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1raidergirl3
Jan 3, 2017, 9:34 pm

I'm starting the year, appropriately enough, with Mike Myers' Canada. It is a real love letter to Canada, and a trip down memory lane for readers of a certain (his and my) age. He describes it has his present for Canada's 150th.

2ted74ca
Jan 6, 2017, 10:58 am

I borrowed a book from a friend who'd recently lost her father.It's a memoir, and I quite enjoyed most of it, esp. the humour, though I tended to skim some of the longer soul-searching philosophical paragraphs. They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson

3gypsysmom
Jan 10, 2017, 7:40 pm

>1 raidergirl3: I might have to get that in pursuing my goal to read 50 books by Canadians for the 150th birthday of Canada.

4gypsysmom
Jan 10, 2017, 7:43 pm

I've read two already and I am listening to a third. Already read is Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie and Snow Job by William Deverell. The audiobook is The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood. As I said above I am going to try to read 50 books by Canadians this year so that means at least 4 a month.

5ted74ca
Jan 14, 2017, 3:36 pm

>4 gypsysmom:. Sounds like you're off to a great start. What a good idea of yours.

6SylviaC
Jan 14, 2017, 5:30 pm

>2 ted74ca: I felt the same way about that one. She tended to lose me in her soul-searching, especially when she veered into the mystical, but I really enjoyed the parts about her parents' lives and the descriptions of the house.

7gypsysmom
Jan 15, 2017, 9:36 pm

>5 ted74ca: Thanks. Lots of great books by Canadians out there that I haven't read yet.

8gypsysmom
Jan 23, 2017, 1:01 pm

I've added a few more in the last two weeks. Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat is YA but one I had never read before. I enjoyed it but then I don't think there is a Mowat I haven't enjoyed. To add a little more recent view I got 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad from the library. It was shortlisted for the Giller in 2016 and then I read one of the stories in the collection online and I was intrigued. Awad certainly writes well and she can be quite funny but the continuous stories of the main character's obsession with body image and dieting and exercise went on too long for me.

9Yells
Jan 26, 2017, 9:14 am

I read 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl and felt the same way. Beautiful writing but the weight obsession never seemed to stop. It was exhausting by the end.

10ted74ca
Editado: Jan 26, 2017, 4:21 pm

Just finished A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny. I'd not really enjoyed the last couple in her Three Pines series, but this one held my interest a lot more. Comfort, cozy mystery reading, Canadian style.

11raidergirl3
Editado: Jan 28, 2017, 5:07 pm

>8 gypsysmom: ambitious goal to read 50 Canadian books! Lots to pick from - keep us updated.

I am reading Getting Over Edgar by Joan Barfoot. I bought this years ago second hand after enjoying her Exit Lines.

12LynnB
Jan 28, 2017, 10:16 am

For many people, weight obsession is an exhausting experience...living with it, I mean. I really enjoyed 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.

13rabbitprincess
Jan 28, 2017, 10:26 am

I've read a lot of CanCon this month and am hoping this trend will continue over the sesquicentennial year!

Franklin's Lost Ship, by John Geiger and Alanna Mitchell
Help Me, Jacques Cousteau, by Gil Adamson
Black River Road, by Debra Komar (a true-crime book about a murder in New Brunswick in the 1860s)
By the Way, by Gordon Pinsent

And I have Gil Adamson's other novel, The Outlander, ready for a re-read.

14raidergirl3
Fev 11, 2017, 7:11 pm

I'm reading Family Matters by Rohinton Misty.
I so loved A Fine Balance that since then I've read nearly all his book; FM is the last one.

15LynnB
Editado: Fev 25, 2017, 1:56 pm

I'm reading my ER book, The Most Dangerous Thing by Canadian author Leanne Lieberman.

16raidergirl3
Fev 25, 2017, 12:49 pm

I thought Laura Lippman was from Baltimore?

17Yells
Fev 25, 2017, 12:55 pm

I am reading The Orenda by Boyden and liking it so far.

