Posted on January 4, 2011 by thereadingzone
Room: A Novel has been on my must-read list for a few months. I finally got a chance to sit down and read it over Christmas break and all I can say is, “WOW!” Highly, highly recommended for teens and adults.
Published for the adult market, Room: A Novel is a riveting novel. I was unable to put it down and read it straight through in a single sitting. The story is told by five year old Jack. Jack and his mother live in “Room”, and everything in his life is named by its common noun. So the bed is Bed, the chair is Chair, and so on. I feel like the less you know about the plot the more you will enjoy the book, so I am having a tough time deciding how much to say here. Just know that Jack is an extraordinary child in an extraordinary situation. Imagine a precocious, above-average child raised in the most bizarre and horrifying of situations. What is “normal”? Can the abnormal become the norm for those who do not have a choice?
Room: A Novel is an engrossing read and I recommend it highly. It’s not for middle grade readers, but teens and adults are missing out if they have not read it yet.
*purchased by me
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Posted on January 3, 2011 by thereadingzone
I am happy to report that I succeeded in my quest to read a #bookaday over winter break. Expect reviews in the coming weeks (and months, for some of these ARCs!), but here is a list of the books I read:
Here’s the Situation: A Guide to Creeping on Chicks, Avoiding Grenades, and Getting in Your GTL on the Jersey Shore by Mike Sorrentino and Chris Millis- Yes, seriously. Jersey Shore is my guilty pleasure and I got this book for Christmas. It is hysterical!
Monsters of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three by Patrick Ness- Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic!
Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue- I actually made time to read an adult book, and it was well-worth it.
The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant- I loved this take on the opera, Carmen.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver- You know I love a good dystopian, and this is the first in what promises to be a great series.
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan- This was an ARC I received from the publisher, and it did not disappoint. It takes a look at fate, coincidence, love, abuse, and the power of a single person on another’s life.
Father of Lies by Ann Turner- A historical fiction about the Salem Witch Trials.
The New World by Patrick Ness- A novella prequel to the Chaos Walking trilogy. Just as fantastic as the rest of the series!
Bumped by Megan McCafferty- I love Megan McCafferty. Her Jessica Darling series is on my list of all-time favorites. Bumped is her first official foray into YA, and it’s a dystopian! Absolutely wonderful!
The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante- My first 2011 debut! A great middle grade read.
And I am currently in the middle of reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. Expect to hear lots more about this one!
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