Canada Day 2018: Hip Hip Hooray?

Hey, hi, and welcome, it’s your resident Canadian Sha here to remind you that July 1st is indeed the so-called “Canada Day,” a time when many a Canadian will pop off fireworks, grill some meats, and dip in the pool. dog swimming GIF

This post took me some time to write, because I wanted the right balance of “hurrah, I’m Canadian!” and “Canada isn’t always glorious and free, ya know.” Which, I’ll agree, isn’t the cheerful message we try to spread 24/7 at Book Princesss Reviews. But even Mary Poppins preached a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, aka, sometimes you need some of that medicine to keep your mind and body going. BPR is heavy on sugar, so a dose of reality, maybe?

But no, no, I’m not getting all doom and gloom. Just dropping a rain-check that Canada (like so much of the land we like to call our own) isn’t exactly as wonderfully free and joyous as we would love it to be. I mean, number one we can talk first nations. (We don’t need a chicken and the egg debate, it’s very clear who came first.) Number two, our news may be softer than in the States, but we still deal with racism and gun violence, among other crimes (physical and psychological). Number three, pollution and environmental damage is an everyone problem, aka, Canada too.

Okay. Oops. That did get doom and gloom. Let me backtrack and say I do think Canada is a pretty good place. I just *also* think we could do a little (*cough* lot *cough*) better. Can Canada Day (and all country “birthdays”) just be, like, New Year’s Resolution Day for countries? Like, this year I promise to reduce CO2 emissions.

lazy unbreakable kimmy schmidt GIF

What a mood I’m in. Bet Mandy regrets letting me write this post now!

Anyway, I’m not just rambling for this. I also have a list of books by Canadian authors that inspire change (or revisit Canadian history, so we get an idea of what we’re dealing with). Because if all you do is complain (see above) then you’ll never see things get any better. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

(And if you’re too lazy to make the change yourself, recommend the books to your friends? Hmm.)

The Handmaid's Tale
Women’s rights
Life of Pi
Freedom / Law vs Order
The Book of Negroes
The Way the Crow Flies
Barney's Version
Mental Health
Monkey Beach
Indian Horse
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Can someone please explain to me how you get the books to line up all nice and pretty? Because I just don’t seem to have the skill (or maybe it’s the patience…) Anyway, those are my top picks for books that evoke some thoughts on major issues pressing us Canadians today.

Don’t feel left out if you’re from another country! I’m sure you have some huuge issues that these books can solve too (lol, jk, but also, huh, probably?). I promise my next post will be 100% more joyful but also, sometimes I just gotta be real with y’all. And honest question here: anyone know how many of these books were made into movies? Because a looot of these were made into movies.

Do you like reading books by authors from your country? Did you realize these were Canadian authors? Is Canada Day a huge holiday for you? Let’s discuss below!




14 thoughts on “Canada Day 2018: Hip Hip Hooray?

  1. Well, happy Canada Day to you anyhow. I really appreciate your candor, because lately, when I read the news, the rest of the world acts like there are only those sorts of issues in the US. Maybe it’s not a country specific problem, but a human problem. (I’m just saying) I am listening to Give Me Some Truth right now, which is an #OwnVoices book set in Niagara Falls (US side), but it talks a lot about US/Canadian Native Americans, the treaties, etc.

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    1. I agree that it’s not a country specific problem, but with it being Canada Day, I decided to focus on Canadians. Also, I didn’t want to be the voice for other countries. But I do agree it’s VERY much a people problem. Give Me Some Truth sounds like an interesting read (or listen). I’ve not heard of #OwnVoices before. What is that?

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      1. The #OwnVoices movement is authors with a disability or being part of a marginalized group writing stories with characters, who are like them. I think all three of Gansworth’s novels were about Native Americans, and he is a Native American himself.

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      2. How have I not heard about this before? I fully advocate for books with characters who represent marginalized groups properly. Thanks for telling me about this! Is there a website or Facebook page where you can find all the books?

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      3. Thank you so much for this! I really enjoy books that engage more critical thinking and come from authors that have experienced what they’re writing about… I didn’t even know there was a group that had books like this in one place. I agree with you completely, sometimes I just need to pause the contemp reads and get something more meaningful.

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  2. Happy Canada Day! I didn’t realize that any of the authors were Canadian, but I also don’t really pick books based upon the author’s nationality – which I guess can be both a positive and a negative. Man. This post evokes deep thoughts today. On a lighter note, those dogs were precious.

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    1. Haha, yes, I realize deep thoughts are not the norm over here, but I was perhaps in a deep thought kind of mood when I wrote this up. Thanks for the Canada Day wishes! Yeah, I’m not one to pick books based on nationality either, but I do find it interesting to find out that authors I love come from the same area as me. And hahahaha, I know, I saw the dogs and KNEW I had to use that gif.

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  3. Happy Canada Day? You shone a light on some issues that I didn’t know about. I feel like Americans idealize Canada as being perfect with USA having all the issues. Each country has issues, though, and it is important to realize that. Wow did I just get deep or what? Also we can chat about formatting the pics next time we talk. Wonderful post, Sha, and it was an important one!

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  4. Haha fun post! I think a country’s natives can be their own worst critics (well, maybe not for America, we’re pretty boastful but I’m not proud of it), so you’re not being doom and gloom. 😉 Also, I did NOT know Handmaid’s Tale was written by a Canadian author! ALSO also, it’s good to know that you guys do fireworks on Canada Day like we Americans on Fourth of July. 😛

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    1. Any opportunity for fireworks! Very true, if you live in a country it’s easy to see the worst. But also want the find a way to create the best! On Canadian TV channels, every ad with The Handmaid’s Tale proudly announces “by Canadian author” haha. 🙂 But we are quite proud that someone from our country penned such an awesome tale.

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    OH SHA! This is truly a wonderful post! (Even if it does have its gloom) It is really important to talk about our issues. As much as I love Canada and am so thankful for every opportunity I have here, it is no where near perfect. Indigenous issues, gun violence and pollution are major here. The shadow of the US news seems to hide them, but they need to be talked about more! Action needs to be taken!

    As for the list of books, they are wonderful! I recently read Indian Horse for school and I am utterly amazed. It was such a sad and beautiful story at the same time.
    Lovely post, Sha!

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    1. *waves Canadian flag* I am, I am the Canadian half of BPR! You know now, so you’d better not forget! 😉

      Yeah, I think issues often weigh on me during times of celebration (perhaps not the best thing for party time haha) but I thought better put it all to good use and share some books that channel critical thoughts on the topics. The US really does overshadow a lot of our issues and too many Canadians default to “well, we’re better than the US!” We don’t want to be better than, we just want to be good point blank!

      I’m still very proud to be Canadian, which I hope this post somehow conveys too. My pride just goes the route of demanding action, instead of idly singing our anthem :p (which I… maybe… forget the words sometimes… o:)

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