It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hola from Honduras!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.  I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment.  You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

** Please note I am not choosing a winner this past week as I am out of the country – however when i return I will post a winner for this past week as well as this week on next Mondays post.

I am still in Honduras during this Monday!  What Are You Reading post but of course still want all of you to link up your posts so when I return I can drool over all your books.  😀

I am reading while I am here (I am actually typing up this post from my room in Tegucigalpa, Honduras) but have yet to finish an entire book.  What I am really working on reading right now is a book I actually picked up in Houston Texas airport (yes, I know… I brought three books with me!) called A Long Way Home by Ishmael Beah…. and uhhh…. WOW.  This one will be quite the review upon my return home this next weekend.

This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone’s civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare. Beah’s harrowing journey transforms him overnight from a child enthralled by American hip-hop music and dance to an internal refugee bereft of family, wandering from village to village in a country grown deeply divided by the indiscriminate atrocities of unruly, sociopathic rebel and army forces. Beah then finds himself in the army—in a drug-filled life of casual mass slaughter that lasts until he is 15, when he’s brought to a rehabilitation center sponsored by UNICEF and partnering NGOs. The process marks out Beah as a gifted spokesman for the center’s work after his “repatriation” to civilian life in the capital, where he lives with his family and a distant uncle. When the war finally engulfs the capital, it sends 17-year-old Beah fleeing again, this time to the U.S., where he now lives. (Beah graduated from Oberlin College in 2004.)

I will be reading your posts as I can – I do not have internet in some of the places we are traveling too and the days are full so I do not have my usual coffee and blog hop time that I usually do, however if I do not get around to you this week know I will be back and active next week!  😀

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31 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Glad to know I’m not the only one who picks up books while traveling even if I already have some with me. Hope you are having a good time.

  2. A Long Way Gone is on my Wishlist, memoirs is going to be my new genre I really try next year and this is on the list.

    Sounds like your having a great time.

  3. Wahoo! You made it and have already made a successful book purchase to boot! Hehe. And A Long Way Home looks fantastic. I hope you are having a blast and enjoying your time there. We’ll see you when you return! Safe travels!

  4. Literary Feline

    A Long Way Home by Ishmael Beah is a book that’s been sitting in my TBR room for what seems like forever. One of these days I’ll get to it! I am glad you are liking it so far. Enjoy your time in Honduras!

  5. My goodness. Hope you’re having a grand time over in Honduras. Working too? Enjoy, Enjoy. Hope to see some pictures of the fauna and flora. 🙂

  6. Enjoy your time in the sun! (as I shiver at the wind blowing through the loose window panes and tell myself “Girl, you really need to get to the store and get some plastic sheeting for those windows!”). My Not-So-Bebe Girl Autumn gave me The Long Way Home to read; it could have been written in a better fashion, but it told a heart-breaking tale.

  7. I am envious of the good you are doing 🙂 keeping you in my prayers.

    I am trying so hard to visit today, but my internet which is dsl and supposed to be the fastest the company offers is so darn slow today, I could take a nap between sentences and get a good sleep as new pages load. If someone from the company was here I would ring their neck!! and I am typing with just one hand, imagine if I was using two. lol

    Can’t wait to hear more about your adventure!!!

    LORI

  8. I can totally relate to buying another book when you brought 3 with you!! I LOVE to browse in airport book stores, even when I can’t afford to buy anything.

    The memoir looks great – I love memoirs.

    Gad you’re having a good trip – enjoy!!

    Sue

  9. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the book. I had this one out from the library not too long ago and had to return in unread! I have a feeling that I am going to be very sorry I had to do that.

  10. nik

    I think you must have a hidden wellspring of hope in your soul. You do so much good work for the disadvantaged, and read about them too, yet still keep such an optimistic positive attitude. Inspiring!

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