January 20, 2014

What I'm Reading: Room & Last Call for the Giveaway

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope most of you are reading this post in your comfy clothes because you have the day off work! Thanks to the polar vortex the other week, today marks the 5th Monday in a row I haven't had school. 

I have a quick story for you before I get to today's linky: You may recall that I got a new car back in November for the first time in 10 years. Well, my salesman, who was really new to the job, told me my car had Bluetooth capabilities and even tried to pair my phone before we left. When it didn't immediately work, I blamed my phone and said I'd figure it out later only to learn, a month later, that my car doesn't, in fact, have a bluetooth. After two months of going back and forth with the dealership, they finally agreed to install it for me. I was insanely proud of myself for calling them out on this and not allowing them to disregard me when the tried. I picked up my car Friday night and have been LOVING my new feature! It makes listening to Audible or OverDrive SO much easier because the connection is automatic. Also... the sound quality is much better. I am a happy girl!

This backstory was important because it also explains why I haven't made much progress in my reading for this week: Room by Emma Donoghue.

Here's the excerpt from GoodReads: 

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.

When I was telling my mom about the book, she kept saying it sounds very dark. And certainly, it is. Only it doesn't come across that way because it's narrated by this sweet little boy who knows nothing different. The life his mother has created for him in this room is the only life he's ever known. I was impressed by the strength of her character and her determination to give her son the best life possible despite her circumstances. I truly look forward to more time in my car listening to this story.

On a final note, I want to remind you all that TODAY IS THE LAST DAY for Susan and my 300-Follower Giveaway! If you haven't already snagged your 15+ scavenger hunt freebies or entered the raffle for our big grand-prize pack, make sure to do it before the day is done! 


  1. I can't decide if I've actually read this or if I just recall the book cover from my many bookstore trips before they closed down the nearest one. Sounds like I would like it though! I woke up at 11:37 today...no joke. I think it could be because I'm sick though. I am still in my pajamas and I feel zero guilt. I'm about to watch two episodes of Dexter! :)
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. That was such a good book, but definitely a tear-jerker!

  3. I liked the first part, but felt that the later sections didn't hold up as well. Still a good book. Does the narrator have the innocent sound of the five year old?