I guess you could say, that in my predictions, I sort of got it right…
Huzzuh! After a very strenuous debate with a near questionable outcome, the winner of the Canada Reads is…
Defended by Humble the Poet, the book, to my great surprise won. I loved this book and it was my favourite of the five but I did not think it would win. Humble the Poet did a great job in defending this novel and I am thrilled that it got the praise and appreciation it deserved.
“I think the real debate, at the end of the day, is what does Canada need? And Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Those needs are going to be extremely diverse.” – Humble the Poet, Canada Reads 2017 debates
I am thankful that Company Town did not win. I did like the book, I just didn’t think it contended as well as the others. The book is a science-fiction and they often get a bad rap so I am glad that it did well in that sense but just in terms of how it met the question this year it did not contend as well as the others.
I guess you could say, that in my predictions, I sort of got it right. While I didn’t think that this book would win, I did rank it as my favourite so it was a near close!
Well, that’s a wrap for this year! Perhaps now is a good time to try and catch up on some of the best reads from some of the years I missed…
What is the one book Canadians need now? I give my two-cents in this years Canada Reads 2017 debate.
Hey kids! The Canada Reads 2017 debate starts today! The debates will air on CBC Radio One at 11:05 a.m. ET, CT, MT, PT. They will air at 1:30 p.m. in Atlantic Canada and 1:35 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador. CBC Television will broadcast the shows at 4 p.m. local time.
I am happy to report that I have read and reviewed all the contending books this year and I am going to break down my predictions for the winner.Picking a winner this year was extremely difficult as the books that I enjoyed the most are not necessarily the ones that will hold the best during the debates. The selection this year, I would say, has been the most enjoyable shortlist for me since I started following Canada Reads back in 2014. Additionally, I am going to do two rankings. One, for the book that best met the question, and two, for the books that I enjoyed the most.
Based on the books that have best met this years question: What is the one book Canadians need now? Here is how I think it may pan out:
The Arctic is the world’s air conditioner and if we cannot protect the Arctic than we are all doomed to face the effects of climate change. In terms of the cause, this books takes the cake for the question this year.This type of issue needs to be laid out for everyone to see. Just because you may not be suffering the effects of climate change at this time, it doesn’t mean that others are not and we need to do our part to get a handle on the climate change situation. However in terms of the readability of the readability of this book, I would rank it very differently. See below.
This book fulfills in answering this question many times over with the multiple topics it breaches. This book outlines rape culture, which is massively important with our neighbours below us stirring the pot politically on feminist topics, as well as discussing and bringing light to the importance of how missing and murdered Native American women are being viewed and treated negatively and are not given the serious attention that their cause deserves. Additionally, the books ends with hope.
This book analyzes our humanity, both the good and the bad, and focuses on the positives of: language, poetry/art, and companionship in relation to happiness and purpose. With the current political atmosphere, this book helps reminds of our need to connect and communicate, to ultimately respect the differences of others, and just how essential this is to our happiness as a species. As with the dogs in this book, hate only leads to more hate, hurt and tragic endings.
This novel is an example of a successful dystopia. It’s not too far-fetched to be true science fiction and it holds enough truth in it to reflect the present. The author depicts a very real conflict between baby boomers and millennials with the new and old generations of those with eternal life as well as the disparity of wealth between have and have-not countries and the lack of understanding and general humanity that wealthier countries have on the issue. Despite the political differences and atmosphere currently this book serves to remind all Canadians that regardless of where you came from or what you believe, we cannot forget that we are all the same.
Hwa is a fantastic character. I only wish that there were more like her: strong, smart, brave (all in the masculine sense too) and she can kick some serious ass.The topic of a company town, while important, especially in relation to how massive the oil companies and rigs are in Canada, I don’t feel it has the same potency as the other books.
However, if I could truly rate these books just on enjoyment, content and readability, I would have them as such:
I would say this book is in a tie for the first spot on this list. I found the concept fascinating, yet almost realistic and appreciated the journey that the protagonist went through. Fabulous writing too.
When a book comes with a trigger warning, you know you are in for something deep. This book discusses multiple women’s issues and it heart-breaking and heart warming. The characters really stuck with me.
While the main character absolutely kicked ass, the plot of the story was not delivered as efficiently as it could have been. Additionally, the meager romance was probably the most feels I have ever in reading something romantic. That is really hard to do to for me!
While the content is undeniably valuable I found this read uninviting and not as inspiring as it could have been. The books was more of a warning than a memoir and spent a lot o time on the nuances of committee meetings rather than the author’s more personal journey. However, it sounds like author is a pretty private person so I imagine that this is about as extensive as she gets in terms of getting up close and personal.
Let’s see how the debates go and see if I was able to pick the winner. Who do you think should win this year?
If you forget what happened, did you really read it? Read about how to improve your book memory.
If you forgot what happened in a book after you’ve read it, does it count in having read it? I mean, if you can’t recall what the book is about, how are you any better than someone who has not read it?
It’s a frustrating curse that many voracious readers struggle with. Myself included! Though I have yet to completely forget a book, it is not uncommon. I believe that even if you forget about having read a said book, that it still counts as having been read. Books sometimes leave emotional marks on our memory and can still contribute to our overall experience and personality. Often times, the book isn’t completely lost from your memory either, as anyone who has ever picked up a book and realized that they are already familiar with it. I find I can often remember how a book made me feel, even if I can’t remember the plot.
Most of us skim books when we read and in order to retain more here are a few tips to start practicing with your next novel:
Slow down – this one is obvious. Practice active reading. In order to remember more, slow down your pace. The book isn’t a race to the finish. Think about the words you’re reading. I know, we all have reading goals but sometimes quality and retention is more important.
Write down and take notes – this isn’t meant to be a chore and take the fun out of reading so write down plots and characters that intrigue you. Or perhaps a question you have about a characters decision or plot line.
Research – look up words you don’t know in the dictionary or a piece of history or geography you don’t know anything about.
Tall about it – don’t like the book or a character? Rant to your friends. Better yet, if the book is good, recommend it and discuss pinnacle points. Don’t have bookish friends? Try the Good reads community or Reddit.
Track your reading – this has been my own biggest remembrance tool. You can use a spreadsheet or a site like Goodreads. Even better, write reviews or quick personal notes within a short time frame of finishing the book so you don’t lose those impressions. Lazy? Take a picture with your phone and write a caption.
Have you ever forgotten a book? Any tips I missed? Let me know your experiences.