I finally finished The Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini today. It's such a great feeling to finish a book. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I finished one. It was probably around Christmas because I have little time for reading from January to mid-April when it's the busy season at work. I suspect the last book I started and finished prior to this one was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Both of them I've read for a bookclub to which I belong. Ironically enough, I didn't attend the meetings for either of the books. I don't even think I had either book finished in time.

Because some of you asked me to tell you what I thought of The Kiterunner, I thought I would do so. I liked it. It wasn't a book I couldn't put down, by any means, but it wasn't one I necessarily wanted to put down either. If you're looking for a book that's happy through and through, this isn't the book for you. It deals with some of the terrors of a war-torn Afghanistan, as well as the main character dealing with the personal demons of his past. But it follows the main character from his childhood to his mid-forties, and I think it's neat to read about that much of someone's life. You get to see him lay some of his personal demons to rest, which is a good feeling. It actually turned out to be a much more touching book than I expected. And it had great symbolism. I really like symbolism in books. This, I think was my favorite line: "I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with a fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night."

Now I'm dying to get to the huge pile of books sitting in my room. Next up (I already started it this morning) is The Davinci Code. Not so much because I'm dying to read it, but because I want to see what all the hub-bub's about. I can already tell it's one of those books that ends every chapter on a cliffhanger so that you want to keep reading. For some reason, that really annoys me. I'd rather not want to put the book down because it's really good rather than because I want to know what the big mystery is.


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