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Top 40 deadline day: Vote before midnight and stay tuned for results


We sent out a call for nominations and, wow (!!), did Canada respond! Over the course of our three-week public campaign for the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade, we received thousands of nominations for hundreds of books. Everything from crowd-pleasing favourites like Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden to self-published books like Email from Freak by Jeffrey James Davidson had a turn in the Canada Reads spotlight and we couldn't be more thrilled.

However, your enthusiasm presents an interesting challenge. Tabulating all those votes is going to take a little more time than we'd originally planned for.

Thanks to the overwhelming response, we're moving the announcement of the Top 40 list from tomorrow to Thursday, October 28. You'll be able to find the Top 40 right here on the Canada Reads website. In the meantime, we'll be making the list and checking it twice, making sure every vote — on our polls and via our online form, Twitter, Facebook and e-mail — is counted, before we tell the world what you chose as the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade!

The deadline is midnight ET, so get your recommendation in. The form is here. If you missed out on any of our polls in the last three weeks, weigh in. We looked at past Canada Reads contenders, librarian selections, bookstore picks and more.

Cast your vote now! It's your last chance!

Past Canada Reads contenders

The decade in bestsellers: 2006-2010

The decade in bestsellers: 2001-2005

The decade's Giller nominees

Book bloggers' recommendations

Bookstores' recommendations

Librarians' recommendations

The decade's Governor General's nominees

Canadian publishers' recommendations

All voting ends tonight at midnight ET. Any guesses at which titles will make the Top 40? What books are long shots? Underdogs? Surprises? We can't wait to hear your reaction on Thursday!

Erin Balser is an associate producer of Canada Reads.

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