I’m Ziad, I live in Paris, and I do software things around archiving, preservation and sharing.
I love reading, and it’s my favorite form of entertainment. It’s also the most immersive to me.
I read many things, but I have a soft spot for sci-fi, magical realism and stories around identity. I read French litterature in french and English litterature in English, and seek translations in any of these languages.
My favorite books tend to fluctuate over time. Dune, and the Vorkisigan Saga are books I return to regularly when I need an out from reality. I also love short stories, from Dino Buzzati to Egar Poe to Richard Matheson. Gibran’s the prophet still speaks to me. I love the way Hugo and Balzac magnify the French language, and Zola and Eugene Sue wrote never ending stories.
Recent reads that moved me include The fifth season, a close and common orbit, l’art de perdre, Kafka on the shore, anathem, pachinko and Circe.
It’s hard for me to read nonfiction, so I’m always excited about cool single topic books or books that seem to have a comprehensive or innovative approach, but they tend to remain in my anti library for a long time. One such book currently is “Drawdown”.
Another antilibrary for me is Russian classics: I’ve read about them, I have them around, and one day I’ll sit down and read them.
I’m here because I enjoy chatting about books, and hoping to find some good books to add to my pile