It’s Easter Monday, Whatcha Reading?

Hey guys, I hope you’re all having a lovely long weekend! Isn’t Easter amazing? Jesus is just the coolest dude. Yesterday, like every Easter Sunday, we had a huge breakfast at church before the service. It’s wonderful to gather together and eat a ton of awesome food. 
After church we popped over to my bro’s house. His son is almost two and they are expecting their second kid in just a few months! They need to get my nephew out of the crib and used to sleeping in a bed. They’ve been making him a new room and they wanted to show us. It’s adorable and dinosaur themed. My nephew loves it 🙂 
Later in the afternoon, my bro and his fam came over for Easter/my father’s birthday supper. We had a lovely turkey dinner followed by cake and ice cream! Yum yum! What did you do to celebrate (if you celebrate)?

This past week I finished off The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford. I really enjoyed it. It’s my favourite kind of thriller: character driven! Like I said last week, it’s a quiet thriller. It’s not fast paced and action-packed, but it’s really enjoyable. I liked watching everything unfold. Because of Dana’s (the main character) mental illness, she doesn’t trust herself. And if she doesn’t trust herself, how can we know what’s real?

Once I finished that, I decided to get into some Can Lit! Here in Canada, last week was the Canada Reads competition. Five books are picked on a theme, and five celebrity-types are picked. A book and a person are paired, and the person has to defend the book and argue why it’s the best. This has got me in a patriotic mood 😛 Although… The book I chose is not one of the ones that was in the competition! They did inspire me though!

I’ve picked up Black Apple by Joan Crate. This is a recent release. It’s a coming of age story set in Canada in the 1940’s within the residential school system. The main character is a girl named Rose who was torn away from her indigenous family by the authorities and placed in a residential school. These were boarding schools run by the Catholic Church that sought to indoctrinate and assimilate the Native people into their culture. Any vestiges of Native culture were strictly prohibitedand forcefully so.

I’m not very far into the book, but right now the school is kind of reminding me of Lowood school in Jane Eyre. The children are treated similarly poorly (physically and psychologically)and with the added cruelty of cultural eradication.  This is a particularly timely book with the end of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission mandate finishing up in 2015.

I’m looking forward to getting further into this book and exercising my empathy and compassion muscles. It can be so hard, even impossible, to put ourselves in other’s shoes. But fiction has that amazing capability of placing us, the reader, alongside the characters as they go through life. 

So guys, it’s Monday. What are you reading?