While I took my little hiatus from writing posts for the month of April (even though I apparently still wrote 13 non-A to Z challenge related posts), I took my extra time and read some books. Just so I could share those books with you! You should feel special.
I like to get random books from the library – the more obscure and different from each other the better. So today’s selection has a little mix of everything.
First up: Fahrenheit 451
I was super excited for this book! I loved George Orwell’s 1984 and couldn’t wait to get sucked into another book of the same genre. I started with this book out of the three I had checked out. I snuggled into bed, all excited, propped up on my pillows, and then…nothing. I was so bored by the opening that I literally didn’t read past the first 20 pages. I was telling my brother and his roommate this while I was in Ottawa for my birthday and they were both shocked because they both loved this book. Whatever, Ray Bradbury, whatever.
After a dystopian classic, I switched to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
First of all, let me say that I waited to read this until the hype had died down. When it first came out, I didn’t want anything to do with it just because it was so popular. I avoided it like the plague. But after several friends read it and really enjoyed it, I decided to finally give in and take the plunge.
I had no idea that this was a play. I thought it was a book. And apparently, it is also a book. But I got the play. This threw me off a little bit, and I set it down to try to read Bradbury again, but after that didn’t work out so well, I decided to give the play a chance.
I liked the idea of the play because you get all the dialogue without the descriptions in the middle. Sometimes, I just crave the dialogue more, ya know? Once I actually made up my mind to read it, I was actually drawn in. For the first few scenes. I made it all the way to the end of Act 1 and then gave up.
WOW – 2/3 books so far were not working for me. I had to reserve the 3rd and thankfully it came in just as I was getting tired of The Cursed Child.
My last book was the one I was the most excited about.
I found out about this book because I saw a trailer for the movie that just came out. I knew it was going to be a tough book to read just because it is based around residential schools in Canada (one of the few parts of our history that makes me boil over in anger). I sought out the book because I know I want to eventually watch the movie, but I wanted to read the book first.
This story follows Saul, a Native American boy, through his life’s journey and how it connects to hockey. He is placed in a residential school through a series of heartbreaking events, then is treated horribly at the school (because every single child who was forced into those schools was traumatized and abused and broken) and then he was broken even more by society when he left the school. I don’t want to give too much away but I was literally crushed at the end. There is a little twist that I didn’t see coming, and while I could hold onto my emotions with the rest of the things that had happened to this man, it was that one little fact that you learn so close to the end that just ended it for me. I had to stop reading, dry my eyes, and go back to finish the last 30 pages of the book.
I seriously recommend this book to anyone. Just make sure that you have some happy pills or baby hippo videos pulled up on YouTube for when you get to the horrible parts.
And if you are interested in the story, but not into reading the book, here’s the link to the trailer. I’m pretty sure it’s still in theatres so you can probably still catch it there.
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