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TheKidUpstairs
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Canada Reads 2020 books and defenders announced! Who's excited for this year's debates? 🙋‍♀️

https://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/meet-the-canada-reads-2020-contenders-1.543...

Lindy I‘ve read all of these except for bailing on Small Game Hunting. My favourite is 1d
TheKidUpstairs @Lindy Son of a Trickster is the only one I've read, and I loved it. (I've got Trickster Drift waiting on my shelf.) The others are all now on my TBR. I picked up Small Game Hunting in a Boxing Day sale on Kobo, sorry to hear it didn't work for you. 1d
Lindy @TheKidUpstairs I think I was just in the wrong mood for it. I might try it again. 1d
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Reggie
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Pickpick

This book was an unrelenting and scathing tale of all those who are damaged and how they meet other damaged people and continue the damage. Taking place on a snowy day in Newfoundland, the owner and all the employees of the restaurant, The Hazel, will meet for work and everything will go to hell so that the truth can come to light. This was funny in some places but ultimately made me feel horrible for being part of the human race. I really 👇🏼

Reggie liked it, though. Pick!!! Huge trigger warnings for all violence, physical and mental, done to women. #24in48 (edited) 7d
JanuarieTimewalker13 Excellent review!! I‘ve been eyeing this one bc we‘ve had hunting near my house and it upsets me so much. I don‘t understand humans killing innocent beings. It‘s murder to me, plain and simple. And cowardly. 7d
Reggie @JanuarieTimewalker13 the title is more of a metaphor. There is little if any people hunting animals in here. There is mention on the side but it has nothing to do with the main story. 7d
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh wow, ok, good to know! Thank you! (edited) 7d
lele1432 Great review! Stacking because I‘m intrigued! 7d
Reggie @lele1432 it is definitely relatable in some ways. You‘ve been some of these people or you‘ve known some of these people but it is not pretty. 7d
BiblioLitten *maniacal stacking* 😆 6d
readordierachel Another great review! Stacking. 6d
Reggie @readordierachel enjoy is the wrong word for it but I hope it is something you end up appreciate(?, maybe wrong word also) having read. 6d
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Canadian.Reads
Kiss of the Fur Queen | Tomson Highway
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Pickpick

I haven't read a book by an Indigenous Canadian author in some time. Highway writes in such an original way. The way he brings in legend and the Cree word to a heartbreaking story true to many of our native peoples past is challenging but worthwhile. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Rainierbooks
Frying Plantain | Zalika Reid-Benta
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Pickpick

A book that made me hungry. 12 short stories about a Jamaican-Canadian family in Toronto with a lot of humor and brilliant character depictions.

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merelybookish
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Holiday tradition, doing my part to support the local bookstore in Sechlet, BC. I like to buy something Canadian, ideally by an author from the Atlantic Provinces.

LeahBergen Good job, you! 🇨🇦 4w
ljuliel I like the title. 4w
merelybookish @LeahBergen Just doing my part for the Canadian book industry! 😛 4w
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Chynnaaa
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Adult Fiction

Date started: December 3rd, 2019
Date finished: December 10th, 2019

The cover feels really nice. It's textured softly, with eye-catching colours reminiscent of the 60s and 70s. I found this book at Dollarama.

Chynnaaa Crying for the Moon takes place in St. John's, Newfoundland, in the late 1960s. Maureen Brennan lives with abusive parents, and attends a Catholic school with abusive nuns. She often wonders if there's more to life that she's missing out on. One night, Maureen and her best friend sneak out of the school, barely escaping the ever watchful eyes of the nuns. Her best friend makes several bad decisions, that change the course of Maureen's life. 1mo
Chynnaaa Maureen falls in love with Bo, a man who loves her back the same way her parents did. Through constant abuse behind closed doors, the story takes a dark turn when Maureen tampers with Bo's food using rat poison. Bo dies unexpectedly, but from what? He was also being targeted by shady figures in the drug world. Bo was caught up in the wrong side of the city, and being found dead in the trunk of a car steers the story in a new and wild direction.
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Chynnaaa Crying for the Moon was a very difficult and gritty read. Maureen was also abusive to herself, mirroring the environment she grew up in. The comedy aspect was targeted towards a mature audience because the humour was lost in the metaphors and the grimness of the situation. I wanted to cry and laugh at some parts. It's a book where you stumble and crash into the plotline, enjoying the desperation every step of the way. 1mo
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Carla
The Flame | Leonard Cohen
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There Might Be Cupcakes Episode 56: Happy Socks and the Flame
In which I tell two stories about finding cupcakes in the darkest of times: one is one of my own, one is one of Leonard Cohen‘s. URI: https://link.chtbl.com/theflame #podcast #poetry

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Carla
The Flame | Leonard Cohen
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Eggnog latte and Mr. Cohen between therapies: mental and physical. (You get a straw if you are in a wheelchair; also if the baristas recognize you by name. This particular Starbucks location is my Cheers.) #eggnog #christmas #poetry #lyrics

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melissajayne
Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Pickpick

While I found the read to be dense and difficult to follow at times, the discussion with my bookclub on Saturday was fascinating. We barely referenced the book but talked a lot about the marginalization of women in general. 4⭐️ #2019 #bookstagram #bookeview #canadianliterature #litsyatoz #litsyatz2019 #w

she.epeolatry Ironic that this book is better talked about than read. Maybe that was the point? I‘m still trying to get through it. 3w
melissajayne @she.epeolatry It‘s an interesting point. It certainly is a book that brings up a lot of issues. (edited) 3w
she.epeolatry Yes, too many to count. It made my heart and head hurt. 3w
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jackilynn
My October | Claire Holden Rothman
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October Wrap Up. I don't think I could pick my least/most favorite because they were all enjoyable (well as much as a book about a serial killer can be).