Tuesday, January 29, 2008

First books of '08

#1: The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith continues the tradition of entertainment that was started with The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first three and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

#2: Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille. I gave Andrew this book for Christmas and we started reading it at the same time so we traded it back and forth while I read another book. This newest one from DeMille focuses on a plot by a group of rich civilians and high ranking US government employees to launch a (fictional?) mutually assured destruction-type counterattack called "Wild Fire." An entertaining read.

#3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. A Christmas gift from Andrew. This story revolves around the interconnecting lives of Miriam and Laila and their stories are told in heartbreaking detail. The books takes us through the traumatic events of Afghanistan's recent history and how it impacts the main characters. Although reading this book was a different experience that reading The Kite Runner (which I read in my tent in Kabul), I think I enjoyed this story more. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

#4. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman is book no. 2 in the His Dark Materials series. I found this book more suspenseful and not as confusing as The Golden Compass and I enjoyed it more. Anyone who enjoyed Harry Potter would probably like these books.


I have started an Intro to International Relations course at the college so I am also reading a large number of political and economic articles and am getting more and more articulate in my debates with A. It's nice being able to hold my own for once. :)


  1. Wowzia! I have to get cracking on my reading! You've already finished 4!!

  2. I read all 3 in the Dark matterials series and didn't like any of them. I found him to be a very boring writer, the charaters uninteresting and forced myself to finish the 3rd book (which is the longest most boring of them all)just to say that I actually finished the series. I did however enjoy the Golden Compass movie, it made the action move a lot faster though the movie didn't end like the book.