I still had a bit of jetlag at the beginning of the week so I didn't get a whole lot read this week, but I did finish the 6 short stories in Rashomon and other stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. I enjoyed all of the stories and I'm glad to have finally read this modern Japanese classic. Now I'm reading Kissing Games of the World by Sandi Kahn Shelton which I'm quite enjoying so far and I'm looking forward to getting back to it in a little while. It's for a Pump Up Your Book Promotion blog tour and my review will be up later this month.
I meant to join The Year of Readers earlier but with the holidays and everything I didn't get around to deciding which charity I wanted to read for. Click on the button for more info but basically the idea is to choose a literary charity to support in 2009. Here's what Jodie, the creator of the challenge, had to say:
In 2009 I want to spread my love of reading throughout the world. The Year of Readers aims to bring people who enjoy books together to have fun bringing literature into the lives of others. From the 1st January 2009 until 31st of December 2009 I will be running an international read-a-thon that will be open to anyone who reads. It doesn’t matter what kind of books you read or how many you read as long as you’ve got your nose in a book in 2009 you can join in.
As you know, Natasha hosted a month of Reading and Blogging about Darfur last year. In conjunction with that I read The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari. I'd heard only a little bit about Darfur before that so it was very moving and eye-opening to learn how atrocious the situation there really is. And if you haven't already, you can read this recent guest post at Diary of an Eccentric, by a survivor, one of the lost boys of Sudan.
So I've decided to read for the Book Wish Foundation. One of the main efforts of the foundation is to provide teaching materials and textbooks to the refugees of Darfur so they can learn English in the hope of a better future. The fact that I'm an English as a Second Language teacher myself made it feel like the right choice.
My personal pledge is to donate $1 for every book I read in 2009, as well an additional $1 for each book I acquire in 2009. I'm fortunate to have such a selection of books available to me. And it makes me feel rather guilty to have so many books lying around unread when others have none. So this is my small way to help change that. I'm not going to pester you to sponsor me but if you'd like to help in any way, (pennies do add up!) or join the Year of Readers yourself, that would be really great!
Have a good week!
Week in Review:
Mailbox Monday: Canadian Book Buying Extravaganza
2008 Reading Year in Review