This month has been all about Canada Reads. I wrote a bit about the event and the books after I finished reading the fourth of the five contenders (knowing that I wasn’t going to get to the last one). I didn’t watch the event, but I kept up-to-date online and was surprise to see the fan-favourite, The Break, voted off on the first day. In the end, the winner was Fifteen Dogs. I think that it’s defender, Humble the Poet, did a good job of explaining why it should have won in this CBC article:
“I didn’t pick a book that looks like me, sounds like me, represents any type of minority that I might check off the box,” Humble The Poet said on Day Two of the debates.
“I picked the book that represents me to my core. Everybody in this room has regrets, anxieties. Everybody in this room is struggling with the thoughts in their head, which ones they should believe [and] which ones they should not. Everybody in this room struggles with jealousy, irrespective of their race, their gender, their orientation, their economic background. This is the only book that talks about that over and over again.”
The book in question is a fascinating read and Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2015. It’s an interesting read that has many layers readers can dig into.
In between reading Canada Reads contenders, I hopped on the bandwagon and read Hidden Figures. It’s a bit dry in places, but otherwise an excellent non-fiction book. The author was very careful to include all the nerdy math stuff, while still being open and honest about the lives of women, black people, and, especially, black women. I’m interested to see how the movie pulls together so many characters and social issues.
I also won a book via a giveaway on 49th Shelf, which is a good source for Canadian book recommendations and such. The book was Shot-Blue and I absolutely loved it. The writing was beautiful and made me feel like I was exploring a great Canadian landscape painting. You can read my full review here.
What I read in March:
- We Were Liars (audiobook)
- Messenger (audiobook)
- The Gathering: Stones for the Medicine Wheel (poetry)
- Company Town
- Hidden Figures (audiobook)
- Twelve Minutes to Midnight
- Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth (graphic novel)
- Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons (graphic novel)
- Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons (graphic novel)
- The Trouble With Women (graphic novel)
- Behind Her Eyes
- Trees, Vol. 2: Two Forests (graphic Novel)
- Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? (audiobook)
- A Poem for Every Night of the Year (abandoned)
- A Great Reckoning (audiobook)