I won’t list everything, but in no particular order here are my favourite fiction and non-fiction reads from this year.
I’ve always found Calgary Pride taking place during the Labour Day weekend to be fitting timing. LGBTQ2S Rights. Workers’ Rights. When it comes down to it they are one and the same. The histories of these movements over the last 50 years are deeply intertwined.
Which is why I’ve also tried to use the Labour Day weekend to read a book that combines these two movements. Below are the four books I’ve read over the last four years that are worth checking out.
Joke’s on me… it is April 1st and I realized I have never shared my 2019 reading list. Better to throw it together late than never! 2019 was a year of reading as a way to distract myself from a double election year; often by tackling some of the many unread books sitting on my shelf.
Looking back on my reading list, I managed to complete over 60 new-to-me books this year. I again completed all of the Canada Reads books and continued to keep a nerdy spreadsheet to ensure I stayed focused on reading authors with a wider diversity of backgrounds and identities, including local, Indigenous and LGBTQ2S authors.
It was also the 100th Anniversary since the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike so I took time to devour many of the books looking back on that milestone event in labour history.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of a pivotal event in Canadian history.
The legacy of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 remains contested, but for those seeking to build working class movements today, I believe there is plenty that can be learned from that period of workers’ revolt in Canada.
From how it all began, to what happened in the years to follow, here is a list of some reading suggestions for those wanting to dive in.
Another year, another reading list! Looking back on 2018, I managed to complete 73 books, including a lot more novels and poetry books, and all of the Canada Reads shortlist. Here is this year’s complete reading list: with my made-up categories and highly inconsistent 5 star reviewing system.
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. Here is this year’s complete reading list, with my made up categories and inconsistent 5 star reviewing system.
Looking back over the books I read this year, they ended up being about half fiction and half non-fiction, and I completed my goal of reading every Canada Reads winner since the show began! Here is my complete reading list for 2016.
2015 was a year of two major elections, multiple trips, and a change of jobs, but I tried hard to keep my commitment to myself to watch less Netflix and instead read for fun more – meaning I read a shwack load of books, some big and some short. Here’s the complete list.