The winner of Canada Reads 2019 is…

The debates generally went how I thought they would but there were a few surprises.

Ziya Tong, defending Max Eisen’s By Chance Alonebeat out Chuck Comeau defending Homes, to win this year’s Canada Reads!  Both of these books are amazing in their own right and both stories deserved to win but I am thrilled with this decision. I was really impressed with the debates this year too especially from Ziya as it was her great debating that cinched the win between these two amazing stories.

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Ziya Tong defended Max Eisen’s book “By Chance Alone” to win Canada Reads 2019

Homes has nothing to be ashamed of and the authors of the book should be immensely proud of their accomplishments in getting this far and in sharing such a brave and amazing story. If you don’t know the backstory on Homes, you have got to read-up on it.

The debates generally went how I thought they would with the voting, though I was surprised that The Woo-Woo was voted off in the first round as I expected it to at least make it to the second. I thought that Susanne would be voted off first. Nothing against Susanne as it was the most beautifully written out of all the books this year but it didn’t match the theme as well as the others. The Woo Woo was a personal favourite of mine but so was By Chance Alone and it was very tough for me to rank them beside each other. I actually really enjoyed all the books this year nearly equally, with my least favourite being Brother. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy Brother, it just didn’t stack-up as well compared to the other four.

It was a good Canada Reads year, with book selection and debates, and I hope to see more quality like this again next year!

Canada Reads 2019 Longlist

One Book To Move You: Which of these 15 will make it to the final 5?

The 2019 Canada Reads longlist is here!

The theme this year is: One Book To Move You

Here are the fifteen books on the longlist. The final five will be chosen on January 31, 2019.

I’m the most excited to read By Chance by Max Eisen and The Woo Woo by Lindsay Wong.

What books are you excited to read?

Jan 10th – Canada Reads Longlist Announced

Is it time yet?

It’s Almost Here!

One of the best times of the year is coming soon. Canada Reads 2019 kicks off with the longlist announcement coming on January 10th!

The final five books and the panellists who will be defending them will be revealed on Jan. 31, 2019.

The debates will take place March 25-28, 2019. 

What topics are you hoping for this year and who do you think might make the cut?

I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing the final five for your reading pleasure.

I can’t wait!