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Sunday, June 01, 2008

The Canadian Book Challenge- 8th Update



One more month to go!

We had a bunch of folks finishing the challenge in May. Congratulations to Pooker, Framed, Myself, Corey, Teena, Remi, Raidergirl, and Richard. Great job everyone! A few extra words on Richard since he might be unfamiliar to the other participants: Richard joined and completed the challenge all on the same day! No, he didn't count birthday cards as books. He simply noticed that he'd read 13 Canadian books, and blogged about each one, in the time frame of the challenge. In fact, since January he's read 18 Canadian books! While 13 was the goal, I've provided links to all 18 below, because hey, I'm impressed. So along with grosbeaks Lisa, Leo, Nicola, Steve and August, there are thirteen of us sitting back with our Mooseheads just waiting for the rest of you (there's also Canada Dry for the teetotallers).

Here are the standings so far:



The Grosbeaks (13 Books)


Richard
- JPod by Douglas Coupland*
- Unmarked by Sarah De Leeuw*
- Tom Thomson's Shack by Harold Rhenisch*
- The Lost Coast by Tim Bowling*
- Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson*
- Songs For Reliquishing The Earth by Jan Zwicky*
- The Upside of Down by Thomas Homer-Dixon*
- Pieces of Map, Pieces of Music by Robert Bringhurst *
- Northern Wild edited by David R. Boyd*
- Soft Geography by Gillian Wigmore*
- Phantom Limb by Theresa Kishkan*
- The Intemperate Rainforest by Bruce Braun*
- Now You're Logging by Bus Griffiths*
- Erratic by Donna Kane*
- Somewhere, A Fire by Donna Kane*
- Living In The World As If It Were Home by Tim Lilburn*
- Stolen by Ron Chudley*
- Red Laredo Boots by Theresa Kishkan*

John
- What's Remembered by Arthur Motyer*
- Hockey Night Tonight by Stompin' Tom Connor and illustrated by Brenda Jones*
- Big Rig by Don McTavish
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Temptations of Big Bear by Rudy Wiebe
- The National Dream by Pierre Berton
- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- 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

Pooker
- Dining With Death by Kathleen Molloy*
- From The Fifteenth District by Mavis Gallant
- Hair Hat by Carrie Snyder
- A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin
- By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
- Where Nests The Water Hen by Gabrielle Roy
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton
- Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola by Paulette Jiles
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Effigy by Allisa York

Framed
- Northern Lights, The Soccer Trails by Michael Kusugak and illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka*
- A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay
- Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
- I Married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
- Salamander by Thomas Warton
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
- 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

Teena
- Red, White and Drunk All Over by Natalie MacLean*
- The Dirt On Clean by Katherine Ashenburg*
- No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
- Big City Bad Blood by Sean Chercover
- Duty: The Life of a Cop by Julian Fantino
- Last Resort: A Memoir by Linwood Barclay
- Bad Move by Linwood Barclay
- Lone Wolf by Linwood Barclay
- Toronto: Then and Now by Mike Filey and Rosalind Tosh
- Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay
- Bad Guys by Linwood Barclay
- The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani
- Only In Canada You Say by Katherine Barber

Corey
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- Everyone In Silico by Jim Munroe*
- The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust*
- From the Notebooks of Dr. Brainby Minister Faust
- All My Friends Are Superheroesby Andrew Kaufman
- Flybook Action Figure Comes With Gasmask by Jim Munroe
- The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
- Punch Line by Joey Slinger
- At a Loss For Words by Diane Schoemperlen
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- Big Man Coming Down The Road by Brad Smith
- Houdini's Shadow by Leo Brent Robillard
- The Culprits by Robert Hough

Remi
- It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth*
- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje*
- The Angel Riots by Ibi Kaslik*
- The Sweet Edge by Alison Pick*
- Golden Fleece by Robert J. Sawyer
- Tell Your Sister by Andrew Daley
- The Architects Are Here by Michael Winter
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Adultery by Richard B. Wright
- The Torontonians by Phyllis Brett Young
- Lost In The Barrens by Farley Mowat
- Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop

