A Long Way Gone

A Happy Tuesday to you all!

Today's African Aspirations post is going to be a little different.

Rather that sharing something with you that I've done research on, I thought we could learn about something together.  Please skim through this and read important instructions at the bottom!

A while back one of my best friend's AMF gave me the book A Long Way Gone  by Ishmael Beah.

AMF read it for a human rights class we both took and highly recommended it.

According to the website:  

"In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story.  At the age of twelve he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence.  By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart  a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.  Eventually released by the army and sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to reenter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion.  This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope."


So now for my grand idea!  I thought a fun way to broaden all our horizons and learn from each other would be to do a blog book discussion.  October's installment of African Aspirations will be my review of this book and some questions for discussion.  I'd love for YOU my readers to read this book with me and link up with your own reviews and responses to my questions.  I know we all love our light, girly books--but why not read something a little heavier once in a while?  

To buy this book, check out Amazon here.
To explore the book's website, click here.

You've got two months to find time to read this book--WHO'S IN!?

Have a great day!


  1. I read this book a few years ago! I loved this book and found myself not wanting to put the book down. I would love to reread this book to pick up on things I missed the first time. I think a blog book review is a fabulous idea I am def. in!! I will find my copy of the book today! Have a fabulous day!

  2. This title was shared for beach reads but I wasn't familiar with it so I never picked it up ... will be now!

    Great idea.


  3. This sounds so interesting! I might have to see if I can squeeze it in between my review books and my irl bookclub. Happy Tuesday, sweets!

  4. I've read this book, too. It is so powerful and eye-opening. I couldn't put it down! Great idea to do a blog book discussion!

  5. I will add this to my reading list, sounds very interesting and thought provoking.

  6. Totally in. You're right, the chick lit is fun but I know this is much more meaningful! Ordering it now :)

  7. This is a great idea! I'll admit I've always shied away from reading books like this just because I thought they would be too depressing/violent/etc, but after reading "What is the What" I am all about these kind of books!

    OH and I am all for meeting up in C-ville! Seriously, I am so happy to already know someone there as I don't really know anyone going to UVA Law yet!

  8. we watched a movie similar to this in my humanities class...so sad =[

  9. Oh Allie, I wish I could commit to doing this! I will definitely add this book to my list because it sounds amazing and I think your virtual book club is a great idea! Maybe I can take part in one in the future.
    PS- I think I worded my post wrong yesterday! I meant for it to read that those I love are hurting, not that it was me who had been hurt. :) Thank you for your sweet comment though! I really appreciate it!

  10. I read this book last year and I truly loved it. I've always had in an interest in human rights injustices and even did an elementary school speech on child soldiery (which admittedly, was a quite heavy topic for a 12 year old!), so reading this book was a must for me and it definitely changed my outlook on the topic.

    I will recommend that if you liked this book, you'll love 'The Book of Negroes' by Lawrence Hill. Again, it's quite heavy but it truly is a great, eye-opening book.

    p.s.-I love the blog book discussion idea and will DEFINITELY join you :)

  11. Time? Is there such thing? I keeed, I keeeed.

  12. AHHH I'm in, I'm in!! This is the greatest idea ever! I love reading books that really make you think, and this one sounds perfect. I can't wait!

  13. Thank you for letting me know about the shipping! :D You're a doll! <3

  14. I loved that book. I will be shocked if anyone can wait 2 months to ready it. I devoured it in 2 days!

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  16. I am in the middle of reading a few other books....but you will have to let me know when the next book starts!!!! btw-congrats on your new beau.... you look so happy!


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