t be a bride at the ceremony, and Franz’ travel companion would be his brother, Kurt. The brothers decided to leave their old lives behind them. They quit their jobs, sold all their possessions, and traveled around the world, visiting fifty-three countries for the next two years. In Honeymoon With My Brother, Franz recounts this remarkable journey, during which he turned his heartbreak into an opportunity to learn about himself, the world, and the brother he hardly knew.

2-The art of non-conformity: Chris Guillebeau

Day 199: The Art of Non-Conformity Book

If you’ve ever thought, “There must be more to life than this,” The Art of Non-Conformity is for you. Based on Chris Guillebeau’s popular online manifesto “A Brief Guide to World Domination,” The Art of Non-Conformity defies common assumptions about life and work while arming you with the tools to live differently. You’ll discover how to live on your own terms by exploring creative self-employment, radical goal-setting, contrarian travel, and embracing life as a constant adventure. Inspired and guided by Chris’s own story and those of others who have pursued unconventional lives, you can devise your own plan for world domination-and make the world a better place at the same time.

3-All the light we cannot see: Anthony Doerr


MARIE-LAURE lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie- Laure’s converge.

4-Le jour où j’ai appris à vivre: Laurent Gounelle


Imaginez : vous vous baladez sur les quais de San Francisco un dimanche, quand soudain une bohémienne vous saisit la main pour y lire votre avenir. Amusé, vous vous laissez faire, mais dans l’instant son regard se fige, elle devient livide. Ce qu’elle va finalement vous dire… vous auriez préféré ne pas l’entendre. À partir de là, rien ne sera plus comme avant, et il vous sera impossible de rester sur les rails de la routine habituelle. C’est ce qui va arriver à Jonathan dans ce nouveau roman de Laurent Gounelle. À la suite de cette rencontre troublante, il va se retrouver embarqué dans une aventure de découverte de soi ponctuée d’expériences qui vont changer radicalement sa vision de sa vie, de la vie. Ce roman, dont l’intrigue est basée sur des expériences scientifiques réelles, éclaire d’une lumière nouvelle notre existence et nos relations aux autres, et apporte un souffle d’air pur dans notre vie.

5-Into thin Air: Jon Krakauer

f8ec747a1e3c91e58eb516144d590f29 Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer’s book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author’s own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.

6-شيكاغو: علاء الأسواني


شيكاجو.. هل هى مجرد مدينة على أرض الأحلام أم مكان يعج بالبشر من كل الأجناس المختلفة؟.. أم عالم ملئ بالأحداث السياسية والعاطفية والإجتماعية صبه المؤلف فى قالب هذا الكتاب؟! أياً كانت الإجابة على هذا التساؤل فسنعرفها في رواية الأديب المتميز “علاء الأسوانى” الجديدة ،وكعادته هى ليست مجرد رواية ولكنها حياة مليئة بالبشر.. فتاة تعدت الثلاثين وطارت إلى هذه المدينة.. مثال ونموذج لشباب حياتهم بين الحب والسياسة والغربة.. ورجال يجرفهم الحنين إلى الماضى وأرض الوطن .. وآخرون تشتتوا بين الشرق والغرب فلا استطاعوا الهرب من الشرق ولا نجحوا في الإمتزاج مع الغرب وقيمه، وغيرهم من البشر والحكايات الكثير،كانت منفصلة ومتصلة وعاملها المشترك أنها على أرض واحدة تسمى” شيكاجو” ..إناه رواية كتبها بل أبدعها المؤلف كما أبدع من قبلها ” عمارة يعقوبيان” خرجت بمذاق مختلف وطابع فريد مميز لها كسائر أعماله ،ومعها عزيزى القارئ تنساب وسط تيار سطورها لا تملك حيالها إلا القراءة والمتعة والتفكير ثم التصفيق إحتراماً وتقديراً لموهبة حقيقة تعلن عن وجودها وراء هذه الصفحات.

    7-TAZMAMART CELLULE 10: Ahmed Marzouki

9782842720926“Tazmamart n’existe pas”. C’est ce qu’ont prétendu pendant près de vingt ans les autorités marocaines. Et pourtant. Après dix-huit ans de détention, quand s’ouvrent les portes de cette prison d’un autre âge, vingt-huit détenus survivants sortent de l’enfer. Ahmed Marzouki, qui a occupé la cellule dix de ce mouroir, témoigne.

