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The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
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The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
Pickpick

I‘d largely abandoned novels in favor of non-fiction. But 3 novels have deeply affected me A Gentleman in Moscow, The Lincoln Highway, and now The Kite Runner. This novel, about trust given unconditionally, trust betrayed, and trust regained, is a compelling read. The plot twists are not cliches; the characters believable; and the insights into a new culture compelling. A must read novel. I‘m sorry it‘s taken me 19 years to finally read it.

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ShaniaAJ
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This wasn‘t it for me.. I just couldn‘t get into it.

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Cazxxx
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#manicmonday @CBee

📕 Tagged
✍️ King/Koontz
🍿 The karate kid
🎤 Korn
🎵 Kickstart my heart-Motley Crue

The_Penniless_Author Karate Kid + Kickstart My Heart = You are my soulmate 🥰 Lol 1mo
Cazxxx @The_Penniless_Author It‘s a winning combination 😄 1mo
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Cinfhen
Kite Runner (Anniversary) | Khaled Hosseini
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#ManicMonday
@cbee
📕Kite Runner
✍🏻 Barbara Kingsolver
🍿Knocked Up
🎤 Killers
🎵Kiss From a Rose

Hi @Allylu 👋

CBee I picked three of the same 😊 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Really @CBee !?!? You obviously have FABULOUS taste 😘 1mo
CBee @Cinfhen as do YOU, my friend ♥️♥️ 1mo
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LizaComberg
The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
Pickpick

My favorite book to date. Raw and somewhat historical, with a captivating storyline. Warning- contains a graphic r*pe scene

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SusanLee
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Eggs Perfect 🪁 3mo
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Maggie4483
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What had two thumbs and is bound and determined to get a #BookSpinBingo his month?

This girl.

Thank you @TheAromaofBooks for putting this together every month!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!! I also did a big #DraculaDaily catch-up yesterday! 😂 3mo
Maggie4483 @TheAromaofBooks I got so far behind that I started over...now I'm even further behind than I was before! 😩 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I kind of wish that I had read the book first, before signing up to do it this way. Since I'm not overly familiar with all the characters, it's been difficult to keep track of the story when there are sometimes gaps of a few weeks between action!! 3mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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“For you, a thousand times over! “

How can I not choose this book? #LetterK #Alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I really need to read this!! 4mo
Blackink_WhitePaper @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yes pls do. But choose at right time as it is a real tearjerker 😭😭 4mo
AllDebooks This is a close second choice for me x 4mo
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Louise
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I‘m sure many #alphabetgame participants will choose this book, and I‘m no exception. It is beautifully written, deeply moving, and it taught me a lot about Afghanistan. #letterk @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this one! 4mo
Louise @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes, you really do need to read this one! All his books are very well-written and moving. 4mo
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Ann_Reads
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I didn't have many titles beginning with the letter “K“ to chose from, but I suspect The Kite Runner would have been my top choice anyway.

#Alphabetgame #LetterK @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Popular choice! I need to read it! 4mo
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TheRiehlDeal
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#AlphabetGame
#LetterK

I don‘t have any books read that start with the letter K, so I‘m going with this book on my TBR. I hear good things about it!

Bklover This was my pick for K too- it‘s a wonderful book! 4mo
CBee It‘s a powerful read!! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this one! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for the tag @Allylu One of my favorite earlier reads but definitely tissues recommended 😭

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this one! 4mo
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Catsandbooks
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1. The Kite Runner 😭😭😭

2. Fantasy. I love being immersed in a fantastical world where anything is possible✨

3. The Starless Sea. The Night Circus. An Ember in the Ashes series. Twilight series.

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Is Starless Sea as wonderful as Night Circus? 5mo
Catsandbooks @Eggs I actually loved it even more than the night circus. Though it is kinda hard to follow for awhile but it all comes together. It's kinda like a love story to storytelling. 5mo
Eggs Thanks for the clarification 🥰 @Catsandbooks 5mo
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Catsandbooks
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Pickpick

4.5/5 ⭐️ This was a difficult book to read, but the overall story was good. My heart broke multiple times 💔 Hope y'all made it through this one OK!
#FoodandLit

Roary47 I agree it was definitely a hard read! I‘m glad that I finally got to dust it off and read it though. 💔❤️‍🩹 6mo
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Maggie4483
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EASY AFGHANI KABULI PULAO/RICE

I wish I had time to try all the food mentioned in this book…it all sounds wonderful. I didn‘t know what to expect from Afghan flavors, but I‘d like to learn more. I really liked this method for cooking rice…I think I‘ll incorporate it into my regular rotation.

