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Books Set in Canada – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They are great at bringing new top ten themes, and they have a huge list of them well in advance for those bloggers that like to plan super far ahead. You can learn about joining in here. I make a list of five instead of ten, just for your knowledge 

This week’s prompt is about books set outside of the US. But because I am a moderately patriotic Canadian, I decided to put a little twist on it and do books set in (or that make reference to) Canada. I will say that I feel unabashedly happy and surprised whenever a book makes positive reference to Canada. Aka talks about us without also mentioning the frigid cold (it’s cold, WE KNOW), beavers, moose, igloos, or our ‘accent’. Oh, and maple syrup, let’s not forget that. That being said, if I could get a beaver tail with a poutine on top and maple syrup, I would at least try it. I mean, I would have to! No moose tracks ice cream though because I’m allergic to peanut butter. Okay, enough confusing my non-Canadian readers with references, off we go:

Books Set in Canada

Zeroboxer by Fonda LeeZeroboxer by Fonda Lee

Synopsis:

A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.

As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

Canadian Setting: I’m reading this right now, and the main character is originally from Toronto, his mom works for the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) and his boxing name is “the Raptor” . I mean, he could only get more Torontonian if his real name was Drake, amirite?

Fifth Business by Robertson DaviesFifth Business by Robertson Davies

Synopsis:

Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man’s land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around him. His apparently innocent involvement in such innocuous events as the throwing of a snowball or the teaching of card tricks to a small boy in the end prove neither innocent nor innocuous. Fifth Business stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real.

Canadian Setting: This is a classic Canadian novel and it takes place all over Canada. The main characters are from Deptford, Ontario which is a fictional town based on the real town of Thamesville, Ontario. That town is just between Chatham and London if you’re curious. It’s also where Robertson Davies was born, hence using it as the setting for his novel.

Run by Eric WaltersRun by Eric Walters

Synopsis:

Travelling to Nova Scotia with his father, who is covering what he thinks is just a human interest story about a man trying to run across the country, Winston spends a day with Terry Fox and his best friend, Doug. Their determination to achieve what seems like an impossible goal makes a big impression on Winston, and he takes courage and inspiration from Terry’s run. He is overjoyed when his father’s article about the Marathon of Hope ignites public interest across the country.

But when Winston discovers that his father’s next article about the Marathon of Hope will characterize Terry and Doug in an unflattering way, he is furious with his father and fearful of betraying his friends. Unsure of what to do or where to turn, Winston decides it is time to make a run for it himself…

Canadian Setting: If you live in Canada and you didn’t read an Eric Walters book in middle school, then something went very wrong with your English class. I vaguely remember reading this one though not a lot of details come to mind. I probably cried, though. I can’t NOT get emotional about any Terry Fox themed presentation/book. If you’ve never heard about him you should read the wiki page! The Canadian setting here is Nova Scotia which is in Eastern Canada.

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'MalleyScott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Synopsis:

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rockband, he’s “between jobs” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

Canadian Setting: I HAD to mention this one. This graphic novel is firmly set in Toronto (and I suspect the GTA as well?) and features all sorts of wonderful little Easter eggs of places within the city. I’ve only read a couple of volumes but I was constantly pointing at the pages like “I KNOW WHERE THAT IS” and fangirling over it. It’s a great way to learn about the things in Toronto other than the CN Tower and Skydome.

The Gathering by Kelley ArmstrongThe Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel…different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

Canadian Setting: Vancouver island is the setting for this novel, which is in Western Canada. Which is a pretty legit setting for a book about werewolves (I’m assuming werewolves) because: nature. SO MUCH NATURE. I’ve only briefly been to Vancouver aka Van-City myself, but what I saw was beautiful. Fun fact, Kelley is also the author of the Bitten series, and the Bitten tv show is filmed like 5 minutes away from my house!

What’s a book set in Canada that you’ve liked? Would you like to see more books set outside the US?

37 Comments

  • Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    July 25, 2016 at 12:49 AM

    Oh this is so fun! I had no idea that so many books were set in Canada! I am trying to think of some- I know they exist… right? Why do I not know of any? This makes me sad, and now I definitely want to read more books about Canada! Someone else’s TTT said that Exit, Pursued by a Bear was set in Canada, so there’s that! Great list!!

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 26, 2016 at 1:56 PM

      It’s super hard to find them! Honestly, writing this post just made me sad about how few books I could find that were set in Canada. Like… I know they’re out there, but they were hard to find.

