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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! (Apr 2, 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!

Battle Royale
What, it's April already?

Last Friday, I went to the Barnes and Noble store in town to do some lazy browsing and pick a book to "sample" while sipping yummylicious coffee at the adjoining Starbucks. Deep within the Science Fiction section, which I don't always visit, I found a single copy of Battle Royale hiding. Having heard more than enough about this book, and curious to see if it will intrigue me, I picked it up, intending to put it back after a couple of chapters. Well, let's just say that after a few chapters, I started scouring my email inbox to see if I had any Barnes and Noble coupon, because, there was no way I would be able to sleep that night while this book stayed in the bookstore. A quarter of my way in through this 600-page tome, and I'm still very intrigued to see how it will play out.

Which pages were turned...
-  I put Arcadia down ever since I started Battle Royale, but hopefully that's the next on my to-read list.
-  Short Story of the week - The Lottery (click for my review) by Shirley Jackson.

I finished only one book last week:
-  When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

...And other news
-  Review: Cross Currents by John Shors
-  Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Happy reading!


Comments

The Lottery was the first "dystopia" story I ever read! It reminded me of Halloween, a custom we keep on obeserving in spite of the dangers of contaminated candy! Tho that danger has not been a problem recently!
I didn't realize that Battle Royale was a book, I've only seen the movie and that was years ago.  Glad to hear you're enjoying it!  I may have to pick it up myself :)
Karen Sime said…
I love it when you come across a book like that. It's part of the fun of book shop browsing.
Pussreboots said…
Great selection of books and stories you've reviewed this week. I still have The Night Circus on my wishlist. I will get to it eventually!

My favorite read this week was  Stuck on Earth by David Class. Please come see what else I'm reading.
Judith said…
Have fun with Battle Royale! 
I really want to read Battle Royale! I really really do! LOL
Melissa
http://mustreadfaster.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-are-you-reading-monday.html
bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
Have you read The Hunger Games?  I'll be watching for your review of Battle Royale.
Tea Time with Marce said…
Battle Royale is totally calling you, so did you buy it? :-)
Nadia said…
Still need to read The Lottery and Battle Royale - I'd heard of both around the time Hunger Games came out, but wasn't sure I'd want to read them.  After reading your posts on them (and I'm looking forward to your review of Battle Royale) I'm definitely picking them up! Thanks!
zibilee said…
Battle Royale has gotten some great press, and I am glad to hear that you are enjoying it. It sounds like something that I would really love, and could pass on to my son as well. I will also be looking forward to your thoughts on Arcadia. I want to start that one soon!
Jenni @ Alluring Reads said…
I actually watched the Battle Royale movie this past weekend, I wasn't a huge fan, but fans of Japanese cinema would definitely love it. It was a little over the top for me, I can't wait to see your final thoughts!

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Tanya Patrice said…
Battle Royale is on my list of books to be read so I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it.
Lindsey Stefan said…
I remember reading The Lottery! It blew our 12 year old minds. Perhaps it is time for a re-read...
Vasilly said…
Since you're so engaged into Battle Royale, I wonder if you read Hunger Games. How do they compare to you? I haven't read B.R. yet. I don't think I have the stomach for it.
Helen Murdoch said…
I like the cover of Battle Royale and it must be good if you're putting down another book to read it. Have a great week!
Kim Ukura said…
Oooo, Battle Royale :) I've been curious about this one ever since it was compared to The Hunger Games. 
c b said…
I read the graphic novel version of Battle Royale (3 out of 5 in the series, as my library doesn't carry the last 2). Would be interested to hear your thoughts on the fiction version (the graphic novel is based on the fiction). here's my review if you are interested: http://mentalfoodie.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-battle-royale-ultimate.html
Care said…
OH!  I want to go browsing at a bookstore and drink some yummy coffee and find something cool!   Yay YOU.