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1raidergirl3
dec 29, 2010, 11:28 pm

The old thread was getting pretty long so I've started a new one.

I started reading The Lost Highway by David Adams Richards. I started it once a year or so ago, and couldn't get into it, so I've decided to give it a better effort this time. I loved his Mercy Among the Children, but early on, it feels the same but in a much lighter version.

2LynnB
dec 30, 2010, 7:08 am

I'm reading a Christmas gift: Cool Water by Dianne Warren. I'm really enjoying this story of a small town in Saskatchewan.

3Bcteagirl
dec 31, 2010, 7:10 pm

I am starting The Handmaid's Tale which will be my first Canadian book on my new kindle. So far I really like it. It is a dystopian tale.

4LynnB
jan 1, 2011, 8:40 am

I liked The Handmaid's Tale, too. I think it's much better than Margaret Atwood's later look at the future, Oryx and Crake.

I'm reading Annabel by Kathleen Winter.

5raidergirl3
jan 1, 2011, 4:01 pm

Ooh, I got Annabel for Christmas from my sister. So looking forward to it.

6Bcteagirl
jan 1, 2011, 10:55 pm

Annabel is a great read :)

7LynnB
jan 7, 2011, 11:11 am

I'm reading Uprising by Douglas L. Bland

8VivienneR
jan 7, 2011, 2:24 pm

I just finished Windflower by Gabrielle Roy. Beautiful story about an Inuit girl who had a baby with blue eyes and blond curls. I'm about to begin Enchanted Summer by the same author. At the same time I'll be reading Crawling from the Wreckage by journalist Gwynne Dyer.

9Bcteagirl
jan 7, 2011, 5:07 pm

I just loved The Windflower it is one of my favourite reads from last year :)

10vancouverdeb
Redigeret: jan 8, 2011, 8:18 am

I'm about 55 pages into The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman. It promises to be a wonderful read. It's historical fiction, based on the true story of one of Montreal's first female doctors. I really enjoyedAnnabel - I see that many of you are reading that right now. Enjoy!

11vancouverdeb
jan 11, 2011, 4:07 am

I really enjoyed The Heart Specialist - highly recommended.

12vancouverdeb
Redigeret: jan 11, 2011, 4:07 am

double post -sorry.

13Bcteagirl
jan 11, 2011, 3:45 pm

Heh, it looks like you were up late reading that one Deb!

14vancouverdeb
Redigeret: jan 11, 2011, 6:35 pm

@ 13 Heh! I'm a dreadful nightowl!! ;) I'm now reading a non-fiction account of the Klondike Gold Diggers:The Story of Striking it Rich in the Klondike.Perhaps a non -fiction does not qualify as Literature -but it seems to be fascinating reading, with quite a few pictures , and maps. I am very much enjoying it so far. Actually the time is 3 hours ahead of what it is in reality. Still, I suppose 1:07 am is kinda late:)

15Bcteagirl
jan 11, 2011, 7:10 pm

Non-fiction definitely counts!

16vancouverdeb
Redigeret: jan 18, 2011, 2:50 am

Just finished Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike - 4.5 stars. Highly recommended! Great read!

Just getting my nose into Motorcycles & Sweetgrass which was a finalist for the GG's 2010 award. Looks to be both a historical and contemporary look at first nation culture and people.Drew Hayden Taylor, the author, is 1st Nations himself. I think it will be an informative and fun read. The best kind!:)

17raidergirl3
jan 18, 2011, 10:49 am

>16 vancouverdeb: - I thought Motorcycles & Sweetgrass was mostly fun! Nice use of folklore, and great characters. Loved the raccoons. Taylor wrote for Beachcombers.

18LynnB
jan 20, 2011, 12:39 pm

I will be on a Canadian Literature role as I attempt to complete the five Canada Reads books before the debates begin on Feb. 7th. First up, The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, which I'm really having fun with so far.

19vancouverdeb
jan 22, 2011, 6:51 am

I just finished Motorcycles & Sweetgrass and I loved it!! I still have to think about what I may write up about it -but I definitely feel it's a book more people should read -and one that many people would enjoy. It was definitely fun -but I think underlying that there is ability for non - natives to understand native culture in the here and now, as well as in the past, in a sympathetic way. I think because of that -and because it is fun- I see it as being more mainstream piece of CanLit that I think I might be able to share with friends and family and they would enjoy it. I've read that Drew Hayden Taylor has another book out soon - oh - I'll be purchasing it!

Of interest - Drew Taylor Hayden was born in 1962 - so he only worked on one episode of the Beachcombers when he was 18 or so. He was born and raised on a reserve in Ontario -but is actually of mixed background - causcasaion and native - so I think perhaps that helps him have insight into both cultures. I really recommend it highly!

20LynnB
jan 23, 2011, 12:38 pm

Canada Reads reading continues...The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou

21LynnB
jan 26, 2011, 6:46 pm

I've finished Essex County by Jeff Lemire. Do people consider graphic novels "literature"?

I'm on to my fourth of five Canada Reads books, The Birth House by Ami McKay

22Cecilturtle
jan 27, 2011, 7:23 pm

#21 - yes definitely. In France it's considered a seventh art form and there are some very serious festivals and prizes dedicated to it. In my daughter's school, every level has at least one graphic novel as mandatory reading and there's a whole section dedicated to them in their read-o-drome, a space reserved for the pleasure of reading.

23raidergirl3
jan 27, 2011, 7:57 pm

I just finished The Bone Cage. I liked it, but it's not one that I'll be raving about. And I'm not sure I'd defend it at Canada Reads, but it was still a good read.

I only have Best Laid Plans left for Canada Reads. Oh, and The Country Nurse, since my library didn't have the combined copy of Essex County. But since I've read the first 2/3, I feel like I've read it.

24ajsomerset
jan 27, 2011, 11:14 pm

I'm just starting into The Bone Cage.

25climbingtree
jan 28, 2011, 12:57 pm

I've been listening to the CBC "Between the Covers" podcasts while jogging -- so I just finished "reading" Elizabeth Hay's Late Nights on Air this morning. I wasn't blown away by it.

26Bcteagirl
jan 28, 2011, 1:22 pm

I just finished reading The Birth House. Not sure what my next CanLit will be yet :)

27LynnB
jan 28, 2011, 3:43 pm

climbingtree, I am one of the minority (around here anyway) that wasn't blown away by Late Nights on Air either. Way too much foreshadowing...by the time things actually happened, I'd stopped caring!

28Bcteagirl
jan 28, 2011, 3:54 pm

25,27: You will find yourself in good company here. I enjoyed hearing about the trip, and the discussion of books. The foreshadowing was far to heavy handed (YA bookesque type foreshadowing almost) and I didn't fall in love with any of the characters. I am glad I read it. I enjoyed some parts, and the descriptions of the environment. They would have done well to put it through another round of editing.

29climbingtree
jan 28, 2011, 4:42 pm

I listened to the book as a podcast, and I was worried for a while that I just wasn't enjoying the reading (Gwynyth Walsh, I think), but ultimately there was definitely an issue of character for me.

30LynnB
feb 1, 2011, 10:21 am

I'm reading my final Canada Reads book, Unless by Carol Shields. I first read it in 2003.

31Cecilturtle
feb 2, 2011, 9:05 pm

I've just finished Unless - still ruminating on the outcome!

32raidergirl3
feb 4, 2011, 9:42 pm

31 - I thought the ending really made the book!

I just read Essex County and really enjoyed it. Reading all the parts together was a much better experience. My silly library had Ghost Stories and Tales from the Farm as separate entities, but put all together, really good. Only after it was on Canada Reads did they get the collected edition.

