Our Endless Numbered Days

Our Endless Number Days book covertaken from Goodreads.com

I came across this book on the monthly Goodreads news letter. The books is a story about a girl who has lived most of her life in the woods with her father believing that they are the only two people left on the whole planet.

“Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. They repair the hut, bathe in water from the river, hunt and gather food in the summers and almost starve in the harsh winters. They mark their days only by the sun and the seasons.

When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly unravels the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost.

After Peggy’s return to civilization, her mother begins to learn the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.”

What is it like surviving the wilderness without any technology? How do they make their own clothes; Peggy must have definitely out grown her old clothes as she grew into a young woman. Was she able to adapt to civilization again? And why did her father abduct her? I look forward to adding this book to my next reading list.

Reading List #1

P is very patient today, silently sitting outside my room door waiting for me to feed him. He has that look though, like he’s planning when to attack if I still do not move to feed him.

1. The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatjecurrently reading (hard copy)

2. Academic Exercises by K. J. Parkercurrently reading (e-book)

3. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer (hard copy)

4. Fevre Dream by George R.R Martin (hard copy)

5. The Appeal by John Grisham (hard copy)

6. Amityvill Horrible by Kelley Armstrong (e-book)

I have been putting of Cat’s Table for some reason. Academic Exercises is a wonderful collection of short stories; I have enjoyed the first short, A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong. Hopefully I can complete this list by the end of next month and start on a new list in April.