Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Canadian Book Challenge- 2nd Update

Wow, has a whole month past since the first update? I didn't make as much progress this time around, but fortunately many others made up for my slacking. Since then we've also welcomed a few new participants into the fold. I hope everyone makes sure they visit each other's sites to show their encouragement- it is the Canadian way afterall.

Speaking of the Canadian way, I'm not sure how many of you caught the wild story on Raidergirl's blog last month. I had offered Zachariah Wells's book of poetry, Unsettled as a prize, and drew randomly from those who answered a pop quiz I had posted the week earlier. Raidergirl, of Prince Edward Island, was the lucky winner so I emailed Zachariah with her address. It turned out that he just happened to be in P.E.I. at the time. The story gets wilder from there, but you'll just have to click on the link to her blog to find out how.

Now on with this month's progress. *Indicates new since last update:

The Maple Leaves (1 Book)
- The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery*

- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson*

- Life of Pi by Yann Martel*

- Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery

- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje* (waiting for review)

- Mad Shadows by Marie-Claire Blais*

- Atonement by Gaetan Soucy*

- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje*

- A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny*

- Houdini's Shadow by Leo Brent Robillard*

- Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whitall* (waiting for review)

The Beavers (2 Books)
Gautami Tripathy
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- The Library Book by Maureen Sawa*
- fake id by Hazel Edwards*

- Birds In Fall by Brad Kessler*
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark*

- The Hunter's Moon by Orla Melling*

The Bluenoses (3 Books)
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- A Hard Witching by Jacqueline Baker
- Smuggling Donkeys by David Helwig

Geranium Cat
- The Honeyman Festival by Marian Engel*
- A Deathful Ridge by J. A. Wainwright*
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark

- Unless by Carol Shields*
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields*
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Caribou (4 Books)
- The Time In Between by David Bergen*
- Love: A Book of Remembrances by bpNichol
- Out of the Sea by Victor Kendall and Victor G. Kendall
- Uncommon Prayer by Susan McMaster

- Hockey Dreams by David Adams Richards*
- A Boy of Good Breeding by Miriam Toews*
- The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod
- The Inuk Mountie Adventure by Eric Wilson

- Starting Out by Pierre Berton*
- A Nurse's Story by Tilda Shalof*
- One Red Paper Clip by Kyle MacDonald
- Miss O by Betty Oliphant

The Coats of Arms (5 Books)
The Loons (6 Books)
- Alligator by Lisa Moore*
- Sailing to Saratanium by Guy Gavriel Kay*
- Spook Country by William Gibson*
- And No Birds Sang by Farley Mowat*
- Uninvited Guest by John Degen
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

- Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock*
- Kanada by Eva Wiseman*
- 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 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)

(If this update is not accurate, please let me know in the comment section and I'll edit it.)

Now, it's prize time! To win a copy of Kenneth J. Harvey's Inside, how does a scavenger hunt sound?Amongst the reviews (new and old) posted above, find:

1 biography/memoir
1 book set outside Canada
1 book written by a Canadian Book Challenge participant
1 young adult (YA) book
1 book that a reviewer used for multiple challenges
1 Governor General's Award winner
1 sci-fi or fantasy book

More than one answer is possible and you may use a book more than once. Email your answers to jmutford (at) hotmail (dot) com. From all those who enter, I will randomly draw one name and post the winner next Saturday. Please don't post your answer in the comments.

(Special thanks to Kenneth J. Harvey for donating his book!)


John Mutford said...

This contest is open to Challenge partipants and non-Challenge participants!

Corey said...

I don't have the review up yet, but I have so far finished Leo Brent Robillard's Houdini's Shadow (2006, Turnstone Press, Winnipeg), and am now starting Robert Hough's The Culprits. I read another Canadian novel, but to be honest, I don't think it's worth the time or energy to review, so it'll remain on my personal list.

John Mutford said...

I've sent out word of this update to those participants whose emails were provided on their blogs. If you are a participant who did not recieve an email and would like updates sent to you via email, just let me know jmutford[at]hotmail[dot]com.

Booklogged said...

I like how you keep us posted on what everyone has read so we can check out their reviews. I like the grouping titles, too.

John Mutford said...

Booklogged: Thanks. And in case you missed the first update, there's an explanation for choosing those grouping titles- though the Canadians here probably know already.

Chris said...

I got behind this month but I'll be reading something soon. And I liked getting your email update.

Jodie Robson said...

John, I've got a question. On my list I have two books which are about Canada by non-Canadians. Do they count? When I looked at your challenge rules I realised that it was just about possible to read them 2 ways, but now I can't decide...if you think I'm bending the rules I can find alternatives.

John Mutford said...

Chris: Great! No rush.

GeraniumCat: Those would be prefectly fine- it was a little unclear in my rules, but yes, I meant for books about Canadians written by non-Canadians to be acceptable. Sometimes hearing other's perceptions is just as interesting, even if we disagree or find them inaccurate. For instance, in the suggested Newfoundland books I've listed Annie Proulx's Shipping News.

raidergirl3 said...

You have the coolest updates around.
ooh, another scavenger hunt, I won't play, but it looks like so much fun.
What a great bunch of books already read.

Corey said...

Here's the review of Houdini's Shadow:

John Mutford said...

Raidergirl: Thanks! And yes, it's already a great list isn't it? I love the balance of well-known and lesser-known books.

Corey: Thanks for the great review. I've updated the standings above.

Unknown said...

Okay, I'm joining this challenge. I may be starting late, but I'm sure I can catch up! I started reading No Great Mischief today so hopefully I'll have a review up soon!

Unknown said...

Yay! I just finished my first in the challenge: No Great Mischief! Great read!
I think I'm going to try the 'sea-to-sea' method of selecting books, but we'll see...As long as I'm reading Canadian I'm happy!

Leo Brent Robillard said...

Here's my first review -- Antanas Sileika's Woman in Bronze. I have some catching up to do!

Chris said...

I just finished #2: The Long Stretch

Framed said...

Here's the link to my review of Crow Lake:
It was a great book.

Corey said...

Here's my next review, for Robert Hough's The Culprits:

Unknown said...

and #2 is done: The shipping news by E Aniie Proulx

Anonymous said...

Just added two more, bringing my total to 3:

Leon Rooke's Fat Woman

and Rudy Wiebe's Where is the Voice Coming From?: