Wednesday, October 6, 2010 |
Wow! We've been blown away by the submissions everyone has sent in. Canada is filled with passionate and informed readers and we want to share your recommendations with everyone else. Every afternoon, we'll be highlighting random reader recommendations on the Canada Reads blog. Don't worry if you don't see yours -- it may show up in tomorrow's post and it's definitely still being entered into the draw for the 40-book library!
Linda McHugh recommends: Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel
Who knew that our imagination could bring us to a story told on the back of a shirt. I read this book because of Life of Pi, another great read.
Suzie Babij recommends: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Another wonderfully written book by an amazingly talented author!
Julie Scriver recommends: Elle by Douglas Glover
This is an amazing, gritty, bawdy, bloody piece of writing. Glover has a prowess for dialogue and can transport his readers to another time. He wrestles with the theme of displacement -- individuals torn out of their culture, thrown into another, and never fitting anywhere again. Masterful!
Sonia Hosko recommends: Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall
This is an incredible read; it captivates you, takes you along on a chaotic, passionate and engrossing ride. Love the characters, love the tone, love the writing.
Angela Ellis recommends: The Sudden Weight of Snow by Laisha Rosnau
I chose this book because it is a funny yet poignant and at time heartbreaking coming-of-age story that captures small town Canada perfectly. I became very engaged with the characters and was sad to see the novel end because I felt so involved with them.
Jennifer Fournier recommends: Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
This novel manages to cover residential schools, native history, WW1 history, natives in WW1, family relationships, the outdoors, history of the Canadian North AND be such a compelling read I couldn't put it down.
Judd Dowhy recommends: Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
Brilliantly written satire on the state of pop culture and media. An honest yet twisted journey through one man's obsession with everything that is wrong in the world.
Brittany Leschasin recommends: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Few books in Canadian history have permeated literary circles worldwide as much as Yann Martel's breathtaking parable about a young boy's journey -- both physically and mentally -- into adulthood. The wink at the end to everything potentially not being as it seems is a fantastic "What do YOU think?" payoff to a well-written, humorous, and heartfelt tale of growing up in the most extreme of situations.
Joanne MacNevin recommends: The Outlander by Gil Adamson
This is a great novel that tells an engaging story with well developed plot and characters that truly come to life. What I really loved about this book, though, was that, through the author's words, the reader was able to visualize what the characters were feeling, seeing, experiencing. The novel is full of rich prose, but the true genius (in my opinion) becomes apparent when the author is able to describe an entire scene using one or two word phrases. That is not easy to do! I think Gil Adamson's book is one of the best Canada Reads books I've read.
Amanda Earl recommends: Sandra Beck by John Lavery
A striking feature of John Lavery's writing is his inventive and skillful use of language. In Very Good Butter (ECW Press, 2000), You, Kwaznievski, You Piss Me Off (ECW Press, 2004) and Sandra Beck (House of Anansi, 2010), he coins new words, blends words, plays games with words, uses specialized vocabulary, foreign words and highly figurative language. Particularly in Sandra Beck, he deals with the issue of our troubles to express ourselves, to be understood and the kinds of communication problems that exist in a bilingual family. The novel is set in Montreal and the Eastern Townships. The book is told primarily by Josee Bastarache, a teen age girl and her father, PF, chief police inspector. Lavery isn't well known and I believe Canadians would enjoy and benefit from exposure to his work on the Canada Reads Program.
Kristi Dobson recommends: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
I picked this up and couldn't put it down...a bit of learning, a bit of entertaining and a great read all together.
Barbara Esler recommends: The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
This book stunned me. Glorious writing, riveting research. I had to put it down frequently as I read, totally involved in the story-telling and in the heart-breaking, beautiful pace of the story. I wanted to linger in it for as long as possible. I have recommended The Way the Crow Flies to everyone I know. Yes, it's a tome and takes patience but once you keep going you just cannot let it go. It resonates with me still. I feel this book has been overlooked through the years since its publication. AM MacDonald is a goddess with words. PLEASE make this one of your picks. It's an outstanding Canadian book. PLEASE. This one deserves it.
Vaughan Marshall recommends: Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
Beautifully written. The author gets inside the head of her young protagonist and convincingly lays out the "logic" that leads her to dangerous choices.
Megan Sherrit recommends: The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
I love to read and read voraciously. However, it's rare that I come across a book that draws me in so much that I sit up reading through the night then have a bittersweet feeling when I finish because if I'd taken longer, I could still be reading it. This is one of those books.
Kris McNaughton recommends: After River by Donna Milner
I know this one is not going to get many votes but I loved this book. Milner's description of life on a farm had me remembering the sights, sounds, and even tastes of my childhood. Aside from her vivid imagery, Donna Milner's story struck home with me. I loved the characters and the storyline, even though it wasn't the "perfect happy ending."
Have a novel you want to recommend? Fill out our form here! There are prizes involved, great ones! I promise!Erin Balser is an associate producer of Canada Reads.