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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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Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge (2010)



Alright, it's official. This is the last challenge I am signing up for! I will be lucky if I can complete half the challenges. What was I thinking? But then, making all these reading lists is such a huge thrill. I am an obsessed list-maker, something I speak about here. Whew!

So, this challenge is hosted by Lisa at Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge. This follows from the TV show Gilmore Girls, in which there is, believe this, a huge number of books listed. The challenge will officially run from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. Crossover books from other challenges are allowed.

I am joining at the Lorelai level, to read 10 books from at least three different categories. So these are the books I plan to read:

Update (Jan 22, 2011): I managed just 4 in the end.
Category: Classics
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Category: YA or Children's
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Category: Modern Classics
4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
6. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
7. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Category: Other
8. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
9. Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
10. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

If you're interested as well, or wish to check out the books, go to the sign-up post

Comments

Trollololol said…
haha you sure do like the challenges!!!
I could never do so many - I'd forget about one of them for sure!

I just found your site via J. Kaye!

I'm only pretty new to blogging too! If you're interested, my blog is here.

Aye.Me?
Stephanie said…
What a beautiful blog! I followed you here from J. Kaye's Book Blog, and I signed on as a follower.
Fantastic - I am doing this one too and LOVE all things Gilmore! :) As long as the above commentors are confessing I will too.... I also came from J Kayes recommendation. :)
Wow - love the look of your blog. I followed from J.Kaye's also. I'm doing her reading challenge too. I'll be back to see what you're reading.
I saw you on J. Kaye's blog too. I LOVE the Gilmore Girls. Looks like a really fun challenge.
Terra said…
Congratulations, I saw today that you won an award on J. Kaye's book blog and it is well deserved.
Amanda said…
I just found your blog via J. Kaye and love it! I'm still thinking about joining this challenge!
Athira said…
Aye.Me?, I hope I don't forget the challenges! LOL! Thanks for sharing your blog, I have added it to my feeds.

Laughing Stars, Sheila, TerryLynnJohnson, StephTheBookworm, Terra, Amanda, thanks for following me! :-) I have added your blogs to my feed as well!