And yup, Lippman was born in Atlanta and raised in Baltimore.

18LynnB
Fev 25, 2017, 1:55 pm

oops...wrong author! It's Leanne Lieberman

19raidergirl3
Editado: Fev 25, 2017, 3:53 pm

>18 LynnB: no prob, I just thought you had some new/inside information!

I am reading Captured Hearts: New Brunswick's War Brides, by Melinda Jarrett. It is part of a NB military history series.

20gypsysmom
Fev 28, 2017, 10:41 pm

I've read 6 more Canadian books since I last reported so I've gotten through 12 in two months. If I could only keep that pace up I would hit my goal of 50 by September but I'm sure that's not going to happen. Here's what I've read since my last report:
Company Town by Madeline Ashby - one of the books for Canada Reads this year and it is science fiction; I really liked it
The Shape I Gave You by Martha Baillie - a letter (a very long letter) by a Canadian woman to a German woman who was the daughter of a man the Canadian woman was in love with for many years; the letter was occasioned by the death of the Canadian woman's 18 year old daughter
Against the Odds by L. M. Montgomery - a book of short stories written by Montgomery discovered after Montgomery's death
As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross - wonderfully written book about a preacher and his wife living in Saskatchewan during the 'Dirty Thirties'
Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat - not sure how I missed reading this entertaining (if mostly fictional) book about studying wolves in the barren lands
Father Goose by William Lishman - another story about a man's interaction with wildlife but this one is true

21raidergirl3
Fev 28, 2017, 10:59 pm

>20 gypsysmom: I loved Martha Baillee's Incident Report Did you like the one you read?
Lol at Farley Mowatt!

You are doing great reading Canadian! Keep it up

22gypsysmom
Mar 3, 2017, 9:06 pm

>21 raidergirl3: The Shape I Gave You wasn't what I expected but it was interesting and I keep thinking about it so that shows it made more impact than I realized at the time I read it.

23LynnB
Mar 7, 2017, 3:52 pm

I'm starting on the Canada Reads books, and intend to read them all before the debates begin in the last week of March. I'm reading Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis.

24Yells
Mar 7, 2017, 6:16 pm

I just finished Indian Horse by Wagemese and loved it. I need to read more Canada Reads books.

25mdoris
Mar 7, 2017, 9:20 pm

>23 LynnB: I want to read Fifteen Dogs too. Did you see that Alexis just won the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes, one of the richest literary prizes in the world? The $165,000 US (approx. $215,000 Cdn) prize recognizes an author's complete body of work in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry. Very exciting for him.

26LynnB
Mar 9, 2017, 8:27 am

Fifteen Dogs is certainly unique and very creative....but not my favourite book by a long shot. Now, I'm reading Company Town by Madeline Ashby for Canada Reads.

27LynnB
Mar 13, 2017, 1:46 pm

I'm reading Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji in preparation for Canada Reads.

28Yells
Editado: Mar 13, 2017, 3:39 pm

I just finished Lives of Saints and In a Glass House by Ricci. Excellent trilogy so far.

29vancouverdeb
Mar 19, 2017, 10:29 am

I've read a couple of Can Lit books. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. Hagar Shipley, the narrator of the story is a bitter, stubborn old woman, and it took me a bit to get into the story, but I loved the story as I got further into it. I also read a new Can Lit book, Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang. It grabbed me right away and I really enjoyed the story.

30ted74ca
Editado: Mar 25, 2017, 11:28 pm

A nice fun Canadian read for me this weekend: the latest in Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce mystery series: Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd.

31LynnB
Abr 1, 2017, 10:32 am

I'm reading Shoot! by George Bowering.

32LynnB
Abr 4, 2017, 8:49 am

33LynnB
Abr 10, 2017, 2:02 pm

I'm reading a lot of Canadian lit these days. Next up is The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall.

