my name is Sham Jaff and I am the author of this blog.

I am of Kurdish descent and hold a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Economy Studies. As a blogger and a freelance journalist I write about contemporary politics and culture in the Middle East a lot – particularly in Kurdistan.
My work has been published on Rudaw, Your Middle East, MideastYouth, Orient and publications of the German Near and Middle East Association. Here and there, I invite contributors to share personal interesting opinions on trending topics in the Middle East and elsewhere.

In my other category, books, I like to suggest and review books that I  found interesting to you.

Have fun reading,

Sincerely yours,



50 thoughts on “About

  1. Great list. Good fun. I’m a longtime student of existential thought. I’m currently writing an adaptation of The Fall for the stage. It’s perfect for a one-person play. All the best to you.

  2. Hi, great to meet you. I loved your list of reading for 2013. I lived in Bavaria many years ago (in Hindelang) and read a lot of German authors then, but since then I’m out of touch with the best German writing. On my reading list, though, is Jakob Arjani, who recently died. I’m looking forward to trying him. Good luck with all your aims for 2013 – I hope it’s a successful year

  3. Wow, you have a lot of ambitious goals. Mine are similar, but not nearly as focused as yours. Thanks for visiting my blog and giving me a like. I think the title of your blog doesn’t do you justice. It does not seem absurd at all!!! Have a great day. Hope you’ll be back.

  4. Well I hope for you that you’ll find enough time to read those book the way you want it! I wish I had more time to read at all, but time is something I lack more and more..

  5. Thank you very much for liking my post on Paper Towns, your blog looks pretty awesome and I look forward to more of your posts. Good luck with your reading challenge.

  6. I nominated you for the Liebster Award! go check it out its my most recent post and I swear this isn’t spam (must look a lot like spam now that I said this) but seriously just go to my most recent post and your names there! have fun!

  7. Good that you found my blog, or I found yours, or whatever. My good friends here are from Augsberg and Munich…very familiar with southern Germans and their ways. Look forward to going through your blog, and hope you find something worth while on mine. If you’re into photography at all my wife has our photography blog, since I am too shaky and dull to be an interesting photog. Cheers !

  8. Thanks for liking a book review on my blog and follow it as well! Best to you and your reading this year. Your reading list is impressive! Jim

  9. Thanks for the follow I really appreciate it. I have a goal to read 70 books this year. I managed to read 100 books last year, just, so I wanted to make it easier on myself this year and lower it. Plus writing my own books take up a lot of my time. I hope you continue to like my blog and I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  10. Thanks for dropping by my Blog,i greatly appreciate it! I Returned the favor just now,I followed your blog and Liked it! I also made my blog to refine my writing skills and its been working for sure,Visit my Page again when i have more content i think you will enjoy it! Soon i will have more Book Reviews and next week i am going to start doing Technology and gadget reviews and whats the best version of a product to buy for the price!

  11. Hey there, Sham,
    Greetings! Thanks for checking out my blog. I really appreciate it.
    Tell me, did you already manage to read a few books off your list? 73 books in 52 weeks is quite a lot.

    Cheers, Frances

  12. Hey! Thanks for stopping by and following my little blog! I like what you’re doing here and I’d love to tag along your journey, so I’m following back. Cheers mate!!! :-D

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading about my latest book review. I am so glad you came along because I am blown away by what you do and how well you do it. English as a third language! You are my language hero – really, I only speak one – like many Americans. Knowing other languages is a door opener in so many ways. It not only helps one another to understand the basics of what is being said, but there is so much culture entwined in every language – spoken and in body language. My hat’s off to you. Looking forward to following your dynamic blog and hope you come by and visit my little blog about English literature, writing, and authors. – Ilene Fey

  14. Thanks for the follow. Quite impressed with your blog! Seems we have VERY similar interests. I look fwd to catching up on your blog and tumblr. Be well :O)

  15. Whoop Whoop….nice to meet you…wow your goal is really to get your read on…awesome…i wish I could get even 5 books done in a year. i use to be hot stuff in high school, but ehhh. You go girl. :)

  16. Thank you for stopping by my blog, liking my book review on Agee and Evans’s book, Cotton Tenants, and for following. I am absolutely delighted because it brought me to your blog. Your thoughts are well-articulated, your assessments accurate, and your suggestions refreshing. I look forward to more of your commentary and your book reviews!

  17. dear Sham,
Your blog is wonderful! I have nominated you for LIEBSTAR BLOG AWARD!

    TO COPY THE AWARD PHOTO, here is the link:

    As usual there are several rules in accepting the Liebster Award– they are:
    1. Accept the award, post the picture of the Liebster Award on the top of your post and say who nominated you for the award and list their blog site.
    2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
    3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and list their blog sites.
    4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
    5.Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer when they accept their Liebster Award.
    6. Answer the questions left for you by the blogger who gave you the award.

    My Nominations of 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and their blog sites:
    1.  Beautiful Absurdity http://www.beautiful-absurdity.com
If you ever need a recommend to read a book, visit Sham’s  beautiful blog, she reviews the books she reads, but also, she write about life and nothing more.
    2. Thestifledartist: http://thestifledartist.com/
    If you love Art with all its glories, then you will love this blog.
    3. Mystery Tramp:  http://samnorthcote.wordpress.com/
    Traveling  and writing about one’s experience in different places never been better.
    4. Sarah Irving: http://sarahirving.wordpress.com/
    Sarah’s writing about the Middle East is a must read for any one wishing to have an alternative take of the region.
    5. Lost in Translation: http://bopaula.wordpress.com/
    Paula’s blog is beautiful for it is use of personal Photography and Sound Recording, she also has a weekly challenge that you could participate.
    6. Kitku: http://kitku.wordpress.com/
    Wonderful blog for any cinephile, review of new and classic films worth writing about.
    7. Bumba: http://bumbastories.wordpress.com/
    Little details of life captured to utmost details, wonderful.
    8. Tersia Burger: http://tersiaburger.com/
    Some of the most beautiful, sincere and emotional writings that I have read of recent did not come from a book, but rather from this blog.
    9. Word Wabbit:  http://wordwabbit.wordpress.com/
    You discover many things hiding in this blog, explore it.
    10. Historianil: http://historianil.wordpress.com/
    If you read German, then this a blog for you, if not, then use Google Translate, for it is still a blog for you.
    11. Chiarina Loggia:  http://chiaink.wordpress.com/
    One word is enough to describe this blog: Beautiful.

    11 questions from me to respond to with your acceptance of the Liebster Award (or choose 5 of the 11):
    1. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
    2. What is your best quality and draw us a portrait of yourself in writing or a poem.
    3. Which is your favorite meal of the day…breakfast? lunch? dinner? and describe it.
    4. What do you enjoy most in life?
    5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
    6. What do you “see” when you write? What is the your writing process?
    7. Why are you a blogger?
    8. What is the most important lesson you have learned in your life?
    9. What is your greatest fear and how do you work through it?
    10. If you could meet any person in the world, who would it be and why?
    11. What do you imagine life to be like after death?

    Hope you accept the award :)

    1. Dear Karzan, thank you very much! I have been nominated for this Award quite a few times. It shows me that my readers truly appreciate what I write. That is a big enough award for me.

      Warm regards,

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