Monday, December 01, 2008

The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge- 5th Update



Five months in and we're up to 459 books! To put that in perspective, the grand total at the end of the 1st Canadian Book Challenge (which ran for 9 months) was 415. We've beaten that and we've still got 7 months to go. Great job!

Congrats this time go to Wanda, Richard, Kailana, Nicola and Joy for meeting the 13 mark! Also a hearty welcome to Splummer who joined the challenge this monthy.

Here are the standings so far (* indicates a new review). Some highlights this month include a few people who got on the score board for the first time including my wife Debbie with her review of a Carol Shields book, my good friend Barbara with her review of a Rohinton Mistry book, Reader Rabbit with a book by Amy Belasen and Jacob Osborn and the aforementioned Splummer who entered with a book by Mary Balogh. (Incidentally, I'll be removing the names with a 0 still beside their name in January, but will of course add their names back to the list, should they begin.)Teena brings the celebrities this month with books by Ra McGuire (of Trooper) and Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong). JK and Kathleen, who both met their 13 quota a while ago, continue adding to their totals, as does Historia who is back for a third dose, this time aiming to read 13 ABMs (Autobiographies, Biographies and Memoirs). Historia and Nathan offer reviews of two separate books, both of which revolve around the life of Canadian icon, Farley Mowat. Framed reviews a personal favourite of mine: Wayne Johnston's Colony of Unrequited Dreams. Heather continues with her Native Canadians theme. April read a nonfiction book about crows and ravens. And Kimiko and Kailana add to the growing number of The Gargoyle reviews. Thanks to everyone for your wonderful reviews. Keep those conversations happening!

Nunavummiut (13 Books...or more!)


Wanda
- The House of Wooden Santas by Kevin Major*
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews*
- The Divine Ryans by Wayne Johnston*
- Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Ramasseur by Richard deMuelles
- Passion Fruit Tea by Elenore Schonmaier
- Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
- a week of this: a novel in seven days by Nathan Whitlock
- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- Baltimores Mansion by Wayne Johnston
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- The Skating Pond by Deborah Joy Corey

Richard
- The Perfection of the Morning by Sharon Butala*
- lan(d)guage by Ken Belford*
- Medicine River by Thomas King*
- ecologue by Ken Belford*
- A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright*
- The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant*
- Spook Country by William Gibson
- Pear Tree Pomes by Roy Kiyooka
- The Witness Ghost by Tim Bowling
- Forage by Rita Wong
- Slash by Jeannette Armstrong
- Ontological Necessities by Priscilla Uppal
- Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer

Kailana
- Cats I Have Known and Loved by Pierre Berton*
- Santa Claus: A Biography by Gerry Bowler*
- I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors by Bernice Eisenstein*
- The Gargoyleby Andrew Davidson*
- Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong*
- Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa*
- What They Wanted by Donna Morrissey*
- Conceit by Mary Novik*
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway*
- Jolted by Arthur Slade*
- Coventry by Helen Humphreys
- Extraordinary Canadians: Lord Beaverbrook by David Adams Richards
-The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
-Don't Lets Go The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
-Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
-Traveling Music by Neil Peart

Nicola
- Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help by Douglas Anthony Cooper*
- My Name Is Number 4 by Ting-Xing Ye
- The Shadow of Malabron by Thomas Wharton
- Bookweird by Paul Glennon
- Night Runner by Max Turner
- Getting the Girl by Susan Juby
- Jolted by Arthur Slade
- Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- The Horseman's Grave by Jacqueline Baker
- Newton and the Time Machine by Michael McGowan
- The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service and illustrated by Ted Harrison
- The Seance by Iain Lawrence

Joy
- Big City Bad Blood by Sean Chercover*
- Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock*
- Sabine's Notebook by Nick Bantock*
- The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock*
- Forty Words For Sorrow by Giles Blunt
- Hate You by Graham McNamee
- The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
- Runaway by Alice Munro
- Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
- Gallows View by Peter Robinson
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Charley's Web by Joy Fielding
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery

