my own literary history

My father was working in ABEGS (Arab Bureau of Education for The Gulf States), and when there were additional copies in the bureau, he comes back home carrying a box full of educational books for us to read. So this is how I started reading, I was 8 years old at that time, and I still have those little books in my cabinet back home, they remind me of these beautiful days when I have nothing to worry about and all I was thinking about is which book to pick from that brown big box.

As I grew up and became a teenager, I used to read romantic some of Ahlam Mosteghanemi novels in Arabic. In college, we worked on a novel by the French author Honoré de Balzac (Eugénie Grandet), we read it and analyzed it. It was for me the real start because it was a great novel by a very famous and talented author in French which is my second language.

Now, I like to read Marcel Khalife and Nizar Qabbani poetry in my free time. They are amazing and touch my heart in each time I read them. Also, I’m taking, for this fall semester, a “Shakespeare text and performance” course and I’m reading and interpreting his plays for the first time.

I sometimes go to the university library or to a book store and I enjoy both, in Saudi Arabia we have Jarir, it is a huge book store with so many sections and some chairs and tables for the public (kids and grownups) to read.

I have a problem with concentration, when I’m reading, I got distracted by everything and it keeps away from staying focused for a long time. However, I do not have a technique to stay focused but I force myself to read even though it takes me really long time to finish my work.