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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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Light reading: Wimpy Kid's Third Wheel and Hard Luck


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I love the Wimpy Kid series. They are laugh-out-loud reads that will lead to serious laughing tears even in public. I remember reading the fifth book when it first came out and laughing so much that I had to share snippets with whoever was around me. And soon after, I went and grabbed the previous books from the library and finished them within a couple of days. They are insane, in a very good way.

They are all "diaries" written by our favorite wimpy kid, Greg Heffley, who seem to be naughty deliberately but carries it off with an innocent air. These diaries list his many misadventures - quite a lot of them involving his brother, Rodrick, and his best friend Rowley Jefferson.

In The Third Wheel, a Valentine's Day dance has been planned at Greg's school and that starts a scrambling among the students for dates. After a lot of searching, manipulation, and failures, Greg finally gets a date but by the end of the night, a lot of things change in strange directions.

That strange twist is the meat of the plot for the next book, Hard Luck. It has driven Greg and Rowley apart, and in his new friendless state, Greg finds that nothing seems to quite work well for him. He finds that not having Rowley to walk in front of him to school meant he would end up stepping on dog poo more often, not having Rowley to carry his bag meant he would have to resort to taking a trolley bag to school. In short, his life sucked and he spends most of year depending on a Magic 8 ball to decide whether he should eat breakfast or if a certain question's answer was true or false.




As usual, both books were very enjoyable and as hilarious as I had come to expect the Wimpy Kid books to be. I had heard that Hard Luck was probably the last in the series and I surely hope not. It would be fun to follow Greg's personality through more books.

I borrowed these books from the good old library.

Comments

bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
I adore these books too!!
Athira / Aths said…
They are so delightful!