June 7, 2011

May Books

I couldn’t remember any books I’d read this month and I was actually afraid that I wouldn’t have any books to post about.  Then, I checked out my Good Reads account and was pleasantly surprised.  I had read books in May AND have a book to add to my favorites of the year list.

I think I’m probably the last person on the planet to have read Room by Emma Donoghue.  If I’m not and YOU haven’t read it yet, I recommend it.  HIGHLY.

Honestly, it was just different from any book I’ve read.  Maybe ever.  It’s the story of  Jack, a five year old boy, who has lived his entire life inside of Room with his Mother.  His Mother was kidnapped and imprisoned in the room when she was a college student.  And after years of sexual abuse, Jack is born.  And he and his mother live captive.

When Jack’s mother realizes that the perilous nature of their condition is beginning to change, she plots an escape for she and Jack.

The story isn’t just riveting from the perspective of its plot, but also because Jack is telling the story.  Jack has little experience with life besides interacting with the things that live with them in Room and what he sees on the television.  I think I read this book in one evening.  It was that good and that engrossing.


My memior streak continued in May.  I read  Jesusland by Julia Scheeres and Moose by Stephanie Klein.  Moose, frankly, was just okay and after reading a few better done memoirs it fell flat, though I did like it and finished it.  Jesusland was a haunting, heart wrenching, gut racking book.  It is the story of Julia and her adopted, black, brother David.    David (and another black child) are adopted into Julia’s family.  I won’t go so far as to say that Julia’s family is racist, but if they’re not…they’re masochists.  There’s nothing else there.

After years of mistreatment of David and their elder adopted brother, Julia and David break.  David is sent to a fundamentalist religious camp in the Dominician Republic. Julia rebels, runs away from home and insists she be sent to camp along with David.  You won’t be surprised to hear that the camp is full of masochists as well.  It was the kind of book that raises more questions than it answers and that, to me, is something worth reading.

To go along with the “books everyone has read, pretty much” theme, I also read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this month as well as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse) by Charlene Harris.  Harry Potter was, of course, amazing and I’m really pushing to finish my series re-read by the time the last installment of the movie series is released in July.

I think I’m just about done with Sookie Stackhouse.  Sorry.

The Hunger Games is anoter book vying for favorite of the year.    This year, I’ve realized I really love dystopian fiction and this fits the bill.  Strong female lead (Katniss), a little bit of mystery, unforgettable characters, a fast paced story line and…more books in the series.  It’s also being released as a movie this summer, so I was glad to have been able to read it first.

What did you read this month?  Anything you’d recommend?

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