Canada Reads: NaBloPoMo # 4

I am participating in National Blog Posting Month, NaBloPoMo, where I will be posting every day in the month of November

Recently Dani, from Postcards from the Mothership, wrote a post about CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. Canada Reads has existed since 2002, and this year the program has compiled the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. The list was put together by votes from “Canadians around the world”. Further voting by the public will reduce the list down to ten, and then the panel of five will then choose one of these top ten books to champion to the end, and to determine the book that all of Canada can read at the same time.

I like to read, and I like to read Canadian books too, and so I jumped on the chance to post a relatively easy post during National Blog Posting Month. I used the same convention that Dani used.

Books in bold: I have read
Books in bold and underlined: I have read and recommend.
Books with a * : I plan to read in the next year.

My total is 13 out of 40. So are you in? I would love to hear which ones you have read and loved.

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

Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

Twenty-Six by Leo McKay Jr.

Unless by Carol Shields

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5 Responses to Canada Reads: NaBloPoMo # 4

  1. When I first read that list, I didn't clue into the fact that it was the top 40 books of the *decade*, and was starting to get grouchy about all of the Canadiana that was missing. I would recommend Lullabies for Little Criminals (out of the ones I have read). As for missing books/authors…I can't believe that Barbara Gowdy didn't make the list! I am sure she has written *something* in the last decade!

  2. Sara says:

    I am embarassed at how few I have read. Next on my list: The Birth House

  3. DaniGirl says:

    Thanks for playing along Finola! You've continued the trend — every single person who has played along has read and recommended The Birth House. I'm heading to the library site next to request it!

    And speaking of libraries, it must have been a while since I've clicked through but I LOVE your site theme!! Love love love it, and would have used it myself if I were still on blogger. Nice! 🙂

  4. Finola says:

    Jen, You are absolutely right and I should have mentioned that these are only books from the last decade.
    I will look up Lullabies and thanks for the recommendation. As for Barbara Gowdy, I only ever read her elephant book and was never interested in reading her again. Are her other books better?

    Sara, I'm sure you won't be disappointed in The Birth House. Let me know…

    Dani, Yes, definitely read the Birth House. And thanks for your sweet words 🙂

  5. Halfkiwi says:

    Joseph Boyden's two books on here were good, I would recommend them even if they aren't the most accessible. Once they got going I liked them.

    It would appear you didn't recommend Life of Pi. I'm a guy and liked it, but I understand that it isn't for everyone.

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