Jen's favorite quotes

"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."— Marilyn Monroe

Sunday, March 21, 2010

It's Monday, What are you reading?

Currently Reading:
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
I liked the Time Travelers Wife so much I picked up this one too.

Amazing Past Reading:
Two beautifully written books that give you a glimpse into Muslim lives marked by tragedy.

Mornings in Jenin tells the story of four generations of Palestinians living in exile. Their lives are surrounded by tragedy and loss and yet the beautifulness of Palestinian culture comes through in the story. While reading this book, you see a side of the conflict often hidden or denied. This story is beautifully told and when I put it down I was so angry that events such of these are allowed to occur while the world and the UN sit back and watch. I would reccommend this one to anyone.

The rooftops of Tehran tells the story of a boy nad his friends who dream and love just like everyone else. They live in Tehran in the 70's under the Rule of the Shah and suffer the consequences of this brutal, dictator. This book is a story about life and love and the Persian culture. I would recommend it to everyone to read!

Sucky Past Reading:
Also, I read P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern and Dear John by Nicolas Sparks. Both books, in my opinion, were terrible. Dear John was sappy and had a very, dumb plot. I don't believe in love at first site and I kept waiting for events to happen that would make them fall in love (like in the Notebook) but it never happened. The book just ends with the guy doing something that I don't think any normal guy would do.

P.S. I love you was supposed to be about a woman coming to terms with her life without her husband. Instead, she spends the whole book miserable and upset that no one else has stopped their lives just because her husband died. The movie which I saw first was VERY different from this book version and I can see why. In order to sell it and make it watchable they had to change it. Also, the writing didn't flow well and the events were hurried, rushed, and the book lacked an interconnectedness of style I like.

Haha, This sums up my feelings about it: From Etsy of course


  1. Your two books look wonderful. I have Rooftops and must get to it! MUST. I cant believe it has taken me this long!

    Mornings In Jenin looks so wonderful...

    as for your little dude at the bottom of your post.....LOL

  2. I have Mornings in Jenin on my list, but haven't heard of Rooftops of Tehran. I'll check it out! As for that little guy--I'll just say that I wish I could flash him around at work some days. :-) Enjoy your books!

    Here are my books for the week.

  3. I just watched the Time Traveler's Wife and have the book on my bookshelves to read at some point. I've heard great things about her other book as well. I just love the doll at the end of your post! Happy reading this week.

  4. I loved The Time Traveler's Wife, and I loved Her Fearful Symmetry as well - although they are two very different books. Hope you like it!

  5. Hey! I'm new to your blog. I just found you through 20sb, and your blog is darling! I also loved TTW, and found Her Fearful Symmetry interesting if not fantastic. I also blog book reviews if you're interested. It looks like we read a lot of similar things. :)

  6. Interesting collection! Yes, Cecelia Ahern is sometimes a bit unusual...I didn't read P.S. I Love You, but did like the movie...and I never read Nicholas Sparks, although the movies are enjoyable.

  7. your books look really good, I thank you for your honest opinion on the ones you didn't like. My teenage daughter loves Nicholas Sparks, but his latest books have not expressed me much either.

    check out my week

  8. I haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife yet but I really want to. Mornings in Jenin and The Rooftops of Tehran look really good to me. I really enjoyed Persepolis and Khaled Hosseini's books so I bet I'd love these. I like multicultural literature. Thanks for sharing. I did enjoy P.S. I Love You but I doubt I'd like Dear John.

  9. I've been wanting to read Her Fearful Symmetry for a while now - I'll be keeping an eye out for your review. Hope you have a great reading week :)

  10. I hope that you have a great reading week! Here is mine for this week:

  11. Since you're talking about the whole tragedy in muslim cultures genre, try giving "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Mohsin Hamid a read. It's painfully short (about 100 pages) but innovative in its style and substance, especially illuminating the validity (or lack theorof) of anti-american sentiment in muslims.