Not only did I take in the episodes but I also decided to read all five books chosen for this years competition. The theme for this years competition was "One Book to Break Barriers". The book titles included; "Ru" by Kim Thuy, "Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes" by Kamal Al-Solaylee, "The Inconvenient Indian" by Thomas King, "When Everything Feels Like the Movies" by Raziel Reid, and "And the Birds Rained Down" by Jocelyne Saucier.
"Ru" ended up being the book that won this years competition. To be brutally honest, I really do not know why it won. I found the books "When Everything Feels Like the Movies', and "And the Birds Rained Down'' to be much more engaging and interesting. "Ru" was one of those books that you finish reading and then go "Huh, I have no idea what I just read". That is how it felt for me anyways.
I found the characters in the other two books previously mentioned to be much more colorful and for their situations to be much more relatable. After reading the books I would have placed them in this order: 1) "When Everything Feels Like the Movies", 2) "And the Birds Rained Down", 3) "Ru", 4) "The Inconvenient Indian" and 5) "Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes". Regardless of how the books ended up in terms of placement in the competition, they all contain strong messages and are worth the read. If any of you have happened to read any of them I would love to hear your comments!
Thought of the day: Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?
Quote of the day: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill ( former Prime Minister of the U.K.)