Monthly Archives: October 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.



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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


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Two for the Dough

Title: Two for the Dough
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: October 19
Pages: 312
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Year: 19
ISBN: 0312948964

Stephanie Plum is back and in just as much trouble as ever. This time she has Morelli and Ranger watching her back. When a gas station attendant is shot by one of his friends, it starts a spin of events that no one really understands until the very last moment. All the while, Stephanie’s family is beginning to decide to that if she’s ever going to get married again then they might have to do the leg work themselves, trying to set her up on blind dates and inviting unwanted guests into the house.

It’s such a fun series and definitely a laugh out loud. Can’t wait to get to the next one and see what happens next.

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Eight Tales of Terror

Title: Eight Tales of Terror
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Finished: October 18
Pages: 197
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publish Year: 1991
ISBN: 0590411365

Eight stories, some of his most famous, crammed into a little book that should probably never be read in the middle of the night, but perfect for the Halloween atmosphere.

Includes: “Cask of Amotillado”, “Hop-Frog”, “MS. Found in a Bottle”, “Ligeia”, “Fall of the House of Usher”, “William Wilson”, “Mask of Red Death”, and “Imp of the Perverse”.

It was a good and quick read. I’d read three of the stories back in school but was interesting reading them again as an adult and not remembering a whole lot of what they were about.

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Title: Journals
Author: Kurt Cobain
Finished: October 18
Pages: 294
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Publish Year: 2003
ISBN: 157322359X

A non-fiction book filled with photocopies of journal enties, sketches, lists, song lyrics, etc. from the life of Kurt Cobain before his death in 1994.

It’s quite an easy read and very intriguing to see the process he went through, his journey into rock-n-roll stardom and even his inner thoughts which could have very well led right up to or be hinting at his suicide.

Not often does a musician or anyone famous leave behind such an intimate example of their life for others to read  and understand. He was quite an artist which didn’t care about being famous. He hated the attention but he loved music and he wasn’t going to give it up just because reporters were around. He details his drug use, his relationships, his daughter, and his struggle to live and strive in a world full of negativity and change.


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A Drink Before the War

Title: A Drink Before the War
Author: Dennis Lehane
Finished: October 18
Pages: 277
Publisher: Harvest Books
Publish Year: 2003
ISBN: 0156029022

My first Dennis Lehane book and it wasn’t bad. Kinsey and Gennaro are friends who run an private investigation business. They’re hired to find the wareabouts of a woman who took some documents and disappeared.

It took me awhile to get into the story only because all I could picture was Casey Affleck at Kinsey and it just didn’t seem to fit unless you’re actually watching Gone Baby Gone, which is based on another book by Lehane. Once I was halfway through I could slowly start putting his image out of my mind and focus on the story at hand.

It’s an easy read and intriguing. I will be picking up the next in the series in the near future and continuing on their journey.

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Dancing in My Nuddy Pants

Title: Dancing in My Nuddy Pants
Author: Louise Rennison
Finished: October 18
Pages: 214
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Year: 2004
ISBN: 0060097485

The fourth in the Georgia Nicholson series and she’s still as crazy as ever. This time around she’s dealing with having snogged Dave the Laugh and seeing him with his girlfriend every where. I’m starting to like Jas more than Georgia at this time because she acts more like an adult.

But it is a YA novel and they do have their quite hilarious moments. I have one more sitting at home and then I’ll probably take a nice long break from Georgia and see her in the new year.

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