Great American Reads.

I might have mentioned it in a post last year (last year seems a long time ago, doesn’t it?) but the Great American Read was conducted throughout the year. I heard about it at the beginning of 2019 when it first began circulating, but then it just kind of…fell off the face of the earth. Then about late September, early October, I started seeing episodes of the Great American Read on PBS, focusing on different genres and the big name books within them. I only caught two or three of them. And then…there was the final live show where people talked about reading the list throughout the year, their communities that participated, then announced the winner of the whole show.

Needless to say, I was riveted…and a little disappointed that this didn’t make bigger waves in the area I live in. Because if I was more aware of it, I would have participated a whole lot earlier.

I mention all this because I think it would be kind of cool if PBS did another version of the Big American Read this year. I mean, we’re all on lockdown, we’re all looking for something to do, and having a reading list to work through would be a grand idea. More people would be able to participate, and I’m sure PBS would have a lot of traffic and participation because of it.

But that is just my idea and who knows, maybe it’s not a good idea after all…maybe people wouldn’t pay attention as much.

The reason this all came about is because I have the Great American Read list printed out and posted on my refrigerator. I did that so I could be reminded that I’m supposed to be working through the list; that at one point I WANTED to work through the list. The thing is, I’ve read a lot of them prior to the list being created and some of the others I have no intention of reading.

Like 50 Shades of Grey. I mean…how is that considered a great read? I know what it’s about without ever having reading the book and I don’t have a desire to read it for myself.

Twilight is on there, too. I’ve read those ones before and yet I wonder why? They’re not that great either, to be honest. They’re one of those books that will be bestsellers, but not something to be remembered in a hundred years.

Oh…and The Handmaid’s Tale…by God. I’ve tried reading this drivel two or three times and I just. Can’t. See. It. I mean really…how is this speaking thousands of women today? It could have been so much better but it’s sooo dry and boring. I get to about 130 and I just can’t stand it anymore. And better yet, there’s a sequel! Why there is a sequel, I don’t know. Maybe because it’s predecessor was turned into a tv series and Margaret Atwood said “Oh hey, let me profit some more off of this.”

I mean, good for you if you enjoyed it. It just wasn’t for me. I’ll probably force myself through it someday in the next 50 years but since I have such a bias against it, I’ll probably be negative toward the entire time and not enjoy it at all.

Anyway…I went off on a tangent there. What I’m trying to say is…we should have another Great American Read…and we should have better choices on it. Or have a new theme or something. That is all.

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