Raidergirl
- How To Be A Canadian by Will and Ian Ferguson*
- Call of the Wild by Jack London*
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- The End of East by Jen Sookfong Lee
- All in Together Girls by Kate Sutherland
- Lorelei by Lori Derby Bingley
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
- 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

Lisa
- Village of the Small Houses by Ian Ferguson
- The Book of Stanley by Todd Babiak
- What Canadians Think by Darrell Bricker and John Wright
- Ecoholic by Adria Vasil
- Kalyna's Song by Lisa Grekul
- King John of Canadaby Scott Gardiner
- The Little Country by Charles de Lint
- The Alberta Fact Book by Mark Zuehlke
- The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak
- Timbit Nation by John Stackhouse
- Kanada by Eva Wiseman
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Curling For Dummies by Bob Weeks

Nicola
- Empress of Asia by Adam Lewis Schroeder
- Keturah & Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
- High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Robertson Davies
- The Serpent's Egg by J. Fitzgerald McCurdy
- Sunwing by Kenneth Oppel
- 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

Steve
- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
- Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil
- King of Russia by Dave King
- Fatal Passage by Ken McGoogan
- 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

Leo
- Garcia's Heart by Liam Durcan
- October by Richard B. Wright
- Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles
- The Bone Sharps by Tim Bowling
- Helpless by Barbara Gowdy
- 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


August
- Fits Like A Rubber Dress by Roxanne Ward
- Flesh and Gold by Phyllis Gotlieb
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Home Movies by Ray Robertson
- In The Place of Last Things by Michael Helm
- The Dakest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Love of A Good Woman by Alice Munro
- Dead Man's Float by Nicholas Maes
- Where Is The Voice Coming From? by Rudy Wiebe
- Fat Woman by Leon Rooke
- The Republic of Love by Carol Shields

The Canada Geese (12 Books)


The Snowy Owls (11 Books)


Melanie
- The Ukranian Wedding by Larry warwaruk*
- Ptarmageddon: A Robyn Devara Mystery by Karen Dudley*
- Reflections On A Mountain Summer by Joanna M. Glass
- Gifts and Bones by Barbara Murray
- The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce
- Treading Water by Anne DeGrace
- La Sagouine by Antonine Maillet
- The Island Means Minago by Milton Acorn
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- A Hard Witching by Jacqueline Baker
- Smuggling Donkeys by David Helwig
- Covenant of Salt by Martine Desjardins

Historia
- Free The Children by Craig Kielburger*
- Island of Seven Cities by Paul Chiasson*
- My Times by Pierre Berton
- The Hydrofoil Mystery by Eric Walters
- Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
- Consolation by Michael Redhill
- Rene Angelil Unauthorized Biography by Jean Beaunoyer
- Starting Out by Pierre Berton
- A Nurse's Story by Tilda Shalof
- One Red Paper Clip by Kyle MacDonald
- Miss O by Betty Oliphant

Sam Lamb
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod*
- Processional by Anne Compton*
- The Perfection of the Morning by Sharon Butala
- Children Of The Yukon by Ted Harrison
- A Song For Nettie Johnson by Gloria Sawai
- Swing Low: A Life by Miriam Toews
- October by Richard Wright
- The Tree Tattoo by Karen Rivers
- An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark
- Consumption by Kevin Patterson
- The Extraordinary Garden by Francois Gravel

Court
- Come Like Shadows by Welwyn Wilton Katz*
- After Many Days by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles De Lint
- After Helen by Paul Cavanagh
- Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
- Spanish Fly by Will Ferguson
- Along The Shore by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin
- Rick Mercer Report: The Book by Rick Mercer
-The Hunter's Moon by Orla Melling
-Against The Odds by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Green Loons (10 Books)


