Two More For The To-Be-Read Pile

I read a lot of blogs and Twitter accounts related to the book world. This is great for staying up to date on the publishing industry, but not so great for making progress on my to-be-read lists.

As if my mom’s list wasn’t enough to keep me busy reading, I keep finding myself get excited about other books I hear about and want to read them soon too. I love reading my mom’s list and she made great choices, but I’m certain she would be adding to it as new enticing books came up just like I am. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I shared with you my own reading list and since then it’s grown!

I just got a copy of Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’ve heard so many good things! But the book that I’m most excited to read these days is called Room by Emma Donoghue. It’s received rave reviews and been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Here’s the description:

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

As someone who was slightly obsessed with the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping story, I’m fascinated by this type of novel. The fact that it’s told entirely from the perspective of a child makes it all the more interesting to me. And look how great this book trailer is:

Of course, I’m not sure exactly when I’ll get to this book (my upcoming flight to Europe is my go-to for all my supposed reading plans, but it’s not an unlimited number of hours and I do need to sleep!). And, as I’ve said for a while now, I should probably get back to my mom’s pick Beautiful Boy one of these days. Good thing there are no reading deadlines. Oh wait, except for my book club one. Getting on that…now.

One response to “Two More For The To-Be-Read Pile

  1. Pingback: I Finally Read Room | Reading for Robin

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