Friday, January 31, 2014

Our bookclub completed our mock Canada Reads contest. 

We used a process of elimination as they do on the "real" contest.

Eliminated First

Eliminated Second
Eliminated Third
Eliminated Fourth

Everyone defended their book well. The Orenda was not named in any of our elimination rounds so it was a clear winner. All of the others were named by more than one person. For my first year reading all of the books before the contest I see why they were picked. I too found The Orenda the most compelling read but all have qualities that "changed my mind, my heart, maybe my life although the jury is still out for me on how much any of them can change our country. Pretty bold task for any book. It will be interesting to see how close we came to the real vote in March. 

All are described as stories that can “change your heart, change your mind, change your life and, ultimately, change our country.”
From March 3 to 6, each book will be defended on a live CBC Radio broadcast, hosted by Q’s Jian Ghomeshi.


  1. Okay Orenda it is. Will be downloading it to the kindle in the next couple of weeks and give it a go!

  2. Quite graphic. He doesn't hold back in his description of how violent those times were. But he does give equal weight to all sides.

  3. Looking forward to The Orenda. Joseph Boyden is going to be on Shelagh Rogers tomorrow at 4:00pm. I see you have the labels working! I had a hard time getting this comment spot today. Not sure what is happening with that.