I’ve had a strange, but specific bucket list item for a few years: read all the books for Canada Reads, and follow along during the debates.
This year, the five books are:
- Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
- Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz
- The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
- Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter
- The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami
Why do this?
Read five novels, all related under a common theme. This is my idea of winter FUN!
This year the theme of all the books is “starting over.” Reading books that each stand on their own, and feature amazing writing is a joy for me, but taking it a step further, and finding relationships between them – that’s my idea of nerdy book fun. Seriously.
Support Canadian authors.
Books written by Canadian authors easily get lost in the crowd – so many books, so little time. This is a chance for me to support Canadian authors, and buy books that I typically gloss over. So far I’ve read one of the books, and I’m onto the second, and I’m floored by the stories, the writing, and the variety in the novels. This country develops amazing writers.
Follow in-depth conversations about books.
There is a ‘defender’ of each book who participates in debates that air on CBC Mar 21 – 24, 2016. In the past, I’ve tried to follow along, but I can’t enjoy listening unless I read the books. It’s so rare that you get to hear smart, successful people passionately talking about books – I can’t wait!
Are you up for the challenge?
As you can tell, I’m pretty excited to be participating in Canada Reads this year. Why don’t you join me? Having a few winter evenings ahead curled up with a good book doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
5 weeks, 5 books – it’s on!