I’m baaaaaack! I had to take some time away from my blog in December, but I am glad to be back with some new books and new ideas to start the new year. I am super excited about this first book of 2018 – I hope you enjoy it!
“History is always a story of cause and effect.”
I think I’ve read my favorite book of 2018 already. A Good Country is a novel about an ordinary American kid, Rez, who is learning about the world and pondering his place in it. He falls in with the surfer crowd at school at first, smoking weed, having sex, and living with a reckless abandon that is uncharacteristic of his straight-A student ways. As time goes on, he falls out of favor with that crowd and leans in to some really great friends who open Rez’s eyes to a wider view of the world and to the Muslim religion. Rez is intrigued by all that Islam has to offer and loves the way he feels at the mosque. He kisses his parents goodbye as he leaves for college, knowing full well he is not going to college at all, but is boarding a plane to Syria to join a new Muslim nation that shows promise in a devastated land. His hopes for his new life are high but quickly shattered when he realizes what was promised to him is far from what he will get. I’m going to quote the San Francisco Chronicle’s review here because I feel like it captures what I am thinking: “A tragic and affecting portrait of how radicalization can happen to an ordinary American, profoundly altering him…It suggests that what’s saddest about radicalization is that it arise from deep inside the human condition itself, from the thirst all humans have for connection and meaning. Without these, anyone can be lost.” A Good Country is so, so good and so, so real. It’s a book that stays with you long after you turn the final page. I loved every minute of it, and I learned from every page. [[Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars]] Thank you Trident Media Group and Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me this book. I will cherish it and recommend it to every reader I know.
I hope everyone’s 2018 is off to a fabulous start! I’ve got a lot on my reading list already!