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Book 45 of 80

July 20, 2010

I first heard about this book on NPR. And then a colleague mentioned hearing about it too. A group of us sat in the break room totally saddened by this young girl’s story.

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali isn’t really your typical summer beach read. But I’ve been curious about her book for some time and, well, we’ve arrived in Yemen — and I’m ready. First of all, I know that this book was told to journalist Delphine Minoui. From there it was translated by Linda Coverdale into English. Nujood’s story has been through a few hands, but from what I’ve read about it, both of those women tried to preserve Nujood’s voice as much as possible.

And I don’t think the book needs much explanation. Nujoob was sold off into marriage by her family — who needed the money. Her child-bride status isn’t what garnered this young girl a book deal and Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year — 2008”; she was brave enough to leave and pursue her own legal action and divorce her husband, even when all the other adults in her life turned their backs on her.

Captivating story! Here is the Glamour article about Nujood — click here.

I got this book this yesterday afternoon and I’m already pretty far into it. I’m positive I’ll finish it today during Elliott’s nap.

I thought I was on this reading rampage, getting all ahead of myself, setting up a good lead by the end of summer. (I mean, I’ve been reading a book every day or every other day!) BUT Matt informed me today that I’m still .5 books behind schedule. Yikes. I’m not sure it’s possible to read any faster. When I offered up a pitiful look, Matt just shrugged and said, “You’re the one that set this break-neck pace.” True. True.

**Update: Elliott is asleep. And I’m going to nap too. But I already finished the book while watching Elliott try to run his fire-truck at full speed into the dog. I might review it later today if I find some time to blog again. Do you think I can get to 50 by the end of July??? It would be impressive…

**Update Number Dos: I concede that Matt is the better math person in our household — I still use my fingers to do some of the basics. But I THINK I’m totally on target. As a matter of fact, I think I’m ahead of schedule. Am I wrong? Someone help me out. Okay. 80 books / 12 months = 6.666666…some more 6s… books a month. If you multiply 6.6666666666666667 (or whatever) by 7 (July), you get 46.6666666666667 (these fractions are annoying!) — doesn’t that mean that I would be ahead of schedule if I got to 47 books by the end of July?? Sweet! So, if I do get to 50, I’ll be in great shape!! I was really afraid there for a moment that I wouldn’t be able to complete the challenge in a year. Hope! There is hope!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael permalink
    July 20, 2010 12:02 pm

    By my math (and my math is better than Matt’s) you are currently on pace to read 81.72 books this year. I did it based on a per day basis: 45 books/201 days=.22388 bpd*365 days=81.716. Unless he’s using advanced algorithms that take into account a slower pace once you return to school, I’m not sure where he got his number.

  2. Michael permalink
    July 20, 2010 12:15 pm

    To be fair to Matt, I assumed that you completed book 45 today. If you were not done with 45 today, you would have only been on pace for 79.9 books this year.

    Considering you have 35 books remaining and 164 days remaining to do it in, you have to read .2134 bpd or 1 book every 4.686 days.

    • July 20, 2010 9:38 pm

      You are my new hero. And Matt did share me your other math numbers…which I would like permission to publish!! Can I hire you (I’ll pay you in beer) to do all my number-crunching? Sorry Matt.

  3. Matt permalink
    July 20, 2010 12:44 pm

    I did the math in my head very quickly using a less than perfect equation and I believe I was fairly accurate. Following the completion of Book 44 she was just barely behind pace. If she finishes book 45 today she will, indeed, jump ahead of her pace. And my shrugging of the shoulders was nowhere near as dismissive as it is portrayed. I believe it was accompanied by a pat on the head as well.

    Also of note, Elliott hurling his fire truck at our dog is considerably more hilarious than it is portrayed here.

  4. Jessica permalink
    July 20, 2010 9:13 pm

    I’m lucky if I finish a book every two weeks. So kudos to you, my friend, no matter whose math you are using.

    • July 20, 2010 9:38 pm

      Let’s see what happens when work starts again and I’m no longer teaching that reading class that gave me guaranteed time to read every day! :-/

      But…I’ll use Michael’s math!!!! Thanks Jessica!

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