All the Acorns on the Forest Floor by Kim Hooper


All The Acorns on the Forest Floor is one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year. It is a collection of interconnected short stories which are not only captivating on their own, but also provide additional context to the other stories in the book.

The book is an honest take on the often difficult challenges of conceiving and the risks associated with the perinatal period, addressing difficult subjects such as a terminal inherited disease, infertility, perinatal loss, rape and unwanted pregnancy. The author has done so with respect and compassion resulting in an extremely moving book.

I very much enjoyed this book. Each story is just the right length and heartfelt. These memorable stories have allowed me to gain some insight into the difficulties, and tragedies, of those around me. This book is not Women’s Fiction as some might think. This is a book that creates empathy and understanding and should be read by both men and women alike. I kept notes while listening to the book which allowed me to see the interconnectedness of the stories and found this to be extremely helpful.

I listened to the audiobook version of the book which was narrated by Hillary Huber who gives a strong performance. Her words are articulate and well paced and demonstrated the underlying feeling of compassion in the book.

Thanks to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

32 comments:

  1. This sounds an honest and very important book. It's nice to hear that it's addressing these difficult topics, and hopefully helps to raise awareness of them x

    Sophie | www.loveandliterature.co.uk

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  2. Despite the heavy topics, I like that the author sounds compassionate. Wonderful review!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  3. It's good that there are books and information out there on these topics that show compassion and care -- thanks for sharing!

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  4. Oh wow this sounds like a really heartfelt but powerful read. Sometimes it's hard to read about difficult topics but it sounds like this is handled really well. Great review!

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  5. Great review and insight on how the author navigates the topics. And how you get a different perspective from each short story.

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  6. This sounds like a beautiful book that addresses so many topics that we NEED to be willing to talk about. There is this big 'taboo' discussing the topics of unwanted pregnancy, infertility, etc. It leaves people feeling SO alone. However, openly discussing these topics can help to create a better sense of understanding and compassion.

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  7. Wow what a powerful read. It sounds like this may have difficult parts to get through but that the overall message could be one of such strength. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. This sounds like a lovely book. I especially love it because it is connected short stories, which is one of my favorite ways to mix and mingle different topics into one big picture.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. This sounds like a really interesting but potentially difficult book. I'm not sure that it would be one for me but I can see how it might bring comfort to some.

    Grace xx

    https://www.gracebee.co.uk

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  10. Sounds like a brilliant book, very heavy topics but the short story format sounds good. Thanks for the review!

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  11. All The Acorns on the Forest talks about the difficult subjects, which I think is great. It is great that the author outlined the story really well with some real issues we face in society. Glad you enjoyed the read overall!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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  12. Wow sounds like such a unique book! I like that it tackles the tough topics.

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  13. Oh, I love short story bundles and I love it even more when they are connected. Not sure if it is a book for me, but if I can find it I would at least want to give it a try. Great review!

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  14. This sounds really interesting and moving for a bit of a different read. I don't think I've read a book before made up of lots of short stories. Will have to keep an eye out for it!

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  15. This books sounds amazing, and like something I’d really enjoy. Love the format of short stories all together as well!

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  16. Although this deals with heavy topics, it does sound like a very moving and important read. I have read books like this before and have enjoyed them, but I just need to be in the right sort of mood for them. Anyway, I'll be adding this to my TBR list as I'm sure I'll like it. Thanks so much for the review!

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    1. Thank you! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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