Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Books read in 2009

I meant to post this earlier in the year but since its just for my own records I guess it doesnt matter. So here is my list of the books I read in 2009, starting with the most recently finished:

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Away Laughing on a Fast Camel by Louise Rennison
Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants by Louise Rennison
Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison
On the Bright Side, I`m now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Ever After by Karen Kingsbury
Answered Prayers by Danielle Steele
The Help by Kathyrn Stockett
The Time Traveler`s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Anne Brashares
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
The Last Summer (of you and me) by Ann Brashares
The Reader by Berhard Schlink
Cranberry Queen by Kathleen DeMarco

Summary: I read 24 books this year (compared to 18 books in 10 months last year). This year I read alot of young adult books - probably the most in one year ever. My 2 favourite books read this year are The Help by Kathyrn Stockett and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Books read in 2008 are listed here.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Book Review: The Kite Runer by Khaled Hosseini

"Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Raised in the same household and sharing the same wet nurse, Amir and Hassan nonetheless grow up in different worlds: Amir is the son of a prominent and wealthy man, while Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant, is a Hazara, member of a shunned ethnic minority. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him."

I really enjoyed this book. The story spans around 30 years as the 2 friends grow up. A futher story summary can be found on the website above.

The part I found really interesting was the history included in the book. It was just part of the story included seemlessly, but being here in the west the first I heard of Afganistan was during the last 10 years or so. The book let me know a little bit of what the country was like before all of the current unrest, which I found really interesting.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

FO: One Row Scarf

I finished this scarf back in December. (Just call me a bad blogger as I haven't posted till now!)

Pattern: One Row Scarf

Yarn: Moda Dea Twiddle Dee

Thoughts: I loved knitting this scarf! Super easy pattern (Only 4 stiches to remember, you can't get any easier!) The finished product was so soft and thick and warm. I started this scarf to give away but after I felt how warm it was I decided to keep it.