Nov 25

Canada Reads List

[ Sick Mood: Sick ]
[ Currently: About to place a scholstic order. ]
Given the BBC List(s) that has (have) been bouncing around Facebook recently, I thought I needed to turn to a more Can-Con list. Below are the top forty novels of the last ten years as voted on by CBC listeners in the lead up to the 10th Anniversary of Canada Reads. I asked myself, how many of these have I read. Sum total = one. Am I a bad Canadian because I have only read one of these? I don’t think so, but I do think that I am poorer in my knowledge and understanding of Canada.

(To be fair to me, I started reading Book of Negroes, but stopped as I had just had my son and with the main character about to take a transatlantic voyage in a room full of pregnant slaves, I knew what was coming, and I knew I needed to walk away.)

So here we go: Bold if I read it. Italicized if I started it, but didn’t finish it.

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall

Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright

Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant

Conceit by Mary Novik

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

Drive-by Saviours by Chris Benjamin

Elle by Douglas Glover

Essex County by Jeff Lemire

Far to Go by Alison Pick

February by Lisa Moore

Galore by Michael Crummey

Heave by Christy Ann Conlin

Inside by Kenneth J. Harvey

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

Moody Food by Ray Robertson

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

Room by Emma Donoghue

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre

The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

The Fallen by Stephen Finucan

The Girls Who Saw Everything by Sean Dixon

The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe

The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden do

Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

Twenty-Six by Leo McKay Jr.

Unless by Carol Shields

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