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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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2010 Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Entry post




So I'm finally getting down to this post, which has taken much time to decide upon. Nothing like being last to the party. I'm finally throwing in my hat for the Book Blogger Appreciation Week, that will take place this year during the week of September 13-17.

What is Book Blogger Appreciation Week?
Book Blogger Appreciation Week is a week long festival celebrating the community of book bloggers and their contribution to preserving a culture of literacy through book reviews and recommendations, reading reflections, and general bookish chat. BBAW also includes an awards component. For more information on the BBAW 2010 Awards and how to participate, please visit the BBAW 2010 Awards Blog. BBAW events include daily blogging topics, blogger interview swaps, special guest posts, and so much more!
I am choosing to nominate my blog for the niche category, Best Eclectic Book Blog, and the featured category, Best New Book Blog.

These are the five posts that I wish to nominate for the Best Eclectic Book Blog category:
  1. Denial by Jessica Stern
  2. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi
  3. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
  4. Books from far, far away
  5. In which I name five fascinating bookish book-loving characters

These are the five posts that I wish to nominate for the Best New Book Blog category:
  1. Denial by Jessica Stern
  2. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi
  3. Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
  4. Books from far, far away
  5. In which I name five fascinating bookish book-loving characters

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