Trent's back from Mexico and recaps his sort-of-relaxing reading experience


Trent McClellan and Jay Baruchel, the final two contenders in Canada Reads 2013.

Last year's champ returns! Trent McClellan will be our guide to the Canada Reads experience. Follow along as he blogs and tweets about the 2014 edition of CBC's battle of the books. His blog posts will appear on the Canada Reads website every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @Trent McClellan for his complete Canada Reads 2014 coverage.


Happy New Year to you all. I hope you enjoyed your holidays. Mine were great, except I ate a stupid amount of food, and then went to Mexico for a destination wedding that had multiple buffets. Too make matters worse, I decided to jam myself into a ridiculously snug Speedo to try and blend in. Regardless, we had a great time and two of the Canada Reads books made the trip. They acted as a welcome distraction from some of the awkward Speedo sightings....mine included. I noticed that many of my fellow beachgoers had a book to read -- there is something quite tranquil about reading while listening to the surf as it organizes sand particles.

When travelling, an obvious place to get some quality reading time in would be on the plane, right? Wrong. First of all, there was a crying child two rows behind me, who must have thought her crying was keeping the plane in the air. She was relentless from start to finish. I learned a very important reader's fact: It's hard to read when you're pretty sure there is an exorcism going on behind you. On the bright side, this child cried way more than I did during my Q interview last year, so I felt pretty good about that.

The second challenge I had while reading on the plane was that the person in front of me put their seat all the way back. This essentially meant I became a dentist! The person's head was right near my chest, which left little room to bring a book up to my face. I felt I should be hunched over them saying things like "Have you been brushing? Let's have a look see." I'm 6'3" so I don't get much room on planes to start with, but when someone puts their seat back, I have to do hot yoga poses to get my legs out of the way.

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It's great to be home. Now I shall be buried in these great books for the rest of the week and I hope you will be too.

How is your reading going? I'm at exactly the halfway point with two and a half books read. It's incredible even at this early stage to realize how different these books are in terms of story, style and character development. As a result I think the defenders will have to take different approaches to ensure that their book comes out on top. Just like on the resort, there were different approaches to sunscreen use to defend against the sun. Clearly, some didn't use any while others wore it like a suit. No panelist will want to come out all red in March as a result of being burned by the other panelists. This is crunch time now for all the defenders.

I now have to go unpack my suitcase with a vicious head cold that I got on my last day in Mexico. The rest of today will consist of a couch, coffee and a great book. There have been worse days.

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