34raidergirl3
Abr 13, 2017, 9:32 pm

>29 vancouverdeb: Hagar is such a memorable character!

I just finished listening to Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood, and read by the wonderful R.H. Thompson. Double dose of Canada.

35gypsysmom
Abr 14, 2017, 10:29 am

>34 raidergirl3: R. H. reads it?? I've been waiting to get this audiobook from my library's electronic media site but I didn't realize he was the reader. I had a major crush on him 30 years ago when he appeared on stage at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in several plays. I even managed to acquire a picture of him that I kept on my bedside table. (I had to put it away when I got married but I still have it and get a peek at it now and then.) So, now I'm off to see how long it is going to take until I can download a copy of this.

36raidergirl3
Abr 14, 2017, 10:58 am

>35 gypsysmom: lol, it appears RH Thompson has a loyal fan base! I wasn't sure if I cared to read Hag-Seed, but realizing Thompson was the reader tipped me in favour. Hope you get the audiobook soon!

37mdoris
Abr 14, 2017, 1:38 pm

>35 gypsysmom: Loved your "crush" story about R.H. I just looked him up and now know exactly who (and why) you kept a picture (long term). Good story!

38gypsysmom
Abr 20, 2017, 4:41 pm

>36 raidergirl3: >37 mdoris:
RH is playing Mathew Cuthbert in the new CBC series "Anne" based on Anne of Green Gables. We were off in the US when this series started so I am about 4 weeks behind. Luckily CBC has it available on the internet and since I was nursing a head cold this week I watched some of the episodes. RH has aged very well I think!

39gypsysmom
Abr 20, 2017, 4:45 pm

I have read a lot of Canadian books since I last posted but I won't try to list them all. There were some outstanding reads though:
Pilgrim by Timothy Findley http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/7119384/
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/8066885
The White Dawn by James Houston http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/12169162/

40LynnB
Abr 25, 2017, 12:06 pm

I'm reading The Torontonians by Phyllis Brett Young. It's described as one of the earliest looks at how women felt stifled by life in suburbia and the consumer culture....a foreshadowing the feminist movement.

41gypsysmom
Maio 7, 2017, 1:05 pm

Just finished another wonderful book: Certainty by Madeleine Thien. This book was published in 2006 but I had not read anything by Thien until last year's Giller prize winner Do Not Say We Have Nothing which I thought was terrific. Certainty is equally good and I am now determined to read everything Thien has written.

42raidergirl3
Maio 7, 2017, 2:35 pm

I've got two Canadian books on the go:
A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay, so I am expecting a quick, suspenseful ride and
Field Notes: A City Girl's Search for Heart and Home in Rural Nova Scotia by Sara Jewell. It's a series of essays and they are quite delightful. I've been slowly reading them, a few every day.

43LynnB
Editado: Maio 18, 2017, 9:49 am

My Canadian literature (so far) for May has been: I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid and The Landing by John Ibbitson.

44gypsysmom
Maio 22, 2017, 12:56 pm

I am just about finished Waiting for Time by Bernice Morgan. It is the continuation of the story she started in Random Passage which is about an outport settlement in Newfoundland. CBC did a series based on these books called Random Passage about 15 years ago but I missed seeing it. My library has a DVD copy so I have just put a hold on it because I want to see it now that I have the story fresh in my mind.

45raidergirl3
Maio 22, 2017, 1:12 pm

>44 gypsysmom: Loved the Bernice Morgan books!

46rabbitprincess
Maio 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

While on vacation in Halifax I read two Canadian books: Island: The Complete Stories, by Alistair MacLeod, and A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny.

47LynnB
Jun 6, 2017, 11:00 am

I'm reading Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai.

48raidergirl3
Jun 6, 2017, 11:17 pm

Reading The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill

49LynnB
Jun 25, 2017, 6:25 pm

50LynnB
Editado: Jul 1, 2017, 3:11 pm

Happy Canada Day! Thought I choose a Canadian classic: As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross.

