Saturday, August 2, 2008

Book List

So, read any good books lately?

When you have little more than time on your hands you find that you are suddenly able to read all of those books that you always meant to read. So, what have I been reading? Not much. At least, I haven't been reading much compared to the quantity of books I used to devour when I was in peak reading condition.

So far I've read two more books in the Amelia Peabody series: The Snake, The Crocodile, and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters and The Last Camel Died at Noon by the same author. If you like murder mysteries and interesting characters, I really recommend this series. They aren't gory or frightening, but they are a fun, light read and they're very well written. The author really pulls you into the story.

A friend gave me a copy of Kabul Beauty School after she found out I was on bed rest for a few weeks. I don't know if I can say much for the author's writing ability, but she has an absolutely unique story to tell. An American hair stylist travels to Afghanistan to open a beauty school. She hopes that by teaching young women a skill and how to run a business that she can help these women become more independent and less at the mercy of the often abusive patriarchal families and society that they live in. I read this book in a day. If you can find a copy used, it's worth your time to read. Other books I've read in the same vein are Reading Lolita in Tehran and Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women. I find the lives of women in these societies to be very interesting and often frightening. I've always been a "good girl" and in the Middle East it seems very difficult to walk the line. Even when women are "behaving" themselves, they are still at the whim of the men in their lives and their society.

The next book I have in line is The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Friedman. This author is one of my favorite columnists for the New York Times and I heard part of an interview he gave on NPR (or was it MPR?) after this book was released. He has a lot to say and he articulates it very well.

Up next: Stuff I Have Knit. You'll be wanting to know what's been flying off my needles lately as well as what's lined up next. At least I know the other knitters out there will be interested! And I need a break from thinking about my uterus.


Angoraknitter said...

I can't wait to see what you've got knit! All the reading I've done...has been listening, lol. My husband has subjected me to audio books during all our trips back and forth to my doctors appointments. We just finished The history of the world...I forget the author. So I'm all refreshed on world history. Yeah...
Lets hope you have no more pinkish stuff. But I would be more concerned with red, then pink...and brown is indication of past/ old, rather than new bleeding, right?

Jenny said...

I highly recommend, if you like non-gory mysteries, all the Sherlock Holmes stories as well as Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels (especially "Murder at the Vicarage" and "Sleeping Murder"). And Wilkie Collins's "The Moonstone" and "The Woman in White". Pre-babies, my husband & I used to read aloud to each other a lot... these are good light-ish (but not completely brain-dead) reads.

I also totally recommend Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens". Both authors have written many, many other books--this one, which the co-wrote, is my favorite.

I'll also put in a plug for good old Victorian chick-lit (I just finished "Sense & Sensibility" and "Pride & Prejudice" as well as "Wuthering Heights" and "Silas Marner").

More contemporary books I've enjoyed recently: "Water for Elephants", "The Thirteenth Tale" (warning: some PG-13 material in this one). I'll also direct you to a college friend's blog ( She's not Catholic, but she does read copiously and write good non-spoiler reviews--just browse through to see what she's read lately that sounds interesting.

I don't know how to knit, but a friend has proposed a knitting "class" with another friend of hers as "teacher" sometime this fall... I've tried to teach myself to crochet a couple of times, but think I'd do much better with a human being available to explain my mistakes!


Jennie C. said...

I saw the Beauty School of Kabul movie and I was actually greatly disturbed by the disrespect shown by the American women. The movie was pretty bad, too. :-)