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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
by Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by winggreenbadgerwing of St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on 10/27/2012
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by bargainqueen): travelling


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31 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by winggreenbadgerwing from St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 27, 2012

8 out of 10

Travelling in memory of MaryZee, who didn't get to read this.

There is a Yemeni tribal proverb: 'To guarantee a happy marriage, marry a nine-year-old girl'. This is the true story of Nujood, the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce. When her family sinks into poverty Nujood, only ten years old, is married off to a man three times her age who rapes and beats her. Somehow she finds the strength to run away and go to the courthouse where amongst strangers she finds adults who will help her. When her divorce is granted she begins to realise that she is far from alone in what has happened to her, even within her own family. Her divorce sets a precedent that gives hope for the future. 


Journal Entry 2 by winggreenbadgerwing at Kings Langley, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (11/20/2012 UTC) at Kings Langley, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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Travelling to hyphen8 to continue the book ray. 


Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, December 01, 2012

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Received today - thank you greenbadger for reviving this bookray! This book should travel far and be widely read, so I appreciate the assist. 


Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, December 01, 2012

This book has not been rated.

The original bookray was released for bookczuk's Darkness to Light Release Challenge so I thought I'd mention them here too. Darkness to Light (D2L) is a leading non-profit working to end child sexual abuse. If you'd like to help, please visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter (at @Darkness2Light).

This ray is dedicated to MaryZee, who didn't get a chance to read this book about Nujood.

Here are the instructions:

1. Make a quick journal entry when you receive the book so we know it got to you safely.

2. VOLUNTARY - let's see if anyone reads this part! ;) If you're willing, please PM hyphen8 for my address and send me a postcard with some interesting stamps on it for my mom the stamp collector, especially if you're not in the US.

3. Read and send on within 1 month - or make a journal entry to let us know how it's going if you need to keep the book longer. I realize that sometimes life gets in the way of BookCrossing, but please keep us posted on what's happening.

4. Make a journal entry when you've finished - tell us what you thought!

5. Check back here to make sure the mailing order hasn't changed, then PM the next person in line for an address. Even if you've mailed something to that person before, please double-check their mailing info and make sure they're still interested and able to participate.

6. Use whatever shipping method works best for you; (feel free to use surface mail if you have the option); if you're able to use delivery confirmation/tracking that's always nice but I'm not going to require it.

Current order (subject to change):
*PLEASE* check before sending to the next person!


6of8 - Maryland, US (international ok)
JudySlump612 - Minnesota, US (international ok)
J4Shaw - Australia (Aus preferred; NZ ok)
romy86 - Australia
goldenwattle - Australia (NZ/Aus preferred; international ok)
Needle-n-Thread - Australia - bonus reader!
book-a-neer - Australia (NZ/Aus shipping)
leahjett - New Zealand
KiwiinEngland - New Zealand (NZ/Aus preferred)
Edwardstreet - New Zealand (international ok)
Sherlockfan - New Zealand (international ok)
Jo_an_a - Finland (EU preferred)
penelopewanders - Switzerland (Europe only)
chris_toffel - Belgium (EU only)
rodespringbal - Belgium (EU only
Tubereader - Belgium (EU preferred) - skipped
Chremajora - Germany (EU preferred))
Andrasthe- Austria (EU preferred)
Pell - Italy (EU preferred)
GronnLivsstil - Norway (EU preferred)
VictoriaWagtail - Sweden (international ok) - skipped
carmendoran - Switzerland/UK (EU/UK preferred) - skipped
jax987654321 - UK (international ok)
earthcaroleanne - UK (international ok)
bootielootie - UK (international ok) - skipped
ccardoso33 - UK (UK/Europe preferred) - skipped
candy-is-dandy - UK (international ok)
Miss_Sunshine - Egypt/UK (international ok) - asked to be skipped
DerbyshireE11 - UK (international ok)
HappyHarryBabe - UK (international ok)
Abi-Gibby - UK (international ok)
LilzGold - New Zealand (NZ/Aus preferred, international ok) - skipping for now
Smitie1405 - Netherlands
Shahrun - UK (international ok)
CathrineB - Norway (international ok)
bargainqueen - Australia (international ok)

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(US participants moved back to the original copy thanks to 6of8.)

If you see a known staller on this list please send me a PM.

If you'd like to participate, post in the forum thread and send me a PM with your location and mailing preferences. Bargainqueen will find a new home for this book.

