So as many of you know I’m Canadian, and very proud of it, so when my favorite Canadian Booktuber, Books and Lala, created a readathon surrounding all things Canadian I had to represent. Here is her video announcement of the readathon, go watch it and then come back here to check out my TBR.
Assuming that you guys gave watched Lala’s video, I’ll do a recap of the Read-EH-Thon. It will be running from July 1-8 and it will be hosted by, of course Lala, and a lot more other Canadian Booktubers. There are challenges to this readathon, but you do not have to do any of the challenges if you think its not for you. Also, you don’t need to be Canadian to participate, the more the merrier. Anyone and everyone is welcome and should participate, in order for the world to be exposed to more Canadian authors. I really love this readathon because it will allow me to read more book written by Canadian authors, which I really want to do more of.
One part of the challenge is to read everything Canadian, so even if you are not participating in any of the challenges, your books must at least be written by a Canadian author. For those who does want to participate, here are the challenges:
- Read a book with a red cover
- Read a book by a Canadian woman
- Read a book with an “E” and “H” in the title (the two letter does not need to be together)
- Read a book by an indigenous author
- Read a book set in a province you’ve never visited
A few of these challenges are fairly easy, its really the last one that I’m having a bit more difficulty with. I’m really happy that Lala included the 4th challenges, because there should be more representations of indigenous people in books written from their own voices. I did have a bit of a hard time finding a book that I can read and when I did find one, there are a bunch of people who are on the waiting list. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to get my copy in time for the readathon.
Here are the books I’ll be reading:
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Goodreads Synopsis: Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey’s best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana’s husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it’s time for the two of them to disappear again.
Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you’re accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. As a murderer, Casey isn’t a good candidate, but she has something they want: She’s a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn’t the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.
- Armstrong is actually one of my favorite authors. I’ve read her YA novels when I was younger and fell in love with them. I haven’t really picked up her ‘adult’ novels yet, but this is a good time to do so. This novel allows me to check off the fifth challenge. Set in a fictional town of Rockton, but in the Yukon area.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Goodreads Synopsis: This is the story of Offred, one of the”Handmaids” whose purpose is to breed. In the new social order in which women are told they are being controlled for their own good, Offred lives in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is sent out once a day to the food market, chaperoned; she is is not permitted to read; and she is hoping the commander makes her pregnant, because if not she’ll be sent to a toxic work camp, or end up as a sex slave in Jezebel’s. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, and a husband and a child. But all of that is gone now… everything has changed.
- Ever since the TV show came out, I’ve been meaning to read this book. I’ve read Atwood’s other book, Alias Grace, and really enjoyed it. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy this one as well. This book allows me to fulfill the first and second challenge.
Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson
Goodreads Synopsis: Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet— especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.
Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe— government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerrilla warriors— and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument…
Incorporating the traditions of the First Peoples as well as the more familiar stories of Greek mythology and Arthurian legend, Shadows Cast by Stars is a haunting, beautifully written story that breathes new life into ancient customs.
- I’m really excited to read this book. I want to see how the author incorporates different stories drawn from different cultures. I’m really hopping I get this from the library within the readathon days. This book is for the third and fourth challenge.