Still trying to finish Best Laid Plans. It must not be a good week for me to read, since I am liking the book, but it seems to be taking forever to actually finish. It's good, but... I'm very tired at night and it's not compelling me to pick it up.

33LynnB
feb 7, 2011, 9:05 am

I'm reading My Best Stories by Alice Munro.

34mrspenny
feb 12, 2011, 1:16 am

Could anyone recommend a History of Canada during WW1 with a focus on domestic politics and issues.

35sqdancer
feb 12, 2011, 2:16 am

Off the top of my head - Tapestry of War by Sandra Gwyn. I'll take a look through my WW1 collection tomorrow and come back with any other ideas. I really should be heading off to bed now. :)

36mrspenny
feb 12, 2011, 3:54 am

>35 sqdancer: Soupdragon - thank you for that recommendation - it gives me a starting point - I'm particularly interested in the issue of conscription and opposition to it.

37raidergirl3
feb 12, 2011, 6:16 pm

I finished Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod. Great short stories, if a little dark. I started out reading one each day, but finished the last three today. I have always liked short stories, and his father's collection, Lost Salt Gift of Blood is one of my favorite collections.

38ajsomerset
feb 13, 2011, 9:25 am

On the topic of short stories, I read This Cake is for the Party by Sarah Selecky on a recent flight back from Halifax.

Both Selecky and MacLeod have been shortlisted for the Canada/Carribean region for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. I think Light Lifting is the better of the two, but they're both good collections.

39VivienneR
mar 9, 2011, 2:24 am

It's been on my currently reading pile for a while, but I just reached The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards and enjoying it very much. I'm longing to know the secret that is being uncovered. It's an excellent choice to be reading during International Women's Day.

40VivienneR
mar 9, 2011, 1:40 pm

>39 VivienneR: My apologies to Kim Edwards. I was reading about authors last night and somehow picked up the erroneous information that Kim Edwards is Canadian. I haven't found the source, so I am taking responsibility for mixing up information. I'll blame the lateness of the hour.

41peterdarbyshire
Redigeret: mar 9, 2011, 8:43 pm

I just finished Timothy Taylor's The Blue Light Project and liked it. It follows a city after a mysterious hostage taker seizes a television studio during the taping of children's talent show. Some people find it a bit unfocused, but I think the multiple characters and intersecting storylines are the point. If you like Don DeLillo, you'll probably like this.

42Cecilturtle
mar 12, 2011, 9:33 pm

I highly recommend Cool Water by Dianne Warren - the characters are not only very well-developed but they will remain long after the book is closed.

43vancouverdeb
mar 13, 2011, 6:46 am

VivienneR - don't worry in the slightest! All of us make mistakes - easy to do!
I've been curious about Lake of Dreams, so do let us know what you think!

Cecilturtle - great to know that Cool Water is so enjoyable - I've got it my TBR pile .

As for me - I'm about 100 pages into Stone Diary by Carol Shields, and thoroughly enjoying both the story and her beautiful prose.

Touchstone angst - sorry!

44VivienneR
mar 16, 2011, 2:54 pm

Thanks vancouverdeb, it was silly to even think that such a very American story could have been written by a Canadian. I enjoyed Lake of Dreams but kept feeling the main character was over-reacting and making too much out of very little. It dragged in some places. I believe it would have been a much better story if it had been kept tighter. I started speed-reading some passages. It was all tied up very neatly at the end - maybe too neatly.

I've got Dianne Warren's Cool Water on my wishlist and Stone Diaries by Carol Shields gathering dust waiting to be read. I am looking forward to both. Maybe I'll start Shields first - as soon as I've read my ER wins of course.

45vancouverdeb
mar 24, 2011, 6:40 pm

I finished Stone Diaries a while back and very much enjoyed it. Even better, in my opinion, was After River by Donna Milner, which I just finished reading. She is a BC writer. Excellent story and writer, Donna Milner.

46LynnB
apr 12, 2011, 1:42 pm

47vancouverdeb
maj 6, 2011, 8:32 am

I finished up Mennonites Don't Dance by Darcie Friesen Hossack, which is CanLit as it was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Prize. Excellent volume of short stories and her debut book. Touchstones don't work of course, as it is not a popular books so far in LT. Sandra Birdsell was one of her Creative Writing teachers, and recommends the book.

48sqdancer
maj 6, 2011, 1:11 pm

49raidergirl3
maj 6, 2011, 2:56 pm

I'm reading Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor. It's subtitled a Native Gothic, but has his trademark humor that was present in Motorcycles & Sweetgrass, and maybe even vampires.

50ajsomerset
maj 7, 2011, 10:48 am

Just finished Muriella Pent by Russell Smith on my flight home last night. Smith's satirical eye never sharper.

51LynnB
maj 11, 2011, 9:34 am

Due to what my husband calls the "tyranny of book clubs", I'm about to start The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud

52ajsomerset
maj 11, 2011, 9:42 am

You have my sympathy.

53vancouverdeb
maj 16, 2011, 6:03 pm

Let us know how The Sentimentalists works out as a read. I confess I hurried to purchase a copy , but it is gathering dust.

54climbingtree
maj 17, 2011, 11:32 am

Finished The Perfect Circle by Pascale Quiviger this morning; starting Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson this afternoon.

55Bcteagirl
maj 17, 2011, 1:40 pm

I will have to keep an eye open for After River it sounds interesting :)

It has been a while since I have read much CanLit although I did read An Educated Imagination by Nortrop Frye last month.

Shortly I will be starting The Cellist of Sarajevo. I meant to read this book last year but it just didn't happen so will be reading it this summer.

56LynnB
maj 18, 2011, 6:58 am

Our book club discussion of The Sentimentalists showed that we agreed on our reactions (this isn't typical):

--we were all frustrated by the writing style (although I was slightly more forgiving as I felt the vagueness matched the theme of the novel -- that we can't really know someone's past)

--we all wished there had been a little more action or dialogue

--we all found the transcript portion interesting in that it provided some explanation (but did the author have to go from one extreme in style to another to do this?)

--we were all glad to have read it but wouldn't recommend it to many people

57vancouverdeb
maj 23, 2011, 6:21 pm

Thanks for that input, Lynn. My Sentimentalists is gathering dust! ;)

I'm about 60 pages into Room. It's okay -but so far I have trouble with the way the 5year old speaks! I remember very well my two sons at that age -and they certainly were much more advanced speaking wise and both of them were fluent readers by the time they started kindergarten. I find Jack's speech to be uneven and not that belivable. Oh well... I'll try to overlook that.

58Bcteagirl
maj 24, 2011, 4:16 pm

I finished reading The Cellist of Sarajevo last night. A very powerful book but not a dark and depressing book as I expected. It is broken into many short sections from a few people's point of view. One is the story of a gentleman who has to travel across town avoiding the snipers to get water for his family. One of another man whose family made it out before the siege who is going across town to where he works in a bakery for bread. Another story is of a young woman who has been working as a sniper to try to shoot the men in the hills who keep shelling the town. The title comes from another story of a Cellist who after witnessing a bread line being attacked vows to play a certain song in the pit where the shell exploded, once a day for each person who died during the attack. In the end it is actually more a story of strength and how people retain their humanity in the most trying of circumstances. Because it switched between many short segments of their stories it avoided becoming too dark or difficult to read (I admit I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to tough reading). I put off reading this one last year but I needn't have. It is a lovely book and at times written quite poetically.