Au début des années soixante-dix, 58 officiers et sous-officiers impliqués, à leur corps défendant, dans deux tentatives de coup d’État, sont enfermés à Tazmamart. Détenus dans des conditions inhumaines, à la merci d’un directeur et de gardiens sadiques, torturés et laissés à l’agonie, à la folie et à la mort, seuls 28 survivront. C’est un récit douloureux, atroce, à la limite du soutenable. Comment l’Homme peut-il infliger pareil traitement à ses semblables ? Comment peut-on survivre à de telles conditions de vie, “amputé de sa jeunesse”, de tout espoir ? Telles sont les questions qui surgissent à la lecture de ce livre. Point de haine ni de volonté de revanche pourtant dans les propos d’Ahmed Marzouki. Mais le témoignage d’un homme contre l’indifférence et l’oubli, pour qu’un tel supplice ne se reproduise pas.

8-The winner’s curse: Marie Rutkoski 


As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

9-À nous de jouer: Stéphane Hessel

41fm+3A2+hL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Après les succès phénoménaux de Indignez-vous ! et Engagez-vous !, Stéphane Hessel écrit pour répondre aux questions de ses lecteurs. S’indigner, s’engager, oui. Mais de quelle manière ? A l’heure d’une crise économique et financière qui bouleverse l’Europe et le reste du monde, qui jette des milliers d’«Indignés» dans les rues d’Athènes, de Madrid ou de New-York, Stéphane Hessel réaffirme la nécessité de l’engagement et explique comment faire entendre sa voix. Il insiste sur la dignité humaine, sur la compassion qui doit être notre moteur, et sur la nécessité d’une politique transnationale puisque nous vivons désormais dans un monde interdépendant.

10- Comment je vois le monde: Albert Einstein


Un essai politique et philosophique d’Albert Einstein publié à partir de 1934. Dans cet ouvrage, Einstein présente la vision qu’il a du monde et des hommes. Il s’exprime sur tous les domaines : économiques, sociaux, politiques, culturels, religieux et scientifiques. Il y fait également une description simplifiée des théories de la relativité restreinte et de la relativité générale. Ce livre a la particularité de s’étendre de 1934 jusqu’à 1955 soit avant et après la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

11-Père riche père pauvre: Robert T.Kiyosaki


Grâce à ce billet d’un dollar qui passe par vos mains, vous seul avez le pouvoir de décider de votre destinée. Si vous dépensez cet argent bêtement, vous choisissez de vous appauvrir. Si vous l’employez à faire face à vos engagements, vous vous joignez alors à la classe moyenne. Investissez-le dans votre esprit et vous apprendrez comment acquérir des avoirs. « La principale raison pour laquelle les gens sont aux prises avec des problèmes financiers est qu ils ont passé plusieurs années à l école mais n ont rien appris en ce qui concerne l argent. Il en résulte que les gens apprennent à travailler au service de l argent… mais n apprennent jamais à mettre l argent à leur service. »

12-Since you’ve been gone: Morgan Matson


The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys,she didn’t do anything crazy.Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane.There’s just a random to-do list. On it,thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try…unless they could lead back to her best friend.Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts.But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her,and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off.Who knows what she’ll find?

13- السيدة من تل أبيب :  ربعي المدهون 

السيدة من تل ابيب

تختبر الرواية موضوعة التعايش الفلسطيني والعربي –الإسرائيلي، في علاقة إشكالية ملتبسة بين كاتب فلسطيني وممثلة إسرائيلية وابن زعيم عربي معروف.
وتقدم من خلال سرد متعدد المستويات، تتولد في سياقه رواية أخرى، تجربتين لمغتربيْن فلسطينييْن يعودان من المهجر إلى قطاع غزة، تكشفان عن التحولات الاجتماعية والسياسية التي طرأت على المجتمع الفلسطيني وانعكاساتها المتفاوتة على كل من الشخصيتين، وتجربة ثالثة لإسرائيلية تعاني من تمزق علاقاتها الاجتماعية، ومن مأزق وجودي تعمقه التحولات المقابلة على صعيد المجتمع الإسرائيلي

14-The husband’s secret: Liane Moriarty


Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

15- The help: Kathryn Stockett


The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies maids that every family has working for them.

She writes their stories about mistreatment,abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families’ homes,all just before the Civil Rights revolution.

That is the story in a nutshell – but it is so much more than just stories.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Probably the most versatile to-read-list I have seen so far :p

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Houdouce says:

      I know right :p


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