Quick Update!

So, after struggling with And the Mountains Echoed, I panicked. I binged. I finished three books in eleven days just to keep myself on track. In that time, I lost sight of the purpose of my reading challenge. I forgot to analyse and make notes and I just submerged myself into the warm embrace of …

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Middle Eastern Sojourns – Part 2

It took me almost a month to get through And the Mountains Echoed. I spoke about my initial difficulties in my first installment of Middle Eastern Sojourns, only to be bombarded with even more hindrances soon after. Nevertheless, I persevered through sporadic reading and once I had finished the book, I developed a new appreciation …

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Middle Eastern Sojourns – Part 1

My father introduced me to Khaled Hosseini in 2015 by blasting the audio version of The Kite Runner in the car every morning for two weeks.  You see, my father doesn’t actually read his books. Instead, he listens to them in his spare time - usually during his morning and afternoon commutes to work and …

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Asian Explorations: Books 1 and 2

Book 1: The Valley of Amazement When I was a little girl, one of my favourite daytime cartoons was Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat. Unbeknown to me at the time, the show was an adaptation of Amy Tan’s children’s novel of the same name. I forgot all about Sagwa after the show ended and 14 …

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The Valley of Amazement vs. Memoirs of a Geisha

So I started writing my review for The Valley of Amazement and then I did a silly thing: I started reading Memoirs of a Geisha. I couldn't help it! I am simply dying to see how the Chinese and Japanese cultures differ when it comes to entertainment, the sex industry and the expectations of femininity. I don't …

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My Intercontinental Reading Challenge

If you want to read the world, if you want to encounter it with an open mind, the world will help you - Ann Morgan Last year, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, I discovered a problem with my bookshelves. They were loaded with bestselling novels by award-winning authors who provided vividly evocative …

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My Year Collecting Heroes – The benefits of diverse reading

Last year, I made a semi-conscious effort to read more books by authors of colour. It changed me. It reshaped my thinking. This is what I have learned from my year of diverse reading.

The 2015 Reading Challenge – My Life-Altering Resolution

I don’t remember much of Christmas 2014. I was sitting the living room rocking chair - body still, eyes cast down upon the tablet in my hand. My finger was swiping this way and that in a vain attempt to aid in Guy Dangerous’ escape from his temple prison. Christmases in the past were filled …

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My 2016 Book List

To continue the trend set during my adventurous 2015 reading, I have compiled a wish list of books I hope to read in 2016. If you want to see my previous book list, click here. If you want to read about how I began my reading challenge, click here. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon …

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