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:
Note: Sister Citizen, by Melissa Harris-Perry is my book club read for our December 17th meeting.
What books did I finish??
Room, by Emma Donoghue
A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
God Loves Haiti, by Dimitry Elias Léger (3 stars. Review here)
Still working on: The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
November’s Best Read:
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.