I‘m still only about halfway through the book. (Continued below under spoiler ⬇️)

#FoodandLit #Afghanistan

Maggie4483 The chapters about Baba‘s death were hard. I lost my own dad to pulmonary disease (don‘t smoke!), and there were lots of similarities (including Baba making sure Amir got married before he passed. Nothing came of it, but my sweet Daddy tried to set me up with every man that came into his hospital room 😂. He was not a good wingman…none of them were available). 6mo
Texreader I can imagine that made the read hard for you. I‘m so sorry! But I did have to laugh about his trying to set you up! 6mo
Maggie4483 @Texreader thank you ❤️. It‘s been almost 11 years, so I‘m not actively grieving anymore. But every now and then I‘ll read or watch something that takes me right back there. And, yes, my dad playing matchmaker from his hospital bed was hilarious…it‘s probably one of my top 10 favorite memories of him. 6mo
Catsandbooks Looks great! Sorry about your dad. I lost my dad when I was young so I know that pain. Glad you have those nice memories of him ❤️ 6mo
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Catsandbooks
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🦋 Tagged. It's a difficult read but I'd say 4 stars so far. I like the writing and overall story.

🦋Lobizona- I loved the world building and themes about immigration and LGBTQIA rights.

🦋I'm grateful for my incredible and supportive partner @Light_of_Aether

Thanks for the tag Karen!
#wondrouswednesday

Light_of_Aether Awww, thanks! I'll always be there for you! 6mo
Eggs Well done 💙🌸🦋 6mo
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sarahbellum
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Panpan

This book was fine. Until the MC got a phone call and then it just became a total cluster, full of eye rolling coincidences and unnecessary trauma. I loved learning about Afghan history and culture, so it wasn‘t a complete loss for me, but I think I need to listen to my gut about steering clear of NYT bestsellers 🙄. Sorry to be a hater for this one, #foodandlit!

merelybookish I read it a few years ago and was also underwhelmed. I think maybe it offered something at the time of its initial publication but hasn't aged well. 6mo
TheBookHippie @merelybookish I agree. It was okay when published. 6mo
sarahbellum @merelybookish @TheBookHippie Yes, I think the timing of this one had a lot to do with its commercial success 6mo
LitStephanie I love your "nope." Sums it up. ? 6mo
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sarahbellum
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Tempted to rage quit, but I have less than 80 pages left, so hate read it is. Unpopular opinion here, but this book has spiraled into contrived trauma porn that just needs to end already 🙄😡

Ruthiella Agree. I hated this book. I feel like it only ended because Hosseini couldn‘t think of any more horrific things to subject his characters. 😟 (edited) 6mo
sarahbellum @Ruthiella Seriously! So glad this one‘s behind me and I‘ll be removing his other book from my TBR 6mo
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sarahbellum
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Thank you for all of the birthday wishes! 🥰

I spent the day at an outdoor music festival (my first in many years!) and didn‘t read a single page. I‘m very sore today from so much standing and walking (thanks, aging!), so I have melted into my couch and am hoping to finish the tagged for #foodandlit

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful! Happy birthday 🎁🎈🎊 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading Happy birthday! It sounds like a wonderful day! 6mo
tokorowilliamwallace Quality photo and documentation of the event. Sláinte! 6mo
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LiseWorks Happy birthday 6mo
sarahbellum @LiseWorks thank you! 🤗 6mo
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Maggie4483
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Afghani Burani Banjan (Afghan Eggplant and Tomato with Yogurt Sauce).

The lentils are undercooked, and I could live without the yogurt sauce (but I don‘t think I got the right kind of yogurt). But otherwise it‘s good. I love eggplant!

I didn‘t expect this book to be any easy read, but it‘s so much tougher than I thought it‘d be. The scene with the pomegranates was heartbreaking.

#FoodAndLit #Afghanistan

Texreader Oh gosh I guess I need to read it again. I don‘t remember very much at all 6mo
Catsandbooks Looks good! Yeah I had to take a break from it for a few days. 6mo
Butterfinger It is such a tough read. 6mo
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Sumtime77
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"Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors."