Countries visited (12): Australia • Austria • Belgium • Finland • Germany • Italy • Netherlands • New Zealand • Norway • Switzerland • UK • US 


Journal Entry 5 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

This book has not been rated.

Released 5 yrs ago (12/3/2012 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Headed to 6of8 to restart the ray - thanks again greenbadger!

Counting this release for DragonGoddess's What's in a Name challenge and my D for December challenge.

BookCrossing: making the whole world a library! 


Journal Entry 6 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Friday, December 07, 2012

This book has not been rated.

What luck! This arrived in the mailbox today and I have finished my "train"/"waiting room" book and was wondering what to read next. Excited to read this and still a smidgen sad that I won't be able to discuss it with MaryZee. 


Journal Entry 7 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

8 out of 10

This is a small book, but quite powerful. It is written from Nujood's perspective, in very simple but direct language, and tells the story of an incredibly strong and brave young woman. The level of poverty and the widespread abuse of the drug khat in Yemeni society is incredible, but she describes a relatively happy life until she is forcibly married off to a man in his late 30s at the age of about 10 (there are no records of her birth, so her age is based on a guesstimate by her mother). She manages to convey the sense of helplessness and horror of her marriage to a brutal stranger and the nightly rapes and beatings without using explicit detail that would repel the reader and violate her faith's sense of modesty.

As a lawyer, I found the information on the Yemeni justice system quite intriguing. I was pleased to see that her appointed lawyer was a woman and that the head of the national newspaper was also a woman, which helped in getting her story out and getting her some justice. And I was pleased to see that she is receiving much of the money from the sale of this book and is able to pay rent, eat, and even attend school.

Will put this in the mail to JudySlump either today or tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 8 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand - rings, RABCK, meetings, District of Columbia USA on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This book has not been rated.

Released 4 yrs ago (12/19/2012 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand - rings, RABCK, meetings, District of Columbia USA

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Popped this little gem in a box and dropped it in the mail on its way to JudySlump612. I have a feeling that Nujood will make friends everywhere she visits. 


Journal Entry 9 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Sunday, December 23, 2012

This book has not been rated.

Arrived here safely yesterday - thanks, 6of8! 


Journal Entry 10 by wingJudySlump612wing at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Friday, January 04, 2013

8 out of 10

As 6of8 says, this is written in very simple language. Obviously a 10-year-old Yemeni needs the help of a writer to put together a book in English, but Nujood's own ideas and personality shine right through.

And her determination is astounding! In a society in which most women have almost no rights, education or legal protections, to make the decision to ask for a divorce, and the find the means to go to court and ask for one, shows so much courage it's hard to even find the words to describe it. What do you think Nujood will do once she has a few more years of experience?

One question left unanswered is whether all judges would have been so supportive and understanding, or whether Nujood was just incredibly fortunate. The practice of marrying off unwilling young girls couldn't be so widespread without the knowledge and approval of a lot of men in high office.  


Journal Entry 11 by wingJudySlump612wing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, January 04, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (1/4/2013 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed to J4shaw 


Journal Entry 12 by wingJ4shawwing at Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Saturday, January 19, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Book has arrived with me safely in Australia. I finished a book last night, so will get this started straight away, so it should be moving again soon.

Question - JudySlump612 did you purposely send me your lunch bill??!! The receipt for "Gather"in Minneapolis was still in the book. I thought this was such an awesome little qwerk of a book that is being passed around that I think I'll leave it in there and maybe add one of my own before sending it on! No link to the book at all!
 


Journal Entry 13 by wingJ4shawwing at Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Sunday, February 03, 2013

7 out of 10


Enjoyed reading this very much.
It'll be on its way tomorrow 


Journal Entry 14 by wingJ4shawwing at Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Wednesday, February 06, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (2/4/2013 UTC) at Darwin, Northern Territory Australia

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Off to the next person in the ring. 


Journal Entry 15 by romy86 at Perth, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, February 06, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Arrived today. Thank you for sending - nice wrapping paper too!
Book looks really interesting. Just half way through a book at the moment, should be onto by next week.  


