Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Rants/Raves: Room

Happy Hump Day everyone! I haven't done a rant/rave in a while so I'm excited to share my opinion a book I had just finished recently, Room by Emma Donoghue

I have been meaning to read this book for sometime after my Grade 12 English teacher had recommended this book to me. Since I was one of the very few students he had who actually read leisurely we enjoyed giving each other book recommendations and this is the one he had for me. I had searched for it in the library, and asked friends if they had owned it (I'm frugal I tend not to buy books if I don't need to) so I had kind of slacked on actually being able to read this book. I was in Jasper where I finally decided to let go of my frugal ways and buy the book since I would need something to read anyways when I was flying back to Ontario.
This book is about a woman who had been kidnapped and locked into a room when she was 19. The woman was raped numerous amount of times by the man who had kidnapped her which resulted in her giving birth to a boy named Jack. The story's narrator is the five year old son Jack where he talks about life in the Room with Ma. I thought having the book narrated by the 5 year old was extremely clever and she did an incredible job with having you actually believe it was a five year old talking (bad grammar, how he would ask questions, behaviour). It was an emotional, funny and thrilling book. For Jack's first 5 years of his life, he had not been outside, all he had known was this Room. His only human friend was his Ma, but he had made friends with Rug, Wardrobe, TV, Mouse. The author would give proper nouns to objects because to Jack they were his actual friends, he had become friends with objects since he had no human contact other than with his Ma. I thought the author executed the book very well, my only criticism of the book was that the climax of the story was in the dead middle of the book instead of nearing the end of the book which I probably would have preferred and would have been kept more interested in. Other than that, I would strongly recommend reading this novel. 
I was surprised to see that the author Emma Donoghue actually lives in my hometown of London, Ontario. I always get really excited when I hear people are from/live in my hometown (Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, etc). She is an extremely talented author and I'm excited to read more of her books.

What books have you read recently? 


  1. My sister recommended that book to me a while book. It was so hauntingly strange and unsettling, but definitely well executed!

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  3. I just finished "This Is How You Lose Her" by Junot Diaz and it was amazing. Now I'm reading Louis and Love - which is about Louis XIV and his love life. It's okay, a little dry though.

    - Kaileigh @

    1. Wow! I would think Louis XIV love life would be interesting! This is How You Lose Her sounds interesting though I will def give it a read! Thanks!

      Summer x

  4. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. Cute blog, I can't wait to read more!

  5. I need to get this on Kindle to read. Love the post - im a new follower. Would love for youto check out my blog!

    Happy 2013!

  6. Oh this sounds great, might give this book a go. I am always looking for more things to read on my kindle :) x

  7. Thanks for being on of the co-hosts! I am just dropping in from the hop to follow:)

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  8. I found this book hard to read, both because of the child point of view, but mostly because of the story... although I could not put it down and would still recommend it. It definitely has an interesting point of view.

    I'm a new follower from the Aloha hop. Thanks for hosting!


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  10. I love book reviews! Can wait to read more.

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  11. I had heard about this book before! Thanks for the great overview, planning on reading it soon! Following via the Aloha Friday Blog Hop! :D Always fun to come across fellow Canadian bloggers! x

  12. What a cute blog! Can't wait to read more. I'm your newest follower and co-host of the Aloha Friday Blog Hop :)

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  14. I am co-hosting the Aloha Friday Blog Hop, and I just followed you my dear :-)

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  16. Hi, Summer! This sounds like a great book - will def have to check it out on my Kindle.

    New GFC follower via the Aloha Friday blog hop! Would love it if you would swing by when you get a chance and follow back!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations

  17. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest follower from the "Aloha Friday" blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back:

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  19. Just popping over from the Aloha blog hop to thank you for co-hosting, and see you're from London. We spent almost 10 years there... waving at you from Barrie!

    Happy New Year!

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer

  20. Saying aloha from the hop- we do a monthly book blog hop and would love for you to add this or any other books (first Weds. of each month) next one in Feb. New follower and lover of your blog! Oh so sweet :)

  21. Hey! I found you through the Aloha Blog Hop and I'm super excited that I did! So excited that I'm following you now! I love how you're wanting to help us gals try to be more frugal. It's definitely possible to be fashionable and still frugal.

    I remember when this book came out and I originally wanted to read it and I guess something came up and I didn't get around to reading it. Anywho, thanks for reminding me about this book!

    Happy New Year with many blessings :)
    Chelsea @

  22. I'm going to have to add that book to my list for this year. I used to read 3-4 books a month, but since getting buying a house and getting married I've slacked off. I have a goal to read 25 books by the end of the year.
    Anyway, I'm a new follower from the Alohoa Blog Hop.