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Some exciting books on my radar | Notes from my Reading

It's been a long time since I've talked about actually reading something. It's a little bit of a hit or miss right now, so I try to soak it up when I'm in the mood for it.
Currently Reading...I've spent the better part of last two weeks reading The Underground Girls of Kabul, and nothing else. It's a well-written book, mind you, but also littered with generalizations and a tone of something I can't put a word to yet. It's not condescension exactly (the author's tone is way too neutral for that) but there is a sense that the women in the West are better than Afghan women (better, not just better off). I'll need to think through that more. I know for sure that if I were Afghan and reading it, I would be .. maybe annoyed? frustrated? But how much of it is because of that sense of being looked down upon versus the subject of the book, is not clear yet. Hopefully after a few days of absent pondering, I'll have gotten to my point.

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Audio Book Reading Challenge (2010)



Now audio books are something I don't enjoy much. I started listening to them a few months back, and I still much prefer the real books. Sometimes, it's the annoying reading by the narrator, sometimes, its the plenty of details I miss when I get distracted by something else. But anyways, I am considering doing this challenge at the Addicted level, which involves listening to 12 audio books.

This challenge is hosted at Royal Reviews, and runs January 1st through December 31st. To sign-up, click this link.

Update (Jan 22, 2011): Abandoned this challenge.

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Anonymous said…
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Athira said…
Thanks a lot, J. Kaye!! I am thrilled to receive the award!