59Cecilturtle
maj 28, 2011, 1:37 pm

It's been a while since I've picked up a Canadian book. The latest is Salut, la Neige! by Évelyne Rozenberg, a very charming and moving love story.

60vancouverdeb
jun 14, 2011, 4:32 am

I"ve just finished reading Coventry by Helen Humphreys. I wrote up a review for this wonderful Canadian author, if you care to read it. I look forward to reading more by Helen Humphreys.

61raidergirl3
jun 14, 2011, 8:48 am

I saw this book at Indigo and was intrigued. It looked too short to buy (I"m cheap like that), so I added it to my library list. I didn't realize she was Canadian. And then by further coincidence, the Coventry Cathedral was mentioned in the last book I read, The Little Book. And now you mention it here. The book gods are trying to tell me something.

Coventry is the cathedral in England that was bombed in WW2, right?

62ajsomerset
jun 14, 2011, 9:27 pm

Coventry is a city in England that was bombed in WW2, known for its cathedral, yes.

63LynnB
jul 4, 2011, 10:53 am

Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro. I loved the first story! And am starting the second on my lunch break.

64Cecilturtle
jul 9, 2011, 6:14 pm

I just finished Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel - I was surprised to see that people either loved it or hated it. Personally, I thought it was a tour de force with just so much to think about...

65ajsomerset
jul 9, 2011, 7:46 pm

That's interesting. It was almost universally panned by the critics. You never know if you're seeing a case of tall poppy syndrome, or what.

Unless you read it, that is. ;)

66raidergirl3
jul 9, 2011, 8:26 pm

I'm just about finished Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill.

67Cecilturtle
Redigeret: jul 9, 2011, 8:39 pm

#65 - it's a very creepy book about the Holocaust - a controversial topic at best. I think there are still a lot of taboos about the Holocaust and Martel wanted to break some of the silence around it. It definitely doesn't leave the reader indifferent...

68raidergirl3
jul 9, 2011, 8:55 pm

I have to say that all these comments are making Beatrice and Virgil sound very interesting. Sounds like I'll either love or hate it.

69Cecilturtle
jul 10, 2011, 3:12 pm

I've just finished a series of short stories by Joyce Marshall Any Time At All and Other Stories. I think Marshall is one of those great kept secrets of Canadian literature. She isn't very prolific, but what she writes is both beautiful and haunting. She definitely merits recognition, both for her own writing and her work as Gabrielle Roy's translator - another powerful female Canadian voice.

70vancouverdeb
jul 15, 2011, 10:42 pm

I'm part way through Lullabies for Criminals by Heather O'Neill. So far and excellent book!

71LynnB
aug 4, 2011, 2:10 pm

A book written in 1963 by Canadian author Rohan O'Grady: Let's Kill Uncle

72raidergirl3
aug 6, 2011, 8:15 am

Slowly starting to read a book of short stories by Alistair MacLeod - As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and other Stories.

73Bcteagirl
aug 8, 2011, 12:42 am

71: I saw that one on the early reviewers and was interested, but it had not clicked that it was by a Canadian author. Thanks for that! :)

74raidergirl3
aug 8, 2011, 2:20 pm

Just finished the delightful Coventry by Helen Humphreys.

75VivienneR
aug 11, 2011, 1:48 am

I absolutely loved Coventry. I sat up all night reading it and then was surprised in the morning that my street was still there. I have Afterimage also by Helen Humphreys on my wishlist.

76LynnB
aug 14, 2011, 11:23 am

I'm reading A Very Political Lady, which Judy LaMarsh wrote in 1979.

77raidergirl3
aug 24, 2011, 8:54 am

I'm reading The Widows of Paradise Bay by Jill Sooley.
It's about a woman whose husband left her. She goes back home to Nfld where her mother has announced the husband as having died.

78LynnB
aug 24, 2011, 10:59 am

raidergirl3, keep us posted on that one! I'm not sure whether to add it to the TBR list or not......

79Bcteagirl
aug 24, 2011, 11:30 am

Just finished The Garneau Block which is set in Edmonton and very funny. :)

80raidergirl3
aug 25, 2011, 8:53 am

I really liked The Widows of Paradise Bay. Delicate balance of humor and drama that Sooley nailed.

81Bcteagirl
sep 15, 2011, 10:47 am

Right now I am reading Why I Hate Canadians. The style of writing reminds me somewhat of Farley Mowat, and I am enjoying this book quite a bit more more than I did How to be a Canadian.

I also recently finished Spin. Although set in the US it is written by a first time Canadian author. An aspiring writer shows up at a magazine interview drunk and figures that her writing career is over. Until they offer her a chance to go undercover in detox to spy on a celebrity. It was actually a fun, very light read.

What Canadian literature are you reading?

82ajsomerset
sep 18, 2011, 11:17 pm

I'm just starting in on Ray Robertson's Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live.

After finishing the first draft of his last novel, David, Robertson went through an industrial-grade depression, after which he decided to write this book. It's a series of essays that asks what makes life worth living. I picked up a big chunk of my fall reading at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival today, but this is the one that shouts out, "read me now!"

83vancouverdeb
sep 19, 2011, 4:06 am

Finished up The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje. Overall, quite a boring read. I wrote a review here http://www.librarything.com/profile_reviews.php?view=vancouverdeb. I don't mind slow moving books at all -but I like to come away from them with some new insight into life or a different way of looking at things. This book did neither.

84Bcteagirl
sep 20, 2011, 10:46 pm

I finished Why I hate Canadians and have a review up. Loved the book!! Hilarious, historical and political.

85vancouverdeb
sep 22, 2011, 6:23 pm

Just starting Touch by Alexi Zenter. It's a Giller contender. Looks great so far! 30 pages in.

86Bcteagirl
sep 22, 2011, 6:47 pm

I came across a good hardcover copy o f Vinyl Cafe Unplugged at the local thrift for 1.50$ :P

87vancouverdeb
okt 2, 2011, 8:39 am

I loved Touch by Alexi Zenter. What a wonderful, magical read!

I'm half - way through Tell it To the Trees by Anita Rau Badami. It's simply riveting!

88LynnB
okt 26, 2011, 5:13 pm

89LynnB
okt 30, 2011, 3:10 pm

I discovered a new Canadian author earlier this year, Emily St. John Mandel when I read her first novel, Last Night in Montreal. I'm now reading her second, The Singer's Gun.

90raidergirl3
okt 30, 2011, 4:08 pm

I didn't like The Reinvention of Love by Helen Humphreys nearly as much as Coventry. Love had less plot, more a look at different types of Love. Also, 19th century France vs 20th century England might be a selling point for some, not so much for me.

91Cecilturtle
nov 3, 2011, 3:50 pm

I have recently read Papa, parle-moi anglais comme maman by François-Xavier Simard - it was an honest attempt, but there were simply too many themes from linguistic duality to cultural diversity to family relationships, etc. in this 200 page-book: it difficult to see any trends or understand the author's point.

92vancouverdeb
Redigeret: nov 3, 2011, 6:48 pm

Sometimes I'm not sure how we define Canadian Literature, but I've just finished The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay and very much enjoyed it. She wrote The Birth House, which won several awards. I've written a review for The Virgin Cure.

I also recently finished Natural Order which I thought was a fabulous read about an elderly woman who looked back on her life , and the challenges she faced raising a gay son in the 50's, who died of Aids in the early 1980's. It's called Natural Order and is by Brian Francis, who was a contender for the Canada reads award some years ago. Once again, I did write a review for that one.