51gypsysmom
Jul 1, 2017, 3:18 pm

I am starting Cat's Eye on Canada Day.
>50 LynnB: I recently read As For Me and My House and I thought it was terrific.

52ted74ca
Jul 5, 2017, 5:07 pm

Latest thriller/suspense novel by a writer from Vancouver Island where I now live again Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

53raidergirl3
Jul 7, 2017, 6:38 pm

I'm reading Carol Shields' Susanna Moodie, a graphic novel. Includes intro by Margaret Atwood. Three strong females. I really can't get more Canadian!

54gypsysmom
Jul 9, 2017, 6:35 pm

Finished Cat's Eye and also another Canadian book A Soldier's Sketchbook which is about WWI and uses the writing and sketches of R. H. Rabjohn. I found it very evocative of that horrible war.

55gypsysmom
Jul 16, 2017, 8:46 pm

My library has a maple leaf on this book even though the author is American so I am counting it as Canadian. The book is Journey by James A. Michener and it is the tale of four British aristocrats and their Irish servant travelling through Canada to Dawson City for the Klondike Gold Rush. Michener speaks very highly of Canada and its citizens in the afterward. As well, the royalties from the Canadian sales of this book were donated by Michener to form the Journey prize given to the author of a short story published in Canada each year. I had heard of the Journey prize but had no idea it was started by James A. Michener. What a great way to help new authors.

57LynnB
Jul 31, 2017, 5:00 pm

I've read 65 -- so far. Do Not Say We Have Nothing is on the TBR shelves. Thanx for posting the list!

As with any list, there are some that shouldn't be there and some that aren't but should be, but I think it's great that we have such a wealth of great authors/books in our country.

58LynnB
Ago 6, 2017, 8:28 am

59gypsysmom
Ago 16, 2017, 12:50 pm

I just finished Funny Boy which is set in Sri Lanka during the 1980s when the minority Tamils were persecuted by the government and subjected to violence by mobs. The narrator is a young Tamil boy (7 when the book starts) who grows up in this state of affairs while also coming to terms with his homosexuality. It was chosen by Amnesty Canada for the Book Club read for August 2017. It is also on the CBC list of 100 Novels that make you Proud to be Canadian. If that wasn't enough to intrigue me I have several friends who came to Canada from Sri Lanka and I wanted to understand their country more. Great book but sadly there is still racial tension in Sri Lanka.

60mdoris
Ago 16, 2017, 8:34 pm

>61 LynnB: Very interesting book review about Sri Lanka.

61LynnB
Ago 20, 2017, 11:31 am

Not "literature" but I'm celebrating Canada's 150th with A Number of Things: Stories About Canada Told Through 50 Objects by Jane Urquhart.

62LynnB
Ago 25, 2017, 5:37 pm

I'm reading Mister Nightingale by Paul Bowdring, a Canadian author I've not read before.

63gypsysmom
Ago 26, 2017, 2:58 pm

I'm reading Stone Diaries by Carol Shields right now. I read it many years ago, probably soon after it was published. My book club decided to read it for September and I decided I really had to re-read it if I was going to be able to take part in the discussion. More of it has come back to me as I read but I am in awe of how Shields has crafted this story. No wonder she won the Pulitzer Prize for it.

64alans
Ago 28, 2017, 2:49 pm

Even though the long list for the Giller prize won't be announced for another two weeks, you've heard it here first-Heather O'Neill will win top prize this year.

65alans
Ago 31, 2017, 12:48 pm

I'm almost finished the new Barbara Gowdy-the Little Sister. I was never a fan of Gowdy so I approached this one with trepidation. I really fell in love with the first half of the book but it's getting
way too complicated and tedious and I don't know if I will care for it by the end. The narrative is unusual-sort of like one of those Russian dolls wherin contain other dolls. The problem with the book is that there are so many mirror characters that you start to lose a sense of who is who after a while.

