What book should bring Canada into focus?
The CBC Canada Reads 2020 longlist has arrived and this year the list has diversified to include poetry, speculative fiction, as well as a graphic novel. Out of these 15 books which ones will make the shortlist? And which one will best meet the theme this year, one book to bring Canada into focus?
I would personally like to see Son of a Trickster on the shortlist as well as the graphic novel, Dear Scarlett. Which ones are you excited for?
The final five books and their champions will be revealed on Jan. 22, 2020.
The debates will take place March 16-19, 2020 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan. The debates will be broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC TV, CBC Gem and on CBC Books.
Wooooooo! It’s almost time for the Canada Reads 2019 debates and I’m ready to give you the down-low on what books I think are going to take the cake this year and which ones I thought were the best.
The theme this year is “One Book to Move You” so let’s have a look at which book I think will win this year.
Don’t like my picks? Have your say and vote now for your favourite now!
Predictions for the 2019 Canada Reads Winner:
You know it’s really hard to put different types of books against each other. I’ve said it before but I think Canada Reads should pick a type of book for each debate and stick to it. For example, all memoirs, all YA, or all dystopians for example, as it would just be more efficient, effective, and easier to pick the one that meets the select theme for the year. This year included 3 memoirs, a creative memoir and a work of fiction.
I decided on Homes as I think it was truly the most moving as my jaw-dropped when I learned about the age of the author sharing the story. It’s also an extremely important and timely topic that people in Canada need to read more about. While also being moving read, the book is also an extremely enjoyable read and I think it will come out as the fan-favourite this year too.
My Canada reads 2019 Favourites:
Soooo this was really hard! I changed my mind so many times about the book I enjoyed the most but in reality I enjoyed all the books but for different reasons. For example, Brother ended being my least favourite but I think it’s because it just didn’t fit in with the other books as it is the only full-on fiction book in the list. Susanne is a creative-memoir that had elements of truth and I found its prose beautiful. Homes and By Chance Alone were intensely moving, where with The Woo-Woo I found it both moving, shocking, humorous, and entertaining.