Here’s Part 2 and the exciting conclusion of After Canada Reads! Tania’s Liesl from Fifth Business and Rianne’s Nao from A Tale For The Time Being were eliminated in Part 1. Who will be the last character standing? Jason’s Murasaki from Chorus of Mushrooms? Alexis’ Lou from The Break? Laura’s “Our Woman” from Malarky? The only way you’ll ever find out is if you listen to Part 2.
What did you think of the final results? Was a favourite character unfairly treated? Did we miss important points of discussion? How would your votes have gone? Please, let us know!
Did Kirt just get away without choosing one of the characters? I think he did!
So, what *is* important to consider when trying to narrow the field down to one character? It sounds like it mainly comes down everyone’s own personal opinions of the books – all the questions asked were deemed unimportant by at least one of the panelists. I was thinking more about having each of the panelists come up with a question (from my comment on Part 1), and I’m thinking it would be okay for them to be somewhat biased toward their own book, as long as they each get to come up with a question. I think it would be fun.
It’s funny how everyone starts saying a lot of the same things the panelists on Canada Reads say – “they’re all good!”, “everyone should read them all!”, “they all cover important issues!”.
I think the main reason for the ballots would be so that you can’t change your mind based on what everyone else has just voted – you have to go with the vote you wrote down.
Thanks for doing this, everyone – I really enjoyed it. It seemed friendlier than Canada Reads, like really you all just wanted to talk about books and it didn’t really matter which book won. Almost. (But I like Canada Reads, too. I don’t always like everything that happens on CR, but I like so many things about it.)
I had already read Malarkey and The Break, and had planned to read the other three in time for this, but only managed Fifth Business (which I’m so happy to have finally read – thank you, Tania!). After listening to all of you gush about Chorus of Mushrooms, I’ll still have to make that one a priority. Not to mention “As For Me and My House” – if it’s anything like Malarky then I have to read it!
Okay, to be fair, they never ask the host to pick his favourite on the real Canada Reads… maybe they should!
I was very relieved when Alexis helped me avoid answering that question. I’m terrible at picking favourites. I honestly did love all of the books pretty equally. Since I’ve had a few days to think about it, though, I’d say that my pick would be Nao from A Tale For the Time Being. I found her the most engaging, likable, and well written (whatever those terms mean). Do these criteria make her the “best”? I don’t know.
I am definitely going to go with your idea to get the panelists to each submit a question. Maybe you might be interested in participating?
Very glad that you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for your honest thoughts. – Kirt
It’s pretty nice when you can love all the books, isn’t it? But then you had a great bunch of panelists with good taste. Not to mention your superior hosting skills!
I’ve never debated anything (in public) before. But you never know… if it’s about books… Or maybe you need a co-host… ?? 🙂
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