Happy Canada Day!!!


Canada Day 2004

This year, I am trying to increase the Canadian content in my reading and slowly work my way through CBC’s 100 Books that make you proud to be Canadian.  Here are a few suggestions if you are looking to celebrate Canada Day with a book!  Click on the underlined title for a review of the book for or click on the underlined authors for summaries of book signings.  Enjoy!

Annabel (Kathleen Winter) – set in Newfoundland

If I Fall, If I Die (Michael Christie) – a story highlighting mental illness set in Thunder Bay

Best Friends Through Eternity (Sylvia McNicoll) – a young adult novel by a local author

No Relation (Terry Fallis) – satirical fiction related to characters sharing the name of famous individuals

Where the Air is Sweet (Tasneem Jamal) – although the setting is mainly Uganda, the tale written by a Kitchener author is fantastic!  I was privileged to enjoy dinner with the author and cannot say enough about this book!

The Best Laid Plans (Terry Fallis) – satirical, political fiction

At the Water’s Edge (Sara Gruen) – a tale of a woman discovering true love while her husband searches for the Loch Ness Monster

The High Road (Terry Fallis) – the sequel to Best Laid Plans

The Time of Your Life (Margaret Trudeau) – a self-told story of enjoying life in later years with anecdotes and stories told my Margaret Trudeau.  I met her at a book signing and would love the opportunity to have lunch with her!

The Mountain Story (Lori Lansens) – an amazing story of finding yourself while lost in the wilderness

Somewhere in France (Jennifer Robson) – WWI historical fiction

Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) – a Canadian classic that every girl should read set on Prince Edward Island

After the War is Over (Jennifer Robson) – sequel to Somewhere in France

Anne of Avonlea (L.M. Montgomery)

Anne of the Island (L.M. Montgomery)

Anne of Windy Poplars (L.M. Montgomery)

Anne’s House of Dreams (L.M. Montgomery)

If these are not enough choices, check out my 2014 reading list and consider authors such as Joseph Boyden (First Nations stories), Chris Hadfield (Canada’s favourite astronaut), Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (young adult historical fiction), Alistair McLeod (a Canadian classic), Carrie Snyder, Farley Mowat or Ross Pennie.

Please add your Canadian favourites by adding comments below.

Happy Canada Day!!!!!

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1 Response to Happy Canada Day!!!

  1. samwdh says:

    Hi Susan,

    Happy Canada Day to you and the family and the Provincial Champion! Thanks for sending this list which I will get to eventually after I finish painting Canada with small brushes. I just finished Ross King’s “Defiant Spirits” about Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. It should be on your Top 100 list. It was great, very interconnected with what was happening in the rest of the art world, and, of course, written by a Canadian.

    Cheers from Eganville, it’s amazing how much we appreciate hot running water!

    Love, Bill XX



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