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Currently reading these:


Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl


by Anne FrankEleanor Roosevelt (Introduction)B.M. Mooyaart (Translator)


A beloved classic since its initial publication in 1947, this vivid, insightful journal is a fitting memorial to the gifted Jewish teenager who died at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945. Born in 1929, Anne Frank received a blank diary on her 13th birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Her marvelously detailed, engagingly personal entries chronicle 25 trying months of claustrophobic, quarrelsome intimacy with her parents, sister, a second family, and a middle-aged dentist who has little tolerance for Anne's vivacity. The diary's universal appeal stems from its riveting blend of the grubby particulars of life during wartime (scant, bad food; shabby, outgrown clothes that can't be replaced; constant fear of discovery) and candid discussion of emotions familiar to every adolescent (everyone criticizes me, no one sees my real nature, when will I be loved?). Yet Frank was no ordinary teen: the later entries reveal a sense of compassion and a spiritual depth remarkable in a girl barely 15. Her death epitomizes the madness of the Holocaust, but for the millions who meet Anne through her diary, it is also a very individual loss.


A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61)



by Eckhart Tolle

The highly anticipated follow-up to the 2,000,000 copy bestselling inspirational book, The Power of Now

With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived "in the now." In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

My wishlist:

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time  (Ordered)       
by Greg MortensonDavid Oliver Relin

The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard. Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools —especially for girls— that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.



Does My Head Look Big In This?

(Ordered)      



 
by Randa Abdel-Fattah


Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else.        

Can she handle the taunts of "nappy head," the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school? Brilliantly funny and poignant, Randa Abdel-Fattah's debut novel will strike a chord in all teenage readers, no matter what their beliefs.

Say You're One of Them       
by Uwem Akpan


Uwem Akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they've ever encountered Africa so immediately. The eight-year-old narrator of "An Ex-Mas Feast" needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can't be granted. Food comes first. His family lives in a street shanty in Nairobi, Kenya, but their way of both loving and taking advantage of each other strikes a universal chord. 

A Separate Peace       
by John Knowles


Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peaceis a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles's crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.

13 comments:

Azie said...

oh! buku tu!
does my head looks big in this.
salu baca kat popular tapi tak beli2 pun. hehe.
nak pinjam! yeay!

moja said...

Azie,

That book is my 'wishlist', and I've ordered that book and Three Cups of Tea from MPH. InsyaAllah I'll pick it up soon!

:P

draabe said...

Anne Frank's diary is a classic and ought to be required reading -- as should Three Cups of Tea.

I'll have to get Say You're One of Them"and add it to the TBR stack(s).

moja said...

Drabe,

Thanks for stopping by. :)
Yeah, even though I'm still skeptical over the Holocaust cataclysm, this book is totally a must read book for us all. Make Love, No war. :P

irma-ain ibrahim said...

Does My Head Look Big In This? sgt best la.

rs nk bt pekikan suara pd wanita2 islam supaya pkai tudung la weh.
tersirat dlm bku ni "blm sedia nk pkai tudung mksdnya dh sedia tiket ke neraka".

so alasan blm smpai seru dh lapuk! :D

moja said...

Irma,
The author of this book, Randa Abdel Fatah didn't wear the hijab either. :P

Kalau bleyh, pakai lah tudung kan? Takde laa susah mane sangat. :)

irma-ain ibrahim said...

mmg pun. tu ckp yg tersirat dlm buku tu cmtu la.
sgt la senang.

pkai anak tudung,tudung n pin. wah,cantik n comei lah! :D

moja said...

Irma,

Hahahaha, betul tuh. Easy as ABC. Allah tak syariatkan kalau kita tak boleh buat. ;P

daniel liew said...

I too bought Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth. Haven't got the time to actually read it. After I saw this post, I said to myself, "Hey.. It's time to read your book!"

moja said...

Dan,

To be frank, I haven't start my book either. It already covered with dust I think. Hahahaha. I'm reading Anne Frank. I need more time! God, Give me moreee time!
Hahahaha


:P

bdw, Oprah influenced me to buy this book. She's all to blame. Hahaha.

aimi said...

Moja,

I've read Anne Frank's book. It brought me to tears! It's definitely one of my all time favourite book. (:

moja said...

Aimi,

Hehehe. Yeah! I'm still reading it. Get so busy of late, hardly touch the book. Geez! I'll continue reading soon! :P

Liyana said...

I just saw this post!!!uwaaaaaaaaa
patutla kamu grab that 3 cups of tea book with me time kat Bukit Tinggi tuh..haha..
i thought i ws d only one who knew about it cos i've list it on facebook since May..hehe
moja,i ws browsing ur blog for sajak utk d'deklamasikan for my koko next week but mcm..most of it is ketuhanan..takutla nk deklamasikn..can u plz find one simple sajak for me???i'll appreciate it so much!!

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