It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Read five books in an unfamiliar genre. Expand one’s horizons. Provide even better Reader Advisory service to customers who don’t share one’s reading tastes. Get on Bronwyn’s good side.
Choosing a genre was tricky but after kind and helpful advice from customers and colleagues I settled on Christian Fiction. It’s popular enough to have a booklist but I had never read anything on it.
Bodie Thoene seemed a good author to start with; he’s written lots of books so there are lots to choose from, some of them are about the First and Second World Wars, which I like, and he’s very popular.
I chose In my father’s house, a book about four soldiers returning to the States after serving in World War One. And I’m sorry but I did not like it one little bit, and if it is representative of Christian Fiction the five book challenge is going to be a bit, well, challenging.
I’m reduced to looking for slim volumes (perhaps an Amish romance?) and wondering if Philip Pullman‘s The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ might count, even though Pullman would probably be horrified to think anything he wrote could be called Christian Fiction.
Yes it was just one book but the thing about the challenge is I felt compelled to finish it, a compulsion I got rid of some time ago in my ‘normal’ reading, under the pressure of too many books too little time. Now I’m nervous I’ll get stuck reading things I just don’t want to read when there are millions of books I do want to read. I blame Bronwyn.