66LynnB
Set 2, 2017, 3:10 pm

67gypsysmom
Set 2, 2017, 4:07 pm

>68 gypsysmom: I thought that book was brilliant. Hope you like it.

68gypsysmom
Set 6, 2017, 3:18 pm

Just finished off kiss me which is Andrew Pyper's writing debut. It's a book of short stories and I found them mostly unsatisfactory but you do get glimpses of what Pyper would later go on to present.

69alans
Set 8, 2017, 4:45 pm

I really liked Pyper's novel about the lost girls-can't remember the title-but I found the other stuff I read by him really wretched and over-rated.

70aussieh
Set 8, 2017, 8:12 pm

I have not long ago done a reread of No Great Mischief by Canadian writer Alistair MacLeod a lot of my favourite writers are Canadian.

71gypsysmom
Set 9, 2017, 1:02 pm

>71 gypsysmom: It was called Lost Girls and it was very good. I have also liked The Wildfire Season and The Trade Mission but I found The Demonologist too much horror for my liking.

72alans
Set 12, 2017, 2:52 pm

Yes it was Lost Girls and I thought it was a great deal of fun. The Wildfire Season didn't interest me at all and I read another one, I think it was about a kidnapped boy and that one didn't appeal to me either. His most recent sounds interesting.

73gypsysmom
Set 21, 2017, 6:50 pm

I'm immersed in a couple of Spider Robinson's books Very Bad Deaths and Very Hard Choices. They make me remember why I love Spider's writing and make me sad that he hasn't written anything for years due to his wife's death, his daughter's death and his own heart attack. I am hoping that he is getting good vibes from my posting about these books and maybe he will get something out soon.

74vancouverdeb
Set 21, 2017, 7:48 pm

I'm reading A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw. I might not call it Canadian Literature but it's a fabulous historical mystery that takes place just outside of Nelson BC. It promises to be a great series!

75LynnB
Set 29, 2017, 8:38 am

76raidergirl3
Set 29, 2017, 9:05 am

I'm reading Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World by Candace Savage, a little nonfiction introduction to crows. Lovely illustrations and myths throughout.

77gypsysmom
Set 29, 2017, 1:04 pm

I just finished Frances Itani's latest book That's My Baby which is superb. Itani is coming to Winnipeg in a few weeks so I am very pleased that I got to read it before her appearance.

78LynnB
Out 9, 2017, 11:27 am

I'm re-reading The Boys in the Trees by Mary Swan.

79LynnB
Out 18, 2017, 4:56 pm

I'm reading The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys for a book club.

80aussieh
Out 18, 2017, 5:54 pm

I am about to dip into a reread of The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt he is another of my favorite Canadian writers.

81LynnB
Out 20, 2017, 1:30 pm

82ted74ca
Nov 3, 2017, 2:25 pm

Disappointed in this "thriller" by BC writer Chevy Stevens: Those Girls. Not very suspenseful.

83LynnB
Nov 7, 2017, 7:41 am

84ted74ca
Nov 17, 2017, 7:48 pm

Stumbled across #9 in a Canadian mystery series I'd not heard of before: Lament for Bonnie by Anne Emery.

85ted74ca
Nov 21, 2017, 3:25 pm

Couldn't find the first book in Anne Emery's mystery series in my local library, so read the 3rd one instead. This was better than Lament for Bonnie and is called Barrington Street Blues.

Also, must confess that I read a Linwood Barclay paperback when stuck sitting in my car for a few hours the other day: No Safe House. I buy some cheap second hand paperbacks to keep in my car for just such times.

87LynnB
Dez 29, 2017, 2:09 pm

I'm reading Hunting Houses by Fanny Britt which I got for Christmas.

88LynnB
Dez 30, 2017, 4:17 pm

I'm ending the year with I Am a Truck by Michelle Winters.

89ted74ca
Editado: Jan 1, 2018, 7:21 pm

On Dec 31, 2017 I finished novel by a Victoria based writer and I really thought it very good. By Gaslight by Steven Price