If we’re friends on Goodreads you’ll know that I made a goal to read 100 books this year. My progress thus far… a whopping 12 books.
What. A. Failure.
Choosing 100 books as my goal was pretty ambitious but as I’m usually very good with meeting goals I set for myself I figured it wouldn’t be too hard. For instance I gave up meat and poultry, pardon the expression, cold turkey when I decided to become a vegetarian one random day in 2007. Changing my entire lifestyle on a whim was easy so I figured reading 100 books would be too! How wrong I was.
According to Goodreads I am 29 books behind if I plan to reach 100 by 2012. Ouch! I like to make up excuses for myself like, “I’m picking really long books” or “I don’t have time to read” but in all honesty I have had plenty of opportunieis to read, especially now that I have a Kindle (thanks, Mom!)
I’m not going to beat myself up too badly or adjust my 100 book goal to a more attainable number. What I am going to do is tell you what my favourite book has been thus far:
This rich novel, set mainly in Ethiopia and New York City, tells the story of twin brothers Shiva and Marion Stone. After their mother Sister Mary Joseph Praise (yes she’s a nun!) dies during a labour, their father – world famous surgeon Dr Thomas Stone- abandons them. The boys are raised by their adoptive parents, both doctors themselves, inside a medical compound in a town outside Addis Ababa called Missing. The eldest brother Marion narrates the story of their lives all the way into adulthood, as they both become respected doctors inspite of the political turmoil in their homeland.
A lot of the negative reviews on this book focus on the abundance of medical language used. Those reviewers I say: Get over it! I didn’t find the medical language to be too confusing or excessive. The author is a doctor himself so what do you expect? Either way, I really enjoyed this book and found the characters and setting of Ethiopia to be unqiue. The relationship between the two brothers, who are extremely different from one another, really drew me in as did the stories relating to life in a hospital compound. The way the author describes the landscape of Missing and city of Addis Ababa actually made me want to visit Ethiopia – something I never thought I’d care to do in my lifetime! That’s saying something.
I plan to keep on reading in hopes of reaching my 100 book goal and will keep ya’ll updated on my favourite books read so far.
Did you set a book-reading goal this year? Are you as behind as I am?