Four years ago I decided to challenge myself to read more books from Atlantic Canada. As a result, I have read 100 books from Atlantic Canada in the last four years.
#of Atlantic Canadian books read: 25 (last year, 23)
% of books read from Atlantic Canada: 32% (last year, 26%)
Newfoundland: 6 (last year, 7)
Nova Scotia: 19 (last year, 14)
New Brunswick: 0 (last year, 0) – This is bad. (Don’t worry, though, James has got you covered!)
Prince Edward Island: 0 (last year, 2) – Ugh.
(Read, but not necessarily published, in 2019. In no particular order.)
Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott – Since reading this book, I’ve seen it categorized as YA. It can definitely be enjoyed by adults as well.
Crow by Amy Spurway – This book has something for everyone… laughter, tears, and unpredictability. I felt like I was in Cape Breton.
The Madrigal by Dian Day – I was blown away by how much I liked this book. I have since picked up her first one and I can’t wait to read it.
Found Drowned by Laurie Glenn Norris – Historical fiction that is meticulously researched and put together.
Every Little Piece of Me by Amy Jones – Fun but Dark. Dark but fun. Her insights into the crazy world of social media are bang on.
Even Weirder Than Before by Susie Taylor – A fresh and tender coming-of-age story. A great debut that deserves all the attention it seems to be getting.
The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum by Sheldon Currie – A classic. Everyone should read it.
The Innocents by Michael Crummey – If anyone were to ask… this would probably be my book of the year. And I don’t even have a review for you! Have a read of Marcie’s instead.
Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Cole – This book hurts to read but is so worth it.
Watching You Without Me by Lynn Coady – A brilliant take on family obligation and vulnerable members of society.
Short Story Collections:
Send More Tourists… The Last Ones Were Delicious by Tracey Waddleton – I feel bad that I didn’t ever get to writing about this book. I enjoyed it immensely. It’s every bit as fun as the title suggests. See James’s review at The Miramichi Reader.
Louisbourg or Bust by R.C. Shaw – This book is so much fun… It’s probably my most recommended book of the year.
It’s time to tip my hat to some of my favourite publishers whose books are on this list (more to come in my next post…):
Breakwater Books (Newfoundland), Nimbus Publishing (Nova Scotia), Pottersfield Press (Nova Scotia), Goose Lane Editions (New Brunswick), House of Anansi Press (TO, Ontario), Inanna Publications (TO, Ontario), Penguin Random House Canada (TO, Ontario)