for the past couple of months, blog friend zo has participated in top ten tuesday.
on this weekday, bloggers are invited to list their favourite selections on a top ten book-related subject, hosted by the blog the broke and the bookish.
i love lists and i love books! i have come to anticipate with glee zo’s tuesday blog entries because it’s fun to see the topic of the week, and to peruse zo’s picks.
well, i no longer blog on tuesdays, so i’m off by a day! to play off the expression a day late and a dollar short, today i have for you: top
ten tuesday nine wednesday.
according to the broke and the bookish blog, this week’s/yesterday’s category for the top ten list is:
top ten books i’d recommend to someone who doesn’t read x
(an example: if you adore classics, you could recommend ten classics for someone who typically does not read this genre).
[sidenote: there have been over 80 top ten lists proposed by the broke and the bookish, thus far! see the complete list here!].
initially, it was challenging to decide on my category. i pondered female protagonists, multi-generational family sagas, male writers who write in the first person voice but feature a woman as their lead character (ok, that one is way too wordy, and does anyone seriously avoid a book of that nature??)…in the end, i decided to go with:
the top ten books i’d recommend to someone who doesn’t read
canadian fiction published since the year 2000
ok! that’s still super-awkward! but we’ll work with it. to be solidly patriotic, canada has a lot of talented fiction writers. limiting my choices to just nine oeuvres is no easy task. but, let’s go!
[click on the title if you would like the link to amazon for more details].
1. good to a fault – marina endicott (2008) fabulous
2. a perfect night to go to china – david gilmour (2005) haunting and so sad
3. tempting faith dinapoli – lisa gabriele (2003) quirky, little-known coming-of-age tale that deserves recognition
4. late nights on air – elizabeth hay (2007) very enjoyable, great characters
5. the other side of the bridge – mary lawson (2006) memorable
6. the way the crow flies – ann-marie macdonald (2004) this is the #1 title on this list; phenomenal story
7. unless – carol shields (2002) you can never go wrong with a ms shields novel
8. a complicated kindness – miriam toews (2004) outstandingly quirky and endearing
9. clara callan – richard b wright (2002) you would never guess it was written by a man
as i was reviewing my coil-bound notebook where i log my reading (and rate the books on the **** [four star] system), i realized there are equally at least nine selections to warn you against picking up. red flag! red flag! if you find yourself handling one of the following titles of canadian fiction published since the year 2000, back away! with so many terrific options available, i cannot in good faith recommend these
ten nine reads:
1. star – pamela anderson (2004) yes, that would be this pamela anderson…
…and she should stick to running on beaches. yikes!
2. oryx & crake – margaret atwood (2004) there are much better atwoods out there
3. the gum thief - douglas coupland (2008) i expected more from mr coupland, given his creative reputation
4. the book of negroes – laurence hill (2007) didn’t match the hype; saccharine
6. no great mischief – alistair macleod (2001) grey and depressing
8. alligator – lisa moore (2006) incomprehensible
9. the flying troutmans – miriam toews (2008) disjointed; stick with a complicated kindness
how familiar are you with canadian fiction writers? who have you read? i am right now in the middle of irma voth by miriam toews, and sadly, i cannot recommend this novel at all. irma is past quirky, heading right into messed up/weird. we have not connected. i am only persevering because i have read miriam toews’ other two novels.
any suggestions for me that would be **** (four star) reads of canadian fiction published since the year 2000?! i am eager to move on from irma!!!