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September 8, 2008

What I’m reading…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bwandungi @ 3:29 pm

My parents were unable to buy a television when we were growing up. For some reason we never really felt deprived. It sucked being excluded from conversations about shows at school, but generally speaking Uganda Television has never made me feel like I missed something.

To entertain ourselves we invented games like Huffu Puffu where we’d chase each other around the compound in some weird game of tag. Or one of the more famous marching chants instigated by our very own composer, Follow Me. Or we’d cook leaves and stones in tin cans.

Our parents encouraged us to read and we had a ferocious appetite for books. The Chronicles of  Narnia were shred to pieces, and we had children’s versions of A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. As a result, we all have pretty wild imaginations and can dream up ANYTHING! We’ve written plays, poems, songs, stories… and the list goes on!

Children’s books will always hold a special place in my heart, and so you can imagine the pleasure I received when I read a book I found in the guest room at my brother’s house. The City of Ember takes you through a plausible journey of post-apocalyptic societies trying to make a way for themselves in the new world. It outlines the struggles that have existed since humans have and the undeniable pull towards strife and war that permeates through us.


I dragged my poor sister-in-law to the library to look for the sequel The People of Sparks and ended up picking up 3 books by Eva Ibbotson.

A movie based on the story comes out this October, so I know where I’m going to be October 10th!



  1. socks!


    Comment by eddsla — September 8, 2008 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  2. I’ve never heard of City of Ember. Off to rummage through the used book stores in town for it.

    Oh and aren’t you glad we never had TV? I am. Very.

    Comment by tumwijuke — September 9, 2008 @ 5:38 am | Reply

  3. Me I never had TV either. Oh my the games we played! There was a particular one for which we had a ‘national anthem’. Unh-huh. We’d sing the anthem right before we started the game. Oh to be a child again! Off to find City of Ember too.

    Comment by Carlo — September 9, 2008 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  4. wow, i kinda grew up reading alot too thanks to my big sis and my dad who reads EVERYTHING! READABLE

    Comment by lulu — September 15, 2008 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  5. Hi, just perusing through, like your blog. You didn’t miss much (not having T.V), it’s overated. But then again, all you need sometimes is a good dumb-down session from the tube… Harry Potter is my favorite (I know, I know, somewhat cliche, but sue me, I still love it!)…

    Comment by Seif — September 16, 2008 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  6. My favorite book series growing up was also the Chronicles of Narnia, my nose was always in a book as a child, they helped me escape the only child blues….

    Comment by Alise — September 25, 2008 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

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