So, I finally read The Kite Runner. I've been meaning to for a long time, but it always had a zillion holds at the library and it never seemed like it would to get to me before we moved to a new library. But it's been out long enough now and I didn't have to wait very long to get it this time.
I've heard enough about this book to know that I didn't really care to read some parts, and they were all very short, so I skipped them. And since I didn't want to be manipulated I read some of the end first (I'd never before thought of reading the end of a book before you finished it as avoiding being manipulated).
And then I very much liked the rest of the book. I thought it was excellent. It felt like something that could really happen (which is sad, since so many awful things happen; you can only hope things improve in Afghanistan someday). And it was nice that the Persian was simple enough that I could understand all of it.
I look forward to reading A Thousand Splendid Suns. If there aren't too many holds on it.