Now that school's out for a couple weeks, I'm looking forward to doing some reading. I have a couple of books waiting in the wings – I always have more books to read than time to read them – so I am trying to get through a few before school begins again in May. So far, I've finally finished Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I really liked it – it was meticulously researched, and gave a fascinating look into the lives of geisha during the 30s and 40s. Although it was sort of a love story, and the whole deal about treating women like objects was bothersome, I think it's probably pretty accurate. The movie was beautiful, but a bit different in places, of course. The book cried to have a movie made about it, the visual imagery was so beautiful.
Now I'm reading a non-fiction book called A War Against Truth by Paul William Roberts, a Canadian journalist who covered the Middle East for many years, and even interviewed Saddam Hussein himself. The book is a combination of history, politics, and memoir, and I can't stop reading it. So much about Iraq I didn't know. I'll tell you more about it when I'm done, if I'm not too overwhelmed!Next on the agenda is to finish The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. This book discusses the ways in which women are enslaved to the beauty industry. I've discussed it before, but I'll likely have some new insights by the time I'm finished. This book was a gift from my best friend for Christmas!
I hope I'll have more time when these books are finished. I also have on my list The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs, Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, and The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama. And I'd love to have time enough to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, it's one of my favourite stories but I've never read it, and my dad gave me an old paperback copy not long ago.
I'm way too ambitious, I know. I love to read, but I'm really not all that fast, which is why I always have books waiting in the wings. I've always had the problem of my eyes being bigger than my stomach, and I guess it works with books, too!