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
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!
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 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!!!!!