It has been said time and time again that seniors who read on a consistent basis gain many mental health benefits. For some living in seniors residences in Red Deer, the difficulty may not be in reading, but in choosing what to read. So why not choose a Great Canadian Classic novel that will not only be a great read, but will help you to further appreciate this great country we call home. Here are 5 great Canadian novels.

Anne of Green Gables

We have to start a Canadian novel list with this classic. Written by L.M. Montgomery, this is perhaps Canada’s most well-known novel internationally. Written in 1908 for all ages, this novel has been translated into dozens of other languages, and is a must-read.

The Wars

Written in 1977 by Timothy Findley, this novel is a must-read for not only those interested in Canada’s history in World War 1, but by any avid reader. This novel follows a 19-year-old Canadian who enlists during World War 1 as he struggles with the grief of losing his sister, and the oppression of the society of the times. If you have never read this book, it must be read to truly be appreciated.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood delivered with this dystopian tale set in a near-future society ruled by a totalitarian state. This novel has been the topic of conversation and controversy since it was first published, and many of the themes are more true today than they have ever been. This is an excellent Canadian novel that seniors will appreciate.

The Three Day Road

A more recent publication (2005), The Three day Road by Joseph Boyden is a post World War 1 novel which follows the journey of two young Cree men. This novel was chosen by Justin Trudeau to be presented to then US President Barack Obama as a novel that represents Canada.

The Book of Negroes

Recently adapted as a TV miniseries, The Book of Negroes by Canadian Author Lawrence Hill not only looks at racial issues in the United States, but also Canada’s own deep-rooted racial problems. This is a thought-provoking and highly rated book that is sure to spark thought and discussion on Canada.

It is difficult to choose only 5 great Canadian novels with some many options available. If you are living in a care home in Red Deer, make sure you choose one of these novels and start reading right away. Not only is reading good for your cognitive health, but these books are sure to be appreciated.