      And yes! Exit, Pursued by a Bear I recently learned is set in Canada. I need to get around to reading that one…

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  • Cassidy Jiang

    July 21, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    Honestly the only one I can recall is Anne of Green Gables, all the books are always in the US, especially with the dystopians, it’s like the US is doomed to fail or something lol. Honestly I’m quite jealous over what a nice Prime Minster you have, I’m not looking forward to our presidential election to tell the truth *shivers*

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 21, 2016 at 8:56 AM

      Right? We can have chaos and corrupt future governments in Canada too! I think places like NYC just seem more cinematic for imagining world disasters. Or maybe we just seem too nice to enslave our people under a false utopia? Haha well he’s better than the last guy for sure, also someone put him in a comic book, which seems like high praise for a Prime Minister. Still waiting for him to do something about those student loans, but I can wait. Oh gosh, American politics is so scary right now. I hear news reports and sit there like “is this actually happening?” It was funny in the beginning, not so funny anymore, unfortunately. Especially after seeing how Brexit went down in the UK…

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  • Heather

    July 20, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Alas, I know none of these books… And I can’t actually think of the last time I read a book set in Canada. How awkward is that? I will say that I did read a critique partner’s book, and it was set in Canada. That was fun! I will have to check out at least one of these to get my North America Card restored…

    By the way, thanks for visiting me at Sometimes I’m a Story!

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 21, 2016 at 8:52 AM

      Haha they’re surprisingly hard to find considering the amount of Canadian authors out there. Ohhh hopefully your CP ends up getting published so we can see more books set in Canada. It’s okay, I think if you drink a bottle of maple syrup you get the card back right away. That sounds legit…

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 21, 2016 at 8:39 AM

      That’s one of those classics I’ve never ended up reading. I think it reminded me of Little House of the Prarie and both weren’t super exciting to me. I hope you get to read some of these titles!

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 20, 2016 at 9:04 AM

      It’s hard to find them!! Lots of Canadian authors, but not many I could find with books that explicitly stated they were set in Canada. I looked up Margaret Atwood stuff but it was hard to pin down anything that said “THIS IS IN CANADA” instead of “this might be set in Canada?” Hopefully, you saw something you might want to read in the future!

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  • Grace Osas

    July 20, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    I was wondering if you were American or not but now I know! (The only reason I know what poutine is is because I watch Masterchef Canada).

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 20, 2016 at 9:01 AM

      Yup, I am Canadian born and raised 🙂 Ohhh yay for Masterchef Canada for educating people on the wonderfulness that is poutine. It looks super disgusting a lot of the time, but it’s actually really delicious.

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  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    July 20, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Ohhh Zeroboxer is on my goodreads to-read shelf! I had no idea it was set in Canada. S THAT’S COOL. XD I really don’t read many Canadian books..or…much of any. #shame. hehe But I DID love Hatchet by Gary Paulson back in school. And Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth is like an Australian author and the characters are Aussie, but the entire book takes place in Canada. SO THAT’S A WIN. 😀

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 20, 2016 at 8:59 AM

      Canada AND space, which is a pretty cool combo. It’s okay, apparently, I don’t read very many either. I remember that we read Hatchet, but I have literally no memory of it >.< But Are You Seeing Me sounds like a fun book! There's actually like a fairly good amount of Australians in Canada, there were lots on exchange at University for sure.

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 20, 2016 at 8:47 AM

      You should come! It’s especially great if you’re into outdoor activities and wildlife and such. My boyfriend tells me that it’s pretty easy to spot animals, at least in Northern Ontario. Though I’ve only seen a bear. But I’m not that excited by wildlife so I also haven’t been trying very hard to spot things…

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 20, 2016 at 8:43 AM

      I’m surprised you didn’t! Maybe my grade school teacher was just obsessed with Eric Walters and lead me to believe that everyone was reading him in school haha. Yes, it was pretty hard for me to find stuff too. Plenty of Canadian authors, but difficult to find books that clearly state they’re set in Canada.

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 19, 2016 at 8:21 PM

      OMG you should start it! I got my copy as part of the #readdiversebooks Twitter campaign and finally deciding to read it and it’s so cool thus far. A little insta-lovey, but otherwise great. I would love to hear from someone else reading it 🙂

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  • Anne@Headfullofbooks

    July 19, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    I added several books from/about Canada to my list since you guys are my favorite Northern neighbors. Let me recommend one I think you will like: The Unlikely Superhero of Room 13-B by Teresa Toten. I should have added it to my list but I thought of it too late.
    My TTT

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 19, 2016 at 8:09 PM

      Yay! I don’t how much competition there is as far as northern neighbour go, but still yay! Ohhhh that sounds so fun, I’m going to look it up right now. That title pulls me in for sure.

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  • Grace

    July 19, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    These are all new to me!! I am not sure what books I have read set in Canada but I know one on my TBR is set there – Exit, Persued by a Bear. I will have to check these out!

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  • Cyra @ Rattle the Pages

    July 19, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    I can’t recall any books that I’ve read that take place in Canada. I haven’t read any of the books on your list or heard of most of them! But I do want to read the Kelley Armstrong ones! I haven’t read anything by her yet, but her books are ones that I’ve been kinda wanting to read for awhile! Great list! 🙂

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 19, 2016 at 8:06 PM

      It’s surprisingly hard to find them. There are plenty of books by Canadians, but they’re often not set in Canada or are set in a place that hasn’t been firmly identified as Canada. I keep meaning to read Bitten by her! I hope you get around to it 🙂

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    • ltlibrarian

      July 19, 2016 at 1:20 PM

      If I had to pick one of them to encourage you to try one day, it would absolutely be Fifth Business. Especially going by the types of books I’ve seen you review on your blog. Thanks for visiting!

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