I went to the bookshop in town last weekend. I decided right there and then to splurge on books (not that i haven’t recently) as my birthday present for myself. There were books here and there that I wanted to get. PLUS books from kindle that I have yet to read/finish.
So, the last 2-3 weeks, I’ve been off a lot. Two weeks of annual leave, then a set of three night shifts, then another week off (as I’ve volunteered to work instead in august when we’re low on drs. I’m sure I’ll complain then).
This means I have a lot of time on my hands. We went to Brighton and then Edinburgh, and I decided I need to get back to my reading groove and actually USE the kindle. I haven’t read a non-medical book in awhile, thanks to my exams (results in 2 weeks, GAAAHHH!).
And this is what I’ve read (or semi-read) and recommend:
1. Love Inshaallah
Interesting take on muslim women in US on falling in love/having relationships. Though some of their practices are islamically questionable. But hey, I’m not perfect either and only Allah can say whether a person is being a true muslim or not. Also, I never thought of myself as ‘a muslim girl falling in love with a muslim boy’ – we were just two people getting into a relationship. It sure made me think of how we got together differently! Maybe I’ll write up on it one day.
2. One World Anthropology: A global anthology of short stories
I love reading the african stories especially. Captivating and draws you in, kinda makes me wish it’s not a short story after all! Also made me look into the different writers previous books!
3. Warm Bodies: A Novel
I couldn’t get myself to finish this book. It’s just sooo sloooowwww. And maybe because it is written on the first hand of zombie, it makes the english too simple, kinda like a teen book. I don’t know, maybe I just haven’t reached the part where it gets intriguing and I’m sold. Perhaps, one day I’ll finish it.
….I watched the movie a few nights ago though, so I doubt I’ll finish it! hehe.
And my most recent book…..
4. How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm
It lets you in on the different parenting practices all over the world – from the Japanese letting children deal their fights on their own to Argentine children staying up well past bedtime for some socialising with the family. A different perspective from what our (or more like, western) society expects from parents. Although I believe in parenting following your instincts, there are some practices that has made me think and learn more from. I mean, just because everyone goes baa, doesn’t mean we have to join right?
Preview on the topics:
How Buenos Aires Children Go to Bed Late
How the French Teach Their Children to Love Healthy Food <—- I agree! Would love for more kids/parents to take on this!
How Kenyans Live Without Strollers
How the Chinese Potty Train Early
How Aka Pygmies Are the Best Fathers in the World <— Aka Pygmies men takes care of the children almost half the amount of time as the mums. The men even let the babies suck on their nipples if mummy’s not there. M was not sold by this.
How Lebanese Americans Keep Their Families Close <— Reminded me of Bruneians really.
How Tibetans Cherish Pregnancy
How the Japanese Let Their Children Fight
How Polynesians Play without Parents <— Interesting read! This is why we need to have more kids >_<
How Mayan Villagers Put Their Kids to Work
How Asians Learn to Excel in School
Anywaaaay, that’s it from now. I’ve got another book to read. Actually, a few more books:
– Fast times in Palestine by Pamela Olson (travel, non-fictional)
– The little coffee shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez (fictional)
– Lost at sea by Jon Ronson
– Reclaim your heart by Yasmin Mogahed
So, all in all, I think currently my mood for books are either the travelling kind or different cultures or islamically-orientated ones. Except for Lost at sea – M bought that but it looks intriguing.
Baca jangan inda membaca….