Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Recently Read Books

I joined a book club in January and since then have started reading more during this school year. This isn't a usual thing for me because evenings are taken up with school work, but I have been making time to read.

For the book club I read "Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner. Not a book I'd pick up to read on my own. I made the mistake of buying it, too. The same day I had heard an interview on the Diane Rehm Show with the author of "Dewey: The Small-Town Cat Who Touched the World" and decided to get it as well. It was a nice book with a heart-warming story though a little repetitive. A third book I also purchased that day was "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. I just finished it on Saturday morning.

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" takes place in Afghanistan and is eye-opening to what life was like for women during the time of the Taliban. I had wondered how women could put up with the treatment they were receiving, but now realize that for many of them it was all they knew and for others there was violent repression of their rights. The author tells a gripping story of two women Mariam and Laila. I can't say more without giving the story away. Read it if you haven't already.

My book club selection for February is "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. I got it from the library this time. I'll let you know how it is.