HistoriaSA
- Up, Up, Down by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Playhouse by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- The Sandcastle Contest by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Class Clown by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Just One Goal by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- More Pies! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- No Clean Clothes! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Boo! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Get Out of Bed! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Alan and Lea Daniel
- We Share Everything by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Look At Me! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Steve
- The Channel Shore by Charles Bruce
- Barometer Risingby Hugh MacLennan
- The Clockmaker by Thomas Haliburton
- My Famous Evening by Howard Norman
- Rockbound by Frank Parker Day
- Roger Sudden by Thomas Raddall
- The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler
- The Film Club by David Gilmour
- Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
- What Happened later by Ray Robertson
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- The Game by Ken Dryden
- Midnight Hockey by Bill Gaston

JK
- Fruit by Brian Francis*
- Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clark*
- The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan*
- Silver Salts by Mark Blagrave*
- Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler
- A History Of Reading by Alberto Manguel
- The Wars by Timothy Findley
- Too Close To The Falls by Catherine Gildiner
- The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart
- The Rules of Engagement by Catherine Bush
- Happenstanceby Carol Shields
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- lullabies for little criminals by Heather O'Neill
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
- A History of Forgetting by Caroline Adderson
- JPod by Douglas Coupland
- The End of East by Jen Sookfong Lee

August
- Cockroach by Rawi Hage
- Rust and Bone by Craig Davidson
- Once by Rebecca Rosenblum
- Adult Entertainment by John Metcalf
- Flight Paths and the Emperor by Steven Heighton
- Dancing Nightly in the Tavern by Mark Antony Jarman
- Red Plaid Shirt by Diane Schoemperlen
- The Girls Who Saw Everything by Sean Dixon
- Degrees of Nakedness by Lisa Moore
- The Tracey Fragments by Maureen Medved
- Exotic Dancers by Gerald Lynch
- Stunt by Claudia Dey
- A Week of This by Nathan Whitlock

HistoriaFS
- Paddle To The Arctic by Don Starkell
- When We Were Young editted by Stuart McLean
- The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong
- I Married The Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
- After by Francis Chalifour
- Going Inside by Alan Kesselheim
- Laughing on the Outside: The Life of John Candy by Martin Knelman
- Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- Unknown Shore by Robert Ruby

Kathleen
- Firewing by Kenneth Oppel*
- Mud City by Deborah Ellis*
- Jeux D'adresseseditted by Julie Huard, Michel-Remi Lafond, and Francois-Xavier Simard
- Slow Lightning by Mark Frutkin
- 13 by Mary-Lou Zeitoun
- Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen
- Run of the Town by Terrence Rundle West
- Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin
- Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis
- An Acre In Time by Phil Jenkins
- Kiss The Sunset Pig by Laurie Gough
- Psyche's Children by Catherine Joyce
- The Lidek Revolution by James Stark
- Pure Springs by Brian Doyle
- Speak Ill of the Dead by Mary Jane Maffini
- Without Vodka by Aleksander Topolski

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
(12 Books)


PookerX
- Children of the Day by Sandra Birdsell*
- The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life by Camilla Gibb*
- Frogs and Other Stories by Diane Schoemperlen
- Sisters of Grass by Theresa Kishkan
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- A Certain Mr. Takahashi by Ann Ireland
- Innercity Girl Like Me by Sabrina Bernardo
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
- Beautiful Girl Thumb by Melissa Steele
- An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark
- Where The Pavement Ends by Marie Wadden
- Naomi's Road by Joy Kogowa and illustrated by Matt Gould

Albertans (11 Books)


Saskatchewanies (10 Books)


PookerY
- Precious by Douglas Glover*
- Microserfs by Douglas Coupland*
- Phantom Lake: North of 54 by Birk Sproxton
- This Business With Elijah by Sheldon Oberman
- More by Austin Clarke
- Murmel, Murmel, Murmel by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
- The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Consolation by Michael Redhill