Journal Entry 16 by romy86 at Perth, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, February 13, 2013

9 out of 10

This was a very quick read - I read it in a few hours. Writing is quite simple and rings true as language a ten year old forced to grow up quickly would use (obviously with help to write it, it is obvious that Nujood narrated rather than wrote the book).
This was very moving and sad. I really admired Nujood's courage and I am glad to read the money from the book is helping her and she's been able to return to school as well as her younger sister. What happened to her was horrific. No female should have to go through that, let alone a 10 year old child. Really makes me quite cross at the parents, although obviously they are victims too in their own way. Just very sad all round.
Thanks for sharing. Have pm'ed Goldenwattle, who is next and will post this on as soon as I have the address.
Ps will leave the dockets in there and have included my ticket stub from the New York photo exhibition 😃
 


Journal Entry 17 by romy86 at Perth, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (2/15/2013 UTC) at Perth, Western Australia Australia

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Nujood is off to Goldenwattle tomorrow! Enjoy.  


Journal Entry 18 by winggoldenwattlewing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

This book has not been rated.

This book travelled across the country from the west and arrived in the east today. Thank you romy86 for posting it, and hyphen8 for starting this bookray. I have been looking forward to reading this. 


Journal Entry 19 by winggoldenwattlewing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Monday, February 25, 2013

9 out of 10

I was not disappointed by this read. This type of book is always sad, but for Nujood there is now hope. Unfortunately many others still don't have this hope. A remarkable girl to stand up for what she wanted at such a young age. She was lucky her family accepted her back. Not all families would have, feeling their distorted idea of 'honour' had been offended.

I have book-a-neer's address, but they wrote, "And take your time. I've still got 7 books on my TBR so there's no hurry." Therefore I thought I would check if my mother (Needle-n-Thread) would like to read this book before I post it on. I hope that is okay. 


Journal Entry 20 by Needle-n-Thread at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Thank you for the read. I enjoyed this book. I have read books like this before. I returned it to Goldenwattle. 


Journal Entry 21 by winggoldenwattlewing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Released 4 yrs ago (3/13/2013 UTC) at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia

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I posted this book to Book-a-neer today.
I hope you enjoy the read (if not the sad subject matter) as much as I did. 


Journal Entry 22 by book-a-neer at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Friday, March 15, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Received today from goldenwattle. Will start in this tonight. Thanks.  


Journal Entry 23 by winggoldenwattlewing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Oops! Left out the small collection of dockets, etc. I posted them in an envelope to Book-a-neer today. I also added an extra one. 


Journal Entry 24 by book-a-neer at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

8 out of 10

A really sad tale but with a happy ending of sorts. She's a very brave girl. It's quite difficult to go against traditions and beliefs especially if you're a child.  


Journal Entry 25 by leahjett at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This book has not been rated.

I am nearly finished when I realize that I haven't logged it as received! Very awesome little book, will be done in a matter of hours! Then will send on its merry way.

Will write more once done.
Thanks for sending this.  


Journal Entry 26 by leahjett at another BookCrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- New Zealand on Thursday, April 25, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Released 4 yrs ago (4/25/2013 UTC) at another BookCrosser, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- New Zealand

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Loved this book, very short but very addictive.
Sent with another book. 


Journal Entry 27 by kiwiinengland at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This book has not been rated.

I am very excited to get this book, which I have watching with interest travel through the bookcrossing community. 


Journal Entry 28 by kiwiinengland at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, May 04, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Once past the overly twee first chapter, this short book was a fascinating look at life for a young girl growing up poor in Yemen. Reading this story shows just how amazing it was that she had the courage to get a divorce, having been raised in a family where women had virtually no standing she had to find inner strength from somewhere.

A five year update I just read states that her father is taking the money she earns from royalties from this book and has forced her out of the home she paid for.

An aside - the list of receipts etc that previous readers have mentioned as being with the book did not reach me. They must have been thrown out at some point. 


Journal Entry 29 by kiwiinengland at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (5/9/2013 UTC) at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand

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I am going to a charity debate tonight, along with Edwardstreet. I shall pass this bookray on to them. 


Journal Entry 30 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, May 09, 2013

This book has not been rated.

TBR for the 666 challenge and then onto SherlockFan 


Journal Entry 31 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Friday, May 17, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Released 4 yrs ago (5/18/2013 UTC) at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand

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Wonderful, inspiring child.To be handed to SherlockFan 


Journal Entry 32 by Sherlockfan at Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

8 out of 10

Arrived in the mail box today. Thanks Edwardstreet.
From the previous entries herein it will be a most interesting read.
I will pm jo_an_a today for an address as I don't expect it will be long until it is ready for posting.

LATER June 2nd
I have jo_an_a's address and will send this off tomorrow.

