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!
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
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
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.
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!