I’m taking some liberty with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), since we’ve just had Canada Day in my neck of the woods, and also since most of my bookshelf has been packed up I don’t have that many “red, white and blue” books in my possession at the moment. So here are a few of my favourite Canadian books in honour of Canada Day:
- The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood – I love books that are disturbing because they feel just a bit too familiar and Margaret Atwood is the queen of writing narratives that hit just a little bit too close to home.
- A Complicated Kindess, by Miriam Toews – Life in the strictly religious Mennonite town of East Village isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. At least, that’s what hilarious, sardonic Nomi Nickel discovers. This book will break your heart in all of the right ways.
- The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shields – I’m a sucker for anything even the slightest bit meta-fictional, because, well, I just like books that seem to be aware of their… book-ness. Also, the fictional autobiography that Shields creates is pretty unique.
- The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay – Witches! History! Nudity! McKay delivers it all! (*I can’t actually remember if there was nudity, but it just felt like there needed to be a third thing in there and nudity seemed to fit.)
- The Diviners, by Margaret Laurence – I think I loved The Diviners mainly because Morag Gunn was a writer, but also because it was an interesting female coming of age story.
- SuperMutant Magic Academy, by Jillian Tamaki – A satire on the genre of “kid goes to magical school,” Tamaki’s own version of a magical high school is hilarious because it is full of underage drinking, teen angst and of course, unrequited love. It is supremely hilarious!
- Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton – Another hilarious graphic novel that I will never stop reading. Who says history has to be boring?
- Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maude Montgomery – I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables when I was a little girl, but if I’m being honest here, I kept on re-reading the series because I had a HUGE crush on Gilbert Blythe.
- Fifteen Dogs, by Andre Alexis – ” I wonder”, said Hermes, “what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.” And then? Things get weird and wonderful and thought provoking.
- Fifth Business, by Robertson Davies – This book blew my mind in high school. It’s all about discovering that there is truth in the uncanny.
Even if you aren’t Canadian, what are your favourite Canadian books?