Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Canadian Book Challenge- The Final Update!

Looks like we made it, look how far we've come my baby... okay, I know it's the Canadian Book Challenge, but enough with the Shania Twain lyrics already.

First off, congratulations to Court, Teddy Rose, Sam Lamb, Ripley, Historia, Raych, 3M, Kate, Ragdoll and Callista for crossing the finish line in June. And congrats as well to everyone who gave it their best shot. I hope you all had a lot of fun, and if you haven't already, sign up for the second challenge.

In the meantime, I thought I'd leave you with a few statistics about the 1st Canadian Book Challenge, which began back in October of 2007:

1. 415 books were read in total

2. 23/47 participants completed

3. The six most popular books were: Steve Zipp's Yellowknife (8 reviews), Elizabeth Hay's Late Nights On Air (7 reviews), Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (with 5 reviews), and Joan Clark's Latitudes of Melt, Eve Wiseman's Kanada , and Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad (each with 4 reviews). Isn't it interesting that the two most popular books were from the NWT? The rest of the books had 3 reviews or less.

4. The four most popular authors were: Lucy Maud Montgomery (17 reviews), Margaret Atwood (14 reviews), Elizabeth Hay (8 reviews) and Steve Zipp (8 reviews). Every other author had 6 or less.

Here are the final standings:

The Grosbeaks (13 Books)

- Summer of Changes by Ann Alma
- Swimming In The Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai*
- fake id by Hazel Edwards*
- Walking A Thin Line by Sylvia McNicholl*
- Super Crocs and Monster Wings by Claire Eamer*
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- The Curse of Akkad by Peter Christie*
- The Boy From Earth by Richard Scrimger*
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields*
- Wonder Kids: The Remarkable Lives of Nine Prodigies by Charis Cotter*
- Smart-Opedia by Maple-Tree Press
- There Will Be Wolves by Karleen Bradford
- The Library Book by Maureen Saw

- The Lost Highway by David Adams Richards*
- Unsettled by Zachariah Wells*
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill*
- 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

- Judging Bertha Wilson: Law As Large As Life by Ellen Anderson*
- Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood*
- Looking For Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up A Literary Classic by Irene Gammel*
- Charlie Muskrat by Harold Johnson*
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- All The Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson*
- Dead Cars in Managua by Stuart Ross*
- Skim by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki*
- Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets edited by Zacariah Wells*
- Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall*
- Dr. Delicious: Memoirs of a Life in CanLit by Robert Lecker
- The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

- Life of Pi by Yann Martel*
- The Road Past Altamont by Gabrielle Roy*
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen*
- Jacob Two-Two's First Spy Case by Mordecai Richler*
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood*
- Bear by Marian Engel*
- 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

- The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje*
- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx*
- Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood*
- Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland*
- Maya Running by Anjali Banerjee*
- Awake and Dreaming by Kit Pearson*
- 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

- Lost Lands Forgotten Stories by Alexandra Pratt*
- The Spinster and the Prophet by A.B. McKillop*
- 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

- A Bird In The House by Margaret Laurence*
- The Devil Is Loose! by Antonine Maillet*
- The Selected Journals of L. M. Montgomery by Lucy Maude Montgomery*
- 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

Sam Lamb
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay*
- All Times Have Been Modern by Elisabeth Harvor*
- 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

- Only In Canada You Say by Katherine Barber*
- Sex In The Snow: Tenth Anniversary Edition by Michael Adams*
- 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

Teddy Rose
- Tobasco the Saucy Raccoon by Lyn Hancock*
- Bang Crunch by Neil Smith*
- A Perfect Night To Go To China by David Gilmour*
- Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland*
- 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

- 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 Relinquishing 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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 Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley*
- 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

The Snowy Owls (11 Books)

- Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardiff*
- 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 Green Loons (10 Books)

The Osprey (9 Books)

- A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel*
- Still Life by Louise Penny*
- 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

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

- 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)

- 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)

Geranium Cat
- The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson*
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood*
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- 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
The Loons (6 Books)

- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry*
- 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

- 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)

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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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)

- 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

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

- 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)

- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

-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.)