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Catsandbooks
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#FoodandLit Buddy Read Check-in

Oof how are y'all doing with this book?
I'm a third through and already have been crying. I knew this book would be heavy but I didn't realize it would be keep-me-up-all-night-haunt-my-dreams heavy.

Bookwormjillk I tried on audio but couldn‘t focus, so I‘m about to start again on paper. I‘ve read this before and remember sobbing on the metro. 7mo
Maggie4483 I‘m not that far yet, and can tell it‘s going to be tough. The part where Amir talks about his first word being “Baba” while Hassan‘s first word was “Amir” really struck me. And how Amir says he didn‘t consider Hassan his “friend” (nor did Baba think of Ali as his friend), despite all evidence to the contrary. I think the differences in classes will play a big role. 7mo
Maggie4483 I‘m also really interested in learning more about the Hippie Trail (I had to Google “hippies in Afghanistan). My whole life, I‘ve always equated that part of the world with war. I never thought about it being somewhere that people would have ever chosen to visit (I should know better…my mother was born in Venezuela, someplace I‘ve always wanted to visit but now fear I probably won‘t ever be able to). (edited) 7mo
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Cazxxx I cried a lot the first time I read it. Have it on audiobook this time and enjoying the narration very much. It‘s been many years since my first read and wonder if I‘ll still love it as much this time around 7mo
Catsandbooks @Maggie4483 I always thought of that part of the world as war torn as well. Probably because we have been at war or had troops there for most if not all of my life. Also my public school education was always focused on the US and the American revolution. So I'm having to educate myself about the world as an adult and it's eye opening! 6mo
Catsandbooks @Cazxxx I'm glad the audio is good! Have tissues ready! 6mo
Butterfinger And Leila, it will stay with you for years. 6mo
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Roary47
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Mehso-so

3✨ This was a hard one to read. I was not in the right mindset to read it, but appreciated all I learned about Afghanistan. Not knowing a lot about the country made it a challenging read and the content was hard emotionally to get through.

Roary47 This is my #Bookspin for May @TheAromaofBooks and it is the @foodandlit read for Afghanistan 🇦🇫 @Butterfinger @Texreader @Catsandbooks 7mo
Butterfinger I couldn't read it a second time. The memory is still raw. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 7mo
Catsandbooks I'm not super far into it yet, but I knew it was gonna be a tough one. It's been on my TBR for so long though. Glad you made it through! 7mo
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Maggie4483
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Maybe not *just* like those friendly longhaired men and women…

#FoodAndLit #Afghanistan

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Catsandbooks
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The #FoodandLit Buddy Read for May is The Kite Runner 🇦🇫

This is a casual read-at-your-own-pace buddy read. Anyone is welcome to join! Please let me know if you would like to be tagged in the check-in posts.

Texreader Yes please tag me. I may or may not read it again 7mo
Catsandbooks @Texreader will do! ☺️ 7mo
sarahbellum I‘m planning on reading, so please tag me 😺 7mo
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Bren912 Add me please! 7mo
Catsandbooks @sarahbellum @Bren912 added! Happy you're joining in! 7mo
Roary47 Ooo yay! I have had this on my list for a while. 🥰 7mo
Catsandbooks @Roary47 it's been on mine for a long time too 7mo
Maggie4483 I actually already have this one! Will you tag me, please?!?! 😊 7mo
Catsandbooks @Maggie4483 absolutely! 7mo
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zezeki
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Pickpick

What a heartbreaking story this was. There were moments when I struggled with reading, because it got to heavy for me, but I also couldn't put it down. It was like poking at a wound, you know it's gonna hurt, but you just can't help yourself. What an amazing piece of literature this is, I'm so glad I got around reading it thanks to my book club. It was also a glimpse into country and culture I knew so little about.

GingerAntics Oh I like this cover for this book, too. So fitting and innocent. 7mo
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Andrew65
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Khaled Hosseini for the second day running. Another great book.