Ripley
- Spider Song by Anita Daher*
- The Curse of the Shaman by Michael Kusugak*
- A Killing Spring by Gail Bowen*
- Sointula by Bill Gaston*
- Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton
- South of an Unnamed Creek by Anne Cameron
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Atonement by Gaetan Soucy
- The Big Why by Michael Winter

Ragdoll
- See The Child by David Bergen*
- The Ravine by Paul Quarrington*
- Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Consolation by Michael Redhill
- The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker
- After River by Donna Milner
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- I Married The Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- My Name is Bosnia by Madeleine Gagnon

Jen
- Mary Ann Alice by Brian Doyle*
- The Greenies by Myra Paperny*
- Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- The Ruby Kingdom by Patricia Bow
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
- Bloodletting and Other Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

The Osprey (9 Books)


Brown Paper
- Sweetness In The Belly by Camilla Gibb*
- Redwork by Michel Bedard*
- The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- At The Altar by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- The Immaculate Conception Photography Gallery by Katherine Govier
- The Solitudes of Emperors by David Davidar
- The Assassin's Song by M. G. Vassanji
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
- Obasan by Joy Kogowa

Booklogged
- The Colony Of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Far North by Will Hobb
- The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint
- Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
- Birds In Fall by Brad Kessler
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- The Word For Home by Joan Clark

The Kingfishers (8 Books)


Teddy Rose
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay*
- Charles the Bold: The Dog Years by Yves Beauchemin
- The End of The Alphabet by CS Richardson
- The Time In Between by David Bergen
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa

Aaron
- Nagerira by Paul Butler*
- Best Tales Of The Yukon by Robert W. Service
- Unsettled by Zachariah Wells
- Race Against Time by Stephen Lewis
- The Time In Between by David Bergen
- Peace Shall Destroy Many by Rudy Wiebe
- Generica by Will Ferguson
- Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland

The Polar Bears (7 Books)


Susan
- Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- The Canadian Settler's Guide by Catherine Parr Traill
- Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Widdershins by Charles de Lint
- By The Time You Read This by Giles Blunt
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- A Touch of Panic by L.R. Wright

3M
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- Kanada by Eva Wiseman
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
- Sitting Practice by Caroline Anderson
- Mad Shadows by Marie-Claire Blais
- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

Raych
- Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- Miss Wyoming by Douglas Coupland
- Cumberlandby Michael V. Smith
- The Butterfly Plague by Timothy Findley
- Voyages of Hope by Peter Johnson
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

The Loons (6 Books)


Bybee
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Fall On Your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald
- Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
- All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- Scoundrels and Scallywags by Brian Brennan

The Coats of Arms (5 Books)


Cheryl
- The Girls by Lori Lansens*
- Resistance by Daniel Kalla
- Every Fear by Rick Mofina
- A New Earth by Eckhart Toll
- Sacrifice by Kelly Komm

Chris
- Anne of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- Larry's Party by Carol Shields
- Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- The Long Stretch by Linden MacIntyre

Nan
- The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton
- The Morningside World of Stuart McLean
- A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson
- Them Times by David Weale

Kimiko
- Adultery by Richard Wright
- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Bookgal
- Still Life by Louise Penny
- Swann by Carol Shields
- Unless by Carol Shields
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Caribou (4 Books)


Gautami Tripathy
- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood*
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Julia
- Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
- Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
- Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
- Not An Easy Choice: Re-Examining Abortion by Kathleen McDonnell

Geranium Cat
- Selected Tales by Ouhanderfoule Jacques Ferron
- The Honeyman Festival by Marian Engel
- A Deathful Ridge by J. A. Wainwright
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark

Lesley
- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
- Wonderful Strange by Dale Jarvis
- The Long Run by Leo Furey

The Bluenoses (3 Books)


Kate
- Dr. Delicious: Memoirs of a Life in CanLit by Robert Lecker
- The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

