I got my hands on this book at the ‘Walled Off Hotel’ in Bethlehem and I thought it would help me better understand the realities and the conflict between Palestine and Israel and their recent history together.

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I don’t remember exactly how I got my hands on this trilogy, but I think it’s one of those kind of books you read and then you get a more clear view of the world.

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My reading resolution for this year is to read as many books as I can get my hands on from other continents, except Europe. We need new names is one of these books and I found it after doing a bit of online research on the best fiction books in Africa.

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An amazing book on the condition of women in India, written by journalist Elisabeth Bumiller after living for 3 and a half years in India.

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After visiting South Africa for 2 weeks, reading this book seemed like a natural next step in understanding everything we have seen during the trip.

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This book got into my hands as a recommendation for getting ready for the South Africa trip and it turned out to be a very inspired decision to read this book prior to the departure.

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I did see the movie some years ago, but I didn’t remember too much of it and I ended up reading the book because it seemed like a good option to buy in an airport book-store. It’s quite an impressive story, especially when reading it now, in the global context that we live in.

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I don’t have so much time for books nowadays. My goodreads challenge gets smaller and smaller every year, but I do manage to select the books I want to read to make sure they are really worth it. Flowers for Algernon is one of the books I read recently and I just loved it. The story is very sensible and sad, but it shows all these great values that simple people still have and that we, living in a modern and consumerist society, tend to forget about.

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The Grapes of Wrath, I think, is the kind of book that should teach you some important life lessons about true moral values, about family, about learning to appreciate what life gives you, instead of always envying others for what they have. It’s a book I would give my children to read so they understand what should really matter for them.

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It’s the most shocking book I have ever read. EVER! And I still think my mind is a bit sick for being able to actually read it until the end.

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