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Canada’s 150th birthday – a book party and giveaway!


July 1st is Canada’s 150th birthday.


In honour of that day, and seeing how everybody else is making their list of their ten best Canadian books, I thought I would share my own list!

These are in no particular order, because frankly, it was torturous enough to limit myself to ten book!


And if you leave me a comment before July 6th, telling me which of the books listed below you’d love to have a copy of, you’ll be entered into a draw to win that book! Open to Canada and the U.S.


Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Seriously, you didn’t think I’d leave this off the list did you?



A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry

One of the finest books ever written and will haunt me until the day I die.



No Great Mischief, Alistair MacLeod

Beautiful story, East Coast at its best.



Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro

Hard to pick just one, but I read this as a young woman and adored it.



The Deptford Trilogy, Roberston Davies


Ok, I’m cheating, but read them all. Davies is so funny!



The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

I’ve been nervous around men and the state ever since…



There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, Sheree Fitch

It’s hard to pick just one of Sheree’s books, but this one always makes me laugh!



The Coming of Winter, David Adams Richards

I read this at university and it blew me away. Richards is a native of New Brunswick (like me and Sheree Fitch) and has been called Canada’s Tolstoy, deservedly so.



The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

A profound and beautiful book.



The Inconvenient Indian, Thomas King

We need to read more Indigenous authors and this is a great place to begin!


My Wild Card:


The Sisters Brothers, Patrick Dewitt

Please, someone make a movie out of this book ASAP!



That’s my list! What’s yours?

9 thoughts on “Canada’s 150th birthday – a book party and giveaway!”

Shirley Shepherd

I would love to have a copy of The Coming of Winter.

Lynda Ann Homer

Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel is a must read for all Canadians. I would love to have a copy.

Wendy McLeod MacKnight

I haven’t read it, but adding it to the list!

Molly Susee

I’d love to have a copy of Anne of Green Gables. I love the old PBS series and watch it every time it’s on, but I’m embarrassed to say that I never read the books as a kid. I know you love them (I read and enjoyed your other blog in days gone by), so please don’t chastise me too much! 🙂

By the way, why is your own book not on this list? After all, you are a Canadian authoress now.

Wendy McLeod MacKnight

Molly – such a great choice! And I am a Canadian authoress, but think I may need a few more books to be so cheeky as to add my own book!

Wendy McLeod MacKnight

Thanks for entering everyone! Molly was chosen randomly and is finally going to read Anne of Green Gables! Stay tuned for more giveaways SOON!

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