I'm currently reading Louis Riel which is a graphic novel of Louis Riel and the rebellion that went with it. My son's girlfriend has it as assigned reading for 4th year Canadian Studies at UBC. Louis Riel is also shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads this year.

I almost cannot read a book that's not written by a Canadian author;) I definitely have a soft spot for Canadians authors.

93rabbitprincess
nov 3, 2011, 7:02 pm

Guy Vanderhaeghe's latest, A Good Man. The sequence of events is a bit hard for me to follow because of changes from present to past tense, but the overall story is very absorbing. Now if only I hadn't loaned my mother The Englishman's Boy -- there are a few references to the events of that novel and I want to reread it afterward.

94buriedinprint
nov 8, 2011, 1:13 pm

83 I left The Cat's Table to the very end of my Giller longlist reading (anxious that I'd be disappointed in it, as you were) but I had a great reading experience with it. I can see where it wouldn't be to every reader's taste though. At first I'd been thinking that if he wins tonight's Giller, that it was more about his being Michael Ondaatje than about it being a great book, but I've had to revise my thoughts on that now that I've actually read it: I do think it's very well-crafted indeed and I wouldn't be at all sorry to see it recognized. (Thots linked through here if you're curious.)

95buriedinprint
nov 8, 2011, 1:18 pm

@92 It's unfair of me but I found the behaviour of the defender of this book on last year's Canada Reads panel was so offensive, that it's bled over onto my interest in reading Ami McKay's second novel. I know that's not fair, but you know how it is when you have so many books waiting to be read, tiny details like that feed into your choices even when you don't want them to?

I have both the Brian Francis and Chester Brown books in mind: thanks for the nudges in their directions.

96buriedinprint
nov 8, 2011, 1:19 pm

93 I was surprised by how much I enjoyed A Good Man; I thought it would feel rather old-fashioned and removed, but was quite engrossed by the events therein. (And it helped that Ada was such a reader, too!)

97Nickelini
nov 8, 2011, 2:45 pm

#95 - I know exactly what you're saying--I don't know if I found her offensive, but she sure turned me off. Not Ami McKay's fault, but The Birth House slid to the bottom of Mnt TBR.

98vancouverdeb
nov 9, 2011, 7:20 pm

I found that Louis Riel by Chester Brown was really quite well done. It induced me to pop out to the book store and purchase John A The Man Who Made Us by Richard Gwyn. It's part one of a two part biography of Sir John A MacDonald -and also a lot of Canadian History. Once I get to that book, I plan to get Nation maker, the second part in biographical series by Richard Gwyn.

I have to tell you, Buried in Print, I was pretty " meh" about Cat's Table. I felt that the characters were not that well developed and I kept wondering - where is the plot? ;)

99VivienneR
nov 10, 2011, 7:45 pm

The reinvention of love by Helen Humphreys just became available at my local library so I snatched it up. Like raidergirl3 said in #90, I don't think it will live up to Coventry, which I absolutely loved. But I know I will enjoy her beautiful writing.

100vancouverdeb
Redigeret: nov 12, 2011, 8:27 am

I must confess that I loved Coventry but when I got The reinvention of love from the library, it did not call to me, and so I returned it unread. I may yet get to it.

Currently I'm about 50 pages into John A The Man Who Made Us by Richard Gwyn and very much enjoying it.

101VivienneR
nov 12, 2011, 11:57 pm

So far I'm enjoying The reinvention of love. It might take me a while to finish as I seem to have a lot in "currently reading" right now.

I have always enjoyed Richard Gwyn and look forward to hearing what you think of this one.

102vancouverdeb
nov 15, 2011, 6:42 am

101 - I'm just at about page 250 of John A The Man Who Made Us. I am certainly learning a lot about Canadian history and politics during the 1800's - and also quite a bit about Sir John A. I definitely plan to read Nation maker , the second part of John A McDonald's biography by Richard Gwyn. I have a group read to participate in after I finish John A - so it will have to wait a bit. I'm really enjoying the book though. At times it can be a little dry -but very educational and worth the read.

103ajsomerset
nov 16, 2011, 9:18 am

Finished two short story collections, Rebecca Rosenblum's The Big Dream and Lynn Coady's Play the Monster Blind, and started a third, Cathy Stonehouse's Something About the Animal.

104LynnB
nov 16, 2011, 10:52 am

I'm currently reading The Antagonist by Lynn Coady.

105raidergirl3
nov 16, 2011, 2:29 pm

I finished Moonlight Sketches by Gerard Collins, a collection of short stories from Newfoundland. I am the only member on LT with this book!

106VivienneR
nov 17, 2011, 2:12 pm

> 101, 102 - Just finished The Reinvention of Love and can recommend it. Humphreys researched the topic very well and said she used the words of her subjects wherever possible. It would have been an odd story if it had been a complete fiction, but the fact that it was about real people made it more interesting and entertaining. However, Coventry is still my favourite book by Helen Humphreys.

107vancouverdeb
nov 21, 2011, 8:05 am

I finished off John A: The Man Who Made Us by Richard Gwyn. I really learned a lot about Canada's early history and John A MacDonald. The book was somewhat dry, but I plan to read the second volume of the biography ( really a lot of history and politics-) in January or February of 2012. It's called Nation Maker.

108LynnB
nov 21, 2011, 9:54 am

I enjoyed John A: The Man Who Made Us when I read it last year so will look for the sequel.

Right now, I'm reading The Death of Donna Whalen by Michael Winter.

109ajsomerset
nov 21, 2011, 8:36 pm

Finished off Something About the Animal, mentioned above.

Moved on to Ray Robertson's second novel, Heroes (with broken touchstone). Robertson's most recent book, Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live was shortlisted for the Hillary Weston Prize this year.

110LynnB
nov 29, 2011, 4:20 pm

Have just started Practical Jean by Trevor Cole

111buriedinprint
nov 29, 2011, 8:17 pm

I'm reading Joey Comeau's Overqualified, a collection of cover letters that definitely won't get the job. Some of them are quite funny, but there are harsh and sad bits too. Well, nobody said job-hunting was easy, and this captures it brilliantly.

112buriedinprint
nov 29, 2011, 8:19 pm

@105 You must feel awfully special, being the only person. You'll have to set an alert to find out when somebody joins you. Hehe.

113buriedinprint
nov 29, 2011, 8:20 pm

108 I really enjoyed Michael Winter's first novel, and definitely want to read more.

114LynnB
dec 5, 2011, 2:17 pm

Read a collection of Margaret Atwood's musings, Good Bones which was very good.

115Nickelini
dec 5, 2011, 3:19 pm

#114 - I loved Good Bones when I read it last year. It seems to be out of print, so I'm on the look out for a nice used copy.

116raidergirl3
dec 5, 2011, 4:37 pm

I've just started Small Ceremonies by Carol Shields. It appears to be a companion to Box Garden which I read earlier this year. The narrators in each book are sisters. How awesome! I'm on a quest to read all of Shields work.

117rabbitprincess
dec 5, 2011, 5:48 pm

This afternoon on the bus I started Anne of Ingleside. I'm not expecting it to be as good as Anne's House of Dreams ended up being (much to my great surprise and delight), but at least the descriptions of lovely spring days are helping me get through the dreary rain.

118raidergirl3
dec 5, 2011, 7:51 pm

Anne of Ingleside is more about Anne's children, and the children of the manse, so the focus has changed. Keep going, because Rilla of Ingleside is a wonderful book.

