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Snapshot Review: Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

words+in+the+dustWords in the Dust is one of those quiet, no fuss books that tend to get lost amongst the pop­u­lar, well-marketed titles. If I saw this book on the shelf I would, in all hon­estly, be put off by the old fash­ioned cover and prob­a­bly carry on by. But this is a heart­felt, intel­li­gent book and I sim­ply can­not praise it highly enough.

Words in the Dust, writ­ten by for­mer sol­dier Trent Reedy, tells the story of Zulaikha, a young girl liv­ing in worn-torn Afghanistan. The Tal­iban may be defeated, but Zulaikha is bul­lied daily and shunned because of her cleft lip. Until the day the American’s arrive and offer her a surgery that will trans­form her life.

Words in the Dust is a rich novel that flows so beau­ti­fully, giv­ing an insight­ful glimpse into a very dif­fer­ent cul­ture and way of life. It was heart­en­ing to see Zulaikha grow in con­fi­dence through­out the book and ulti­mately choose her own future. One of the aspects I loved most (and found par­tic­u­larly pow­er­ful), was how pro-women’s rights the book was, all the while main­tain­ing a respect­ful under­stand­ing of a cul­ture where girls and women do face a lot of lim­i­ta­tions. To that end, the authors note at the end is also well worth a read. An excel­lent book for younger and older readers.

*Many thanks to Frances Lin­coln Books for send­ing this for review*

Top 10 Reads of 2012

I had a lot of plans for this blog back in Jan­u­ary. I really wanted to read lots, review reg­u­larly and get more involved in the book blog­ging com­mu­nity. Sadly, I guess life got in the way and Turn the Page has become quite neglected, espe­cially since the sum­mer. There are a few rea­sons for this, my lap­top died and while I love my iPad, I sim­ply can­not stand try­ing to write and organ­ise blog posts on it, I took on a new job and an intern­ship, and I kind of lost the drive to read for sev­eral months. I cer­tainly lost the drive for review­ing. So — sorry to any­one who used to actu­ally semi-follow things around here, and a big sorry to any­one I promised a book review for and didn’t deliver.

That being said, I did have a pretty great read­ing year and have some amaz­ing books you need to read if you haven’t already.

So, here’s my list of Top 10 books Read in 2012.

 

Easy by Tam­mara Webber

I loved Easy. This is a self pub­lished novel but it is miles ahead of so many books I’ve read that have been tra­di­tion­ally pub­lished. Easy falls into the New Adult cat­e­gory and it was so good to read about pro­tag­o­nist closer to my own age.

If you’re look­ing for some hot moments, ten­sion and a healthy, respect­ful, romance than this is the book for you. Easy isn’t just a romance, how­ever, as it has a darker sto­ry­line and does include some well-written but unset­tling scenes of sex­ual assault. Don’t let that put you off as Web­ber bal­ances the two out nicely.

Con­tinue read­ing

April Wrap-Up

Its time for my April Wrap-up!

Its been a slow month — both on the blog and in terms of read­ing. How­ever, as you can see, I’ve upgraded to a self-hosted Word­Press site and you’ll be see­ing a few more changes in the com­ing weeks as well.

Also — May hap­pens to be my one year blo­gov­er­sary! I can­not believe I started this blog a year ago — it seems like yes­ter­day — so I think I’ll prob­a­bly cel­e­brate with a good old-fashioned giveaway.

Best of the Bunch in April

 

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

[box] In the tra­di­tion of SHABANU, DAUGHTER OF THE WIND and THE BREADWINNER, a beau­ti­ful debut about a daugh­ter of Afghanistan dis­cov­er­ing new friends and oppor­tu­ni­ties after the defeat of the Taliban.

Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Tal­iban have been dri­ven from Afghanistan; a good rela­tion­ship with her hard step­mother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be pro­vided for her–“Inshallah,” God willing.

Then she meets Meena, who offers to teach her the Afghan poetry she taught her late mother. And the Amer­i­cans come to her vil­lage, promis­ing not just new oppor­tu­ni­ties and dan­gers, but surgery to fix her face. These changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha–but can she dare to hope they’ll come true?[/box]

While I per­son­ally think the cover design could use some work to make it more appeal­ing, this is a touch­ing story that gives an hon­est insight into a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and grow­ing up in a war-torn coun­try. A very strong debut and one I highly rec­om­mend. Look out for my full review later this week. Con­tinue read­ing

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