Book Review of the Month: Author Kahled Hosseini

I’ve decided to start sharing a book review on my blog once a month. Here is a look at my journey and love affair with books…

Five years ago (when Daniel and I first started dating) my husband, Daniel, challenged me to read 12 books in one year. At that time I had probably read a total of 12 books in my life, so the challenge seemed daunting. If you don’t know Daniel, he is an avid reading and lover of books, a look in our apartment will prove my point quickly. I think he was bothered by the fact that his girlfriend and now wife didn’t share his passion in the slightest.

That first year I managed to achieve my goal of 12, and the years following I have increased the 12 to 15 or 16. I have grown to appreciate literature in a new way. I am so grateful for my husbands challenge as it has opened me up to a new love and passion.

I read just about any genre but my favorite is Historical Fiction novels. I love to learn about history while reading something that has a great story line. A few of my favorite Historical Fiction novels are The Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

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Both novels are set in Afghanistan and both tell the stories of the struggle and turmoil the characters face during war and unrest in the country. They give us a glimpse into what life is like for both men and women in a war torn country. At times the novels are grotesque in detail but they help you truly understand the situations these characters are in.

Hosseini shares a taste of Afghan history along side stories of friendship, family, and hardship. These novels will change the way you see the world and you can’t walk away without feeling something. The books aren’t for the light-hearted but I would recommend them to anyone up for a good read and open to a new perspective on the world…

“Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heartwrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love, a stunning accomplishment.” – Goodreads.com

If you have read either or both books I would love to hear your thoughts on the books! Please comment below…

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