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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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Yet another Monday! (January 10, 2011)


It's Monday! What are you reading this week?

This is a weekly event initially hosted by J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog, now by Sheila @ One Persons Journey through a world of Books, to celebrate what you are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

Yikes! It IS Monday! Not really my favorite day of the week, except for the prospect of checking out all the weekly round-up posts. At least, I can finally say that I'm out of my extended reading and blogging rut, due to a heavy interference by life! I haven't had a great week in reading, but I have my neck deep in three books right now.

Books completed in the last week
Don't laugh (no, really!), when you see the first book I finished this year!

-  Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney: I somehow cannot get enough of this series. It's so wonderful to laugh crazily at a book - laugh genuinely at innocent jokes! This is my fourth book of this series so far, leaving me just one more. I started reading this series first over my vacation. I never imagined I would be so addicted to a middle-grade book.


Books on my nightstand
I have some 3-4 books from last year sitting here as well. Somehow, if I don't finish a book soon enough, I lose interest in it. Does anyone else suffer from that? But for now, these are the books I'm reading.

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: Not surprisingly, this is the book at the top of my pile. I'm more than halfway through and enjoying this series more with every page. After the last movie to be released this year, I wonder what more can we fans wait for? All that anticipation for the next book, the next movie is actually going to cease now, and it's not a great thought to ponder. Oh sure, JK Rowling has hinted that the series may not be over, but I'll wait to see if it's true before getting my hopes up.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: This is the first book that I'm reading towards my personal reading challenges of this year. I haven't got in that far, but Ann Patchett's writing is surely eloquent and beautiful! If not for the more delicious Harry Potter book, I would be curled with this one right now.
Harlem is Nowhere by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts: I requested this galley purely out of curiosity about Harlem. Depending on who I ask, I hear different stories of this place. It certainly has me intrigued. I have so far read just a chapter of this book, and am having mixed feelings about this one. It is a wonderful piece of history, but a bit rambling, so it's hard keeping my focus.

Comments

I loved Bel Canto!

Here is my post!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Silly life. Always getting in the way ;)

I wish you a relaxing week with tons of down time :)
Jan von Harz said…
Harlem is Nowhere has me intrigued too. Hope you enjoy it and I will be interested in reading your review.
No worries here - last year I started the year off with a Harry Potter book and I thought it was an excellent treat! No doubt that the Wimpy Kids book are too :)
Nina said…
How fun is it to find a perfect book series. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2: Rodrick Rules sounds like a hilarious read. :)
Have a wonderful reading week.
Some interesting titles to choose from.

Dollycas
http://dollycas.blogspot.com/
I loved Bel Canto! And the Wimpy Kid books are super fun, though I did tire of them by #4 :-) Have a great week!
Anonymous said…
Love Bel Canto. You almost want to read it while listening to Opera because the language flows so much like classical singing.

Enjoy.