Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Corla's Book Club- Room and SIng You Home

If it's good enough for Oprah it has to be good enough for me.  It's hard to believe how few books I have read over the last 15 years since I finished University.  Being a former English teacher and librarian you think I would make time to read a book or two.  My mom reads all the time but it helps her fall asleep.  I don't seem to have that problem in fact the opposite reading keeps me up at night!  

I have discovered by reading these latest novels why I don't read more.  I purchased both the books on a Monday and was finished each of them in 3 days.  My husband thinks I am nuts but I asked him if he could sit down and watch a movie 20 mins at a time for a month.  I can't I want to know what is going to happen. 

These two books, Room by Emma Donoghue and Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult are similar in the way that they are both written by female authors and the main subject matter is parenting or become a parent in through a controversial or unique way.  

I really wanted to read Room but was scared of the subject matter and my husband gets mad when I read scary or depressing things before bed and then sit and worry instead of sleeping.  I found the story inspirational rather than depressing and having a five year old son I could so easily relate to the perspective of the narrator Jack. 

I would love to hear from those of you have read either book.  I enjoyed both books, but I think I would have to say my favourite of the two was Room.  Emma lives in Canada so I have to support the hometown girl!

Here is a bit about Room:
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It’s where he was born and where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in case Old Nick comes.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where Old Nick has kept her for seven years, since she was nineteen. Through ingenuity and determination, Ma has created a life for herself and her son, but she knows it’s not enough for either of them. Jack’s curiosity is building alongside Ma’s desperation -- and Room can’t contain either of them for much longer...
Told entirely in the inventive, often funny voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of the resilient bond between parent and child, and a brilliantly executed novel about a journey from one world to another.

Here is the website for Room:

Here is a bit about Sing You Home:
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues, it looks like her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events leads to a nightmare – one that takes away the baby she has already fallen for; and breaks apart her marriage to Max.

Here is the website for Jodi Picoult

If you want to be totally surprised by the book don't look at the website until after you read the book.  I knew nothing about what the book was about and had fun guessing what was going to happen.  The book comes with a cd of songs.  

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