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A library haul after months | Notes from my Reading

Despite so much going on over here between work, house projects, yard work, and just daily living challenges in this pandemic era, I've been able to squeeze in time to read as well, which I'm thankful for, because the news has been abysmal these past few weeks for various reasons and I'm continually worrying about where humanity is headed, even more so than I did before.

A library haul after months...My biggest highlight in books this past week was that the library opened for holds pickup. I'd been checking their website every week to find if next week was going to be the week it opened. So when the notice finally came through last week, I was beyond thrilled. I was also very unsure what books to request from the library since I had gotten very used to reading online. Still, I had a few requested when they called me to schedule a one-hour window for pickup. I did request a ton of books after that though, so I expect a bigger bag this week. 

Some of these are books to rea…

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.