Looking back on my reading list from 2017: I managed to complete 39 books this year, a drop from previous years, with a higher ratio of non-fiction.
I again completed all of the 2017 Canada Reads books and got to attend Day One live at the CBC studio in Toronto with my friend Heather! A fun day… where The Break should never have been knocked off… but I digress.
2018 will be a year of tackling more novels and some of the growing number of unread books on my shelf.
As always, reading recommendations for 2018 are most welcome!
If I had to pick my top choices for fiction and non-fiction this year, in no particular order, they would be:
Fiction: The Break, Stone Butch Blues, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Company Town, and Roughneck
Non-Fiction: Listen Liberal, Trans: A Memoir, North of the Colour Line, How to Survive a Plague and My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell.
Beyond that, this year’s reading list is below, with my made up categories and inconsistent 5 star reviewing system. So if you want to know more about any of them definitely feel free to ask!
Canada Reads Books
- The Break – Katherena Vermette (Canada Reads 2017) (*****)
- Company Town – Madeline Ashby (Canada Reads 2017) (*****)
- The Right to Be Cold – Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canada Reads 2017) (**)
- Nostalgia – M.G. Vassanji (Canada Reads 2017) (***)
- Dancing on our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence – Leanne Simpson (***)
- Take Us To Your Chief (and other stories) – Drew Hayden Taylor (****)
- Rose’s Run: A Novel – Dawn Dumont (****)
- Monkey Beach – Eden Robinson (****)
- Injun – Jordan Abel (****)
- My Decade at Old Sun, My Lifetime of Hell – Arthur Bear Chief (*****)
- Us Conductors – Sean Michaels (2014 Giller Prize Winner) (*****)
- Rogue Lawyer – John Grisham (****)
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (*****)
- Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama – Alison Bechdel (*****)
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon (*****)
- Roughneck – Jeff Lemire (*****)
- Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinberg (*****)
- the sun and her flowers – rupi kaur (****)
- Crying for the Moon: A Novel – Mary Walsh (****)
- Where the Sidewalk Ends: the poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein (****)
- The Death and Life of American Labor – Stanley Aronowitz (****)
- The Long Winding Road: Canadian Labour in Politics – Morden Lazarus (***)
- White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America – Joan C Williams (****)
- The Paradox of American Unionism: Why Americans Like Unions More Than Canadians Do But Join Much Less – Seymour Martin Lipset and Noah M. Meltz with Rafael Gomez and Ivan Katchanovski (***)
- Listen, Liberal (or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?) – Thomas Frank (*****)
- A Woman’s Place: My Life & Politics – Audrey McLaughlin (****)
- Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics – Richard Seymour (*****)
Cultural Studies and Other Non-Fiction
- Viola Desmond’s Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land – Graham Reynolds with Wanda Robson (****)
- North of the Color Line: Migration and Black Resistance in Canada, 1870 – 1955 – Sarah-Jane Mathieu (*****)
- The Global Refugee Crisis: How Should We Respond? – The Munk Debates: Louise Arbour and Simon Schama vs. Nigel Farage and Mark Steyn (****)
- Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on everyday life – Erin Wunker (*****)
- Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (****)
- The Night Trilogy (Night – Dawn – Day) – Elie Wiesel (*****)
- Trans: A Memoir – Juliet Jacques (*****)
- How To Survive A Plague: The story of how activists and scientists tamed AIDS – David France (*****)
- The Social Attitudes of a Catholic – Father Michael T. Ryan
- Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists: The Origins of the Women’s Shelter Movement in Canada – Margo Goodhand (*****)
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counter-intuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson (***)
- Upstream Medicine: Doctors For A Healthy Society – Edited by: Andrew Bresnahan, Mahli Brindamour, Christopher Charles, Ryan Meili (*****)