Book Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 

Title: The Kite Runner

By: Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 321

Release Date: May 29th, 2003

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Rating: ★★★★★

 

Summary from Goodreads:

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption, and it is also about the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

The first Afghan novel to be written in English, The Kite Runner tells a sweeping story of family, love, and friendship against a backdrop of history that has not been told in fiction before, bringing to mind the large canvases of the Russian writers of the nineteenth century. But just as it is old-fashioned in its narration, it is contemporary in its subject—the devastating history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful debut. 

 

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Review:

I can count on one hand the books that have made me cry. The pure emotion running through these words is heartbreaking and moving. I had put this book off for too long, but I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it.

The author is amazing with words, telling a story from the narrator's point of view that makes you think. You understand why each character reacts the way they do, but it breaks your heart to know why. The deep rooted injustice and sadness drives this story, but also gives you hope.

I have to admit, at the end when the book is wrapping up, I was bawling, crocodile tears streaming down my cheeks. There were so many lost moments that the character will never get back, but in the end, he did one thing right, taking in his late friends child. It wouldn't make up for everything that had happened over the years, but it gave them closure.

A great read, but bring a tissue box.

3 Short Stories Worth Reading

 


Some days just call for a short story that makes your mind work, but doesn't over stimulate it.

These are the last three short stories that I loved. Ring Shout is a must read. Escape from Spiderhead, enough said since its now a movie staring Chris Hemsworth and The Lottery has a Hunger Game vibe that's highly disturbing, but worth the read.

The Lottery

In a small American town, the local residents are abuzz with excitement and nervousness when they wake on the morning of the twenty-seventh of June. Everything has been prepared for the town’s annual tradition—a lottery in which every family must participate, and no one wants to win.

Since I've read this short story, it has been removed from Goodreads. Not sure why, but you can google Escape from Spider Head by George Saunders to find the complete story for free online. 

Ring Shout

In America, demons wear white hoods.

Book Review: A Thousands Steps into Night by Traci Chee

 

Title: A thousand Steps Into Night

By: Traci Chee

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 400

Release Date: March 1st, 2022

Publisher: Clarion Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

Summary from Goodreads:

In the realm of Awara, where gods, monsters, and humans exist side by side, Miuko is an ordinary girl resigned to a safe, if uneventful, existence as an innkeeper’s daughter. But when Miuko is cursed and begins to transform into a demon with a deadly touch, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life. Aided by a thieving magpie spirit and continuously thwarted by a demon prince, Miuko must outfox tricksters, escape demon hunters, and negotiate with feral gods if she wants to make it home again. But with her transformation comes power and freedom she never even dreamed of, and she’ll have to decide if saving her soul is worth trying to cram herself back into an ordinary life that no longer fits her… and perhaps never did.

 

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Review:

Another wonderful fantasy on the books. This was a unique read that I loved dearly.

Traci Chee pulls on her heritage to create a wonderful world a mystery and intrigue and I absolutely loved Miuko. She is strong, even though she doesn't know it until the end of the story. The whole vibe was more of a fairytale, but a dark mysterious fairytale which really worked for the author who has an amazing writers voice.

This was a great introduction to Traci Chee's writing and I can't wait to read more.

Movie Review: Spiderhead

 

Title: Spiderhead

Genre: Drama

Release Date: June 11th, 2022 

My Rating: ★★★★☆

IMDB Rating: 5.4/10

Cast: Chris HemsworthMiles Teller

Watch On: Netflix

 

Summary from IMDB: 

In the near future, convicts are offered the chance to volunteer as medical subjects to shorten their sentence. One such subject for a new drug capable of generating feelings of love begins questioning the reality of his emotions.

IMDB Trailer

 

Review:

I think only true readers would appreciate this odd movie. Spiderhead is a twisted tale of science over humanity and the obsession with the idea of a better world.

The original short story is definitely worth reading if you don't mind a little sex for the sake of science, of course. The movie itself, its a bit on the dark side and seems a little slow at first. This can be overlooked when the story starts heating up and the realization of what is really going on starts to come into play.

I loved the new edition of the love stories between two of the inmates. This is different from the short story. It really brings a human feel into the story. Also, the strange friendship/not friendship Hemsworth and Teller create throughout the movie is a little cringe worthy, but so worth it.