Thoroughly mesmerised by the story behind the story - Couldn't say I enjoyed the book because I found the reality of Nujood's treatment in her arranged marriage unbelievably inhuman. I've been reading a lot about the ill treatment of women and especially of young girls in countries similar to Yemen lately. This book simply reinforces stereotypes and deepend some of my prejudices.
Stories like this need to be disseminated widely so women of the free world can unite and get more vigorously behind those organisations such as Soroptimists Int. or ECPAT who are trying to change the World-wide attituded that belittles the role of women and girls.  


Journal Entry 33 by Sherlockfan at Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Saturday, June 01, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Released 4 yrs ago (6/2/2013 UTC) at Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand

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Posting to jo_an_a who is next on the book ring. 


Journal Entry 34 by jo_an_a at Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, June 17, 2013

This book has not been rated.

I received the book today, thanks to all for making this bookring possible.

I have been using my Kindle a lot lately, so it's great to have an actual book in my hands again! 


Journal Entry 35 by jo_an_a at Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

4 out of 10

Unfortunately i did not much enjoy the book. The most interesting bits for me were the descriptions of ordinary life in Yemen in the beginning of the book. I understand the motive of the book was to raise money for Nujood in the west, and thus caters for the audience who likes to feel superior over other cultures.

I also felt that the Reading Group Guide questions in the end were dumbed down and offered no alternative food for thought.

However, thank you very much for including me in this book ring, I have emailed the next reader for address. 


Journal Entry 36 by jo_an_a at Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, July 05, 2013

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Released 4 yrs ago (7/5/2013 UTC) at Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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Posted today.  


Journal Entry 37 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Monday, July 15, 2013

This book has not been rated.

This arrived in the Swiss Alps just as I was packing for my holidays, so I'll try to wedge it into my bag and send it from Spain. thanks for making this available! 


Journal Entry 38 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Hasliberg, Bern / Berne Switzerland on Monday, July 29, 2013

This book has not been rated.

An important book, more for the content than the writing. The triumphant tale of a young girl, exemplary for her courage, which is nonetheless shadowed by a culture which all too often continues to accept the unacceptable.
This could potentially be used with a class.
I've read this on holiday and it seems to me I got the address before leaving... will double-check and hope to get this to a post office here soon. 


Journal Entry 39 by wingpenelopewanderswing at Artà, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Released 4 yrs ago (7/30/2013 UTC) at Artà, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain

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Received in Switzerland, read in Mallorca, now off to Belgium. Enjoy! Thanks for making this available.  


Journal Entry 40 by chris_toffel at Zelzate, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

8 out of 10

I did get the book a while ago and read it in a flash. Nujood's story is quite unbelievable, and I'm still awed by the courage she displayed by doing what she did, considering the enormous social pressures she must have been under. A truly wonderful read. Now off to rodespringbal.

With apologies for the delay - book still with me. Will try & send it on its way asap. 


Journal Entry 41 by wingrodespringbalwing at Roosdaal, Vlaams-Brabant / Brabant Flamant Belgium on Thursday, October 31, 2013

This book has not been rated.

This book came with me at the beginning of this week. Will go on TBR as there is one book in front of this one! 


Journal Entry 42 by wingrodespringbalwing at Roosdaal, Vlaams-Brabant / Brabant Flamant Belgium on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This book has not been rated.

Released 4 yrs ago (12/11/2013 UTC) at Roosdaal, Vlaams-Brabant / Brabant Flamant Belgium

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When I'm completly honest... I couldn't get it. Couldn't get into the story! Altough ofcourse it is really sad for her, the story is kind of written in a distance.
Thanks for hosting but I think and hope that other readers will like it more!
This book is finished with me ;-) and goes to Chremajora!! Have fun! 


Journal Entry 43 by wingChremajorawing at Siegen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, February 15, 2014

7 out of 10

Oh my word, what a terrible book crosser I have become. I didn't journal the book when it arrived and I have totally forgotten to pass it on again. So sorry for holding this up :( It had actually sneaked onto my own private non-book-crossing shelf and I didn't notice it there until earlier this week. My apologies!

What can I say about the book? Well, I do applaud Nujood's courage, it must have taken a lot for her to walk out that day and seek help. I also think it horrific that things like this are still happening in this day and age. On the other hand, I couldn't really get involved with the story. I think it may have been the style, which was quite distant. Whatever the reason, I kept expecting to feel indignant, sad, angry on Nujood's behalf... but I just didn't. The book just failed to engage me that way.

