Wednesday, October 13, 2010

There is No Me Without You

This is another book I have not read yet, but plan on reading in the very near future.  This is a book about an Ethiopian woman who loses her husband and daughter, and then reluctantly decides to take in two AIDS orphans.  This sparks other orphans to start appearing at her door, and before long, an orphanage has started.  Written by a journalist, it is a non-fiction book with a story like appeal.  This book was recommended to me by someone who is in the process of adoption, and told me that I should read it since my husband (Justin) and I are hoping to adopt in the near future.

I think this is going to end up being one of my all-time favorite books, so go pick it up and read it!  I'll let you know once I've read it if it lives up to the hype I have created for it in my mind.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria

I finished this book today.  First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria is the author, Eve Brown-Waite's, personal journey through Ecuador and Uganda.  She begins as a Peace Corps volunteer, falling in love with her recruiter.  She leaves for her two- year commitment in Ecuador, but leaves early due to unexpected circumstances.  However, she gets a second chance at third-world living when her husband gets a job offer in Uganda.

The book is funny and interesting, but at times drags.  I enjoyed it and finished it, but I didn't love it.  It's not a book that I would re-read, or that I would consider one of my favorite books.  If you like to travel, or enjoy reading about others travels, you'll enjoy it.  Be warned, there is some cussing.  Not a ton, but the occasional word seeps in.  So if you're looking for a personal account of life in a third-world country that's funny, yet whiney, pick it up.