Sunday, January 9, 2011

~ Book Review~ Room by Emma Donohue

I have been on  a bit of a bad run with books lately - not that they are necssarily bad but just not the kind of books you can't put down. I grabbed this on a whim the other day and absolutely loved it. A wonderful use of language and lovable, believable characters. It is a unique story told from the perspective of a five year old boy - something I didnt think I would like but it is done so well. Here is a little synopsis from the official website,

"To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world....

It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. There are endless wonders that let loose Jack's imagination-the snake under Bed that he constructs out of eggshells, the imaginary world projected through the TV, the coziness of Wardrobe beneath Ma's clothes, where she tucks him in safely at night, in case Old Nick comes."

This is a book full of courage, faith and hope, though sometimes a sad story one that was a good start to my 2011 reading list.
I would love to hear your thoughts if you have read it - or any books your planning on reading this year.


  1. I just read this over the holidays and will be reviewing it soon. I wasn't absolutely blown away by the book but I certainly enjoyed it. Donoghue actually has written quite a few other books and I think I'll be picking one up in the future. Plus yay Canadians :)

  2. Thank you for the comment :)
    I'm from Canberra too! Though maybe we know each other..Canberra is small...but I don't think so. I will be embarrassed if we do!
    That book sounds lovely :) I just read 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' and it was really good. It was written from the perspective of a boy with Aspergers, so it was very interesting.
    And 'The Book Thief', and 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' are great books too :)

  3. I haven't read this one yet but it sounds like it would be really interesting. I haven't been reading much lately so I need to get back into it.

    If I find something I will definitely let you know :) x

  4. Thanks for the recommendation. I am planning to finish Eat, Pray, Love this year and read Love the One Your With along with Safe Haven.

    Can't wait to see what else you read!

  5. I'm the worst at sitting still long enough to read an entire book. I get a few hours in, and then I'm off to something else. I'm determined to tame my ADD this year, and have started with Lunch in Paris. I'm only about 80 pages in, but so far I'm intrigued.

    I'm with the girl above me on Eat, Pray, Love. Started it last August...have not finished. Thats on my list! :)

  6. She is such a good writer! I've only read her rewriting of fairy tales and I'm looking forward to reading more :)


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