First Impression Friday- Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

Hey ya’ll! I am coming at ya with a brand new “weekly” meme thanks to my friend Joe over @ Storeys of Stories! I really liked this idea because it is less commitment on my part (I don’t have to do it EVERY week, only when I start a new book).

Straight from the horse’s mouth (if you will):

First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther.  Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.  Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right? I think what will really make this meme a lot of fun, is linking back to it from your review to say, “Look at how wrong I was!” OR “See? I knew it all along!”

This week I started:

Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy with Ali Fadhil

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This story (based on a true one) is about a boy’s childhood in Iraq in the 1990’s, when Saddam Hussein went to war with basically everyone. First, the cover, I mean, so intriguing. Second, the title? Immediate pick up. I have been on an “own voices” kick lately. I have been reading A LOT of culturally diverse books and this one fits right into my current preferences. It is relatively short, 165 pages, so I had visions of fitting it into my read shelf for April- now I am not so sure. The content is super interesting, but it has been a busy week so I haven’t been able to devote a whole lot of time to it. So far though, I am imagining a 4 out of 5 star rating for this.

If you would like to participate in this meme, please make sure to link back to Joe, since he is the creator :]

6 thoughts on “First Impression Friday- Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

  1. Wow! You had me at the title! Lol. That would definitely be one that I would buy just for the title alone!! (yes. I’m one of those people who buys books for the strangest reasons! That’s how I bought my first book by “Banana Yoshimoto” I mean, who can resist an author named BANANA?!?!) 🍌💖💖

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