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The best book I read this month

I’ve read a lot of books this month. I’ve read a lot of books this year, actually, way more than average. Cover your ears, those of you who don’t like TMI things, but I swear to you breastfeeding does wonders for your book queue. Unless you’re one of those people who likes to gaze lovingly into your baby’s eyes for hours on end, in which case never mind.

Damn, does that make me sound like a bad mother? How about if I clarify? I like to gaze lovingly into my daughter’s eyes, but for like 2 minutes tops. They’re grey-green. Nothing’s going to change if I read a book for 10 minutes.

Anyhow, the best book I read this month is ……. drumroll, please ……

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. I’ve been wanting to read this one forever, and I am glad I finally did. It tells the story of Junior, a 14-year-old high school freshman who leaves the reservation school to attend public school in a neighboring town. He’s labeled a traitor by his tribe, loses his best friend and struggles to fit in at the “white school.”

This book is equal parts belly-graspingly hilarious and tear-jerkingly sad. Whoa with the adjectives there. At 14, Junior has seen more tragedy in his life than most people see over the course of their entire lives, but the book is surprisingly upbeat. And hilarious, did I mention that? I love reading a book that can evoke a wide range of emotions, and this one has it. You can’t help but root for Junior while at the same time feeling anger at the unfair hand life’s dealt him.

This book has been out for a few years now, but if you haven’t read it yet, do!

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6 Responses

  1. Amanda Hannah says:

    First off, LOL. I agree. I got quite a bit of reading done while nursing.

    I've been meaning to read this book for a while. Have heard nothing but great things πŸ™‚

  2. Erinn says:

    TMI– when I was breast feeding I spent hours reading. I got through this werewolf series, then I stopped breast feeding partly because it wasn't working out and partly because the werewolf series got stupid. Anyway I've heard nothing but awesome stuff about this book. Very cool.

  3. Meredith says:

    Glad I'm not the only one who reads while nursing! Some people have looked at me like I was crazy when I told them that.

    And Erinn, you made me LOL!

  4. Jess says:

    I'm not a mom yet, so I won't be reading this while breast feeding… But this sounds like a great book! I'll definitely have to check it out.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. Nomes (inkcrush) says:

    haha. i read non-stop while breast feeding too πŸ™‚

    This one has seriously been sitting on my list for ages and i dont know why i havent bought it yet?

    because everything about it sounds like my kind of book.


  6. KO says:

    Not TMI– I saw this book at a store recently and picked it up, but bought something else instead.
    I will put it on my list. I keep hearing good things about it.

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