Callista
- Smart-Opedia by Maple-Tree Press
- There Will Be Wolves by Karleen Bradford
- The Library Book by Maureen Saw

Dorothy
- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Kanada by Eva Wiseman

The Beavers (2 Books)


Mrs. Peachtree
- Jeffrey and Sloth by Kari-Lynn Winters and illustrated by Ben Hodson*
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Jayson
- Photography For The Joy Of It by Freeman Patterson and Andre Gallant*
- Photography and the Art Of Seeing by Freeman Patterson*

Melissa
- Not Wanted On The Voyage by Timothy Findley
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Dahlia and Balu
- Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
-Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Maple Leaves (1 Book)


Sharon
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Stephanie
- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Emily
-Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

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

Now, once again, it's prize time! This time it's an autographed copy of Shelf Monkey, written by award winning author and Canadian Book Challenge participant, Corey Redekop. Published by ECW Press, Paul Quarrington calls Shelf Monkey, "A playful-- yet very serious-- ode to bibliophilia."

"Thomas Friesen has three goals in life. Get a job. Make friends. Find a good book to curl up with. After landing a job at READ, the newest hypermegabookstore, he feels he may have accomplished all three.

Also check out positive reviews by Canadain Book Challenge participants Steve and Remi. I haven't read it... yet, but I sure do love the cover!

To win Shelf Monkey, I'm going to try a slightly different approach this time. While I still encourage you to check out all the latest reviews above, this month's prize is up for grabs for those who simply answer the 13 survey questions below. I'll pick one random winner on the 10th of May from all of those who respond either via email (jumutford [at] hotmail [dot] com) or in the comments below. It would help me a great deal!


Survey:

1. Have you completed the Canadian Book Challenge? Do you expect to before the deadline?

2. Why did you join the Canadian Book Challenge?

3. Are you Canadian or do you have any ties to Canada?

4. Have you you read none/some/all the reviews posted by other participants? Were any of your picks read by another participant?

5. Which best suits your experience with the challenge:
a. easier to complete than expected
b. harder to complete than expected
c. about as easy or difficult as expected

6. Was it enjoyable? Why/why not?

7. Did you read any authors and/or books that you probably wouldn't have if not for the Challenge?

8. Did the prizes decrease/increase your interest in the Challenge?

9. Looking at the list of books and/or authors read by all the participants so far, are there any surprises? Any glaring omissions? Any surprise hits?

10. How did you go about choosing your books?

11. Were you participating in any other Challenges during this time and if so, did you use any books for both?

12. Will you be participating in the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge?

13. Any suggestions on ways to improve upon the last challenge?

15 comments:

Brown Paper said...

I have 3 that you've missed-- Sweetness in the Belly, Redwork and The Paper Bag Princess. My total is now 9, and I'm hoping to finish all 13.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well I am looking forward to joining the upcoming one, although I make no promises for stellar performance.

Teddy Rose said...

1. Have you completed the Canadian Book Challenge? Do you expect to before the deadline? No I have not. I doubt I will with 4 books left to go, but I come close, considering how late I signed up for the challenge. Althogh, if I do whatRichard did and count books that I read during the challenge period, but wasn't yet signed up, I may have made it. I'll have to check into it.


2. Why did you join the Canadian Book Challenge?
Since I moved to Canada over 15 years ago, I have fallen in love with Canadian Lit! I thought this would be a great way to read more of it and keep track of it. Besides, I'm a bit of a challenge junkie.


3. Are you Canadian or do you have any ties to Canada?
I have dual citizenship. I am Canadian and American. Now a days I feel much more Canadian than American. (Yes, I know that Canadians are also American, because we all hail from north America, but that is what US citizens usually call themselves).


4. Have you read none/some/all the reviews posted by other participants? Were any of your picks read by another participant?

