Monday, March 24, 2008

The Kite Runner

I've always been a bit of a nerd about reading. I read anything I can get my hands on, whenever I have a minute. Newspapers in the morning (New York Times, USA Today, sometimes the Tennessean), art books, cooking magazines, novels, other blogs, get the picture. The weird part of this obsession is that I never finish anything before starting on something else. I have partially read books in every room of the house, the kitchen, bedroom, office, bathroom, car, etc. I read while I'm blowing my hair dry, in the bathtub, before I go to bed, while I'm waiting for my daughter at school, doctor's appts, or basketball practice. Usually when I get about halfway through a book I will take it with me wherever I go so that I can finish it. For months I was reading "The Kite Runner" while I dried my hair. That takes about 5 minutes, so I'd read 5 or 6 pages at a time. When I packed for spring break, I put the new Jodi Picoult book, (Change of Heart) in my book bag, and tossed in the Kite Runner. I deliberately put off seeing the movie when it came out because I hate to see a movie before I read the book.

Now I'm not sure I want to see the movie, not because I didn't like the book, but because this book is so heartbreaking. Not just because of Amir's betrayal of his childhood friend, but because of the breathtaking portrayal of the atrocities of the Taliban. It paints a very powerful picture of a country that is in the process of being destroyed, of the power of love, friendship, and betrayal. I will see the movie. I just won't be able to eat popcorn while I'm watching it.

Here's the scoop on Picoult's new book, also a wonderful read.