Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Canada Reads

I’ve followed Canada Reads since the beginning, with varying degrees of emotional involvement (okay, maybe I shed a tear or two when Justin Trudeau voted against his own book, Wayne Johnston’s novel, to triumph Next Episode in 2003). Yah, I should probably get out more but, in the meantime, I still intend to catch up on the CR titles that I haven’t read yet.

Angie Abdou’s The Bone Cage (11)
✔Gil Adamson’s The Outlander (09)
Hubert Aquin’s Next Episode (W03)
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (02)
Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake (05)
Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood (14)

✔David Bergen’s The Age of Hope (12)
✔David Bezmozgis’ Natasha and Other Stories (07)
✔Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda (W14)
Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road (06)

Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony (10)
George Elliott Clarke’s Whylah Falls (02)
✔Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers (05)
Douglas Coupland’s Generation X (10)

✔Frank Parker Day’s Rockbound (05)
Nicolas Dickner’s Nikolski (10)

✔Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues (14)
Marina Endicott’s Good to a Fault (10)

Terry Fallis’ The Best Laid Plans (11)
✔Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage (08)
✔Brian Francis’ Fruit (09)

Mavis Gallant’s From the Fifteenth District (08)

✔Rawi Hage’s Cockroach (14)
Paul Hiebert’s Sarah Binks (03)
Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes (W09)
✔Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring (08)
✔Helen Humphreys’ The Lost Garden (03)

Anosh Irani’s The Song of Kahunsha (07)
✔Frances Itani’s Deafening (06)

✔Wayne Johnston’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (03)

✔Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water (04)

Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel (02)
Jeff Lemire’s Essex County (11)

Ann-Marie Macdonald’s Fall on Your Knees (10)
✔Hugh MacLennan’s Two Solitudes (13)
✔Yann Martel’s Life of Pi (03)
Ami McKay’s The Birth House (11)
✔Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance (02)
✔Lisa Moore’s February (W13)
Alice Munro’s The Love of a Good Woman (04)

✔Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals (W07)
Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion (W02)

✔Jacques Poulin’s Volkswagen Blues (05)
✔Monique Proulx’s The Heart is an Involuntary Muscle (04)

Paul Quarrington’s King Leary (W08)

✔Al Purdy’s Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems 1962-1996 (06)

David Adams Richards’ Mercy Among the Children (09)
✔Mordecai Richler’s Barney’s Version (04)
✔Mordecai Richler’s Cocksure (06)
✔Gabrielle Roy’s Children of My Heart (07)

✔Mairuth Sarsfield’s No Crystal Stair (05)
Carol Shields’ Unless (11)

Timothy Taylor’s Stanley Park (07)
✔Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness (W06)
Michel Tremblay’s The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant (09)

✔Jane Urquhart’s Away (13)

Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Last Crossing (W04)

✔Richard Wagamese Indian Horse (13)
Thomas Wharton’s Icefields (08)
✔Kathleen Winter’s Annabel (14)

Note: In 2012, Canada Reads focussed on non-fiction reads: Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce, Dave Bidini’s On a Cold Road, Ken Dryden’s The Game, Marina Nemat’s Prisoner of Tehran, and John Vaillant’s The Tiger.

1 comment to Canada Reads – Fiction

  • Angela Hall

    Wow! I’m intrigued that you shed a tear over the famous/infamous Trudeau vote but that you haven’t read the book that inspired it! Myself, I tried, but found it very difficult to get into. I’ve also been inspired to read every single one of the Canada Reads contenders (going backwards when I missed the early years) but I’m not committed to reading every one of the 40 non-fiction titles. I’m a good way into that project and I wonder if I should organize it the way you have here. I think I’ve read most of the titles you have not yet read but I have yet to read 11 from 2010. Will you be adding the 40 from this year or just the top 5 (or 10?) And what about last years turf wars? I see you have listed the finalists–do you intend to read the top 10 from each province eventually?

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