Overall my reading has been going pretty well. I believe the strength of A House On Mango Street is how she uses very creative language to keep the readers attention. Also, she uses a lot of stories that many people can relate to their very own childhood. I don't really think this book has any weaknesses other than not being very entertaining. In my opinion, so far it has just lacked the excitement and major events that most readers enjoy. The strengths of A Long Way Gone is that it does have many events that keep me engaged in the book and wondering what will happen next. I don't think this book has any weaknesses so far. I am doing better with A Long Way Gone because there is more things to right down for my active reading, where as in A House On Mango Street the chapters are so short and to the point that it is hard to come up with anything to write down. My active reading habits so far have been pretty well and I have been improving each time.
For chapter 8, I believe that a good working title that may help us retain it is "Familiar Faces". I like this title because it helps me remember that this is when he finally runs into 3 boys he used to attend school with, along with 3 other boys. My nutshell for this chapter was "After nearly a month spent alone in the forest with only the snakes, wild pigs, and deer, Ishmael runs into 6 other boys, 3 of which he attended school with. The 7 boys continue on together and meet the old man who was left behind, and he gives them directions to Yele.". One vocabulary word from this chapter that I believe is important was the word innocence. The definition of the word innocence is "lack of guile or corruption". One challenge in this chapter and throughout the book is that everybody is afraid of the boys because they think they are soldiers. " There was nothing we could do about it. Sometimes we ran after people shouting that we were not what they thought, but this made them more scared". The boys had to deal with this everywhere they went, especially being in a group of 7.