And now off to contact the next in line so I can get this book moving again... 


Journal Entry 44 by wingChremajorawing at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Friday, February 28, 2014

This book has not been rated.

Released 3 yrs ago (2/21/2014 UTC) at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria

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Sorry for holding this up. The book is now on its way to Andrasthe in Austria.

Happy traveling, little book! 


Journal Entry 45 by Andrasthe at Klagenfurt, Kärnten Austria on Sunday, June 01, 2014

This book has not been rated.

Oh...this is embarrassing :(
The book completely fell off the grid in between my piles. Thank you Chremajora for reminding me! *blush* I was away for some time and now that I am back, I will send it onwards ASAP!

I am very sorry for keeping it so long!

Nujood's story should have been told in simple words fitting the author's age and experiences. Instead the reader gets the impression that her co-author juiced it up to fit the literary markets - especially Western ones. While the story is very compelling and raises awareness for the issues, the narration itself seamed detached and sometimes it felt like parts were missing. The tone felt strange as well, which I think comes from the adult co-writer's choice of words to tell the child's story. Nujood's story is unbelievable and inspiring - this book ... not so much... 


Journal Entry 46 by Pell at Canino, Lazio Italy on Thursday, June 12, 2014

This book has not been rated.

Sorry I didnt journal when this arrived last week but notified the person who sent it to me, but found the book well written, an easy read, and disturbing by the abuse that these children are expected to put up with. A very brave little girl escaping the abuse of her husband and daring to file for a divorce.
I have now asked the next person for her address and will forward it on as soon as I receive it. Thank you for the pleasure of this ring
 


Journal Entry 47 by Pell at Canino, Lazio Italy on Thursday, June 26, 2014

8 out of 10

Posted off to Norway this morning. Happy Readingx 


Journal Entry 48 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Friday, July 04, 2014

This book has not been rated.

Found it in the mailbox when I got home today after I've been away for a few days. I have another book to finish first, but I'll read this one as quickly as possible. 


Journal Entry 49 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Thursday, July 17, 2014

This book has not been rated.

It was an interesting read for sure, even though I got a bit mad from time to time.

I'll PM the next on the list and hopefully it will be on the way soon. 


Journal Entry 50 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Thursday, August 07, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (8/7/2014 UTC) at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway

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After a couple of BC'ers wanted to be skipped, it's heading to the UK. 


Journal Entry 51 by wingjax987654321wing at Ealing, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, August 30, 2014

This book has not been rated.

Just received this and will get reading it. I want to finish a heavy book I am almost at the end of first ,,, should do this in the next couple of days, 


Journal Entry 52 by wingjax987654321wing at Ealing, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, September 01, 2014

10 out of 10

This is a short book, with large writing. From this perspective it is an easy read and I read it within 24 hours, which even for a small book is good for me. It caught my imagination and concentration within the first few pages. I was aware that child marriage was customary in some countries, however hadn't really realised the scale. I found the book challenging to read. It raises the question of how much peoples culture should be respected when human rights and abuse are involved. In the UK a man having sex with a 9 year old would be considered a paedophile. True stories like these remind me how fortunate I am to live in a country where women are free (although UK is not perfect) It wasn't what I expected, I had expected a longer book, however I feel it is so readable that people will actually read it and for me it emphasized the age of the child concerned as it was quite "child like" in some aspects  


Journal Entry 53 by wingjax987654321wing at Ealing, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, September 22, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (9/22/2014 UTC) at Ealing, Greater London United Kingdom

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on its way to the next person in the ring 


Journal Entry 54 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, September 25, 2014

This book has not been rated.

I've wanted to read this for so long - I'm really looking forward to it. But like all good bookcrossing books it has not arrived on its own - 3 arrived today!

PS Thanks for the little extras. 


Journal Entry 55 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, October 25, 2014

8 out of 10

This is a simply written book suitable to a 10 year old girl. It gives an interesting background to life in Yemen, her life, a little bit of politics and history (necessary if one is to understand her story) but it is horrible to learn that there still is the ability today for men to "get rid" of their daughters and their responsibility for them so easily.

Nujood's abuse is not only condoned, it's encouraged by her family, by men and women alike. I can't understand how her mother-in-law could sit and listen to the rape on her wedding night. And when Nujood shows a little courage she tells the husband to really get tough because of course he needs to show a tiny ten year old girl who's boss.

