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Today for What to Read Wednesday I want to suggest a book that has been out a few years already and had a movie made from it that won Academy Awards: Room by Emma Donoghue.
Room is one of those books that you're not sure of at first. It's told from the perspective of a 5 year old boy which bothers some people who read it. But once you get into the story it's easy to get past that.
The story is about a boy, Jack, and his Ma who are trapped in an eleven ft square room. I don't want to give too much away because I feel the book is better that way. But I will say this book is very thought provoking and a testament to the bond between mother and child. The book deals with heavy topics, and a lot of them including trauma, rape, suicide, and family struggles, but because it comes from Jack's perspective you don't put the book down feeling depressed and hollow. My final feeling when finishing the book was hope. And I think that's one of the reasons I loved it.
This isn't a book I would recommend for young children, despite it being told from the perspective of a 5 year old, but older teens and adults could probably handle the themes of the book.
This is another book that I listened to on my phone. They had different voice actors for characters and I think that really helped to keep me engaged. I love listening to books because it helps me to stay up on my reading and taking care of my home. If you're busy and on the go like me, listening to books is a great way to get extra reading in! I have been using Audible and I love it. You can try it out here.
If you've seen the movie before, I would still recommend the book. I too watched the movie before reading the book, and I still feel the book is different enough that it is worth your time. (Although I do think the movie did a great job staying true to the story). The movie is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video too. If you don't have Prime, what are you waiting for?
So have you read Room? Will you be picking it up and trying it out? I promise you won't regret it. I loved it and all though it deals with heavy subjects it's really thought provoking and a beautiful book. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!