Friends, something big has been accomplished! I have finally finished The GG Project. Well, pretty much at least.
You may remember, back in the summer of 2010 I set out to read all the winners of the Governor General's award for fiction. Now, 3 years later, I'm ready to consider myself done.
One of the winners, The Dark Weaver by Laura Salverson (1937), is impossible to find - and I'm not the only person looking for it! Maybe one day I'll find it - maybe in a junk shop or on eBay or in a library. Maybe you have a copy? Until then, I won't truly be finished, but I'm happy to consider myself finished enough for now.
Also, full disclosure: of the 70+ books that I've read for this - many of which I did not enjoy - there was one title that I absolutely could not get myself through. I debated going back to it, but I can't. I won't. I don't know why it was so difficult, but Dave Godfrey's The New Ancestors (1970) beat me. I hate giving up on books, but this one was impenetrable for me. However, after getting through more than half of it, I am willing to consider it complete in my list.
My favorites? Hard to say, because there are some truly great books on the list, and many classic books. The Sisters Brothers (Patrick DeWitt, 2011), Clara Callan (Richard B. Wright, 2001), Thirty Acres (Ringuet, 1940) were all some surprise favorites. I say surprise because obviously the Atwood, Munro and Ondaatje books on the list would be common favorites. Obviously.
Least faves? That's easy. Besides the impenetrable Godfrey I've already mentioned, The Fall of the Titan (Igor Gouzenko, 1954), The Temptations of Big Bear (Rudy Weibe, 1973) and Such a Long Journey (Rohinton Mistry, 1991) were some low points for me.
And along the way there are many that I've read that are just completely forgettable, their award a total mystery to me.
I'm so, so, soooooo happy to finally be done with this project. I didn't expect it to take 3 years, and I've often thought about giving up on it. But I'm glad I did it, and now I can move on to just reading books I want to read. Good-bye GGs!