I have read most if not all of the reviews. I love to read about Canadian books. Many of you have added to my TBR. I know there are a few that I read that other participants have read. I can't remeber what they are off hand, except for 'Late Nights on Air'


5. Which best suits your experience with the challenge:
a. easier to complete than expected
b. harder to complete than expected
c. about as easy or difficult as expected

I choose a. Even though I haven't completed it, I am a lot farther ahead then I thought I would be.

6. Was it enjoyable? Why/why not?

Very enjoyable! I loved seeing what others read and their reviews!

7. Did you read any authors and/or books that you probably wouldn't have if not for the Challenge?

I may not have finished Green Grass, Running Water but I'm glad I did.


8. Did the prizes decrease/increase your interest in the Challenge?

I don't do challenges for the prizes. It's the feeling of finishing or at least doing the best I can that is my motivation. Although I wouldn't say no to prizes. LOL!

9. Looking at the list of books and/or authors read by all the participants so far, are there any surprises? Any glaring omissions? Any surprise hits?

Not that I can think of off hand.

10. How did you go about choosing your books?

I read authors that I have never read before.

11. Were you participating in any other Challenges during this time and if so, did you use any books for both?

Yes I am participating in other challenges and have used a few for both.

12. Will you be participating in the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge?

What a silly question, of course I will!

13. Any suggestions on ways to improve upon the last challenge?

Not that I can think of. John and this wonderful challenge ROCKS!

Dale said...

It won't count for anything that I've been looking at Shelfari's site again will it? The challenge is beyond me but I applaud all ye who are participating.

John Mutford said...

Brown Paper: I apologize for missing those. I had the post written earlier and set to publish while I'm away, so I missed any reviews posted in the last couple of days. I've fixed it above.

Barbara: I'm excited about what books you'll choose. I'm assuming there'll be a Douglas Coupland novel in there, if you can find one you've missed. Failing that, you could always pick up a good Bryan Adams biography. I know how much you appreciate him.

Teddy: It's added a few to my TBR pile too. Wiseman, de Lint, and Kay especially.

John Mutford said...

Heck, I'll do the survey too (but I won't enter my name in for the book, I promise!)

1. I have completed the challenge, and for a while I was scared I wouldn't be able to finish my own challenge. A couple of clunksters earlier on it the year set me back (Wiebe's Big Bear and Berton's Dream) in my reading pace.

2. I joined because I created it. I created it because I love our country's books (well, not all of it), and I was hoping to share that enthusiasm with others (you know, "celebrate, explore and promote Canadian books").

3. I'm a Canadian. I've visited all but Saskatchewan and the Yukon. Such a magnificent country.

4. Yes, I've read all the other reviews. I've tried commenting on as many as possible, too. 3 of my picks were also read by others: Birth House, Late Nights on Air, and the Time In Between. Some of my other choices also shared authors with other participants: Berton and Wiebe.

5. About what I expected. Starting it in October was pretty tough. Well, for some of us (self included) and pretty simple for others.

6. Very.

7. Because I picked the provice/territory approach, it did force me to finally get around to some books that have been sitting on my shelf forever: Markoosie and Berton in particular.

8. I couldn't win the prizes, but I did enjoy the interest and enthusiasm of authors and publishers who donated books. A particular highlight was having Ted Harrison autograph a copy of "The Shooting of Dan McGrew."

9. Perhaps I'm biased because I appreciate him so much, but I was hoping there'd be more Mordecai Richler. The number of Atwood's wasn't surprising. I expected a lot of Lucy Maud Montgomery but I was amazed at how many of her books weren't Anne of Green Gables. There was also a lot of people reviewing Kanada, which I hadn't even heard of. Likewise Treena's fascination with new-to-me author Linwood Barclay surpised me. And being from Newfoundland, I was surprised how many people were familiar with Joan Clarke. I've only read Latitudes of Melt by her, and while I enjoyed it, I had no idea it was as popular as it was. Then there were a few Newfoundland authors I was surprised didn't make an appearance (yet): Donna Morrissey, Michael Crummey, and a few more.