And lets talk about the actors. Chris Hemsworth is impeccable of course. He's great at whatever he does these days and I'm a big fan. Miles Teller is really coming up in my lists and did an incredible job holding the story together.

This was a nice afternoon watch while folding laundry.

Weekly Menu #461 And The Book Of The Week

 


Hello Monday!

It has been an amazing week. They boys had their last day of school where I surprised them with a really pathetic party when each kid got home. Bubble machine, poppers, streamers and a cupcake. I had a lot of fun and I think my kids appreciated the effort. After that, my husband and I had a work party. I didn't win any awards, but some of my team did. I did happen to win a raffle for a workout package with some weights I've been eyeing for years. It was worth it.

This weeks read is Finding Me by Viola Davis. I'm really into memoirs and autobiographies lately, so I'm really excited to read this one. hopefully its better than the book about the woman who is obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch... Its was weird...

Lets get to the weekly menu. Enjoy!

WEEKLY MENU

Monday

Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice

 

Tuesday

Open-Faced Egg Salad Sandwich

 

Wednesday

Greek Flatbread Pizza

 

Thursday

Ground Beef Tacos

 

Friday

Greek Quesadillas

 

Saturday

Sloppy Joes

 

Sunday

Leftovers Night

Sunday Confessions #153

 


Ok, I was hoping for a wonderful and warm summer, but what is going on? Its raining and cold with no end in sight here in the PNW. I'm really hoping this is not how the next three months will go.


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Weekly Menu #461 And The Book Of The Week
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Book Review: A Thousands Steps into Night by Traci Chee
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Three Short Stories Worth Reading
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Book Review: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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Sunday Confessions #154


The Things We Cannot Say
by Kelly Rimmer

In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.




I'm nearly finished with season 2 of The Spanish Princess. It has been a wild ride and I'll be sad when its over.

Started Becoming Elizabeth, and watched the latest episodes of Finding Bigfoot and The Time Travelers Wife. All such amazing shows.


65/100 2022 Reading Challenge


Another wonderful week. Happy reading.

Book Review: A Thousand Miles by Bridgette Morrissey

 

Title: A Thousand Miles

By: Bridget Morrissey

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 368

Release Date: June 21st, 2022

Publisher: Berkley Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

Summary from Goodreads:

After a decade of silence, Dee and Ben reunite for a road trip they once promised to take. It's going to be a bumpy ride.

Dee Matthews is the cohost of the smash-hit podcast Did I Forget To Tell You?, where she interviews family, friends, and past lovers. Nothing is off limits, except for one man (known on the show only as Name Redacted) who happens to be her high school best friend Ben. During their senior year spring break, Dee and Ben took a road trip to visit Ben's grandma. They buried a time capsule in her backyard, pledging to return in ten years to open it. Then their friendship fell apart in spectacular fashion. They haven't spoken to each other since.

Ben Porter's life since that moment has been unexciting but comfortable, until his grandma reveals a family secret that flips his whole world upside down. Her dying wish is for him to stop doing what is safest and go after what he really wants. He starts by showing up on Dee's doorstep with every intention of fulfilling their long-ago promise. Despite her reservations, Dee can't say no. This trip could be her chance to give her listeners the Name Redacted interview they've been begging for--and finally put her unresolved feelings for Ben to rest.

As the miles fly by, Dee and Ben's friendship reignites. But the closer they get to reaching their destination, the more apparent it becomes that their attraction to each other cannot be ignored. Their last adventure ended in disaster, and they're about to find out if any hope of a future together is in the rear view mirror.

 

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Review:

I've always wanted to go on a summer road trip with the love of my life and this book gave me a little glimpse into a fun adventure. 

The author has a wonderful way of revealing just enough backstory to keep you reading. I found a wonderful need to find out why these two characters fell apart when they obviously loved each other very much. The laughed and cried with each other and took care of one another. It was enduring. 

There was a moment when I was lost, and I think that was when the story fell apart for me a little. When Dee and Ben made it to grandma's house and Ben's family showed up. That was the big reveal when we find out why they fell apart in the first place and it felt a little chaotic. Other than that, I was able to get back on the band wagon and finished this wonderful story. 

It really was a wonderful and emotional read that was very relatable. A great rainy day read.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.