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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! (Feb 6, 2012)


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

Sheila @ Book Journey wants to know what we're reading. I'm only too happy to oblige!

American Dervish
We're one month already into 2012 - looks like Doomsday will be here soon! Yesterday, I started reading American Dervish, by Ayad Akhtar. This is a book I had been waiting to read since the ARC first strolled into my hands - a few months ago. Something about that awesome cover and the fact that the characters are of Pakistani-origin (I have never before read a book set in Pakistan) made me want to get to it right away. When I finally read a few pages, however, I was disappointed. The writing isn't that impressive and the plot isn't holding my interest too much. I'm only 50 pages in though, and there is a lot of ground to cover, so I'm hoping something changes soon!

Which pages were turned...
-  I finished reading Tayari Jones' Silver Sparrow, my second of the Indie Lit Awards reads. I am looking forward to talking about it, once the awards are announced.
-  I'm also halfway through Lynn Sheene's The Last Time I Saw Paris and Mary Ann Shaffer's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Right - that makes it three books going at a time - book polygamy's in full swing. The Guernsey Literary, which I'm reading at work is pretty entertaining, making me wonder why it took me so long to pick it.
-  As part of my current goal to read more short stories, I read another one recently - A Moment of Wrong Thinking by Lawrence Block.

...And other news
-  Review: Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri (Short story)
-  Review: The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
-  Review: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
-  Oh, and for Hunger Games' fans: My brother (and fellow fan) just shared with me this awesome map of the Panem courtesy io9 - looks like a good chunk of North America is in the water or bombed off - my town just about made it into District 12, barely.


Happy reading!

Comments

Chocolateandcroissants said…
I am getting American Dervish any day in the mail.  Loved Loved Loved The Guernsey Literary Society and I read The Last Time I saw Paris over Christmas.  How funny that we have some of the same books.
Martha Eskuchen said…
I plan to read Guernsey this year. Oh - I am sure Florida is under water. LOL
Enjoy your week!
Helen Murdoch said…
Ok, my town is off the map of Panem! I am sad to hear you aren't liking American Dervish because it sounds like such a good one
Sheila (Book Journey) said…
Oh love the Hunger Games map! 
Pussreboots said…
Interesting but odd map. Like Helen, my town's not on it.

My daughter's homework requires reading out loud to me. Come see what she and I read together. I also got some other great books finished on my own time.
This one sounds good, hope you enjoy it!
I've been eager to get my hands on American Dervish as it sounds so intriguing, it's shame you aren't enjoying it though.
Wishing you a great reading week

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
Karen Sime said…
That's a shame about American Dervish. I hate it when a book has so much promise until you open it up. Hope it picks up soon.
Kell said…
I'll have to check those out! :)
My Monday Memes post
Melissa Caldwell said…
I feel you on the book letdown. I try to give the book 100pages first. I hope you have much better luck with the rest of your list! :) Happy Reading!

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bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
I've heard mixed things about American Dervish so I'm disappointed to see you're not loving it.  Burnt Shadows is set in Pakistan and India - I loved it but most of my book club did not. 
Lori said…
I need to The Guernsey read soon!
Have a wonderful week!
Vasilly said…
Too bad about American Dervish. I have it on hold at the library. Have a great week!
BuriedInPrint BuriedInPrint said…
I've got to try again with the Guernsey; something about narrator's voice on the audiobook was so soothing that I kept falling asleep (surely not the intended response), so perhaps I should just try the old-fashioned on-the-page option instead! 
Trillian711 said…
Have a fab week! See what I'm reading here
Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said…
O that is a cool map :)
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said…
Interesting that I would be district 11.
Vidya Tiru said…
Love the list you have.. I am finally going to get around to reading the Hunger Games (!!) and that is on my next to read list... (among the many that are there..)
Athira / Aths said…
It's slowly picking the pace now, but I still don't know where it is going, nor am I pleased with the purpose of the novel. Still, I'll definitely finish it and share my thoughts.
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to look it up and if I like the premise, I will definitely wishlist it.
Athira / Aths said…
Isn't it? I like it too.
Athira / Aths said…
That's nice! At least not one of the mean districts. :)
Athira / Aths said…
I'm saddened too by that. Still, I'm halfway into the book and do plan to finish it.
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you enjoy the book better than I am doing! I will definitely be looking for your thoughts.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm hoping that the story picks up soon. It is a fast read though. 
Athira / Aths said…
I'm hoping the story picks up soon. It is sad that the book is not as I hoped it would be.
Athira / Aths said…
I can't wait to read the rest of Guernsey! It is so entertaining! I will be looking forward to your thoughts on American Dervish! 
Athira / Aths said…
I will be looking forward to your thoughts on Guernsey! I'm enjoying it!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm almost halfway into it and will definitely finish it. I'm just disappointed that it isn't what I hoped it to be.
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you enjoy Guernsey!
Athira / Aths said…
Haha! That's funny! I hope you give it a try again - it's really light, funny and lovely! But not fluffy-light.
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you will love Hunger Games! I hope I can reread that sometime. 
Athira / Aths said…
It is definitely an odd map! It was fun though. 
Mystica said…
Another angle on American Dervish which is interesting.