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Amanda's Bookshelf

I'm a culture junkie who works at a bookstore. Pop, high-brow, junk -- it's all good. I try and consume it all. I read tons, especially young adult fiction. I also love quirky, offbeat novels; cultural analysis; mythology; girly fiction; fantasy; screwball romantic comedies; books with extremely flawed characters, yet somehow you really empathize with them; nonlinear narratives and language play.

Currently reading

The Runaway King
Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Lost Girl
Sangu Mandanna
Another Little Piece
Kate Karyus Quinn
Moranthology
Caitlin Moran
There Is No Dog
Meg Rosoff
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
Fated
S.G. Browne
Room
Emma Donoghue
Topics About Which I Know Nothing
Patrick Ness
The Little Friend
Donna Tartt

A Woman of Cairo

A Woman of Cairo - Noel Barber Randomly grabbed from a bookshelf in Borders when I was in the mood to read something I have never heard of before, and it actually worked quite well. I love epic, sweeping historical fiction about the ending of an era/death of a civilization and this met those needs. The story is set in Cairo, starting well before World War II when the British occupied the country and the Egyptians wanted to be free of this (and taking you through this time, as well as after it). The atmosphere set was fantastic and all of the historical, non-fiction details were woven into the story quite nicely. I would definitely recommend it, but the one drawback for me was the romance, which I found to be rather dry and clunky at times, yet overly sweet at others. It is rather important to the feel of the story, so it doesn't detract or take you away from what is a good book.