So it’s time again for that annual fest of fun and fiction, Canada Reads. Five celebrity panelists pick five favourite books and encourage the rest of the country to read them, preparatory to an all-out on-air battle where each defends his/her choice to the death. OK, not to the death. But it’s interesting and I always enjoy catching bits of the debate on CBC Radio.
This year I’ve decided to do more than just listen: I’m joining in. Well, not as a panelist (I can dream, though!). As a reader. Every year’s list contains one or two books I’ve read and usually a few I plan to get around to. This year’s list contained only one book I’d already read, so I decided to check the other four out of the library and read them before the panelists start debating. That way, I’ll have an intelligent and informed opinion.
And, of course, even though Jian hasn’t invited me to come on the radio with him (YET) as a panelist, I don’t intend to simply read the books and keep my mouth shut. No, I’ll be blogging every book and my opinions, good bad and ugly, over at Compulsive Overreader (which I’ve just gotten updated after a very slack month of reading without reviewing!). So far, I’ve blogged about the book I’d pick if I were a Canada Reads panelist, and about the one book I already read from the list and why I don’t want to re-read it.
So even if you’re not in Canada, hop over there, check out what I have to say, and stay tuned as I work my way through the selections: Fall on Your Knees by Anne Marie Macdonald, Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott, Generation X by Douglas Coupland, The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy, and Nikolski by Nicolas Dicker. Maybe even pick up one and read it yourself!!