10. I chose my books based on province/territory but I tried as much as possible to empty my own bookshelves first. Pooker helped me with the NWT and New Brunswick picks.

11. Yes: The short story reading challenge (Completed), the Russian Reading Challenge (Still working on it, prospects good), The Shakespeare Reading Challenge (Still working on it, prospects not so good) and the Obscure Reading Challenge (Completed, but I may read more). Not fit in with the Canadian Challenge.

12. Most definitely!

13. More participants!!!

12.

pooker said...

Mmmmm, Moosehead.
Would have been here sooner but the Moosehead was going down so nicely.

Survey says:

1. Challenge completed and I expected to do so before the deadline. I'm now in "training season" for your next challenge.

2. It's all Corey's fault. I'm not a blogger, so would never have discovered you but for the fact that Corey is not only an author and a blogger but also a BookCrosser. He has a link to his Shelf Monkey blog on his BC bookshelf. Having read Shelf Monkey, I couldn't help but check out his blog. And voila, I found you. I didn't have to think twice about joining, your challenge was meant for me. I love Canadian books and, while I don't read Canadian exclusively, I do have an insatiable appetite for it. Your challenge gave me an "excuse" to pick a Canadian book over a non-Canadian book as my next read.

3. Canadian.

4. I've read almost all of the reviews (I still have a couple of Richard's to peruse.) Some of my picks were read by other participants. Late Nights on Air, King Leary, A Secret Between Us and Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast come to mind.

5. The challenge was about as easy as I expected it to be.

6. The challenge was wildly enjoyable for me. A ready excuse to read Canadian, plus it did help me pay more attention (most of the time, not always) to what I was reading, knowing I had to say a few words about it afterward. I loved reading all the other reviews, especially of the books that I also read. Sometimes I was struck at how well other reviewers put into words things I was only feeling or having vague thoughts about. Other times I discovered whole new aspects to a book that I hadn't even seen. Remi's review of King Leary was inspired, I thought.

7. I love to "discover" new authors. I read The Journey Prize Anthology and Coming Attractions every year for that reason. I love to watch how the "new" authors mature in their writing and it tickles me to have known a successful author "way back when". So to answer your question, yes, I discovered and read Kathleen Molloy because of your challenge and in doing so "met" a really kind, witty and thoughtful person. I also intend to meet a few more as a result of this challenge and, hopefully, the second challenge too!

8. I love the prizes, although I'm not sure the prizes themselves have increased my interest in the challenge per se. I would have done the challenge without the prizes but the offering of the prizes has allowed me to be introduced to and to appreciate the generosity of the donor (Oh, I'm sure the resulting publicity is not unwanted and I have followed every single link to the publishers and authors, signed up for newsletters and purchased books (Anansi Press & Lisa Moore's Alligator for one)) I can't pass up a quiz either and would have done them without a prize being offered but I was thrilled to receive the prizes I did win. The Penguin book is in my office and it gives me a happy little smile every time I see it and although Gil Adamson was already known to me I'm looking forward to reading The Outlander for your next challenge.

9. I'm surprised and pleased that Alison Pick and Gloria Sawai were read. Their books are among my favourites but I had the idea that the authors were relatively unknown.

I'm also surprised that I haven't seen W.O. Mitchell, W.D. Valgardson, Don Bailey, Jane Urquhart, Sandra Birdsell, Linda Holeman, John Ralston Saul, Joan Barfoot, Jake MacDonald, Helen Humphreys, Lois Simmie, Wayne Tefs, Lois Braun, W.P. Kinsella, Morley Callaghan or Hugh MacLennan read for the challenge yet.

10. While originally I intended to read prize winners that I already owned, in the end it was simply at whim from the books that I had on hand.

11. I was not participating in any other reading challenges, although I do participate in BookCrossing release challenges. So almost every book I do read gets released, either in the wild, as on a park bench or street corner, or sent to someone else who may or may not have expressed an interest in it.