Nujood took a really brave step to change her situation and I think she was really lucky with the people she met - it could have been quite different. The aftermath, about her being in school and playing with toys is heartbreaking as it brings it home just what a little girl she was when sold to be virtually a sexual object and slave.

Incredibly sad to learn that her father has taken all her money from the book and thrown her out of the house.

ETA: Emailed the next person before I had finished the book because I can only reach the post office on a Saturday. Unfortunately it has not arrived in time so I won't be able to send it until next week (hopefully).

ETA: I should have looked at bootlootie's profile sooner. There has been no activity for over a year so I'm going on to the next person.

ETA: I've not had a response from ccardoso33 and I've just realised they dropped out of the favourites roundabout as well and there has been no activity on their profile in the last 4 weeks, so I'm moving onto the next person.  


Journal Entry 56 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Braintree, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This book has not been rated.

Released 3 yrs ago (11/15/2014 UTC) at Braintree, Essex United Kingdom

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Yes, finally got an address! So it's way its way in the bookray.

ETA - this seems to have got lost in the post so I've bought a new copy so it can carry on.

ETA - glad it has turned up.
 


Journal Entry 57 by wingcandy-is-dandywing at Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, January 08, 2015

This book has not been rated.

Apologies for the delay in journalling - this arrived safely. I will aim to get it read soon. Thank you. 


Journal Entry 58 by wingcandy-is-dandywing at Great Bardfield, Essex United Kingdom on Saturday, February 07, 2015

6 out of 10

This was a moving account of a young girl, from a poor Yemeni family, married to a much older man when 8 or 9 years old. It is written in a style that seemed to be aimed at young readers though perhaps this was just the way of ensuring the reader appreciated the youth of Nujood herself. I didn't particularly like this style as I felt it patronised the reader.

I have read several books about the treatment of women in the Middle East and do not see this changing with the current move towards fundamentalism in many of these countries. I wish it were not so, and this book, though it offers some hope that things may change, does not give much confidence that it will do so in the near future.

I have contacted the next in line and will move this book on as soon as I have an address. 


Journal Entry 59 by wingcandy-is-dandywing at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Monday, February 09, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (2/9/2015 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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To the next in line for this bookray - DerbyshireE11 


Journal Entry 60 by DerbyshireE11 at Bakewell, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 22, 2015

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Arrived safely in the post last weekend - apology for the late journal. Am hoping to read it this week! 


Journal Entry 61 by DerbyshireE11 at Bakewell, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Read this in one sitting (and two cups of tea) this morning. A sobering read - it's an amazing story but sadly there isn't really a fairy tale ending for Nujood and her family and child marriage still goes on in far too many cultures. Hopefully one day things will change - I am going to try to do more to support the education of girls and women in parts of the world where women are currently denied it, as it seems to be the best way to help.
Book will be in the post to the next reader soon. 


Journal Entry 62 by HappyHarryBabe at Callington, Cornwall United Kingdom on Saturday, March 28, 2015

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This book arrived today, in the post, from DerbyshireE11, as part of a bookray. 


Journal Entry 63 by HappyHarryBabe at Callington, Cornwall United Kingdom on Friday, May 29, 2015

3 out of 10

I must be in the minority here. My rating is against nothing what Nujood went through. I find her to be a very inspirational young woman but one with a very average memoir.

I found the book lacking so much. I cannot say that I noticed any shift in authorial voice. The forward and epilogue, solely written by Minoui, sounded almost identical to the authorial voice of what should have been the story in Nujood's voice. I find it hard to believe that a highly impoverished, preliterate 10 year old would use such phrases as "notorary, tribal protocol". In fact I can't imagine many people would use such phrases.

There didn't seem to be much story revolving around her divorce. It seemed to jump from the moment she arrived at the courthouse to ask for a divorce and being told that it was an unprecedented case to her having a hearing and, voila, her being granted a divorce. What happened in between all of that? I can't believe that it was as straight forward, or as easy, as that.  


Journal Entry 64 by HappyHarryBabe at Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, May 29, 2015

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Sent off to the next reader. 


Journal Entry 65 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Monday, June 01, 2015

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This book arrived today along with two other book rays so it may take a while until I get to this one  


Journal Entry 66 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Monday, June 01, 2015

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I found this book very eye opening to the abuse some children get in other country's and the issue of forced marrige no child should have to go through what this little girl went through.

