“Room” Emma Donoghue

I should reiterate before I even start reviewing that I warned you when I finished A Fine Balance that I would probably be ruined for other books for some time.

With that in mind, I had every intention of reading something light, something I didn’t have high expectations of, so that I would be back on a level playing field before starting any more quality books. But instead my untrustworthy hands picked up Room. 

Room is the story of Jack. It opens on his fifth birthday, and he wakes in Room, the same room that he has spent every day of his five years so far. Against the wall is Wardrobe, where he sleeps, and when he wakes he sees Ma, the only other person that he has ever had real contact with. Continue reading

“A Fine Balance” Rohinton Mistry

“You see, you cannot draw lines and compartments, and refuse to budge beyond them. Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping-stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.”

I have to read so much young adult fiction for work, reviewing it, speaking about it, blogging about it, that I don’t get enough to read the massive stacks of general adult fiction that I have on my shelves. Or, I will start a book, and just as I’m getting into it, be given a deadline on something that requires more urgent attention. I worried that the same thing would happen when I picked up A Fine Balance earlier this week because of the giant stack of beckoning ‘work’ books. Continue reading