November Reading Summary

It’s the end of another month, so its time for a retrospective. Check out below to see what new stuff is on my shelf, what I finished, and what was my best book of the month.  What new things did you get, and what did you finish this month?

NEW BOOKS! aka November’s total book haul:

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Note: Sister Citizen, by Melissa Harris-Perry is my book club read for our December 17th meeting.

What books did I finish??

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Room, by Emma Donoghue

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A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams

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God Loves Haiti, by Dimitry Elias Léger (3 stars. Review here)

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Still working on: The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

November’s Best Read:

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Room, by Emma Donoghue (Spoilers abound! Somewhat.)

Room was smartly written, and extremely insightful. While I had moments where I thought Jack’s commentary was a little too smart (which I suppose was necessary for storytelling),  I was still stunned by how Emma Donoghue truly got into the mind of a 5 year old. Reading more into her writing process, she consulted with child medical professionals, and others to help her formulate Jack’s character. Her research showed– I was struck by the number of challenges people held in captivity face when released, such as problems with depth perception and sunlight. I also appreciated that while it was vaguely “ripped from the headlines,” Donoghue didn’t market Room as “based on a true story.”

Looking back, I enjoyed the first sections of the book much more than post-captivity. In all honesty, Donoghue could have removed “Living”in its entirety, and I would have been just fine. Still, I highly recommend this book– I give Room 4 out of 5 stars.

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6 Comments

  1. I think it’s really good of an author to narrate the story from a 5 years old POV.
    I have heard so much about this book and I’m really intrigued to read it. 🙂
    Brilliant review tho!

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  2. It is funny, I thought I was the only one who liked the beginning of Room more. I noticed that happens often when I read certain books. I tend to prefer the high stress parts of a book then the after affects. I also, have a copy of The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. I heard it was really good, I am excited to read it.

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    1. The Lowland took me a minute to get into. But 50 minutes into it, I started to care much more about the characters. Its intertwined with a lot of history, and I had to adjust before I really liked it.

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  3. I also loved the first part of Room better than after they escaped. The mother did an amazing job with what she had. I can’t even imagine…

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    1. I’m not sure I even want to be able to imagine what that’s like. She went through so much– I wasn’t sure if reading it through Jack’s perspective made it more or less traumatizing.

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      1. Maybe less? He seemed mostly content. And, we didn’t have to hear what was going on in her head, which I’m sure was much worse than what was going on inside Jack’s.

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