Sunday, January 6, 2008
This is my very first post for the Sunday Salon, but I hope it won't be my last. :) I can't guarantee that I will be able to participate every week, but I will definitely do my best!
Maya and I ventured out to the local library this week to return some books. Before she was born, I went to the library every week, sometimes more than once. This, however, was my first trip there since she was born. And, what is even more exciting, it was just the two of us for the first time! No hubby, mother, or mother-in-law, just me and my baby!
Maya loves books. (Thank god!) Our bookshelves at home were one of the first things that caught her eye when she became interested in the world around her. They often calm her down, and I can just imagine all the new colors she is discovering by looking at them. So, on her first trip to the library, I was thrilled to watch her captivation with all of the bookshelves. She was perfectly content, which is somewhat rare on outings. A girl after my own heart!
On this trip we only came away with books for mommy. I picked up The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, for the My Year of Reading Dangerously challenge. I haven't read a Toni Morrison book since high school, so I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I also grabbed Living A Jewish Life by Anita Diamant, as we are reading selections from this book at the Mother's Circle that I belong to. Two books is a bit shabby, but at least I am finding time to read!
Although my reading time has been somewhat limited today, I was able to read a huge chunk of my latest book yesterday. Links, by Nuruddin Farah takes place in Mogadiscio (Mogadishu) a few years after the failed American/UN intervention . It is an engrossing, but sometimes unenjoyable read. Violence has plagued Somalia, and particularly in war-lord controlled Mogadiscio, since the fall of the Dictator Barre in 1991. Somalia has been in a condition of a failed state ever since. Reading a novel by a Somali author set in modern day Mogadiscio is interesting, although I can assume there is not going to be a happy ending to this book.