Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Canadian Book Challenge- 3rd Update

Happy New Year!!!

First off, welcome to all those who joined the challenge in December. And to those who planned on starting in January..start your engines!

There's been a great selection of books read so far-- a mix of classics along with some newer authors, fiction and non-fiction, and even varying reviews on the same book. I'm really enjoying reading all the reviews, as I hope you all take the time to do as well. Here is the current progress:

The Grosbeaks (13 Books)

The Canada Geese (12 Books)

The Snowy Owls (11 Books)

The Green Loons (10 Books)

The Osprey (9 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
- Badlands by Robert Kroetsch*
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop*
- What's Bred In The Bone by Robertson Davies*

The Kingfishers (8 Books)

- 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
- Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel*
- Dust by Arthur Slade*

- The Culprits by Robert Hough*
- The End of The Alphabet by CS Richardson*
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson*
- Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall*
- The Reckoning of Boston Jim by Claire Mulligan*
- Coureurs De Bois
by Bruce MacDonald*
- As Good As Dead
by Stan Rogal*
- Woman in Bronze
by Antanas Silieka*

The Polar Bears (7 Books)

The Loons (6 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
- One Woman's Arctic by Sheila Burnford*
- Harpoon of the Hunter by Markoosie*

- The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Birds in Fall by Brad Kessler*
- The White Dawn by James Houston*
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson*
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book by Bill Richardson*
- Latitude of Melt by Joan Clark*

The Coats of Arms (5 Books)

- 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
-Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam*

The Caribou (4 Books)

- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- A Hard Witching by Jacqueline Baker
- Smuggling Donkeys by David Helwig
- Covenant of Salt by Martine Desjardins*

- 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 Bluenoses (3 Books)

- Birds In Fall by Brad Kessler
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- The Word For Home by Joan Clark*

- Where Is The Voice Coming From? by Rudy Wiebe*
- Fat Woman by Leon Rooke*
- The Republic of Love by Carol Shields*

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

- A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson*
- Them Times by David Weale*

- Rick Mercer Report: The Book by Rick Mercer
-The Hunter's Moon by Orla Melling
-Against The Odds by Lucy Maud Montgomery*

- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen*
- Kanada by Eve Wiseman*

The Beavers (2 Books)

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

- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood*
- Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood*

- The Library Book by Maureen Saw
- fake id by Hazel Edwards

- Mad Shadows by Marie-Claire Blais
- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx*

- Houdini's Shadow by Leo Brent Robillard
- The Culprits by Robert Hough*

- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
-A Touch of Panic by L.R. Wright*

- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay*
- Effigy by Allisa York*

- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx*
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod*

- Wonderful Strange by Dale Jarvis*
- The Long Run by Leo Furey*

-Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- The Long Stretch by Linden MacIntyre*

- Atonement by Gaetan Soucy
- The Big Why by Michael Winter*

The Maple Leaves (1 Book)
-Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

- Not An Easy Choice: Re-Examining Abortion by Kathleen McDonnell*

- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop*

- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill*

-Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery*

- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies*

(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 Gil Adamson's The Outlander, identify these blogger blurbs with the correct book (hint: blurbs are only taken from December reviews, identified with an asterisks above):

1. " old-fashioned morality tale, gracefully told, full of wit and humour"
2. "this novel juggles the madcap with the sober, the tragic with the comic"
3. "a book for book obsessives, an in-joke that does not fall flat"
4. "of all thirteen of these stories, only and handful were worth reading at all"
5. "It's worth every penny of its cover price."

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 Anansi Press for donating this book!)


raidergirl3 said...

"best updates in the blogging world"

Corey said...

My next 2 reviews are up:

Brown Girl in the Ring
Big Man Coming Down the Road

Both at:

Anonymous said...

I've got two more reviews up:

Steve Zipp's Yellowknife:


Nicholas Maes' Dead Man's Float:

Anonymous said...

Review #2, Margaret Atwood's Moral Disorder, is up here.

Nan said...

I just put up my fourth review:


Great update work!

Nan, moving up from Bluenose to Caribou :<)

Anonymous said...

Two more reviews:

Alice Munro's The Love of a Good Woman:


Guy Gavriel Kay's The Summer Tree:

Anonymous said...

John, I am kind of stuck! I am unable to find books for the Canadian Challenge except for Atwood. I am yet to receive Steve's book too. Maybe I do not know how to look. I suppose I will try mooching. For that I need lots of points too.

And thanks for reminding me! I had forgotten the Shakespeare Challenge! I will go and do the needful ASAP!

Anonymous said...

Two more!

The Wandering Fire and The Darkest Road, both by Guy Gavriel Kay.

Nan said...

I've just posted the review of my 5th book here:

The Morningside World of Stuart McLean

Anonymous said...

Third review up at my blog: Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine.

Anonymous said...

Since you already found my tenth selection, you can find my review of Ray Robertson's Home Movies, my eleventh book, here.

Unknown said...

I finished my 3rd a few weeks ago but didn't blog till now:
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

Anonymous said...

Numero twelve!

Phyllis Gotlieb's Flesh and Gold

Anonymous said...

Finished my thirteenth book last night!

Roxane Ward's Fits Like A Rubber Dress

Anonymous said...

My next review is up .... it's Swann by Carol Shields.

Framed said...

I just posted my review for my book from Quebec, "Shadows on the Rock." Good book. Here's the link

Anonymous said...

I posted a review for Still Life by Louise Penny.