Anyway I digress. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, recommended by and lent to me by a dear friend, who grew up in war time Germany but now lives in France is a point in case. Would I have ever read this book had I not been enthused and inspired by the ever broadening reading horizons afforded me through Library Thing et al? This read was closely followed by Behind The Burqa by Sulima and Hala as I wished to follow up the Nawaal El Saadawi book I had recently read regarding women and their freedom in Egypt. Sulima and Hala recount their story of life in Afghanistan and how they escaped to freedom. I cannot help but reflect upon the Virginia Woolf essay in relation to the lives of these women. What an eclectic path I have trod so far in 2008. Afghanistan to War and Peace via The Lying Days and often in the company of my Benedictine friend!
Time to take stock as we journey on through 2008 … here are my five top highlights so far ;