It’s Monday! What are you reading?

This week I read a lot, which is obviously a great thing! I’m so excited to share these great novels with all of you!

Forged by Fire

I finished Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper from last week when I left you all a little information about the book, but not much! So let’s dive right into discussion.

forged-fire-160This is the story about Gerald. Gerald is an African-American three year old boy when we first meet him. His mother suffers from substance-abuse addiction and is constantly leaving him home alone. After a terrible encounter with a burning apartment Gerald is sent to live with his loving, fun Aunt Queen and his mother is sent to jail. Gerald grows to forget about the past and his mother until one day, she returns to get him. It is at this moment that Gerald finds out he has a little sister, Angel, and a step-father Jordan Sparks. Gerald goes to live with them and tragedy continues to strike. Life isn’t easy living under a roof with an abusive step-father like Jordan, and it surely isn’t easy when their mom chooses to not see the abuse. The ending is one you won’t forget.

This book is intense. I read through it quickly and couldn’t put it down. In some places it was difficult for me to even read because it was so realistic. You will fall in love with Gerald. He’s an amazing young man. I recommend this novel to any person willing to read it!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The next novel I read was Sherman Alexie’s novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Alexie is a Native American author and the story suggests the true life of an indian. I know what you’re all thinking, “That is the longest book title”. But really this book is so amazing in so many ways.

We meet the character Junior, who lives on the reservation. Except he decides to go to true-diaryschool with the “white kids” thirty miles away from the reservation. The novel is all about how he struggles internally about who he is as a person. It also discusses how he struggles against the white power structure of his high school. When he is on the reservation he is considered “half-white” but when he is at school he’s considered “half-indian”.

It’s a heart-wrenching, eye-opener about the Native-American culture. This book will bring about questions such as where hope comes from, the definition of pain and death, the power behind a sober Native-American, and whiteness. I loved every minute and every page of this novel. HIGHLY suggest it to any and every person.

Ella Enchanted

ella_enchanted_book_coverI read Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. This is your typical fairy tale, with the fairies, ogres, and of course Prince Charming. We meet Ella from the moment she is born and her spell is cast down on her from Lucinda. What is her curse you may ask? Obedience. If Ella is asked to grab something out of the pantry she has to do it. If she is asked to walk faster, sit straighter, or talk quieter she HAS to do it. She has to be obedient.
Life wasn’t so bad for Ella under the spell until her mother passes unexpectedly and her father remarries. She then experiences life with an evil step-mother and her two step-sisters (I know, typical fairy tale). Ella falls in love with her Prince Charming, Char. She is determined to find Lucinda to break the curse that she has been living with.

It took me a little longer to get into this book. I definitely recommend it for those of you who like fantasy! Who knows, there might be a happy ending in store for you if you do decide to read. 🙂

Happy Monday and happy reading!



2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. stacyannsmithblog says:

    My daughter teaches students that come from an Indian Reservation. I read “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian years ago, and I see some of those struggles for my daughter’s Indian students as well. The majority of her students are white, and the Indian students come to her with different experiences. It can make their adjustment hard, and it’s important that we are all aware of this to make sure that all students have success regardless of their backgrounds. I agree that the book was a great read.

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    • lifewithbooks2017 says:

      Yes, I totally get that. My Great-Grandmother taught on one of the Reservations and I remember her telling me stories about it while she was still alive. I also decided to put in some of my teacher observations hours at a school with a high population of Native American students. So it was an eye-opening experience for me to be there with them and learn. I think everyone can relate to this book on an emotional level of some kind or another.


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