119rabbitprincess
dec 5, 2011, 8:06 pm

Yep, I'm definitely getting the "more about Anne's children" vibe in this one. They are pretty darn cute though ;) Especially Jem! His chapter (or the one of his I've read so far) was a hoot. "When I grow up I'm going to stay up all night, every night, and I'm going to get tattooed ALL OVER!"

Looking forward to Rilla of Ingleside. One of my co-workers recommended it as a good WW1 homefront book as well as a good entry in the Anne series.

120raidergirl3
dec 10, 2011, 11:15 am

Finished up Small Ceremonies. Carol Shields is like the original Seinfeld - it's all about nothing, but in her hands, it's wonderful. Since everyone's life is nothing (and everything) her view shines a light on your own version.

Now I'm reading The Staircase Letters: An Extraordinary Friendship at the End of Life, a collection of letters between Shields, Elma Gerwin, and Arthur Motyer as Shields and Gerwin both battle cancer.

121gypsysmom
dec 11, 2011, 12:47 pm

I read Half-Blood Blues about a week ago and really liked it. I just bought a copy yesterday to give as a present.

122raidergirl3
dec 11, 2011, 1:50 pm

I found the most delightful Christmas collection of stories at the second hand store - Christmas with Anne and other Holiday Stories by LM Montgomery. I was going to read one a day, or every now and then, but have almost half finished the book as I can't put it down.

The first story was the chapter from Anne of GG when Matthew bought the dress with puffed sleeves. Matthew, sob! The rest haven't been so famous, but full of Montgomery pathos and happy endings, with improbable coincidences. Just how I like my LM stories.

123rabbitprincess
dec 11, 2011, 2:50 pm

Awww Matthew! I've added Christmas with Anne to the TBR. Thanks! :)

124picklesan
dec 14, 2011, 6:19 pm

Just finished reading:
1) Jane Urquhart's Sanctuary Line (set in Essex County) and 2) Jane Sookfong Lee's The End of East (set in Vancouver's Chinatown).

125picklesan
dec 15, 2011, 4:02 pm

Has anyone read Deborah Ellis' Cocalero series. I've just been introduced and am looking forward to reading them...

126LynnB
dec 16, 2011, 7:03 am

I'm reading Uashat by Gerard Bouchard

127LynnB
Redigeret: dec 28, 2011, 3:39 pm

Uashat was great...especially the ending. I've posted a review.

Now, I have about 1/2 hour before the family arrives for Christmas and am about to start A Perfect Night to go to China by David Gilmour which won the GG award in 2005.

ETA: Really liked Perfect Night to to to China. Now, I'm about to start Strange Heaven by Lynn Coady

ETA: Seems like I'm on a CanLit kick. Have just started Etienne's Alphabet by James King.

128Cecilturtle
dec 30, 2011, 9:07 pm

I've delved into the Governor General Prizes recommendations at the library and picked up : Toxique ou l'incident dans l'autobus by Greg MacArthur as well as teen fiction book Pieces of me by Charlotte Gingras whose translator, Susan Ouriou, won the prize (I'll add a smug note that she's a friend of the family's so I can do some name dropping at those literary events... :-)

129mdoris
jan 1, 2012, 2:35 am

Most of the way through The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt and it is so different, but I like it.

130Cecilturtle
jan 10, 2012, 8:50 pm

I'm reading 33, chemin de la Baleine by Myriam Beaudoin a young Quebecois author who recounts Quebec in the 50s through love letters. It is very delicate, with lots of delightful detail; the tale is told through an old woman today who has a young man read to her the letters she wrote to her now deceased husband. A very clever way to depict an epoch.

131vancouverdeb
jan 17, 2012, 7:16 am

Oh I so loved The Sisters Brothers! Glad you are enjoying it, 129.

I'm about 1/3 of the way through The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami. She's a Canadian, and this book of hers was either long listed or short listed for the Orange prize some years ago.

132vancouverdeb
jan 21, 2012, 7:48 am

I finished up The Hero's Walk and the review can be found on the main page - 4 stars. Really a lovely but sad story, beautifully told.

133raidergirl3
jan 21, 2012, 1:46 pm

I loved The Sisters Brothers. It was great fun and a great book to start off the year with.

Then, I finished The Tenderness of the Wolves, which isn't in fact Canadian, but the setting and history contained could fool a person! It would remind a person of Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowatt, my only exposure, from grade 8 Language Arts class, to life in the north.

Next up, on 7 day loan from the library - Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan.

134Cecilturtle
jan 23, 2012, 7:10 pm

I've jumped on the The Sisters Brothers bandwagon - so glad I did! Reminds me a bit of E. Annie Proulx's Close Range, but with more humour.

135buriedinprint
jan 26, 2012, 12:43 pm

127 How did you enjoy the Etienne's Alphabet, Lynn? I loved the way that the character took shape across the alphabet. And my favourite part? The "personalities" of the letters. Just loved it!

136vancouverdeb
jan 28, 2012, 11:08 am

I'm about 1/3 of the way through As Long as the Rivers Flow by James Bartleman. Excellent depiction of how residential school's hurt our First Nation's People. Bartleman is First Nations himself, and he tells a most interesting story.

137LynnB
jan 28, 2012, 2:54 pm

#buriedinprint: I thought Etienne was an interesting narrator with a unique perspective on the world. I like the way the author used the narrative form to match the personality of his main character.

#vancouverdeb, that book is on my wish list.

I've just finished Irma Voth by Miriam Toews, which was really good. I'm now reading My White Planet by Mark Anthony Jarman -- very different.

138raidergirl3
jan 28, 2012, 8:38 pm

I've got Happenstance by Carol Shields from the library, but I've got a question for someone who has read it already - do you read the husband's story first since it was published first, or do you read the wife's story first? They are in the same edition, but upsidedown, so you can read either from the 'cover', since it is the same front and back.

I notice also that the book A Fairly Conventional Woman was combined into Happenstance, although I often see it listed by itself on her list of novels.

139Nickelini
jan 29, 2012, 12:15 am

I read Happenstance about 10 years ago and I'm not sure which order I read them . . . not sure it matters.

140LynnB
jan 29, 2012, 11:08 am

What Nickelini wrote is exactly true for me, too.

I'm reading Monoceros by Suzette Mayr which I got for Christmas.

141vancouverdeb
feb 5, 2012, 8:02 pm

I finished As Long as the Rivers Flow and really found it to be a wonderful book. I wrote review which is on the main page. There are only two reviews so far, so mine should be easy to find.

142LynnB
mar 4, 2012, 1:58 pm

My goodness....almost a month between posts! I'm just starting Fault Lines by Nancy Huston, who is one of my favourite authors.

143LynnB
mar 7, 2012, 9:28 am

144LynnB
mar 7, 2012, 9:28 am

145vancouverdeb
mar 12, 2012, 6:41 am

I'm reading and very much enjoying Midnight at the Dragon Cafe by Judy Fong Bates. My sons girlfriend has read it at university and it's the story Chinese immigrants arriving in small town Ontario in the early 1960's. Interesting!

146LynnB
mar 16, 2012, 9:27 am

147gypsysmom
mar 16, 2012, 10:37 am

I'm about two-thirds of the way through The Origin of Species by Nino Ricci. I'm pretty sure this is the first book of his that I have read. He's a great writer and I'm finding myself pulled into the story of Alex Fratercangeli, a doctoral student in the 1980's in Montreal.

148vancouverdeb
mar 19, 2012, 8:08 am

Oh!@14i6 - I so enjoyed Natural Order by Brian Francis! I hope you do too.

I finished Midnight at the Dragon Cafe by Judy Fong Bates a few days ago and very much enjoyed it!

