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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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Awesome Author Challenge (2010)

There are so many authors out there that I want to try. Lately, I've been trying out a bunch of new authors, and there are more that I wish to try. Alyce @ At Home With Books is hosting a great challenge as a way to read those authors that have been time and again recommended to you but you are yet to try their good works!

Challenge Guidelines:

1. The challenge starts January 1, 2010 and ends December 31, 2010.
2. Crossover from other challenges is allowed.
3. Titles and authors do not have to be predetermined, and can change at any time.
4. Books can come from any genre or reading level, the only requirement is that you have heard great things about the author, but haven't yet read any of their works.

There are three levels for this challenge. I am signing up at the Challenging level. Here are the authors I would like to try, subject to change anytime. :-)

Update (Oct 2, 2010): Halfway through the year, I realized that I was not as eager to read some of the authors on my initial list, so I took the liberty of adding different authors that I had been hearing about time and again.

1. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
2. Sandra Brown, Rainwater
3. Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
4. Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
5. Alice Walker, The Color Purple
6. José Saramago, The Elephant's Journey
7. Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
8. Alan Brennert, Moloka'i
9. Dennis Lehane, Shutter Island
10. Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried

To sign up, visit this link.


Alyce said…
You have a nice variety of authors on your list! The only authors on your list that I've read anything by are Neil Gaiman (which I discovered isn't really my taste and I feel like I'm the only one that doesn't care for the topics he writes about) and Lisa See (whose writing I liked). Oh, I also tried reading Carrie by Stephen King but it was just too creepy for me. I'm kind of a sissy that way. :)

Good luck with your reading, and thanks for joining the challenge!
Athira said…
I never tried Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, because well, I don't really care for the genre they write for. But after hearing so much about them (both positive and negative), I feel I should give them a try - read at least one book by them before I go judging. :-)