Wanda Lynne Young: Bookalicious


CBC Books Presents CANADA READS 2014

TOP 40 Longlist

Canada Reads asked Canadians, "What is the one novel that could change our nation?" and they narrowed down the gazillion or so suggestions to make up the Canada Reads 2014 Top 40 longlist of books!

Here are the 40 books that made it to the 2014 Canada Reads longlist:

Accusation by Catherine Bush

Afterlands by Steven Heighton

Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

Annabel by Kathleen Winter

The Blue Light Project by Timothy Taylor

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Cockroach by Rawi Hage

The Disappeared by Kim Echlin

Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien

Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

Galore by Michael Crummey

Going Down Swinging by Billie Livingston

The Good Body by Bill Gaston

Half Blood Blues by Esi Eduygan

Happiness Economics by Shari Lapena

Headhunter by Timothy Findley

The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

Matadora by Elizabeth Ruth

Monoceros by Suzette Mayr

Natural Order by Brian Francis

October 1970 by Louis Hamelin

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese

The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce

The Shore Girl by Fran Kimmel

Six Metres of Pavement by Farzana Doctor

The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

Stunt Claudia Dey

Sub Rosa by Amber Dawn

A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche

Swarm by Lauren Carter

Sweetness in the Belly by Camila Gibb

Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

Truth & Bright Water by Thomas King

What the Body Remembers by Shauna Singh Baldwin

Y by Marjorie Celona

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood 

What do you think of this list? Have you read any or many of these titles? I'm pleased to see a few of my favourites in this collection. Now that we have our Top 40, it’s time for us to vote for the Top 10 to make up the Canada Reads 2014 shortlist. Don’t know where to start or who to vote for? You can explore the Top 40 books on Canada Reads and print out the list so you can add to your TBR pile! You can cast your vote for up to 10 titles by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013. The Top 10 will be revealed on Tuesday, November 12th on Q with host Jian Ghomeshi, and on the Canada Reads website. I will be following the #CanadaReads2014 activity on Twitter. So, are you with me?! Good luck to all the contenders and happy reading Canada Reads readers!

Relish reading,

Wanda Lynne Young