June 30, 2012


Canadian Book Challenge VI

Challenge Summary:
1. What is the Canadian Book Challenge? The Canadian Book Challenge is an online reading challenge in which participants from Canada and around the world aim to read and review 13 or more Canadian books in a one year span: Canada Day to Canada Day. Reviews must be posted online and participants are asked to share links to their reviews with other participants. More on reviews below.

 2. How do I join? Send John an email (jmutford (at) hotmail [dot] com) with the subject line "Sign Me Up!" and He'll add you to the list. Consider yourself a participant even if you don't get a response from me right away. Come July 1st you can get started right away. As soon as John gets your first link (see below), He'll add your name to the participant list on the sidebar of this blog.

Follow the link below to the challenge page for more details.

Hosted by/Link: John of The Book Mine Set - Canada Reading VI Challenge

Challenge Start and Ends Dates: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

My Progress: 60/13 - Completed September 1, 2012

My List:

1) Street of Riches - Gabrielle Roy
2) The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
3) A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews
4) Light Lifting - Alexander MacLeod
5) The Sentimentalists - Johanna Skibsrud 
6) This Cake is for the Party - Sarah Selecky
7) The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pullinger
8) Nikolski - Nicolas Dickner
9) The Heart Specialist - Claire Holden Rothman
10) Stanley Park - Timothy Taylor
11) Deafening - Francis Itani 
12) Daughters Who Walk This Path - Yejide Kilanko
13) Hetty Dorval - Ethel Wilson


14) Waking the Witch - Kelley Armstrong
15) Spell Bound - Kelley Armstrong
16) Whirl Away - Russell Wangersky
17) Dr. Brinkley's Towers - Robert Hough
18) Y - Marjorie Celona
19) Inside - Alix Ohlin
20) The Emperor of Paris - C. S. Richarson
21) One Good Hustle - Billie Livingston
22) The Imposter Bride - Nancy Richler 
23) 419 - Will Ferguson
24) Our Daily Bread - Lauren B. Davies
25) My Life Among the Apes - Cary Fagan
26) Everybody Has Everything - Katrina Onstad
27) The Lost Garden - Helen Humphreys
28) Vintage Munro - Alice Munro
29) The Juliet Stories - Carrie Snyder
30) The Golden Mean - Annabel Lyon
31) I'm Starved For You: Positron Episode 1 - Margaret Atwood
32) Natasha and Other Stories - David Bizmozis
33) The Whirlpool - Jane Urquhart
34) Small Change - Elizabeth Hay
35) Clara Callan - Richard B. Wright
36) Fauna - Alissa York
37) The Road Past Altamont - Gabrielle Roy
38) An Irish Country Village - Patrick Taylor
39) 13 - Kelley Armstrong 

2013 Reads

40) The Sometimes Lake - Sandy Bonny
41) Away - Jane Urquhart
42) February - Lisa Moore
43) The Purchase - Linda Spalding
44) Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese
45) Out for Blood - Alyxandra Harvey
46) Two Solitudes - Hugh MacLennan
47) Age of Hope - David Bergen
48) Lady Oracle - Margaret Atwood
49) Dance of the Happy Shades - Alice Munro
50) Song of Kosovo - Chris Gudgeon
51) River of Stars - Guy Gavriel Kay
52) The Other Sister - Lola Lemire Tostevin
53) Tales From Firozsha Baag - Rohinton Mistry
54) King Leary - Paul Quarrington 
55) The Perfect Circle - Pascale Quiviger
56) Gold Mountain Blues - Ling Zhang
57) The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery
58) The Painted Girls - Cathy Marie Buchanan
59) The Blondes - Emily Schultz 
60) Ink - Amanda Sun

Final Thoughts

So I am "officially" done this challenge, but this is one of the few challenges I continue on until it ends. I finished very early this time around, but I'm more proud of the fact that all 13 books were all by Canadian Authors I've never read before.  Six have won awards (Canada Reads, Giller, Governor's General) and four have been on the longlist or short list of the awards. This was the first time I set a theme for my self, and happy yo say I completed it. Now I'll have to see how many Canadian Books I can read before the challenge ends.