Wednesday, January 30, 2008

a fabulous read

My sister introduced me to this book when I got to Calif. It's only been in the last 3 days that I've picked it up. Now, I can't put it down. Stayed up until 2 a.m. last night reading this darn thing and woke up at 6 thinking about it. Actually, I couldn't fall back to sleep because my mind kept going over everything that had happened.

Then I started thinking about hubby leaving and the fact that he'll be here tomorrow.... so sleep, I knew, would not come back to me.

This book pulls on my heart strings. I found myself crying at several points last night... when Amir's father died, when his best friend from childhood, Hassan, and Hassan's wife had been shot by the Taliban in Afghanistan. This was all after learning that Hassan had been his brother which only made the shame in his heart all the heavier because of what he had done to Hassan and his father,
Ali, years ago.

Then to find out that Hassan had a son and Amir is given the task of returning to war torn Afghanistan to find him.... but... is he a strong enough man to do this?

This is where I am at the moment. I can hardly wait to get back to it, but there are so many things to do today, so I guess it'll be another late night for me tonight. :) And really, I can't wait. I love books like this.... the ones that capture me immediately, hold on and don't let go until the bitter end.


Naief's bday party is this Saturday. Hashim gets in tomorrow at 1 - I can hardly wait. We found out last night that more ppl are coming than first expected so I called the bakery this morning and changed the cake order. Have to run to the Dollar Tree shortly to pick up more decorations, plates, napkins, table cloths, toys for two addt'l bags for the addt'l kids, and I should be ready.

Me and my sis will make the menu tonight... what to make, what to make. I think we're doing pizza and some fabulous chicken from some mexican place, and then lots of dips and finger foods, beer, sodas and maybe a few games. I'm also thinking or will prob get one of those big bouncy tent things for the kids.... I just hope it doesn't rain.

The rain seems to linger and linger. I love the rain, but I'm truly sick of it. I want it to warm up, get sunny and allow us some time to enjoy some sight seeing and maybe even go to the ocean w/ Naief. Not to swim mind you, but just to walk, play in the water - maybe a little - and relax.

Hashim has been so busy at work and then spending all his other hours in the studio. He's totally ready for a relaxing vacation... and I'm so ready for him to be here. I hope the baby recognizes him .... but I'm sure if he doesn't, it won't take any time for him to realize who it is.

aaahhhhh... this is my first bday party to throw. I'm anxious. I'm not a big "life of the party" type of person, so I opted out of opening the presents in front of everyone and we'll wait for Naief's bday to do so. I just hope I'm calm on Saturday and able to relax and enjoy his first birthday party.


Jahooni said...

EVERYTHING will be just fine. It isn't raining today... yah! Bouncy house will be a riot. Everything is in order. Well kinda.

Glad you like the book. I will hurry up and finish the other one by the same author, k?

Love ya.

Nabeel said...

yes it is a very interesting book .. and I don't know if you know, a movie was recently released based on the book .. a movie which was very faithful to it's book. You should see it .. the music is captivating, the actors are heart warming.

Olivia said...

Was going to mention the movie, but Nabeel beat me to it.

I hope you're all having a lot of fun with Hashim there, and that Naief is excited to see his Papa.

I also hope the weather is good for Naief's 1st b-day party. One!

Rock Chef said...

Happy Birthday to little Naief!

L_Oman said...

No spoilers here, but that is my absolute favorite book! Wish I had known you were reading because if I were you, I would have read 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' first before 'Kite Runner'.

Another nice book is, 'The Saffron Kitchen'. I can't remember the author's name, but I picked it up at Borders and thought it was a nice read!


Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Isn't it a lovely book? We read it for our book club late last year, and now the movie is out in the Geelong cinemas so we will go and see it when we have some free time.
Happy birthday, little boy!

Olivia said...

Happy Sunny First Birthday Naief!

Puppy said...

U know, in such moments, you start to appreciate blogger, where you can just click on

and read all the emotions you went throught just a year ago :)

Congratulations, i wish to you and Hashim to enjoy all his achievements, Happy Bday and best of luck.

Take care,


Um Naief said...

i really am loving this book. i've put it down for a day or so, so as not to be exhausted every day, but not long and i'll be finished w/ it.

i must say that i made a purchase yesterday that i'm not too proud about, but i have to read it. it's the OJ Simpson book (I Did It) and started reading it last night. so, i'll do both of them... maybe The Kite Runner during the day so i can hurry and finish it.

The Queen said...

What a wonderful book that was. I literally could not put it down. I read it in pretty much one sitting (with about a 4 hour nap period)I never cried so hard reading a book as I did with this one. Wonderful book as is the other one 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'