12. I most definitely will be participating in the 2nd challenge. Thank you for the opportunity!

13. I can't think of any ways of improving upon the last challenge. It was all great!

Ripley said...

1. I'm reading the last book now. Ok, I still have about a third of another book to read but I'm not enjoying it so I'm pretending I don't.

2. I joined because I mostly read Canadian authors anyway and I thought this might give some direction to my reading. Which it did.

3. A friend once referred to me as the most Canadian person she knows. I take a weird sort of pride in that. :)

4. I've read some of the other reviews and I will make my way through all of them eventually. Two of my picks were read by others: Icefields and King Leary.

5. The degree of difficulty was what I expected. Reading the books was easy; reviewing some of them was (is) hard; choosing them was somewhere in the middle.

6. Very enjoyable. It forced me to think about what book I would read next and encouraged me to read books I might have put off. I liked having easy access to other people's reviews, too.

7. Yes. I don't usually read YA fiction but I did for this challenge.

8. At first, I thought, "ooohh free books" (and my daughter thought, "ooohh free KD") but it became less about the prizes as the challenge went on. I do plan to enter more often if there are monthly prizes in the second challenge though.

9. I was surprised that more of the big name authors weren't chosen. I was also happy about that.

10. I chose my books based on setting, one for each province and territory. Initially I wanted to read only books I own but I wasn't entirely successful at that.

11. No, this was my very first challenge. I'm fighting the urge to join more though.

12. I will absolutely be participating in the second.

13. I can't think of anything you could do to improve the challenge. On my end, I need to participate/comment more.

Historia said...

John I have read 11 books. My last one that I posted on May 30th was Free the Children. Please add it to the list.
Thanks.

Survey:

1. Do you expect to before the deadline? I hope tp read the last 2 books I need before the deadline.

2. Why did you join the Canadian Book Challenge? Because I live in Canada.

3. Are you Canadian or do you have any ties to Canada? I emigrated to Canada and I am now permanent Resident.

4. Have you you read none/some/all the reviews posted by other participants? Were any of your picks read by another participant? I recived a copy of Yellowknife and tried reading, but I could not finish it.

5. Which best suits your experience with the challenge:
Definitely B
b. harder to complete than expected


6. Was it enjoyable? Why/why not? That depends on what books I pick.

7. Did you read any authors and/or books that you probably wouldn't have if not for the Challenge? I posted 3 books on the beginning post when I entered for this challenge. I have not yet read any of them. LOL

8. Did the prizes decrease/increase your interest in the Challenge? I didnt win any so that may have made a small difference in my being slow to read.

9. Looking at the list of books and/or authors read by all the participants so far, are there any surprises? Any glaring omissions? Any surprise hits?

10. How did you go about choosing your books? anything that was from or by a person from Canada and looked interesting to read.

11. Were you participating in any other Challenges during this time and if so, did you use any books for both? TONS of them - most of which I have not finished and some I have even started yet.

12. Will you be participating in the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge? NO. Need a break.

13. Any suggestions on ways to improve upon the last challenge? Nope, I think it was very good. I really did appreciate the updates every month as well.

Susan said...