149LynnB
mar 19, 2012, 9:23 am

I did enjoy Natural Order. What personal tragedies we create for ourselves when society is intolerant of homosexuality (and other differences).

I'm now reading The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung, which is ok.

150mdoris
mar 20, 2012, 1:46 am

Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay was so good.

151Cecilturtle
apr 4, 2012, 9:03 pm

I just finished The Cat's Table which I love and When I Kill You, a fast thriller which was a lot of fun.

152gypsysmom
apr 5, 2012, 9:41 pm

I'm just starting The Cat's Table and I'm liking it so far.

153vancouverdeb
apr 14, 2012, 7:14 am

I finished a book of short stories by Judy Fong Bates, China Dog: And Other Tales from a Chinese Laundry and very much enjoyed it.

154raidergirl3
apr 14, 2012, 11:45 am

Starting the latest from Louise Penny - A Trick of the Light.

155VivienneR
apr 14, 2012, 8:46 pm

I'm almost finished The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, a fabulous story. Now I'm wanting to read more about what brought about the war in Bosnia - the most recent one anyway.

156LynnB
apr 25, 2012, 7:10 pm

I've read Tide Road by Valerie Compton, which was excellent! Also, Player One by Douglas Coupland and have nearly finished The Last Woman by John Bemrose

157raidergirl3
apr 25, 2012, 7:24 pm

vivienne - I remember feeling the same way after The Cellist of Sarajevo. How did I not know more about that war?

lynnB - Tide Road! You're the only other person I know who has read it. I liked it a lot as well. And since I live on PEI, I had that extra connection.

A Trick of the Light was very good. Some of the books got a little confusing, but this one was spot on.

158Nickelini
apr 25, 2012, 8:05 pm

155 & 157: The Cellist of Sarajevo is one of those books I just can't seem to get to, even though I own it. We really didn't hear that much about their war--it was just picking up steam when I was backpacking through Europe in the spring-summer of 1992, and I remember waiting for a pay phone at a train station in France and a woman backpacker in front of me in line slamming down the phone and turning to me almost hysterical, screaming "do you realize what's happening in Yugoslavia?! It's horrible!" That's as close to that war as I ever got, but I noticed a lack of news stories about it ever since.

159vancouverdeb
apr 28, 2012, 8:44 am

Finished Patient Number 7 by Kurt Palka. A Canadian author who writes a fascinating account of pre, post and WW11 Austria. I really loved it! I wrote a review on the main page, if you are interested.

160LynnB
apr 29, 2012, 3:12 pm

Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso, which was first published in 1925 and considered ground-breaking and a bilt scandalous back then.

161vancouverdeb
apr 30, 2012, 10:28 pm

Finished The Outlander by Gil Adamson. It was okay. Not a favourite though.

162LynnB
maj 6, 2012, 5:29 pm

The Matter with Morris by David Bergen. I've enjoyed the two other books of his that I read...hope that trend continues!

163raidergirl3
maj 8, 2012, 1:44 pm

I am reading Swann, a literary mystery by Carol Shields.

164buriedinprint
maj 9, 2012, 8:09 am

>155 VivienneR: >157 raidergirl3: >158 Nickelini: There is some background to the war in Samantha Power's A Problem from Hell, which won a Pulitzer Prize a few years back. Don't hesitate if you don't have any background in the topic, as it's very accessible and informative and the style of the narrative pulls you through the text.

>163 raidergirl3: This is one of my favourites of her novels, and I have re-read it a couple of times. Just hearing you say that you're reading it makes me want to pick it up again.

165VivienneR
maj 9, 2012, 11:23 am

>164 buriedinprint: buriedinprint: Thanks for the tip. I'll watch out for Samantha Power's book.

166buriedinprint
maj 20, 2012, 9:53 am

I'm reading Carrie Snyder's latest, The Juliet Stories; it's the kind of reading experience that I love most, where I want to sit and read and read and read, but I also want the book to last, so I want to portion it so that it stretches over at least a few days.

167LynnB
maj 21, 2012, 4:34 pm

I'm reading The Little Girl Who was too Fond of Matches by Gaetan Soucy, which I've been wanting to read for some time.

168Nickelini
maj 21, 2012, 6:49 pm

Lynn - that 's an interesting, odd book, which I guess made it sort of fun. I hope you enjoy it.

169LynnB
maj 23, 2012, 9:24 am

I did enjoy The Little Girl Who was too Fond of Matches very much. Disturbing, but so well written with such a great narrative voice. Wow!

I'm now reading The Great Karoo by Fred Stenson, who I'd not heard of up to now.

170LynnB
jun 4, 2012, 6:41 am

My Mom gave me a book of poetry by Don Kerr: Wind Thrashing Your Heart, which I read on the flight from her place to mine.

171LynnB
jun 17, 2012, 11:22 am

I'm about to start Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay, which has recently come out in paperback.

172buriedinprint
jun 19, 2012, 11:07 am

I'm going through a phase where I'm mostly not reading Canlit, but I have been catching up on some issues of Quill & Quire that I've missed here and there, and have been adding tonnes of new titles to my TBR from it. So I doubt this phase will last much longer.

173rabbitprincess
jun 19, 2012, 4:49 pm

All my non-fiction at present is Canadian content: Flames Across the Border, by Pierre Berton; and Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995, by Michael Barclay. I'm starting Canada Day celebrations two weeks early ;)

174LynnB
jun 23, 2012, 5:17 pm

I'm about to start Luck by Joan Barfoot. This will be my first book by her.

175mdoris
jun 24, 2012, 12:23 am

Hi LynnB, I loved Alone in the Classroom. I recommended it to my book club for a summer read.

176mdoris
jun 24, 2012, 12:26 am

Just finished Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill and thought it was fantastic. It was so well written and such a unique subject (tree planting).

177Nickelini
jun 24, 2012, 2:19 am

#176 - I really want to read Eating Dirt! I've heard great things about it. Living in BC, "tree planers" are people you hear about .... it was one of those "oh, yeah, you're young, go plant trees" jobs (like, oh yeah, go work at McDonald's). But New Years I met a woman who had done it for a few years, and wow! Not a job most people could do. I'm not sure I'd wish that on anyone I love. Good to hear that Eating Dirt is recommended. I think I see my bro in law's Christmas present. And then he will pass it over to me. (I'm devious that way).

178LynnB
jul 5, 2012, 2:53 pm

I'm reading a collection of short stories, The Girl on the Escalator by Jim Nason

179raidergirl3
jul 5, 2012, 4:11 pm

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay for book club, and to kick off the Canadian Book Challenge.
It's okay, but I can't get a good read on the characters.

180Cecilturtle
jul 8, 2012, 5:08 pm

I really enjoyed Irma Voth by Miriam Toews.

181LynnB
jul 11, 2012, 9:25 am

I enjoyed Irma Voth, too. In fact, I phone a friend and read the opening paragraph to him!

I'm reading Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

182rabbitprincess
jul 18, 2012, 5:50 pm

Started The Bishop's Man this afternoon. I borrowed it from my boyfriend's mum last year after she read it for her book club. I'm reading it now so that I can return it and borrow another book from her :P

183vancouverdeb
aug 4, 2012, 9:31 am

I really enjoyed Daughters Who Walk this Path by Yejide Kilanko. A very readable and heart - rending story of contemporary Nigeria.

184LynnB
aug 20, 2012, 9:12 am

I'm reading Gaff Topsails, by Canadian author Patrick Kavanagh

185vancouverdeb
sep 7, 2012, 8:00 am

I'm reading Inside (Borzoi Books) by Alix Ohlin. It is longlisted for the Giller Prize 2012. It's proving interesting so far.

