Mid-Year Review: 2017

At the beginning of this year I decided to start a project for Canada’s 150 – read books written by a Canadian or relating to Canada. This has been a great year of reading so far and I wanted to share my favourite discoveries!

Best Historical Fiction

The WarsThe Wars – Timothy Findley

This look at a Canadian soldier in World War I is hard to forget. The war scenes are so vivid. Findley addresses all the senses, and I could hear and smell and feel everything in the moment. I was completely taken in by the writing of these scenes and the feelings they gave me.



Best Non-Fiction

The Day the World Came to TownThe Day The World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland – Jim DeFede

This is a heart-warming book about the 38 planes that landed in Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11. Not only did this book make me smile with its memorable stories, but I learned a lot about the events of the days following 9/11 and what it meant for those aboard and on the ground.


Favourite Book (So Far)

Station ElevenStation Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

I read this book back in February and it’s still my favourite book from this year. This book set the bar high and nothing has even come close to matching it. The writing in this novel is so beautiful and elegant, it swept me off my feet and will remain one of my favourite books for a long time.


The Book I’m Most Looking Forward To

eek! When I starting looking through my Canadian to-read books I just started laughing. There are SO MANY books that I am eager to read, I don’t even know what is at the top of my list. Just scrolling through my to-reads makes me excited for what is to come. I’ve somehow managed to narrowed them down to the three books I’m most looking forward to reading:

Letters from Labrador

Fiction: Letters from Labrador by Stacey D Atkinson

Working as a midwife treating Inuit, Innu, and white settler families, Patricia writes to her family about her life in northern Labrador.


ObasanHistorical Fiction: Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Based on the author’s own experience, Obasan tells the story of the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War.


The Right to be ColdNon-Fiction: The Right To Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Plant by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

An exploration of the parallels between protecting the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture, written by one of Canada’s most prominent environmental and human rights activists.


So far this year I have absolutely enjoyed exploring authors and topics that are different from what I usually read. I was hoping to have read more by now, but that just means I’m going to have to read harder over the next few months! I’m excited to see what other amazing books I can discover this year. :)


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