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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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What's Reading this Week! (Apr 28. 2014)

I missed the readathon this weekend, but looks like so many of you had fun while at it. I did have a good reading week otherwise though.


In the car, I finished listening to Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji. This book is the story of a fifteen-year old girl affected by the expulsion of Indians from her home country Uganda. Even though her parents and herself are born Ugandans, their ancestry is Indian. I had mixed feelings about this book - the story was harrowing, but occasionally, the narrator sounded like she could be 8 or 9 years old. Still, I would recommend it. I ended up spending the next four days debating if I should resume listening to the A Game of Thrones audiobook. Finally, I decided not to, as I have a feeling I would enjoy the books much more. Who doesn't like losing themselves in a chunkster epic saga! The husband has stated that he prefers the TV show - besides the book is very very...... slow!

After finally deciding that, I started listening to Does my Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah. So far, I LOVE this book! The narrator is very charming to listen to and her problem (how she would be received after choosing to wear hijab to school, while still keeping her friends and a boy's interest) is a very relatable one, even if I have never grappled with that kind of choice before. (Personally, I think the hijab is a beautiful garment and love it quite a bit.)

On the paper side of things, I finished reading The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and that book is everything I was hoping for it to be. Charming, magical, whimsical, and well-written. I cannot wait to review this one. It is definitely a book I would love to read again, for the first time. Soon after, I started reading A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - a memoir of a man who was once a child soldier in Sierra Leone. It is harrowing reading but not that tough a read yet. I'm only about 6 chapters in, so I have a long way to go.

What are you reading?

Comments

Great to hear another positive reaction to A.J. Fikry! Everyone is loving that book and I know I have to get to it. Does My Head Look Big in This sounds really interesting, going to check that one out!
ooo the first sounds fun on audio.
readingtheend said…
Oo, I don't know if I could handle the Game of Thrones books on audio. I enjoyed the books, but I liked being able to skim -- you're right, they're veerrrrry slow in parts!
Athira / Aths said…
I loved the Fikry book! Cannot wait to review it.
Athira / Aths said…
Yeah! Being able to skim the books is necessary with a series like Game of Thrones. The author tends to go and describe nonsensical things for a long time before getting to the main point.