Canada Reads 2021 Predictions

One book to transport us… which one will it be?

I’ve finished reading all the Canada Reads 2021 contenders and just in time as the debates kick off today. While I haven’t finished writing up reviews for them all, I’ve got a break down of my favourites of the five as well as what I think will win the debates this year. Let’s start with my favourites.

Favourites:

1. Butter Honey Pig Bread – Francesca Ekquyasi

A possible contender for one of the best books I’ll read this year. Outstanding story and writing that made for a book I couldn’t put down and that I thought about for days after. I highly recommend it.

2. Hench – Natalie Zina Walschots

Know the TV show “The Boys“? This plot has a similar setup in that it shows that sometimes the superheroes aren’t always the good guys. Really captivating read with interesting characters.

3. Midnight Bargain – C.L. Polk

I was expecting to hate this novel and I didn’t. It was an engaging and fun story that brings up relevant feminist issues. Think of a Jane Austen story but with a magical twist and you’ve got Midnight Bargain. It was an enjoyable read and while there isn’t anything overly literary about it definitely transported me.

4. Jonny Appleseed – Joshua Whitehead

It pains me to rank this book here as I loved it, just not as much as the others. It’s an interesting story that discusses difficult topics while also highlighting beautiful aspects of humanity.

5. Two Trees Make A Forest – Jessica J. Lee

I thought I’d love this novel and I really wanted to like but there were just a few too many missing aspects. Memoirs are a tough genre and this one read more like a journal making it difficult to connect with.

Predicted Ranking:

So this year’s theme is One Book to Transport You and based on that this is how I think the books will stack up in meeting that theme:

  1. Midnight Bargain
  2. Butter Honey Pig Bread
  3. Two Trees Make A Forest
  4. Jonny Appleseed
  5. Hench

How would you rank this year’s reads? Who do you think will win? Looking forward to the debates!

The debates will take place March 8-11, 2021.

They will be hosted by Ali Hassan and will be broadcast on CBC Radio OneCBC TVCBC Gem and on CBC Books

Author: thepluviophilewriter

I have an obsession with running, cats, video games, books and angry music. I also like to write. Read my book reviews.

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