Archive for September 30th, 2010

September 30th, 2010

Cross-Bloggination with The Lost Entwife

by Gwen

I want to thank Gwen for hosting my (late) entry to Cross-Bloggination, a
brainchild of mine that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying! It’s an honor to be guest-
posting here. Chew and Digest Books is one of my favorite blogs to read!

I read
a few really striking books this month that had me reeling with how powerful
they were – but none compared to Room by Emma Donoghue.

If you haven’t heard of this book, let me tell you a little bit about it. This is the
story of Jack and Ma. Jack and Ma have been living in a small room for the entire
lifetime of Jack. Ma has been living there even longer. They see sunlight through a
skylight. They have everything for a meager existence within the four walls provided
by Room.

Does that intrigue you? It did me. Enough that I went out and bought the book
without reading a single review, without sampling Donoghue’s writing like I normally
do. Then I came home and Room ousted the top book on my TBR pile without a
single apology.

I stayed up until 3am reading this book. I couldn’t put it down. I was horrified and
fascinated at the same time. I was worried about how I would recommend this book
(because I knew within a few pages that I’d be recommending it) without seeming to
be perverse. All I can say is it impacted me deeply. It made me uncomfortable. It
made me angry. It made me full of sorrow.

Due to the sheer volume of books I read these days it’s pretty rare when one can
affect me so deeply that I’m moved to tears and have a difficult time moving onward
to another book. Room did that to me. Jack and Ma have made a little spot in my
hearts and will remain there for quite some time.

You can view my review of Room by Emma Donoghue on my blog,
The Lost Entwife.

Be sure to check out Danielle from
There’s a Book’s post on my blog
as well for our Cross-Bloggination feature and
Gwen from here at Chew and Digest Books has
posted over on Danielle’s blog