As you may have noticed, I keep a running list of the books I read on this blog. Partly, it's for me ... I started reading a book I'd already read until I saw it on my list ... and it's also to recommend good ones. One of the best books I've read in some time is Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns." Again, it's a character-driven story set in Afghanistan. And I thought it was even better than his bestselling "Kite Runner."