In a way I feel happy that little nujood stood up for herself and did what she wanted to do and I admire how courgouse she is . And I whole heartedly am glad that she put her story out there for others to read and hope she has success in later life :)  


Journal Entry 67 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (6/3/2015 UTC) at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 68 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Ive just had this book arrive back with me with a note saying NOT KNOWN AT THIS ADDRESS/ DOES NOT LIVE HERE PLEASE RETURN TO SENDER written On it.  


Journal Entry 69 by Smitie1405 at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, November 16, 2015

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Received the book from abigibby. Sorry it took a bit longer, I was on holiday last weekend. I will start reading this soon.

To be continued 


Journal Entry 70 by Smitie1405 at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, November 20, 2015

7 out of 10

I'm not sure what to think of this book. The story of Nujood is one of a courageous girl who is thrown into hell when she is basically sold to be the wife of an old man. When she manages to escape her husbands clutches, she goes to court to get a divorce, something unheard of in the tribal culture of Yemen.

Yet, for some reason this book does not do justice to Nujood. The writing is simple and the pacing is weird. It is almost like all this happened in one week. It is more a summary than a complete story.

I got the address of Shahrun, so I will sent this book further tomorrow. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 71 by Smitie1405 at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, November 23, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (11/23/2015 UTC) at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands

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After forgetting to post this on saturday, sunday and monday morning, I will post this this afternoon.

Thanks for sharing 


Journal Entry 72 by Shahrun at Dagenham, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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This arrived safely in Essex today! Thank you so much to everyone who has helped get it this far. I have wanted to read this ever since it first came out. I shall do my best to get it moving again soon.

Also special thanks to Smitie for the cool stamps and excellent postcard! Keep an eye on your postbox in a few weeks ;) 


Journal Entry 73 by Shahrun at Dagenham, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

9 out of 10

What an amazing story. I was astounded by Nujood's bravery. I think it was her youth and innocence that saved her and lead to these extraordinary, ground breaking events. How ever bad - and it was bad - things were for her up to this point I am certain it's just the start of things to come. She will face many more challenges in order to grow up and have a good life for herself. This is no fairytale with a happy ending. I really hope she can win against heavy odds to complete her education and become a lawyer, like she dreams of. Most of all I wish her happiness, I hope there is a follow up book in a few years.

I have the address of the next reader and will post it this evening or tomorrow morning. 


Journal Entry 74 by Shahrun at Dagenham, Essex United Kingdom on Monday, December 07, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (12/7/2015 UTC) at Dagenham, Essex United Kingdom

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Finally posted this off to its next reader in Norway! Lucky book - take me with you! 


Journal Entry 75 by CathrineB at Hønefoss, Buskerud fylke Norway on Monday, December 14, 2015

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I received this book today. Seems like an interesting book. 


Journal Entry 76 by CathrineB at Hønefoss, Buskerud fylke Norway on Saturday, December 19, 2015

8 out of 10

An interesting book. Somehow I had expected the book to tell even more, but still enjoyed the book. 


Journal Entry 77 by CathrineB at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, January 16, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (1/16/2016 UTC) at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases

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To the next reader 


Journal Entry 78 by bargainqueen at Aurukun, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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This little well-travelled gem arrived with me today, thank you. I'm at work so will read entries a bit later. On TBR until I finish my current read, and my first bookray in probably a year, so thanks :) 


Journal Entry 79 by bargainqueen at Aurukun, Queensland Australia on Friday, February 19, 2016

7 out of 10

So I just finished this story and I'm not sure what to think. Granted, Nujood is a brave little girl who goes through things nobody should experience. I am glad that other girls have followed her lead and got divorced. But the story is lacking in so much depth - feelings and responses aren't really explored, and we are missing chunks of a reality that must have been there while going through the court system. I wonder where Nujood is at now. I hope she is studying and following her dreams.
This long ray seems to have come to an end. I might put a post on the original forum thread and if nobody there wants it, take it to the next meet up I attend. Thanks for sharing this story. 


Journal Entry 80 by bargainqueen at Caffé Amore - 162 Pulteney Street in Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Tuesday, March 08, 2016

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Released 1 yr ago (3/8/2016 UTC) at Caffé Amore - 162 Pulteney Street in Adelaide, South Australia Australia

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Nobody wanted this when I asked on the forum so I'll see if it finds a home at the Adelaide Meetup. 


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