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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.