Five down, three to go…
So far, I’ve read five out of the eight books I picked from the Canada Reads 2017 longlist:
- Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
- Knucklehead by Matt Lennox
- Quantum Night by Robert J Sawyer
- Waiting for First Light by Roméo Dallaire
- Nostalgia by M. G. Vassanji
I think my personal favourite so far has been Knucklehead. I can’t say I love loved it, but out of the five I’ve read, that’s the one I enjoyed the most. Waiting for First Light was also pretty good, and I’ve put a couple of books by the same author on my “to read” list.
I found that Quantum Night and Nostalgia were similar in that they were both that kind of sci-fi, set-in-the-future kind of theme with an obvious moral to the story. Fifteen Dogs was just bizarre and a bit unbelievable. There was also a moral in there about happiness and consciousness, but I just didn’t buy it.
If I’m trying to forecast which of these five will go on to the shortlist, I would probably choose Waiting for First Light. Maybe Knucklehead and Nostalgia as well, although I’m not as sure about those two in terms of them being accessible to the whole population of Canada.
Time’s flying – I still have three left to go, and it’s only six days until they announce the shortlist. I’m currently reading Today I Learned It Was You by Edward Riche, and I’m finding it a bit of a struggle, to be honest. I’m going to stick with it for a few more chapters, but I’m seriously thinking of giving up so I can fit in One Hour in Paris by Karyn L. Freedman. I have a feeling I’m going to like that one a lot better, and I already have it borrowed from the library. The last one will be The Break by Katherena Vermette. I’m also really looking forward to that one, but so are a few hundred other people at the library. Let’s hope I can get it in the next few days.