Daily Archives: October 22, 2008

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Title: A Long Way Gone – Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author: Ishmael Beah
Finished: October 22
Pages: 229
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Year: 2008
ISBN: 0374531269

Fiction or non-fiction? Non-fiction.

What led you to pick up this book? It was the book club choice for October

Plot summary: The story of Ishmael, a young boy, is Sierra Leone, who witnesses first hand the war in the early 1990s and eventually goes on to become a soldier to fight in the war against the rebels in order to survive and avenge the death of his family.

What did you like most about the book? I like how the entire bookcomes full circle. You start with a happy boy, then into war, then recovery, happiness, war, and finally freedom.

What did you think of the ending? I wasn’t sure how it was going to end, but having finished it I wish that I could hear more about his journey to New York and finding his new family, did he have contact anymore with the family he left behind. I feel like I’m still missing a crutial part of the story. The only reason I know he survived is because he wrote the book.

Do you recommend this book? If you use a rating system, what’s your rating? Most definitely. I’d give it 4.5/5.



Filed under Non-Fiction

2009 Pub Challenge

I’ve joined another one. This time it’s a new one for me. The goal is to read at least 9 books released for the first time in 2009. At least 5 have to be fiction and no YA/Childrens books allowed as we’re in “the Pub”.

For more information or to join: HERE.

Books I am thinking of reading:

  • Run For Your Life by James Patterson
  • 8th Confession by James Patterson
  • The Associate by John Grisham
  • Mommywood by Tori Spelling
  • Swimsuit by James Patterson
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Smash Cut by Sandra Brown
Lists of Books Read:
  1. Fool by Christopher Moore
  2. Twilight Director’s Notebook by Catherine Hardwicke
  3. 8th Confession by James Patterson
  4. Mommywood by Tori Spelling
  5. Swimsuit by James Patterson
  6. Take Your Shirt Off and Cry by Nancy Balbirer
  7. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
  8. Run For Your Life by James Patterson
  9. The Noticer by Andy Andrews


Filed under challenges