Friday, May 11, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday

I'm participating in my very first bloghop. Here's how it works:

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To participate, follow Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Grab the button, Post and answer this week's question, which appears below. With this hop, the main objective is to follow! You can find great new blogs, visit some of your favorite blogs and see how they all answer the question. 

I prefer you follow me through Network Blogs, via my author Facebook Page or through Linky Followers. Thank you.

Q: This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother’s Day, in celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?

A: Room by Emma Donoghue

This book/story disturbed me far more than it entertained me, but considering the subject matter, I'm sure my opinion is not unique. It is narrated by a five-year old child, conceived by a woman held in captivity, who raises him a tiny "room," the size of a tool shed. Narration by a five-year-old is a tough perspective from which to write, I'm sure, but kudos to Emma Donoghue for pulling it off. This child's precocious nature and vocabulary is ultimately explained and is credited to his VERY close relationship with his mother.

Months after reading this book, I will say the story has stayed with me. Each time I read or hear about an abduction case in the news, I can't help but envision this tiny room, so clearly defined in the story, and contemplate what this type of captivity does to the victims--in this case both the mother and the child.

Considering this week's TIME MAGAZINE cover story on "Attachment Parenting," this novel is a very power illustration of this concept. The big difference, of course, is that this mother (the mother in the story, "Ma") had no choice but to continue breast feeding her child until he was five.


veela-valoom said...

Hmmm. I haven't read that book. I keep seeing it around but am so unsure about it.

My follow friday. Hope you'll visit

Sarah Brown said...

New follower, I have this book on my wishlist I just need to get around to it, my FF

Jac said...

I'm kind of shocked I didn't see this one more this week - although I also didn't think about it when I was making my list! (I guess I was so disturbed by the back story that it slips my mind a lot.) But you bring up an excellent point with the Time Cover as well. (Attachment Parenting is such a touchy subject, but one that is a personal choice for everyone too.)

-Jac @ For Love and Books

x) Ruty said...

Thanks for follow!
I'm following yoy now!
BTW that's sound like a disturbing book! But I surelly would give it a try

Addie R. said...

I haven't read Room, but it sounds interesting. I mean a story narrated by a 5 year old AND she was able to pull it off? I'm definitley checking it out soon.
Thanks for stopping by. :)

Gin Speaks said...

Ooh, this book sounds interesting. I'll be putting it on my TBR list.

Thanks for following!

New follower.

LibrarySnake said...

I haven't read Room yet, but it always looks so fantastic :)

Sophie said...

Really interesting choice. What kind of an age group would you recommend Room to? Loved that you mentioned that issue of the Time magazine in there.
Following you back:)

caffeinejunkie said...

I haven't read this book yet. I've heard about it. Thanks for stopping by the blog! Followed back through linky.:)

ladystorm said...

Room, doesn't sound like my type of book, but it does sound interesting in a way. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you back. :)

Amber R. @ Awesomesauce Book Club said...

Thanks for stopping by our FF. New follower.

Leah Marie @ Reading With My Eyes Shut said...

That sounds like a really intriguing book. I'm scared to read it though, for fear of being an emotional mess.

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I'm following ya back!

Jennifer L. Bielman said...

That picture is still hard for me too look at.

Thanks for stopping by.

New follower.

Beth D. said...

You know what, I read Room. I forgot all about that book when this came up. It was an unusual read for me, but wanted to see what the fuss was about it. The POV was pretty awesome, but I usually hate stories like that. Way too depressing. Thanks sooo much for the followage!

New Follower
Beth ^_^

Valerie said...

Never heard of this book! Ill have to check it out!

New follower via NB, GFC, and Linky!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

Valerie @ Intriguing Reads

fakesteph said...

That does sound like a powerful story!

J. B. Kantt said...

Hey Michele!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Feel free to come by anytime! :)

Love your answer, and your blog! I'm a new follower of yours!!! :D

Oh, and thanks for being by 300TH follower!!! :D


Reading Kelly said...

A friend of mine recommended Room to me but I have not read it yet. Your answer also reminded me of A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard which is a sad true story but she loves her daughters and survived for them.
Following back :) Happy reading

Stepping Out of the Page said...

New to your blog!

Interesting and very great choice. I loved Room - it certainly makes an impact.

Thanks for sharing! :)
Steph @ Stepping Out of the Page

Aspen said...

Michele, thanks for stopping by my FF. Room has been on my To Be Read List and I await the day I get to it. :)
new follower!
have a wonderful mothers day!

Eileen (***Singing and Reading in the Rain***) said...

I haven't heard of this book, but it sounds really sweet. :)

Thanks for following me, I'm following back via NetworkedBlogs!

Tarah Dunn said...

I'm very intrigued by "Room." Another book for my towering TBR pile! Thanks for stopping by my post. New follower!

Sonnie @ Lit Girl: Confessions of a Future Librarian said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

I haven't heard of this one yet, I will definitely try and check it out soon though! It sounds very intriguing. I'm not a mom, but that cover from Time seems super disturbing. I have a feeling that kid is going to be pretty angry when he gets to be about 16 lol.

Christy @ TheReaderBee said...

I have not read Room before, but it sounds interesting!

Thank you for hopping by for FF!

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. Welcome to the FF! Sorry for the late comment. I was out of town. I have heard so many great things about Room. I really want to read it.

MOLLIE(Tough Critic Book Reviews) said...

I've never read that one before; will definitely need to check it out! Thanks for hopping through. I'm following gfc because I'm not on linky or network blogs :/

jen said...

i read "room" recently and have to agree with you!

Louisa said...

I've read Room, and it definitely covers the question! They do have a strong bond, but it kind of withers for a bit there! New follower! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!!