#Betrayal #ItHadToBeYou

KristiAhlers I loved this story! So very good. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 9mo
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ckittle019
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Pickpick

I know I am very late to the game in reading this one but had to talk about it. This book kept me up and I haven‘t been able to stop thinking about it. This broke my heart in so many pieces but I am so glad to have read it. Sometimes we have to walk through other‘s shoes to gain some perspective on our own life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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JacintaMCarter
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Pickpick

#2021Book127
This is one of my favorite books and I'm glad I finally get the chance to teach it.

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Denzel.Que
Pickpick

I don't know if it's because of the author's culture and tone, but I felt like I was reading poetry the whole time. I love the bold expression of emotions, it kept me wanting to read one more chapter.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.” - Amir.

#GratefulHarvest #Silence

Eggs Brilliant 💕🪁 📚 12mo
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marss
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“For you, a thousand times over.”

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nibech
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"Day 5: Favorite Classic Novel"

More like a contemporary classic, but still seen as a classic nonetheless. The Kite Runner was such a good read.

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Sharv_Sona
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Pickpick

This book was SO good! But when I tell you I cried! It was very depressing at times, and the ending hit me right in the feels. It‘s obviously getting ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reyzl I absolutely love this book even though it broke my heart. I also loved “A Thousand Splendid Suns”. However, “And the Mountains Echoed” did not make a deep impression… In any case, I love Hosseini. 12mo
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Sharv_Sona
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“Yes, hope is a strange thing. Peace at last. But at what price?”

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Sharv_Sona
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“It was Homaria and me against the world. And I tell you this, Amir jan: In the end, the world always wins. That‘s just the way of things.”

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Sharv_Sona
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“I know, I know. But he‘s always buried in those books or shuffling around the house like he‘s lost in some dream.”
“And?”
“I wasn‘t like that.” Baba sounded frustrated, almost angry.
Rahim Khan laughed. “Children aren‘t colouring books. You don‘t get to fill them with your favourite colours.”

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Sharv_Sona
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I literally haven‘t been able to put this book down! I was about to go to bed (you can see the duvets) but then I saw this books again and I haven‘t been able to put it down since! It‘s really got me hooked!

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Sharv_Sona
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So exited to start this one!

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Mehso-so

The Kite Runner is a good read, and a newly-resonant one (given what has happened in Kabul these past couple of months), but there are too many convenient coincidences and foreseeable twists for it to really get my motor running. Go ahead and read it if you‘re interested, but steel yourself! Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-kite-runner-khaled-hosseini/

KCofKaysville I liked it on audio several years ago. @keepingupwiththepenguins 1y
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anxious_bibliophile
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Pickpick

For you, a thousand time over..
Hosseini's first book, majorly referred to as a story of kinship, but as I re-read this, I realized that it better be referred to as a story of guilt, self-realization, and redemption. It combines the anguish of being overlooked by a parent, the constant fear of being killed/evicted from one's own homeland, and the pain of immigration. A must read for everyone.

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GingerAntics
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This is the saddest interview. As if the gut wrenching footage isn‘t enough, this really brings it home.
The author of 'The Kite Runner' has a message for anyone worried about Afghanistan https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/21/world/khaled-hosseini-afghanistan-taliban-qa-trnd...
#KhaledHosseini #Afghanistan #CNN

Texreader Thank you for posting this 1y
GingerAntics @Texreader you‘re welcome. I so greatly enjoyed The Kite Runner. I also enjoyed the book recommendations toward the end. It‘s absolutely heartbreaking either way, but this interview articulates that heartbreak so beautifully. 1y
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HRIDAYA
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When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When u tell a lie, you steal someone's right to truth. When u cheat, you steal the right to fairness .

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Pickpick

I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It has some hard topics/scenes but the overall book was really good.

Texreader I really liked both books I‘ve read by him including this one. Glad you did too 1y
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GinaKButler
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Up next: another backlist I *should* have read a long time ago...it‘s literally been sitting on my bookshelves for years.

I‘m using this one for the Middle East prompt in the Reading Around The World Challenge.

#bookspinbingo

Bklover Such a good book! 1y
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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

Wow, this one was as powerful as I had heard it was! Heartbreaking and memorable.

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @TK-421
Prompt: Emma Stone

If you liked The Help I would recommend The Kite Runner.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Kite Runner has been on my shelf forever! I loved 1y
TheSpineView @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Too many books syndrome! 💜📚💜📚📚📚 1y
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SaraLynn
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Pickpick

Great book