Simply the Simmonds Life

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Book Club Review of Room May 11, 2011

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 4:06 pm

Last night our book club met at Sharon’s beautiful home to review the book Room by Emma Donoghue.  My next home is going to have a screened in room like hers.  The view is gorgeous!  Anyway…

We usually try to bring food to the potluck that is themed around the book.  In this book, however, there were not a lot of gourmet food choices.  Unless we wanted to eat canned beans or suckers we were going to have to get more creative.  Sheila’s choice of  a main dish was so disgusting it was hilarious.  She decided to make Jack in a Rug!  If you have read the book you know how disturbing that is, if you haven’t…let’s just say that during the escape five-year-old Jack was rolled in a rug and taken out of the room.

I was responsible for dessert this month so I made 2.  One dessert involved Cheerios and M & M’s for Jack and the other was a strawberry cream dessert (more elegant) for Ma.

  (Image is fuzzy, sorry!)

Other food choices that night (not all themed but no less delicious) were spaghetti & meatballs, chicken tortilla soup, ice cream, candy (to rot your teeth out!), salad, punch & wine.

Of course we had a fantastic discussion of the book which is, after all, the reason we all come!  Most agreed this was a fantastic read.  The average rating was between 4 and 4.5 stars.  The beginning of the book with the way Jack speaks, in abbreviated sentences with very few articles like “the” and “a” made for a rocky start but once we got the hang of how Jack talked we really got into the book.  We talked about the huge transition it was for both Ma (overwhelming and kind of disappointing) and Jack (difficulties with depth perception and social awkwardness) and the creep factor of a five-year-old boy that still breastfeeds.  Yeah-we get it now.  But at first, admit it, when he said he wanted “some” you were a little grossed out!

lol See how uncomfortable they are with the subject matter!


During nominations for next month’s book Laura suggested we read What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  Yep!  That’s right, congratulations are in order for a new Bookie Baby will be coming next October.  We’re so excited for you Laura!

Next month’s book club read will be The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.


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