It’s Canada Day and I’m off to Kirtles’ house with my red cape and basket of books to record the latest Write Reads. I’ll be stopping to pick up a copy of our next book, and I’ll be starting Margaret Laurence’s A Bird in the House for our Summer of the Canadian Short Story challenge. I feel good celebrating at least part of Canada Day with a book instead of a beer. I understand that 90% of all celebrations of nationhood involve alcohol, and I’ll drink to my nation, but sometimes it’s nice to celebrate by way of appreciating something other than our spectacular record for alcohol consumption.
I’ve been looking at CBC’s list of 100 Novels That Make You Proud to be Canadian, recently compiled on Cross Country Check-Up. I have read very few of the books on this list – only 23! – how many have other book bloggers read? It makes me sad that I scored so low on this as, while it misses some of my personal favourites, I feel it’s a pretty damn good list.
Kirtles and I were thinking that mayhaps we should select a few of next year’s books from this list. You know, find ones that fit out monthly themes and slot them in? I myself would love to read The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches, Skim, and The Golden Mean. Which of the books on the list would you most like us to try?