My Picks from the Canada Reads 2017 Longlist

On Monday, CBC announced the longlist for Canada Reads 2017. They will announce the shortlist on January 31st, but in the meantime I’m going to check out as many as I can. You can see the full list here.

Since I probably cannot read 15 books in a little over a month, I’ve tried to pare the list down. When they announce the finalists, I will of course try to read any that I skipped. Out of the 15 on the list, I’ve chosen the following eight:

I generally enjoy novels that have a few juxtaposed or converging stories going at once. Maybe it’s because I have a short attention span, but I really appreciate the change of perspective every chapter or section.

This book won the Giller Prize in 2015, so it must be good, right? Plus, it’s about dogs with human consciousness, and I loved A Dog’s Purpose…so why not?
UPDATE: See my review of Fifteen Dogs here.

I’ve been enjoying reading a lot of crime books lately, so I’m ready to give this one a try. I’ll admit that I do normally prefer true crime, but I’ve devoured a couple of crime fiction books lately, so we’ll see how this one goes.
UPDATE: See my review of Knucklehead here.

Science fiction is not generally my thing. But this one looks kind of interesting. It deals with the problems of memory that we might face should we overcome the impediments to immortality. Sounds interesting.
UPDATE: See my review of Nostalgia here.

As I mentioned earlier, true crime has been a recurring theme for me lately. This book is a memoir about a victim’s worst hour and how it affected her life from that point forward.

I haven’t read anything by Robert J. Sawyer yet, but I have been meaning to, and here is an opportunity. Again, I’m more into true crime than fiction or science fiction, but this book sounds like it has a focus on psychopaths, which goes along with my true crime theme of late.
UPDATE: See my review of Quantum Night here.

At first, I read that this was about someone purportedly transitioning from man to deer, and I said “ummm…no thanks. Too weird.” But then I thought about it again, and decided that I’m actually quite intrigued. Let’s see how this one goes.

I don’t know much about the Rwandan genocide and its after-effects, and I would like to know more. I’m hoping that I can learn something about it here.
UPDATE: See my review of Waiting for First Light here.

I wonder how many of my eight will make it to the shortlist. Of course, I’ll be posting a review of each book as I go. I’ll add links here when the reviews are up.


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