January 8, 2012

Adoption Reading Challenge

I still have a long list of books to read and review on my TBR pile that I'm going to continue working through but what if I finish my to review pile and have nothing left to read?! Well, actually that won't happen because I'm constantly finding books I'd love to read but that doesn't stop me from being attracted to book challenges where I'm being encouraged and in some cases, rewarded for reading books! Just follow along with whatever theme might be of the challenge and you get to put that little button on the side and the satisfaction of saying "one down. three to go" or whatever for the challenge. What does all this rambling mean? I've finally convinced myself to enter more challenges and that I'm going to post up some sign-up posts. The first of these posts is my entrance to the Adoption Reading Challenge! You can find the sign-up page here and I would love for you to join me! I'm entering this challenge at the basic 3 book level at first though maybe later I'll up my join. I really like the idea of this challenge- and no, I'm not adopted, I don't have a love child out there that I gave up for adoption, and right now I have no children. I think this is an amazingly interesting topic and my boyfriend and I have talked about children that might come in the future and I'm constantly flip-flopping on my position of having children vs. adopting children. It has nothing to do with me wondering if I can love an adopted child as much as a biological child but.... there are a lot of things going in my mind and at 19, I don't think it's decision making time quite yet. So watch this post for my reviews of the books I choose to read for this challenge! I already have 2 of the 3 in mind.

1. Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir by Jessica O'Dwyer - I won this one and can't wait to read it. I wan't to go ahead and tell y'all what it's all about: 
This gripping memoir details an ordinary American woman’s quest to adopt a baby girl from Guatemala in the face of overwhelming adversity. At only 32 years old, Jessica O’Dwyer experiences early menopause, seemingly ending her chances of becoming a mother. Years later, married but childless, she comes across a photo of a two-month-old girl on a Guatemalan adoption website — and feels an instant connection. From the get-go, Jessica and her husband face numerous and maddening obstacles. After a year of tireless efforts, Jessica finds herself abandoned by her adoption agency; undaunted, she quits her job and moves to Antigua so she can bring her little girl to live with her and wrap up the adoption, no matter what the cost. Eventually, after months of disappointments, she finesses her way through the thorny adoption process and is finally able to bring her new daughter home. Mamalita is as much a story about the bond between a mother and child as it is about the lengths adoptive parents go to in their quest to bring their children home. At turns harrowing, heartbreaking, and inspiring, this is a classic story of the triumph of a mother’s love over almost insurmountable odds.
2. Trail of Secrets by Eileen Goudge- This one I checked out from the library and looks interesting. It's completely fiction but it looks like adoption drives the plot along.

3. I'll add this one as I look around.

I'm so excited about this challenge! I hope this might show me a better picture of adoption and what I might be facing! :)


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