I've read 9 books now, John! And now to the quiz:
1. No, I haven't finished the quiz. I am trying my darndest too! (hmm, some Emily of New Moon has crept in...)
2.I joined because I'm Canadian, it was the first book challenge I came across (I am now a certified junkie), and I wanted to show there were good Canadian books to read.
3.See above. I'm proudly Canadian!
4.I have read some of the reviews by other participants. Mostly I find it a challenge to read everything going on in the book blog world, so I come read reviews of books that interest me.
5.a. even though I haven't completed it yet, it's my fault for picking dense books, and not quick novels only! lol plus, I joined late and am now under pressure to finish three challenges in the same month! Crazy Canuck, eh? :-)
6. oh yes, very enjoyable. I am so proud to be part of it, too. and i read books I'd been meaning to read for years.
7. actually, not this time round - I already owned all the books I picked for the challenge, but through this challenge, and other people's reviews, I've found other authors/books to try in the next challenge round!
8. I kept forgetting about the prizes - I just wanted to get my 13 books read!!
9. I love the idea of reading a book from each province. Not sure I can give it a go yet, but it's an interesting idea. Otherwise, no surprises. Except the people reading Charles de Lint mostly lived overseas! Not many Canadian bloggers read him for this challenge.
10. I picked books I had on my shelves already, and of those, ones I wanted to read now.
11. As much as I could, I cross-referenced books! As soon as I realized I was a challenge junkie, that is!!! It is so satisfying crossing books read off the list(s).....
12. I think I was the first or second person to sign up? And put the sign on my blog? Of course I am!!!
13. You did such a wonderful job with this challenge,John! And it was thrilling to see how many people from within Canada and overseas joined. And how many people love our literature.
so thanks, so much, John, for hosting this challenge and doing it again!

Susan said...

I mean the challenge, (question 1), I'm trying my darndest to finish the challenge!

gautami tripathy said...

1. Have you completed the Canadian Book Challenge? Do you expect to before the deadline?

I could manage to read only four books. I suppose I will read one more which was sent to me by pooker.Or I might it keep it for the next challenge! The biggest reason I couldn't finish is I couldn't get hold of Canadian books other than Margaret Atwood.

2. Why did you join the Canadian Book Challenge?

So that I get to know about Canada, its literature.

3. Are you Canadian or do you have any ties to Canada?

None whatsover. I am Indian.

4. Have you you read none/some/all the reviews posted by other participants? Were any of your picks read by another participant?

I did go through a lot of reviews. Steve offered Yellowknife which I read.

5. Which best suits your experience with the challenge:
a. easier to complete than expected
b. harder to complete than expected
c. about as easy or difficult as expected

(b) I never thought I can't get Canadian books in India.

6. Was it enjoyable? Why/why not?

It was enjoyable although I read only four books. Reading those too was a challenge.

7. Did you read any authors and/or books that you probably wouldn't have if not for the Challenge?

Yellowknife. I think if not for the challenge, I wouldn't heard of Steve Zipp. Entirely my loss. I liked the book a lot. Very different.

8. Did the prizes decrease/increase your interest in the Challenge?

I was kind of immune to the prizes. I seldom read for prizes.

9. Looking at the list of books and/or authors read by all the participants so far, are there any surprises? Any glaring omissions? Any surprise hits?

Truthfully I can't answer that. I don't know much about Canadian authors, books, literature,.

10. How did you go about choosing your books?

I picked up Atwood. Other two were gifts by two participants.

11. Were you participating in any other Challenges during this time and if so, did you use any books for both?

Yes, The Blind Assassin, I read both for this and book awards Challenge.

12. Will you be participating in the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge?

Yes! I am already committed. Lets see how I fare this time.

13. Any suggestions on ways to improve upon the last challenge?

I like it the way it is. Very informal and friendly. Nothing needs to be changed.

Teena in Toronto said...

Instead of a Moosehead, may I have a Keith's instead?! Yum!!!

GeraniumCat said...

I know I'm way behind, but I've posted my 5th review at http://geraniumcatsbookshelf.blogspot.com/2008/06/yellowknife-by-steve-zipp.html

and am hoping to post 2 more by the end of the month. At least a total of 7 will mean I got over half-way! Great challenge, John, and I'm planning my list for the second; The McClung, I think.

GeraniumCat said...

Reviews 6 and 7 are up at http://geraniumcatsbookshlef.blogspot.com

I wonder if I can read and review another book by Sunday?! I'm getting into my stride now. I did read some other Canadian books during the course of the challenge, so I don't feel quite so bad about not completing it. Sorry I didn't do the survey, I was too late (again).