Were you aware that a third of Canadian adults did not read a single book in 2007?
That’s the bad news. The good news is that more than two-thirds of Candians read so voraciously last year that the average person cracked no fewer than 20 books. Fiction was the most popular genre among Canadians attracting 56 per cent of those who read at least one book. Mysteries and thrillers followed at 55 per cent and historical n on-fiction at 46 per cent.
Among individual titles, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows was right up there. I haven’t read a single Potter book. Should I?
Rhona Byrne’s The Secret was the top-selling book in Canada in 2007. (Don’t know a damn thing about it).
As for my own reading, I whipped through Brian Mulroney’s Memoirs because I had contracted to do a review. I say whipped through because, whatever you think of the former prime minister, his autobiography is a page turner.
I also recommend the following: Atonement by Ian McEwan; The Kite Runner; The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and the new biography of Sir John A. MacDonald by Richard Gwyn.
I also am reading two books by personal friends. Louise Penny (formerly of the CBC) has set her third murder mystery, The Cruellest Month, deep in the Eastern Townships. And Peter Hallward in Damming the Flood has written an impressive and challenging new book on Haiti.
Have you read a good book lately? Share it with us.