# 30 Self-improvement Books

Saudis feel obligated to read books so they can be considered as one of those intellectual societies.  It’s not that Saudis don’t like to read, if you walk down the street you will witness that the majority of men carry newspapers under their arm pits… as if it’s attached to their body.  On the other hand, Saudi women love their magazines; from gossip tabloids to how you wear your make up (or as I call it magic) so it looks natural, to the newest bullshit diet for this year that makes you lose ten pounds in two days … women just love their magazines.
With the domination of newspapers and magazines, books feel left out, lonely, and  hopeless in their book shelves.   But there are a bunch of world savers; aka “we can make a difference  Saudis”, who are campaigning to promote book reading.  The type of books that Saudis “enjoy” reading are books that have to deal with self-improvement and how to make you a better person.   It’s not like Saudis lack those aspects; but they like the fact that they can implement some things that they  learn from those books  and gain a sense of intelligence amongst their peers which make them feel good about themselves.   Next time you have a conversation or discussion with your friends, mention that you been reading one of those books that help you achieve your goals, and you will be looked at as if you are a professor from Harvard.

9 thoughts on “# 30 Self-improvement Books

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  2. Saudies seem to have a problem when it comes to originality, you should do a post on how we love to rip off something that’s already popular.

  3. You know … just before reading this post, I was thinking about how companies could market eReaders (e.g. Amazon’s Kindle) in Saudi Arabia??
    We really suffer from a broken relationship with books and once this relationship starts to develop, we will be on the right track!
    Saad

    • رجل المستحيل on eReaders, think about it.
      I think many do read books.. however there is a lack of literature, especially fantasy and Science Fiction from Arab writers. When I was in a private school, they stocked all kinds of books and I really enjoyed going there cause I loved reading mystery and Science Fiction.. come the public school.. Library was locked up and there was nothing there to entertain me.. they mostly stocked books that are encyclopedias, dictionaries or collection Islamic books.
      You will see a lot of young people, especially the video game generation demography being drawn into a trend of reading fan fiction, or writing their own.. electronic media might be a blessing if the publishers decide to use more endearing ways to provide their work. Hell, maybe they can adapt something like creativecommons.org

  4. I kind of don’t agree with this. Most of the books I think Saudis like, or Saudi women like are the novels. Novels are just so popular to readers in KSA.

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# 30 Self-improvement Books

Saudis feel obligated to read books so they can be considered as one of those intellectual societies.  It’s not that Saudis don’t like to read, if you walk down the street you will witness that the majority of men carry newspapers under their arm pits… as if it’s attached to their body.  On the other hand, Saudi women love their magazines; from gossip tabloids to how you wear your make up (or as I call it magic) so it looks natural, to the newest bullshit diet for this year that makes you lose ten pounds in two days … women just love their magazines.
With the domination of newspapers and magazines, books feel left out, lonely, and  hopeless in their book shelves.   But there are a bunch of world savers; aka “we can make a difference  Saudis”, who are campaigning to promote book reading.  The type of books that Saudis “enjoy” reading are books that have to deal with self-improvement and how to make you a better person.   It’s not like Saudis lack those aspects; but they like the fact that they can implement some things that they  learn from those books  and gain a sense of intelligence amongst their peers which make them feel good about themselves.   Next time you have a conversation or discussion with your friends, mention that you been reading one of those books that help you achieve your goals, and you will be looked at as if you are a professor from Harvard.

9 thoughts on “# 30 Self-improvement Books

  1. Pingback: Tweets that mention # 30 Self-improvement Books « Stuff Saudi People Like -- Topsy.com

  2. Saudies seem to have a problem when it comes to originality, you should do a post on how we love to rip off something that’s already popular.

  3. You know … just before reading this post, I was thinking about how companies could market eReaders (e.g. Amazon’s Kindle) in Saudi Arabia??
    We really suffer from a broken relationship with books and once this relationship starts to develop, we will be on the right track!
    Saad

    • رجل المستحيل on eReaders, think about it.
      I think many do read books.. however there is a lack of literature, especially fantasy and Science Fiction from Arab writers. When I was in a private school, they stocked all kinds of books and I really enjoyed going there cause I loved reading mystery and Science Fiction.. come the public school.. Library was locked up and there was nothing there to entertain me.. they mostly stocked books that are encyclopedias, dictionaries or collection Islamic books.
      You will see a lot of young people, especially the video game generation demography being drawn into a trend of reading fan fiction, or writing their own.. electronic media might be a blessing if the publishers decide to use more endearing ways to provide their work. Hell, maybe they can adapt something like creativecommons.org

  4. I kind of don’t agree with this. Most of the books I think Saudis like, or Saudi women like are the novels. Novels are just so popular to readers in KSA.

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