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

Canada Reads 2021 Contenders

The debates will take place March 8-11, 2021. I will attempt to read and review each book prior to the debates.

The Canada Reads 2021 shortlist has arrived! While none of the books from the longlist that I wanted to read made the cut I am excited about this year’s theme: One book to transport us. With this pandemic, it’s the perfect theme and I’m hoping for some great selections of writing and escapism from the following selected books:

The debates will take place March 8-11, 2021. I will attempt to read and review each book prior to the debates.

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

Canada Reads 2021 Longlist

The Canada Reads 2021 longlist is here!

Canada Reads 2021 is fast approaching and I’m happy to have something to look forward to since 2021 is starting to look a lot like 2020 so far…

Here are the books that have made the longlist this year:

There are a few books on this list that I don’t find very enticing but there are a some I think will make for interesting reads. I hope that the YA selections and memoir selections are kept to a minimum to make for a balanced and robust short list. I am personally hoping to see You Are Eating An Orange. You Are Naked on the shortlist, along with Tatouine. Are there any that you’re excited for?

The panellists and the books they choose to champion will be revealed on Jan. 14, 2021. The debates will take place March 8-11, 2021.