My Life in Books

The books Olympic Games Overnight host Craig McMorris loved reading

The CBC Sports host discusses some of his favourite books.
Craig McMorris is co-hosting Olympic Games Overnight. (CBC)

Craig McMorris is a veteran of the Canadian snowboard scene (and the older brother of Olympian Mark McMorris). The former national team member is co-hosting Olympic Games Overnight alongside co-host Kelly VanderBeek at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, which take place Feb. 9-25, 2018. 

Below, he reveals the books that started his love of reading. 

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit is a children's book written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. (Doubleday Books for Young Readers)

"This book was a huge part of my childhood. It's the story of a velveteen rabbit that was given to a boy. It thought it could turn into a real rabbit but never did. It got closer to the boy, but over time it got old and raggedy. The boy got sick and the rabbit had to be discarded, but it had spent so much time with the child that it did become real.

"My mother read this book to me a lot when I was a child. It definitely was a favourite for me when I was a kid."

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 

J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter series of books. (Bloomsbury/Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

"J.K. Rowling is an incredible writer and storyteller. When I was in elementary school, I struggled with reading and writing and was in remedial classes. But then I got the first Harry Potter book and I read the whole thing. I then read the next one and the one after that. I got so good at reading that, as a result, I went from remedial classes to advanced classes.

"Within the entire series, the books get bigger and more detailed. So I was growing as a reader as the series progressed. My parents still say that J.K. Rowling is the reason I can read and write! The books really helped me grow as a person."

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden's Three Day Road follows the journey of two young Cree men, Xavier and Elijah, who volunteer for the First World War. (Penguin Canada)

"This is a fantastic book that I read in high school. This is such a well-written story, it's absolutely unreal the way he intertwines the two storylines and characters. It was extremely interesting, I couldn't put it down."

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