Thought it was about time for a book round up, since I got hooked on making cheese I have been drooling over anything cheesey and stumbled across The Cheese Room by Patricia Michelson and I think both Ebi-kun and I have dribbled over it, he cracks me up, he sits and reads random pages out of it (and probably does a better job of pronouncing the Continental cheeses than I do!) Although I haven't sat and read it through it all yet, I have been dipping in and out and I am enjoying it immensely.
Afternoon on the Amazon, number 6 of The Magic Tree house series and before bed I am reading The BFG to him, it is a looooong time since I have read this and don't remember the story at all, fun for both of us. He also listens to the stories from The Barefoot Book of Knights and The Barefoot Book of Pirates, it kind of goes without saying that the illustrations in these books are fantastic and the stories are fun to listen to and read.
High Tea In Mosul which is about two British women who are living in war torn Iraq, they both got married and moved out there 30 odd years ago, they have families and were both welcomed into their Iraqi families. Part of the book I could really relate to being an ex-pat wife, the lunch get togethers with other wives to moan, bitch and laugh about our current situations, how the mother-in-law drives you nuts and how certain traditions are enough to push you over the edge. Yet other parts of the book I can't relate to at all, it made me question myself about what I would do in the same situation, would I pack up and head home or would I do like they did, keep my head low, hide myself away and hope it will all be over soon? The book also reveals sides of the war that we rarely get to hear about and the true feelings of some of the Iraqi people. This is one of those books that is very real, it makes you smile a little and cry a little and make you think about your own life quite a lot.
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