Friday, 1 January 2016

Canada Reads

I love Canada Reads and always look forward to the list of books to be discussed.  It is the best book club ever! The theme this year is: Starting Over.
I am excited about several books on this list and can't wait until the final announcement on January 20, of the 5 books and 5 celebrities prepared to discuss these books.  The discussion will take place from March 21-24, 2016.

Canada Reads 2016 longlist:

"All the Broken Things" by K. Kuitenbrouwer

"Birdie" by Tracey Lindberg 

"Bone and Bread" by Saleema Nawaz 

"Buying on Time" by Antanas Sileika

"Landing Gear" by Kate Pullinger

"Minister Without Portfolio" by Michael Winter 

"Niko" by Dimitri Nasrallah

"Sitting Practice" by Caroline Adderson 

"Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel 

"Swamp Angel" by Ethel Wilson

"Sweetland" by Michael Crummey 

"The Amazing Absorbing Boy" by R. Maharaj 

"The Hero’s Walk" by Anita Rau Badami 

"The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill

"The Outside Circle" by P. LaBoucane-Benson 
My wishes: "Sweetland", "The Amazing Absorbing Boy", "The Illegal", "Landing Gear", "Swamp Angel".
Please no to "The Outside Circle" (graphic novel about abuse and addition), "Station Eleven" (dystopian novel)

1 comment:

  1. I heartily agree with your "please no" regarding Station Eleven. I picked it up because so many friends were raving about it, and was eager for a good read, but I was terribly disappointed. It reads like a high school project that surreptitiously found its way to a printing press before an adult had a chance to proof it and demand some substance. I also don't know who scouted Toronto's Elgin Theatre for her opening sequence, but there are so many inaccuracies in her prose that I felt like tossing the book across the room. I've read many of the dystopian greats and always enjoy a good romp through the wasteland but this felt like it was being written by someone who has only recently heard about the dystopian concept and thought that she'd give it a whirl without first investigating and reading the rich and profound publications in the history of the genre. The book has some great moments, and shows great promise, but it should have been shelved for a future rewrite.
    ~ Curtis