186rabbitprincess
sep 7, 2012, 5:57 pm

My current bus book is a 1970s-era thriller called The Last Canadian, which the cover describes as "TERRIFYING!" I'd opt for the adjective "chilling", especially for the first couple of chapters.

187vancouverdeb
Redigeret: sep 16, 2012, 7:06 am

I was not that keen on Inside (Borzoi Books) but it was okay and I gave 3.5 stars.

I'm currently 1/2 way through another Longlisted Giller Our Daily Bread by Lauren B. Davis and finding it a very compelling and interesting read.

188vancouverdeb
sep 22, 2012, 11:12 am

Finished up Our Daily Bread by Lauren Davis. Review on the main page if interested. It was a 5 star read for me!

189Iudita
sep 27, 2012, 11:53 pm

I finished Our Daily Bread a few days ago and enjoyed it as much as the rest of you. I am now almost done withThe Sweet Girl and I am enjoying that as well.

190LynnB
sep 28, 2012, 6:29 am

I hated The Golden Mean so much that I am not intending to read The Sweet Girl. Should I change my mind?

191Yells
sep 28, 2012, 12:31 pm

I loved Our Daily Bread by Davis. I am well into my goal to read the 2012 Giller nominees. So far, I loved Y, Our Daily Bread & Dr Brinkley's Tower. I found 419 to be a little odd and disjointed. And One Good Hustle was all right. I have Imposter Bride to read this weekend and then I have to wait for the others to come in from the library.

I have tried Golden Mean several times now but haven't gotten far. I am curious to see if I fare any better with The Sweet Girl.

192Iudita
sep 30, 2012, 10:34 pm

Okay I retract my earlier statement about enjoying The Sweet Girl. I finished it today and was dissapointed considering I enjoyed the begining so much. Once I passed the half way mark, I found the story just never progressed. It became tedious aand pointless and if it hadn't been for the fact that it is a very short book, I don't think I would have even finished it. If you want to work your way through the Giller Longlist, I would leave this one for the end.

193vancouverdeb
Redigeret: okt 1, 2012, 12:56 am

I can't wait until tomorrow ( Oct 1st ) when they announce the Giller Short List. I've got Y but had not read it yet. I have read Our Daily Bread, which I loved, and Inside (Borzoi Books) which I thought was just middling. I really did not like any of the characters - I felt that they were all self - absorbed narcissists . I also have Everybody Has Everything and Whirl Away from the library. I'm just going to wait until tomorrow to see the short list to decide what I might read next.

194raidergirl3
okt 1, 2012, 9:24 am

I finished Our Daily Bread and found it a good and challenging read. Disturbing since it was based on the Golers, but I was very emotionally involved by the end.

Just started The Calling by Inger Ash Wolf (aka Michael Redhill)

195LynnB
okt 1, 2012, 11:26 am

I like Michael Redhill and wonder why he's writing under a different name?

196raidergirl3
okt 1, 2012, 6:32 pm

It was only announced this past summer with the third book that Redhill was the unknown author. I read an article (found through google.) He felt he had this mystery in him to write.

197vancouverdeb
okt 12, 2012, 10:17 pm

I am part way through Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee. So far an excellent book of short stories. I kept looking at it at Chapters, and found it at the library! Yeah!

198vancouverdeb
okt 15, 2012, 4:54 am

Finished up Bobcat and Other Stories a couple of days ago. Quite good - 3. 5 stars. I've begun another CanLit book, the touchstone does not work but it is here http://www.librarything.com/work/book/90667515 . It is called Mr Roger and Me and is translated from French in Quebec where the novel won a couple of awards. Very promising so far!

199VivienneR
okt 16, 2012, 1:34 pm

The Quebec book sounds good. I've heard about it and was hoping my local library might get it.

The touchstone works with the original title La Petite et le vieux, not the translation. I don't know how to fix that.

20045thParallel
okt 16, 2012, 4:58 pm

As an FYI, the Vancouver Writer's Festival began just this week and you can find plenty more Canadian lit writers just by clicking around their website (here: http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/), and if you live in the area some of these events sound amazing. For those U.S. readers who live in the Pacific Northwest--especially Seattle--Vancouver isn't too far of a drive...

201vancouverdeb
okt 18, 2012, 8:28 am

@199 Vivienne

I finished up the Quebec book http://www.librarything.com/work/book/90667515. I thought that it was fabulous - perhaps one of my favourite reads this year. It was described as a mix of The History of Love and Lullabies for Little Criminals, and to a certain extent that was true. It was not as dark as Lullabies for Little Criminals and now I am just 50 pages into The History of Love,which I've had on my shelf for several years! It was both very touching and also humorous , in it's way. I really recommend it!

202VivienneR
okt 18, 2012, 10:56 pm

Thanks Deborah, I've added it to my Amazon wishlist to buy with my next order. It sounds wonderful. I'll also check The History of Love at the library. It will fit my Endless Europe Challenge even though I've already read a couple for Poland.

203gypsysmom
okt 19, 2012, 8:42 pm

I'm reading Ru by Kim Thuy right now. It was picked by my book club for our November read back in June before there was any thought of it being on the Giller list. I'm enjoying it but finding the structure a little difficult to get used to. She will talk about life in Vietnam when she was a child for a while, then about Canada, then about the refugee camp in Thailand, then Canada, then Vietnam again but this time as an adult. I just know what one person in my book club is going to say about that.

204vancouverdeb
Redigeret: okt 23, 2012, 6:55 am

202 Vivienne, I really loved http://www.librarything.com/work/book/90667515 or La Petite et le vieux. I'm nearly finished The History of Love. While I'm very much enjoying The History of Love, I find it less like Mr Roger and Me than Lullabies for Little Criminals. The History of Love is a bit confusing with it's narrative and jumping back and forth in time , I'll just warn you. But I'm very glad that I've read it ( well - I've got about 35 pages to go).

I must warn you that most of what happens in The History of Love happens in the US , rather than Poland, but still, things do happen in Poland and even Chile! :)

205vancouverdeb
okt 24, 2012, 8:11 am

Just about 20 % into The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler and very much enjoying it. It is shortlisted for the Giller prize this year.

206gypsysmom
okt 24, 2012, 9:16 pm

I finished Ru a few days ago and I liked it but not as much as The Imposter Bride or 419. Now I'm reading The Lake on the Mountain which is a mystery set in Toronto. The detective is a gay missing persons investigator who is a father. I had not read anything by Jeffrey Round before but judging by the first 80 pages of this book I'll be looking for more of his work.

207Nickelini
okt 25, 2012, 12:20 am

I recently read Soucouyant, by David Chariandy, which was rather fabulous. Here are some of my comments (full comments at my thread, http://www.librarything.com/topic/141913#3658850):

"This is a thoughtfully written novel about the struggle between forgetting about trauma and moving on to a new life on one hand, and making the story of your trauma known, on the other. In Soucouyant, this theme is explored within the context of the immigrant, post-colonial experience.

After several years away from home, the unnamed narrator returns to the house where he grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, to care for his mother who is suffering from early onset dementia. Through their fragments of memories, he tries to piece together her early life in the Trinidad. The writing is powerful, and full of symbolism, which makes it a rewarding read for the careful reader. There is a lot going on in this short novel. "

Now I'm reading The Virgin Cure, which doesn't seem nearly as literary (I say that because this group is about Canadian "literature") .

