Book 45 of 80
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!