Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Review: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali.

Rating: Five Stars

Nujood is a simple village girl, who loves school and playing with children her own age. But her life is suddenly turned upside down when she is forced to marry a older man. This is Nujood's story.

At 10 she was forced by her father to marry a man that was 30 and he promised not to touch her until she reached puberty.
Nujood is quickly married and then goes to live with her husband and his family. She meets her mother-in-law, who turns out not to be a very kind woman, and her life begins as a wife. But Nujood's husband doesn't keep his promise. On her first night living there, he comes into her bedroom and rapes her. This continues each night and then he starts to beat her for refusing him.
Two months later, Nujood is staying with her parents after begging her husband to let her. And it's there she gets up the courage to go to court.
After waiting for a half a day to meet a judge, when a judge finally shows up he asks her what she wants.
"I want a divorce," Nujood said.

I read this book because someone on a blog recommended it and I am glad that I did read this. Nujood's story is truly inspiring. She was a brave girl, fighting for a divorce and her freedom from a abusive man.
I think one day Nujood will make a great lawyer and help a lot of women/young girls that might be in the same situation she was in. I know it took a lot for her to go court and for her to share her story, but in doing so, other young girls have begun speaking up and divorcing their husbands they were forced to marry. What she went through was horrible, but the courage she had to speak up, it seems has inspired others to speak up, too, and do something about their situation. I'm glad she shared her story and I hope it continues to inspire people to speak up when they are in a situation like hers.

The book was well-written and inspiring. It's definitely one I'd recommend to people.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Final Update

I read a total of 8 books for the Read-A-Thon, which can be seen on my last post, and I did a total of two challenges. I wish I could of done more challenges, but at least I did a few. Plus, there is going to be another Read-A-Thon so I should be able to do more of the challenges when that ones comes up.

I had fun doing this Read-A-Thon just like the last one and I can't wait for the next one.

Read-A-Thon Update

I finally got time to update.

Here are the books I've read so far:

Owly: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton
Owly: Just A Little Blue by Andy Runton
Giants, Dragons and Gods: Constellations and Their Folklore by Dirk Gringhuis
The Wizard by Jack Prelutsky
Tales of the Cryptids by Halls, Spears & Young
The Battlefield Dead by Elizabeth Matusiak
Hell Girl Volume 1 by Miyuki Eto

And I just finished Supernatural Pennsylvania by Laurie Hull.

I've only done one challenge, but I'm doing to try and do some of the challenges today if I have time. That's my update for now.

Friday, February 3, 2012

First Day Of The Wicked Winter Read-A-Thon

This is the first day of the Read-A-Thon and I began reading books after midnight came. I'll do an update on the books I've read so far later.

But for now, I'll update saying I did the challenge at Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf's blog. The challenge was to create a sentence using the following titles:

Kissing Snowflakes
Cold Kiss
The Black Ice
After the Snow
Cold Magic
Winter Garden

My sentence: KISSING SNOWFLAKES AFTER THE SNOW makes my lips feel FROZEN.

I posted it as a comment on blog and decided I'd post it on here so I can update at least a little for now.

But I will probably update again later. I'm leaving soon so I don't have time to write a post on all the books I've read so far yet.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Winter Read-A-Thon!

The Winter Read-A-Thon starts on the 3rd! And I borrowed some books from the library to read over the book weekend for it.

I'll have to go and check out what the challenges are and of course, I'll be doing updates over the weekend. Can't wait for the Read-A-Thon!