208vancouverdeb
nov 2, 2012, 6:23 am

Enjoyed The Imposter Bride very much. I am now just starting the Governor General's finalist The Juliet Stories by Carrie Snyder. It has sure grabbed me! So far it reminds me slightly of The Poisonwood Bible.

209vancouverdeb
nov 8, 2012, 12:15 am

Finished the The Juliet Stories and I'll give it 3. 5 stars. The first part was excellent, but the second part kind of fell apart into not very cohesive happenings. I've now just started another GG's Finalist, The Purchase by Linda Spalding. So far so good.

210rabbitprincess
nov 8, 2012, 6:21 pm

Started Alistair MacLeod's No Great Mischief, longlisted for contention on the 2013 edition of Canada Reads. Having (briefly) taken Gaelic in university I am really enjoying how much it's incorporated into the narration.

211raidergirl3
nov 8, 2012, 6:36 pm

Ooh, I love Alistair MacLeod. Have you read any of his short stories? or his son Alexander's book, Light Lifting?

I'm reading The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny now.

212rabbitprincess
nov 8, 2012, 6:41 pm

>211 raidergirl3:: Nope, this is my first experience with MacLeod, but I anticipate adding the books you mentioned to the TBR list very soon!

213VivienneR
Redigeret: nov 9, 2012, 1:10 pm

I'm reading Charlie Johnson in the flames by Michael Ignatieff. It's my Kosovo choice for my Endless Europe challenge. I'm not far into it yet, but so far it is excellent.

edited to correct country

214gypsysmom
nov 9, 2012, 11:09 pm

I just finished reading The Factory Voice, a novel set in Fort William during World War II. I really enjoyed it with its descriptions of women working in an airplane factory. And apparently one of the main characters is based upon a real woman, Elsie MacGill, who was the first Canadian woman to earn a degree in aeronautical engineering.

215mdoris
nov 10, 2012, 12:57 am

Oh I'm reading The Beautiful Mystery too. Deep in the woods of Quebec with the wild blueberries and monks!

216LynnB
nov 10, 2012, 12:00 pm

I'm about to start The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler.

I, too, liked The Factory Voice very much when read it about 3 years ago.

217vancouverdeb
Redigeret: nov 12, 2012, 7:06 am

Just wanted to say that I loved The Purchase by Linda Spalding. It's dark , and whatever could go wrong, did go wrong. But I really enjoyed it.

218LynnB
nov 12, 2012, 7:24 am

I've just started The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

219Yells
nov 12, 2012, 12:12 pm

217 - then I need to finish it!

220gypsysmom
nov 12, 2012, 4:04 pm

I'm reading A Good Man now. It was a Christmas gift last year but I put off reading it in part because Vanderhaeghe doesn't write many books so I wanted to have one on hold. I'm enjoying it very much.

221ted74ca
Redigeret: nov 23, 2012, 5:22 pm

My cousin, living in Scotland, and I have been swapping suggestions for novels dealing with WWI. I just sent her Three Day Road which she is really enjoying, and today I just finished The Sojourn by Alan Cumyn, which I thought was well written.

222raidergirl3
nov 16, 2012, 10:09 am

I read Ru over the last two days. Very good - it reminded me somewhat of Buddha in the Attic in its style, short nonlinear chapters, and the immigrant experience. Kim Thuy was from Vietnam, and then lived in Montreal.

223Yells
nov 16, 2012, 8:20 pm

After reading Ru I immediately thought it was the Canadian equivalent of Buddha in the Attic. They were both great.

224gypsysmom
nov 17, 2012, 12:00 pm

222 and 223 I'm reading In the Shadow of the Banyan right now. It is set in Cambodia at the time of the Khmer Rouge takeover. I'm actually enjoying it more than Ru so you might want to check it out.

225vancouverdeb
nov 18, 2012, 8:24 am

Hmmm I"ve read Buddha in the Attic. I'll have to read Ru. I've got In the Shadow of the Banyan , but I have not got to it so far...

226raidergirl3
nov 18, 2012, 10:05 am

Getting set to read 1982 by Jian Ghomeshi. It's on 7 day loan from the library, so it will have to be read quickly!

227Nickelini
nov 18, 2012, 12:07 pm

Raidergirl - I think I want to read that one, so please let us know what it's like.

228LynnB
dec 3, 2012, 1:29 pm

I've just finished The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel. I'm a big fan of this author!

229Iudita
dec 3, 2012, 11:55 pm

217 - Vancouverdeb - Glad to hear you enjoyed The Purchase. It's coming up for me at the library any day now and people's opinions of it seem to be all over the map. It's always nice to hear that someone else enjoyed a book that you are about to read.

230gypsysmom
dec 4, 2012, 9:43 pm

Just finished Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay. It's my first book by Kay and I was quite impressed even though I normally don't like fantasy.

231rabbitprincess
dec 4, 2012, 10:15 pm

Will probably finish Translation is a Love Affair, by Jacques Poulin, either tonight or tomorrow morning. It was a fast read, although it is probably meant to be savoured :P

232gypsysmom
dec 8, 2012, 12:28 pm

I've read my first book of the Canada Reads finalists. Indian Horse is amazing. I think it will go far and perhaps even win.

233Nickelini
dec 8, 2012, 1:10 pm

232 - Well, I'm reading another of the finalists, Away by Jane Urquhart. I also think it's amazing, but I'm not sure if it's particularly suitable to Canada Reads.

234loosha
dec 8, 2012, 9:02 pm

I also just finished Indian Horse, yes, amazing. I read Away years ago and still have a good feeling about it. cdn authors are so so good. Just starting everybody has everything.

235vancouverdeb
Redigeret: dec 10, 2012, 4:51 am

I've read Soucouyant and found it sad but very interesting and enlightening. Thanks for the nudge, Joyce! I had been looking at in the bookstore and your review pushed me to purchase it and read it.

236Nickelini
dec 10, 2012, 11:15 am

#235 - Glad you liked it!

237LynnB
dec 11, 2012, 8:47 am

238vancouverdeb
dec 15, 2012, 5:21 am

Currently about half way through The Time in Between by David Bergen. Very much enjoying it.

239Nickelini
dec 15, 2012, 12:36 pm

Lynn - I've had The Immaculate Conception in my hands several times, but I think next time I'm going to actually take it home with me.

I just finished listening to The Year of the Flood on audiobook. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes dystopian fiction. And I'm still tickled by the Saint Terry Fox and Saint David Suzuki mentions.

Now I'm on to the Booker-nominated The Romantic, by Barbara Gowdy. Only on page 40, but I think it's going to be a good one too.

240vancouverdeb
dec 17, 2012, 7:25 am

Finished and enjoyed The Time in Between by David Bergen. I've not started on Ru by Kim Thuy.

241LynnB
dec 26, 2012, 10:03 am

I, too, enjoyed The Time in Between. Ru is on the TBR shelves.

I'm reading Dear Life by Alice Munro, which I got for Christmas.

242loosha
dec 26, 2012, 12:58 pm

Me, too.

243LynnB
dec 30, 2012, 12:51 pm

244Cecilturtle
dec 30, 2012, 7:26 pm

243- ooo one of my very favourites!

I'm reading 419 which was not at all what I was expecting, but I'm enjoying the romp through my old town, Calgary.

245mdoris
jan 3, 2013, 2:29 am

I loved the Bachelor Brothers B&B books. 419 is waiting for me at the library. I hear it's very good! Read Dear Life late fall and think I will suggest one of her books for my book club. I am to decide on a Giller Prize winner for the month of May and Munro has won it twice!