In Christmas of 2012, I got a Kobo Mini for Christmas and was really excited when I figured out that I could get books from the library for my Kobo. It was perfect, I never have to get the books physically back to the library on time, I was never very good about that. Sadly, my Kobo stopped working in July and I basically haven’t read anything since then. I know I could read actually books but I didn’t want to spend the money and I knew the library would only cost me more in late fees. After months of procrastinating and forgetting, I finally contacted Kobo and they sent me another Kobo to replace the one that had broken.
Also, a few months ago, I thought about joining a book club but it seemed to be too complicated. I thought it would a good way to motivate me to put the time aside to read. Then around the time my Kobo issues were being sorted out a friend from high school posted on facebook that she was starting a book club, and even though I haven’t seen her since high school, I asked if I could join. The first book for mid-February is Gone Girl, so I went to the TPL’s website to ‘borrow’ it (you only have three weeks with the book) but they only have a certain number available so I put myself on the waiting list. I wanted to read something so I found a book called “Room” by Emma Donohue.
I had never heard of this book but it sounded interesting. I try not to read the back of the book because I find it gives too much away but really briefly, it is the story told by a 5 year-old being held captive with his mother away from society in a room. It is a interesting and I imagine a difficult way to write a story. The narrative takes a bit of getting used to because it is written from the my mind of a 5 year-old, the grammar and syntax is not correct and usually I can’t overlook that but I powered through because I understood that was the way a story told by a 5 year-old would sound.
Donoghue does a great job of creating a world within the room. I really enjoyed the fact it was from Jack’s point of view because it was an interesting way to interpret the story. It would sometimes take me a few minutes to understand what was really going on because it was from his point-of-view but when you think about their actions, you understand Ma’s actions. It was really a unique way to tell the story. I don’t want to tell you too much more because I want you to enjoy the story.
I’d recommend this novel, not only because it is a really great story but it is also a shorter novel at only 200 pages. It’s perfect if you know you won’t have much time to dedicate but want to keep reading. I started reading last night and I finished this morning. Sometimes a really long novel can seem like a daunting task to start, this is a great novel to get back into reading. I also think that this novel may turn people off because it sounds very heavy but because of the narrative style, it is a more triumphant and inspiring story.
I’ll let you know how my book club goes over the next couple of months.