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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.

Just before I star…

Yet another Monday! (May 21, 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!

Make It Stay
A month and a half since the last time I did this, I hate to admit that I have done very little reading in the meantime. A lot of things happened, and a lot of reading just didn't happen. One of those seasonal ruts, I could say. At the moment, I'm going through a few good books so that's always good.

One of the books I'm reading right now is Joan Frank's Make it Stay. The author is new to me and the book is really short. (Short books are really deceptive - they usually take twice as long to read as a bigger book.) The events in the book are supposed to be set within the span of an evening - and a lot of surprising revelations involving 5 people are expected to be made. I find myself drawn a lot to books like these - by the time you are done, you feel like you've read a saga, but in fact, you've only sat through a day or night in the lives of the characters. (On a side note, I didn't notice until now that it's broken glass on the cover!)

Which pages were turned...
-  I'm also reading Neal Shusterman's Unwind, and can I just say how glad I am that I finally got to this book?

These are the abysmal number of books I finished in the last month:
-  Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
-  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
-  The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

...And other news
-  Review: Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney
-  Review: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
-  Review: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
-  Review: Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
-  Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
-  The New Kid on the Block


Happy reading!


Comments

Tea Time with Marce said…
Aths, I think that is still good lovely. I feel like I haven't been here in far to long but at work your blog comments don't download, sigh.
You do seem to have a neck for the short books that leave a great impact, wow. I need to catch up on some reviews.
mike draper said…
Aths; Reading "The Last Refuge" by Ben Coes. Haven't seen you at my blog for a while, please stop by and say hi. Mike http://mikedraperinguilford.blogspot.com
bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
This time of year is hard because there are so many distractions. Your reading will pick back up.
zibilee said…
My reading has slowed to a crawl too. I hope it gets better soon, for the both of us. I will be interested in hearing what you think of this one. If I remember correctly, it was kind of polarizing. I am reading I am Forbidden right now. Hope to finish tonight!
Leeswammes said…
Make it Stay sounds like a great book! I'll be looking out for your review of it.


Your reading list so far for this months is all dystopia - good fun! I've read 15 books so far this month...
Veens said…
"Short books are really deceptive - they usually take twice as long to read as a bigger book". - so true!

Ahhh! at least you are reading something... I am not doing any reading at all :)
Helen Murdoch said…
Unwind is definitely on my list of books to read this summer, I just hope I remember to bring it home from school
Athira / Aths said…
Sigh, I wonder why Disqus cannot load fine on slower connections. It is such a pain. I am so sorry about that. :(
Athira / Aths said…
The Last Refuge sounds good! I hope you have a great reading week!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm hoping so too. I guess I just seem to be going in phases (and spending too much time on TV). Thankfully (not), all shows are on hiatus now.
Athira / Aths said…
I actually enjoyed Make it Stay more than I expected to. I found its focus on friendship very interesting.
Athira / Aths said…
I was in mood for some dystopia this quarter, so I've been looking for plenty of books of that flavor. But I don't think I've read as much as I wished I did.
Athira / Aths said…
Aww... it only "looks" like I am reading. :) I hope you will be able to get back to more reading!
Athira / Aths said…
Unwind is really fascinating. I think you will love it!
JoV said…
I think the number of your book read is not abysmal. They are interesting and I would love to read Farenheit 451. So much raves on this book!
Athira / Aths said…
You should read it. I found it to be a hit or miss with me, but I enjoyed the theme of the book.