For the last few years, Iâ€™ve made it a point to read the top 5 books that compete for the honour of Canada Reads.
And yetâ€¦ I have to say with the exception of When the Birds Rained Down (which did not win, but was in last years final), I have been sorely disappointed in the choices put forward.
This year I am really disappointed. Iâ€™ve read (or tried to read) four of the five books so far. I put my name on the library hold lists as soon as the titles were announced and have been called for all but one so far.
Perhaps the theme of â€œredemptionâ€ should have warned me at the start. Still, I do not want to read another â€œgripping story of a tragic life.â€
The book I long to read is the story of a young First Nations child that did NOT get raped at age 11. I want to get lost into the life of the educated immigrant, who wasnâ€™t abused by the system. Bring on the story of the old man who loves his wife, is a good father and productive member of society . Iâ€™m in dire need of a happily ever after story, one that also has a happy beginning and comfortable middle as well.
I am longing for a story of the extra ordinary, because to tell the truth â€” the abuse, the rapes, the hateâ€¦ they are the all too common themes in books, movies, andÂ in life as well.
These stories are making me weary. I suppose Iâ€™ve read enough that I am desensitized, and bored by them. Mostly Iâ€™m really sick and tired of it.
Each day, I look out the window and I realize how lovely we have it here on the coast. I know how lucky I am, and how good my life is,Â I do not need to escape my life through literature. Yet, I hunger for a good read. I love a great book, not fluff, but certainly not the unrest of manâ€™s inhumanity to man either.
Is it just me or are we really okay, especially with the Canada Reads books, that are full of cruelty and heart break on the page. The hurdles of events that one has to jump just to be safe, or redeemed, are too much for me these days.
I am open to suggestions and until they come in, I find my world is getting smaller and smaller with my ability to watch, listen to, or read about todayâ€™s world.
Maybe it is time I tried to read some Sci-fi or dare I say it… a romance novel!