Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Canadian Book Challenge- 1st Update

We're off to an excellent start! 24 participants so far and there's always room for more. Below are the books that have been read so far as well as the current progress. You'll notice I've organized them by Canadian currency, sort of. I needed something with 13 components and since they did away with the thousand dollar bill, I had to go back a few years for the paper money. Anyway, make sure to visit and comment on these wonderful posts. (Participants, please let me know if the count is not accurate.)

The Maple Leaves (1 Book)
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Geranium Cat
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark

- Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Beavers (2 Books)
- A Hard Witching by Jacqueline Baker
- Smuggling Donkeys by David Helwig

- The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod
- The Inuk Mountie Adventure by Eric Wilson

Gautami Tripathy
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- One Red Paper Clip by Kyle MacDonald
- Miss O by Betty Oliphant

- Uninvited Guest by John Degen
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

The Bluenoses (3 Books)
- Love: A Book of Remembrances by bpNichol
- Out of the Sea by Victor Kendall and Victor G. Kendall
- Uncommon Prayer by Susan McMaster

The Caribou (4 Books)

- The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
- The Alchemist's Dream by John Wilson
- Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence

The Coats of Arms (5 Books)

The Loons (6 Books)

The Polar Bears (7 Books)

The Kingfishers (8 Books)

The Osprey (9 Books)

The Green Loons (10 Books)

The Snowy Owls (11 Books)

The Canada Geese (12 Books)

The Grosbeaks (13 Books)

Now, pop quiz! (Don't you just hate that?) Below are 10 questions about the books above. Send your answers to me (please don't put them in the comments!) via email jmutford [at] hotmail [dot] com. Next Saturday I'll be randomly drawing a winner from all those who get the answers right. The prize? An autographed copy of Zachariah Wells' book of Arctic inspired poetry, Unsettled. (Contest is open to non-participants!)

1. Which book revolves around the Morrisons and the Pyes?

2. Which book gives an instructional on how to kill a cat?

3. Which book features a mysterious character named Aurora?

4. Which book concerns a Romanian-born Stanley Cup winner?

5. Which book has a selection of visual poetry?

6. Which book won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize and the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction?

7. Which book is set in Ontario, 1859?

8. Which book offers short stories set in Nova Scotia?

9. Which book is the adventure of Piscine Patel?

10. Which book is the biography of the founder of the National Ballet School?

Also, thanks to Steve Zipp, Canadian Book Challenge participant and author, for donating copies of his novel Yellowknife to those of us he's been able to contact.

If you haven't started yet, don't worry, there's still plenty of time!


1morechapter said...

What a great way to show our progress!

Nikki in Niagara said...

Yay, I've read a quarter's worth! What a great list of books read so far. I've added a few new-to-me titles to my ever expanding tbr list.

John Mutford said...

3M: Thanks! I hope everyone enjoys the links as well.

Nicola: Yes, you've gotten off to a greta start. I think one of my favourite aspects of the challenge is, as you said, finding lots of new titles to explore. Plus, it's nice to have other people's takes on the familiar ones.

raidergirl3 said...

Woo hoo I'm a nickel, but I'm actually about 7cents because I'm partly through my next book.
Great quiz, getting people to read the reviews and look around at the sites. It's fun, and educational, but I'm finding a whole bunch more books I want to read, and my list is already sooo long...

Chris said...

The quiz is a brilliant idea! I have to work my way up from a penny.

Anonymous said...

I like this! Now I can go check others.

Thanks to you, I am becoming more aware of Canadian Literature.However, I don't claim I will read all 13 but I will definitely give it a try.

My only grudge, you misspelled my name...:(

John Mutford said...

Raidergirl: My TBR list has grown immensely too.

Chris: Thanks! And no pressure.

Gautami: No worries about possibly not making it to 13, the grosbeak is out of circulation anyway. (And my apologies on your name, I've fixed it above.)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Stop making me think! You won't like me when I think.

Actually, this is an inspired contest, and I'm going to have to tackle some of those questions.

Bybee said...

Dude, I've decided to join.
Here are the two books I plan to read:
Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
Dressing Up For The Carnival by Carol Shields
It's not too late, eh?
speaking of "eh"....the little code i have to type to get my comment okayed ends in e-h! Wow!

John Mutford said...

Barbara: No thinking necessary! Just a little light blog reading. But if you're really in the mood, perhaps you could help me diversify my portfolio. I don't even know what that means, but I thought it sounded legit.

Bybee: Excellent. If memory serves, I think there's another participant planning to read Fifth Business as well. (And the "eh" in your word verification is all part of a Canadian conspiracy.)

Melwyk said...

This is a fun update, John. Now I want to climb the ranks so I can be a Grosbeak! :)

Wonderful idea for a quiz. Lots of fun.

BookGal said...

I'm up with another book review here:

Kate S. said...

I love the currency climb. I've read my first challenge book but haven't yet blogged about it (Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall). I must catch up and earn my coin designation!

Steve said...

John, are you sure this is legal? It's too much fun!