My blog is pretty new, but I have read some great books in the past that deserve to be re-visited and shared. Here are 10 great Canadian books I have read and recommend to anyone who has not read them yet:
1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – I’m pretty sure most people have read this book, or at least know about it (because the movie is out now), but if you haven’t read it yet, you should seriously consider it. I love survival stories of man versus nature, and this is a good one! I haven’t seen the movie yet, though. How does it compare to the book?
2. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – A well known author, but this book might not be as well known. Based on true events, it’s about a nineteenth century maid who has been accused of murdering her employer, his housekeeper, and his mistress.
3. The Birth House by Ami McKay – This book is about a girl who is born in an isolated Nova Scotian village in the early 20th century. She becomes an apprentice to the midwife and carries on her work after the midwife dies, in a time of growing opposition to midwifery. She fights for the preservation of traditional birthing methods.
4. Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright – When I read this book, I hadn’t heard anything about it, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like it. It’s about 2 very different sisters in the 1930s, who end up going their own way, but have a bond that is put to the test after some life-changing events occur.
5. The Nymph and the Lamp by Thomas Raddall – This book was first published in 1950. It is primarily a love story that mostly takes place on a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia.
6. The Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden – This book is written by the same author as The Orenda (which I loved!). It takes place during WWI and seems amazingly real. You will need tissue for this one.
7. The Outlander by Gil Adamson – It is 1903 and a 19-year-old woman is on the run after having murdered her husband. What more do I need to say?
8. The 9 Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong – This book chronicles the life of Charlotte Taylor from when she left her home in England in 1775 at the age of 20, to finding herself alone and pregnant in Jamaica, then travelling to New Brunswick and living to the age of 86 after having 3 husbands and 9 more children. This amazing story was written by Charlotte Taylor’s great-great-great-granddaughter.
9. Galore by Michael Crummey – I had no idea what to expect when I read this. If someone had described it to me first, I might not have read it, but I’m glad I did. It is a family saga that takes place in an isolated community in Newfoundland over a span of 2 centuries, but it’s the characters in the story that make it so great. Here, I can only describe it as weird and wonderful.
10. The Sea Captain’s Wife by Beth Powning – This book might be the least known on this list, but it is one of my favourites. It has everything there is to love about a book – the Bay of Fundy, history, adventure, a love story, scandal, a mother-daughter relationship, a tragedy and the consequences, and a strong female heroine. I didn’t want this book to end.
Revisiting these books to write this post has made me want to re-read all of them. Especially numbers 2, 3, 6, 8, and 10! I am envious of any of you who will be discovering them for the first time.