A new project to tackle?

Been trying to think of something I can write about regularly on this blog, and thanks to Merry, I have found one!

CBC recently listed the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade.  Margaret Atwood is one of my favourite authors, and I am always trying to support Canadian authors.  I have bolded the ones I’ve read and put an asterisk next to the ones I want to read.

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews *
Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall
Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright
Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
Conceit by Mary Novik
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
Drive-by Saviours by Chris Benjamin
Elle by Douglas Glover
Essex County by Jeff Lemire *
Far to Go by Alison Pick
February by Lisa Moore
Galore by Michael Crummey
Heave by Christy Ann Conlin
Inside by Kenneth J. Harvey
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay *
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
Moody Food by Ray Robertson
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Room by Emma Donoghue
Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis 
The Birth House by Ami McKay
The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre
The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Fallen by Stephen Finucan
The Girls Who Saw Everything by Sean Dixon
The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe
The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood *
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Twenty-Six by Leo McKay Jr. *
Unless by Carol Shields
My goal? To get through this entire list in the next year. By October 30, 2011 I will have read each and every one of these books. Probably just in time for the next list to come out 🙂


  1. That is a lofty goal but it shouldn’t be too hard ….at least there are only 40! A Complicated Kindness was weird to me. I didn’t think it lived up to its good reviews.

  2. Thanks, Merry. It is a bit of a lofty goal, but that’s less than 1 a week, so I think I can manage it. Maybe that means I should stop tweeting on the bus to/from work and read instead, and actually take a lunch at work so I can read during it??? 🙂

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