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:
- The Break by Katherena Vermette
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.
- Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
- Knucklehead by Matt Lennox
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.
- Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji
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.
- One Hour in Paris by Karyn L. Freedman
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.
- Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer
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.
- Today I Learned It Was You by Edward Riche
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.
- Waiting for First Light by Roméo Dallaire, with Jessica Dee Humphreys
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.