Canada Day Jokes & Books

I was trying to decide what to write for my blog today, since I’ve already posted my Birthdays Promo, which includes the books that I have on sale for Canada Day. So I checked out my list of national observances and realized that today is also International Joke Day. (I hope that isn’t saying something about what the world thinks of Canada!)

So I decided to pull together some Canadian jokes as well as some favourite Canadian books. Works, eh?

Jokes

Here is a nice (clean) page of Canadian Jokes. My favourite is:

How do you get 50 Canadians out of a swimming pool?
Say: Please get out the swimming pool.

Of course, that might not work if one of them is a moose.

I also enjoyed this page of funny Canadian memes.

Books

I wanted to share some of my favourite Canadian authors, but first, I thought I would list my most “Canadian” book. As with many other Canadian authors, I actually don’t write a lot about Canada. Most of my books are set in the US. But Questing for a Dream is set in Manitoba and Calgary.

Questing for a Dream

Questing for a Dream

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Easily one of the most thought-provoking and compelling reads of the year, Ms. Workman has written a masterful contemporary account of one native teen’s journey from home and the possibilities for hope even for those drowning in poverty, prejudice, and addiction … A must-read tale for any book lover!

About Questing for a Dream

Abject poverty. Utter tragedy. What if the only way to find yourself is to lose who you thought you were?

Life on a reservation isn’t easy.   

Nadie is a bright young teen that scorns the ways of her Cree band.

Neglect and abuse are all too common. When tragedy strikes, tradition and ritual provide her little comfort.

Grief-stricken, Nadie sets off on a quest to the white man’s land in search of something better.

Something more. 

Instead, she finds darkness. Prejudice and discrimination.

Incarceration. 

In her search for wholeness, Nadie discovers that traditions might be more than just empty rituals.

They can be the path to healing and the journey home.

A poignant, Native American Cree saga, full of all the feels. Perfect if you love a heartfelt coming-of-age story that encourages healing from the roots up.

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My favourites…

I have to admit that I don’t like a number of the iconic Canadian authors. But there are some stand-out Canadians that I love to read.

Robert Munsch

One of the articles I referenced when preparing this blog was The 150 bestselling books written by Canadian authors.

Robert Munsch appears on this list the most times of any author. He’s written 35 of the titles on the list! That means 23% of the top Canadian books are Munsch titles. He’s one prolific and beloved author.

I love Robert Munsch. He has written both poignant books that make me cry whenever I read them, to hilariously funny ones. Love You Forever was his way of memorializing two babies that he and his wife lost. The one to the right, Thomas’ Snowsuit, showcases a common Canadian problem—getting kids to dress for the weather.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Another favourite children’s book, our beloved Anne.

The first book that I read by L.M. Montgomery was Jane of Lantern Hill, and I was hooked. I read the Anne series, the Emily series, and many other stories about writers, orphans, and other children and adults who got themselves into scrapes.

Alan Bradley

I read a number of books in the Flavia De Luce series before I found out that Alan Bradley is Canadian. The Flavia books are set in England, and I just assumed that was where the author was from!

As I said above, a lot of Canadian authors do not write about Canada. LOL.

While Flavia is a young girl, 11 years old at the beginning of the series, it really isn’t a children’s/YA series. Flavia has a much older voice and is brilliant beyond her years, so while she faces the emotional issues and some limitations of childhood, the books are more adult books than young adult.

Louise Penny

Last but not least, Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series has held me spellbound many times.

Like Robert Munsch, Louise Penny’s books are very Canadian, set in backwoods Quebec, with all of the beauty and challenges that setting entails.

If you’re looking for a Canadian police procedural, you can’t go wrong with Louise Penny and her Chief Inspector Gamache.

Tell me what you think!


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