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 tabloidsl 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.