Review: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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Title: And The Mountains Echoed 
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Penguin Group Canada
Genre:  Historical Fiction; Adult Fiction
Pages: 404 pages 
Obtained from: Received as prize for contest by Penguin Group Canada 

Rating:
4 hippos 
out of  5 hippos

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. 

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. 

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

My Thoughts:
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini was a very good book. I really enjoyed reading about the two main characters- Pari and Abdullah, as well as all of the other characters who played a part in the story. Khaled Hosseini is an exceptional storyteller who knows how to tug at your heart strings and also how to make you think about life, loss, love, and family. Right from the first page, you are invested in the story and can feel a good pull on the heart strings.

The story has a whole host of characters, each with their own story, all of which are expertly woven together to create the bigger picture. When I first started reading I was surprised that he kept jumping from character to character, but as I read on, I realized that he was continuing the story. He managed to keep the story moving by focusing on different characters and explaining how that character “grew up”. I really enjoyed the fact that he did this, since it helped to create the whole picture of the lives of Pari and Abdullah. 

This is a book that you will want to re-read again. You really get connected to the characters and want everything to work out with them. I know that I felt a deep connection with Pari, maybe because both of us are the younger sister, but my heart broke for her during the story. I was happy for her, because she got to live a great life and got amazing opportunities, but at the same time, I couldn’t imagine going through what she went through. 

Khaled Hosseini did an amazing job telling a story about love, loss and especially family. 

Memorable Quotes: 

‘A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.’
– And the Mountains Echoed, Page 74

‘ James Parkinson. George Huntington. Robert Graves. John Down. Now this Lou Gehrig fellow of mine. How did men come to monopolize disease names too?’ 
– And the Mountains Echoed, Pages 342 

Book Blast: Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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smallTitle: Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic
Author:  Meghan Ciana Doidge

Synopsis: 
 

Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.
Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MeghanMeghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.

Novels – After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic – Dowser #1, Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic – Dowser #2

Novellas – Love Lies BleedingWebsite: http://www.madebymeghan.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeghanCianaDoidge
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcdoidge
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4897363.Meghan_Ciana_Doidge

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#ReadingCram Wrap-Up and Winner Announcement

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I cannot believe that the #ReadingCram Read-a-thon is over already! Thank you so much to Juliababyjen’s Reading Room and Dana Square for hosting! It was fun challenging myself to read more than I usually did. I also really enjoyed the challenges and getting to know other bookish people! I have also learned my lesson that I should NOT plan a vacation during a read-a-thon, no matter how much reading I think I am going to get done!

WRAP-UP

Number of books read: The Silent Wife (176 pages), Sweetly (310 pages), Heist Society (287 pages), And The Mountains Echoed (404 pages)
Books started by not completed: Little Women (100 pages),  Clan (60 pages) and Steelheart (30 pages)

Total pages read: 1,367 pages
Total Books Read: 4 books

Challenges participated in: 6 (TBR Challenge, Teaser Challenge, Top 10 Books Read in 2013, Spine Poetry,  Book-to-Movie Adaptation, Song Challenge)

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Teaser Challenge Winner:
Diana

Song Challenge Winner:
PamelaD

Congratulations!!!!

You should have an email in your inboxes, so be sure to respond 🙂

Review: In the Light of the Eclipse by Bryan Caron

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to participate in a blog tour with Fire and Ice Book Tours for Bryan Caron’s book In the Light of the Eclipse. I don’t know if it was because I was busy making exams or if it was because I was going away on vacation, but I somehow forgot to post my review of the book- OPPS! Oh well, better late than never! So without further ado, my review of In The Light of The Eclipse.  Continue reading

What’s In The Snow Scavenger Hunt? Tellulah Darling Interview

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Thank you so much to Jessica @ Reviews Abound and Cal @ Read Books and Live Green! for hosting this awesome event! 
I am so lucky to have been able to interview Tellulah Darling, author of My Ex From Hell. I interviewed her about the holidays, and wintery things! I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

#ReadingCram Read-A-Thon: Song Challenge

Hosted by Dana Square and Juliababyjen’s Reading Room

Hey Everyone!

I hope you are all getting along well with your reading. I’m trucking along but not doing as well as I had hoped. I am currently on vacation and so am not getting a lot of reading done, even though I thought I would! This fact also means that I won’t be able to answer your comments here as immediately as I would like! I will be home on Friday, so your comments will definitely be answered then!

I’m hosting another challenge today so be sure to check it out below!

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