Monday, February 22, 2010 |
We're just two short weeks away from the Canada Reads 2010 debates! Things are starting to heat up around here. The Canada Reads team is working double-time and more than a few are going lunch-less to ensure every thing goes smoothly for the big event.
I can only imagine how the panelists are preparing for their debuts on March 8. I see a lot of sticky notes in their future — stacks and stacks of them. Do sticky-note sales peak during Canada Reads? Perhaps that's something BookNet could look into next year?
I've had the pleasure of meeting and talking with all of our panelists and each one is convinced that they're standing behind the winning book. And why wouldn't they feel that way? After reading all five books over the past few weeks, I can definitely see where they're coming from.
I've observed a curious phenomenon in my own reading process. Every time I finish one of the five novels we've been given to consider, whether it's Good to a Fault or The Jade Peony, I feel sure that I've just read the winning novel.
Good to a Fault was the first novel I picked up, back in December. I had never read Marina Endicott's work before, and so I was eager to see what Simi Sara was so passionate about. While I was immediately swept into the story, at the same time the gambler in me was assessing the book's chances as I read. By novel's end I was convinced that I'd just read the winning book. "This is the one," I said to myself. "Case closed."
Next up: The Jade Peony. Once again, I made myself comfortable, with my tea, my book and my blanket. I was immediately compelled and drawn in by the tales of Jook-Liang, Jung-Sum and Sekky. About halfway through the novel, my former certainty began to give way. Could this be the winning book? By the last page, I was certain: Sorry, Good to a Fault, The Jade Peony has it in the bag.
Then I picked up Douglas Coupland's Generation X, a book I'd read many years before. Do I really need to tell you how this went? I read the last few pages over and over again; the most poetic of the novel, the ending is my favourite part of Gen X —and by the fourth or fifth reading, I was even more certain that this was the winning novel. The new order was fixed in my mind: Generation X, number one, followed by The Jade Peony, with Good to a Fault coming in a close third.
Which book do I think should win Canada Reads 2010? Based on my reading, I'd say Good to a Fault, The Jade Peony, Generation X, Nikolski and Fall on Your Knees.
What about you? Are you as conflicted as I am about which book you're backing? Share your top picks here or on >our discussion boards.
Until next time,