Look at me tackling my “Been On My Shelf Too Long And

Look at me tackling my “Been On My Shelf Too Long And

2/4/2021, 6:09:29 PM
Look at me tackling my “Been On My Shelf Too Long And Haven’t Read It Yet” TBR! I have had “The Wonder” for ages and I finally read it! And WOW did this book put me through some f.e.e.l.i.n.g.s. . In a brief nutshell, this book is based in the Irish Midlands in 1859 where a young girl is said to have been living for months with no food. Medical anomaly? Miracle? Anna O’Donnell is a mystery. And in a country that is deeply religious, as well as steeped in fairytale—Anna becomes a wonder. An English nurse, Lib Wright, is summoned to the village to observe Anna 24/7 and see if she’s sneaking food or truly a living miracle. . Listen, I could get in real deep here about the religious aspect of this book. As someone who is religious myself, I feel like I can respect the faith to believe in miracles that the O’Donnell family possesses. At the same time, it’s one of the things that makes me the craziest about religion. So for me, this was a part of the story that I thought about the most. It colored my view of Lib who is a religious skeptic and the family who could probably be considered fanatical. I felt like there wasn’t a time I didn’t want to enter this story and shake some one. . But that aside, it really comes down to this. Can Anna live without food? Does she not need it? Has she been sneaking food over the last four months? Reading about Ireland with the fairy circles and the Rowan trees tied with scraps of cloth, really did make me SO curious and I was turning pages so quickly trying to figure out what was going on with Anna. . This page turning psychological read, made me feel SO many feelings and think SO many thoughts. Overall it is probably a book that I can see not being for everyone, but by the end of the book I decided it was one that worked really well for me. I would love to book club this book, especially with a group of mixed religions, as well as people with a taste of fairytales. . Have you read “The Wonder”? What did you think?

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