Throwback Thursday (October 18) – Three Cups of Tea

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books!

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

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Thanks for participating, and we look forward to seeing which books you choose to remember!

My Throwback this week is…

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because it’s late and I’m tired. And that, children, is what happens when you procrastinate. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.

Anyway, I read this book because I was in a random non-fiction phase — I swear, based on my Throwback Thursday posts, you guys probably are under the impression that I read a lot more non-fiction than I actually do — and someone on my Facebook wall told me I should read this one. And this was before the days of book blogging, so I was at liberty to just rush right out and read a random recommendation. Ah, sweet liberty.

Just kidding. I love book blogging, even if I’m so far behind on my review books it’s ridiculous.

Anyway, here’s the Goodreads synopsis because, as I may have mentioned, I’m tired:

Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

Now, I am vaguely aware that there is some sort of controversy surrounding the factual accuracy of this book, but honestly, I don’t care. Is anyone going to argue that mountain villages in Pakistan don’t need schools? No. And what this book accomplished, more than anything else, was made me care about the education of kids on the other side of the world, and made me glad that there are people on my side of the world who care enough to do something about it. It was inspiring and touching and even amusing at times. When you’re in a random non-fiction mood, check it out.

On a completely unrelated note, I wrote this blog post while listening to this, and the two halves of my brain are at war with each other right now.

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