And now the giveaways. For the book prizes, I'm drawing randomly from all the participants who finished the challenge.

The winner of a hardcover edition of David Bergen's The Time In Between was Raych!

The winner of Robert W. Service's The Shooting of Dan McGrew, autographed by illustrator Ted Harrison, was Nicola!

The winner of Anosh Irani's The Song of Kahunsha was Corey!

For the non-book prizes, I chose from everyone who participated, regardless if they finished or not. The winner of the hockey puck was Sam!

And, of course, the winner of the Kraft Dinner was Aaron!

Bon appetit!

(Winners, in the next two weeks, please email me jmutford [at] hotmail [dot] com with your mailing address!)

A very special thanks goes out to all the authors and publishers that donated prizes: (In no particular order) Zachariah Wells, Cheryl Kaye Tardiff, Corey Redekop, McClelland and Stewart, Ted Harrison, Kenneth J. Harvey, Steve Zipp, Kathleen Molloy, Patricia Storms, Cormorant Books, and Anansi Press.

And thank-you of course to all the participants! I had a blast, and I hope you did too.


Teena in Toronto said...

Looking forward to round 2!

1morechapter said...

Thanks again for a wonderful challenge!

I believe The Penelopiad also had 4 reviewers.

John Mutford said...

Teena: Me, too!

3M: You're right. Thanks for the heads up.

Jodie Robson said...

Happy Canada Day from the UK, John, and thanks again for a great challenge!

Chrisbookarama said...

Thanks for the challenge! Btw, I reviewed A Fine Balance too but maybe I didn't let you know. I can't remember.

Happy Canada Day!

Francesca Thomas said...

Thank you so the challenge and the updates, John. I think this is why you had so many participants - because you are actively involved with your challenge. You encourage us.

And I guess doing the updates every month must have been a lot of work.

I look forward to new updates over the next 12 months.

John Mutford said...

Geranium Cat: Thanks. I just got back from a pancake breakfast. A good way to spend my last day in Iqaluit!

Chris: You did let me know. In fact, I had even commented on the post! Alas, I then forgot about it. Sorry. It's now added above. :)

Histori: The monthly updates have been a lot of work, but there's a lot of cutting and pasting-- so maybe not as much as you might think. And I had fun doing them, so it's okay!

Nikki in Niagara said...

Thanks John for the surprise that I won a book! I'm really (and I mean really!) thrilled I won that book!

Happy Canaday Day!

John Mutford said...

Nicola: Congrats! But I'll need your mailing address to get it off to you.

Unknown said...

Blah, I'm a failure! :-p

Oh well, I have another year to try and get it this time!

Susan said...

You forgot to add A History of Reading by Manguel (read in April, I believe,) and I did it - I finished Piece of My Heart late last night!!! SO I made it to 10 books :-) I get to be a green loon, wheee!! sorry, just been to Parliament Hill, will be posting pictures shortly and final review for this challenge....then on to Canada 2 challenge! Thanks so much for doing this, John, and congratulations to everyone who read their thirteen!! Happy Canada Day, everyone!

John Mutford said...

Jen: Not a failure at all! I'm just glad you enjoyed it.

Susan: With all these corrections, maybe we'll break 400 books afterall.

Teddy Rose said...

I love how you summed it all up John. This will be a great reference of books with reviews for us to go back to for round 2.

Thanks again for this wonderful challenge and all of the work you put into it!

Kate S. said...

John, I did make it to 13 books with an omnibus review at the eleventh hour. I didn't read my way from book 3 all the way to book 13 in the month of June, but I got there by finally posting on a number of books that I'd read over the last couple of months. I did appreciate having the challenge deadline to prompt me to post about these books finally before all memory of them had fled! Here's the link to my final tally. So you have indeed broken 400 with this excellent challenge!

Anonymous said...

The challenge was a lot of fun - congratulations to everyone. Not just those who finished, but even those who read a few books they wouldn't have read before. Thanks for organizing the challenge, John! :)