The Very Best! Book Awards are chosen from among the books I have read and reviewed within the preceding year and are announced in early October (our reading ‘season’ goes from September 1st to the end of the following August). These are books that I consider exceptional in some way; books that I enjoyed reading so much that I didn’t want them to end. Or, if it was a non-fiction title, one that is well researched and the author has made it interesting to read, not just pages of facts. Those are just some of the qualities that make a book ‘special’ and worthy of being considered for the award.
- No Fury Like That by Lisa de Nikolits (Fiction)
- Once Upon a Time in West Toronto by Terri Favro (Fiction)
- This Side of Sad by Karen Smythe (Fiction)
- Finishing the Road by David Cozac (Fiction)
- First Things First: Early and Uncollected Stories by Diane Schoemperlen (Fiction-Short Stories)
- Outside People by Mariam Pirbhai (Fiction – Short Stories)
These books are the ones I have read that deserve consideration of a “Very Best!” Book Award for 2016/17. There are 10 in the Fiction category and 6 in the Non-fiction category. (They are in no particular order.)
- The Spanish Boy by C.S. Reardon (Fiction)
- Weaving Water by Annamarie Beckel (Fiction)
- The Inward Journey by Kate Evans (Fiction)
- All That is Solid Melts Into Air by Carole Giangrande (Fiction)
- Listening for Jupiter by Pierre-Luc Landry (Fiction)
- The Money Shot by Glenn Deir (Fiction, Humour)
- Art Love Forgery by Carolyn Morgan (Historical Fiction)
- Desperation by Gary Collins (History, Historical Fiction)
- Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham (Historical Fiction)
- A Bird on Every Tree by Carol Bruneau (Fiction, Short Stories)
- Bearing Witness by Michael Dupuis (Non-fiction, History)
- Shadow of Doubt by Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon (Non-fiction, History)
- A Boy From Botwood by Pte. A.W. Manuel (Non-fiction, History)
- Redemption Songs by Jon Tattrie (Non-fiction, History, Social Issues)
- Refuge in the Black Deck by Nicola Peffers (Non-fiction, Memoir)
- New Brunswick Was His Country by Ronald Rees (Non-fiction, History)
Here are the six standout books from 2017. You can read more about each book in this post here.
Here are the seven books that I considered “The Very Best” reads of 2015/16. You can read more about them in this post.
2016 Long List
This year’s list is composed of 18 outstanding titles (11 fiction, 7 non-fiction), each one unique in its own way.