Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Closing out 2017 reading

50. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai – tells the story of Malala’s home and family in the Swat Valley of Pakistan – as a young girl she begins a career of advocacy which eventually leads to her being shot while on her way to school – a hard read at times because of the cruel and nonsensical actions of the Taliban and others – but also full of hope as she describes her recovery and wishes for the future
51. If Today Be Sweet by Thrity Umrigar – a widow from India has to decide whether to stay with her son and his family in Ohio or return to her apartment in Mumbai – the ending is a bit rushed but the overall story is tender and heartwarming – also informative and at times funny – much discussion of food that all sounds delicious
52. Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien – a collection of the professor’s letters to his children over the years in which he masquerades as Father Christmas and other North Pole inhabitants – I expected it to be charming but it was also at time LOL funny especially the friendly bickering between the North Polar Bear and Ilbereth the Christmas Elf – also includes delightful drawings
2017 reading stats
• 52 books read
• 39 new authors
• 42 female authors
• 10 authors of color
• 3 anthologies/collections
• 2 rereads (not including The Hobbit and LOTR)
• 15 mysteries/thrillers
• 5 audiobooks
• 10 nonfiction/biographies
• 3 SF/fantasy
• 6 historical fiction
• 5 YA/children’s
• 4 translations
• 26 Litsy A to Z
• 1 partridge in a pear tree
Tags: autobiography, family saga, kidlit

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