Traveler One
- Swing Low: A Life by Miriam Toews*
- Easton by Paul Butler
- Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
- Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
- Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
- Kiss The Joy As It Flies by Sheree Fitch
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
- The Mountain and The Valley by Ernest Buckler

Jo
- Rotten Apple by Rebecca Eckler*
- The Retreat by David Bergen*
- Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper*
- The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Watching July by Christine Hart
- The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- The Game by Teresa Toten

Teena
- Here For A Good Time by Ra McGuire*
- Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Tommy Chong*
- Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema*
- The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Sherry Torkos
- Down The Coal Town Road by Sheldon Currie
- The Story So Far... by Sheldon Currie
- Lauchie, Liza & Rory by Sheldon Currie
- I've Got A Home In Glory Land by Karolyn Smardz Frost
- The War On Women by Brian Vallee
- Truth and Rumors: The Truth Behind TV's Most Famous Myths by Bill Brious

Yukoners (9 Books)


Paul P
- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
- The Wars by Timothy Findley
- Famous Last Words by Timothy Findley
- As For Me And My House by Sinclair Ross
- Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
- Pilgrim by Timothy Findley
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
- Effigy by Alissa York
- Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

Prince Edward Islanders (8 Books)


Jo-Ann
- Sindbad in the Land of Giants retold and illustrated by Ludmila Zeman*
- Some of the Kinder Planets by Tim Wynne-Jones
- Hero of Lesser Causes by Julie Johnston
- Lisa by Carol Matas
- Ticket to Curlew by Celia Barker Lottridge
- Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Thumb In The Box by Ken Roberts
- Dippers by Barbara Nichol and illustrated by Barry Moser

British Columbians (7 Books)


Tara
- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb*
- Not Wanted On The Voyage by Timothy Findley*
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- Lullabies For Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
- Living Room by Allan Weiss
- Elizabeth and After by Matt Cohen

Framed
- Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston*
- Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman*
- The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
- Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson
- Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
- Niagara, A History of The Falls by Pierre Berton

Violette
- The Chinese Alchemist by Lyn Hamilton*
- Small Ceremonies by Carol Shields
- Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil
- Barrington Street Blues by Anne Emery
- Black Ice by Linda Hall
- Blood Lies by Daniel Kalla
- Bone To Ashes by Kathy Reichs

Joanna
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod*
- Good To A Fault by Marina Endicott*
- The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton
- Clauda by Britt Holmstrom
- The Only Snow in Havanna by Elizabeth Hay
- The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
- Wolf Tree by Alison Calder

John
- The Anachronicles by George McWhirter*
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton
- Beneath The Naked Sun by Connie Fife
- A Theft by Saul Bellow
- Arctic Migrants/ Arctic Villagers by David Damas
- White Eskimo by Harold Horwood

Becky
- Anne of Avonleaby Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery*

Raidergirl
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- Exit Lines by Joan Barfoot
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
- Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- The Birth House by Ami McKay

Corey
- Brother Dumb by Sky Gilbert
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
- Entitlement by Jonathan Bennett
- Cockroach by Rawi Hage
- Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by John McFetridge
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- The Order of Good Cheer by Bill Gaston

Northwest Territorians (6 Books)


Nathan Smith
- Otherwise by Farley Mowat*
- Bookweird by Paul Glennon
- Belle Moral by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
- A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin
-The Wars by Timothy Findley

Ariel
- What We All Long For by Dionne Brand*
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx
- The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
- At A Loss For Words by Diane Schoemperlin
- The End of East by Jen Sookfong Lee

Lara
- Broken by Kelley Armstrong*
- That Scatterbrain Booky by Bernice Thurman-Hunter
- Ontario Murders by Susan McNicoll
- Jacob Two-Two Meets The Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler
- Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
- Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Lynda
- Sugarmilk Falls by Ilona Van Mil*
- From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories Collected by Michael Ondaatje*
- Life by Drowning: Selected Poems by Jeni Couzyn*
- Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat*
- New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English editted by Margaret Atwood and Robert Weaver*
- The Birth House by Ami McKay*

Sam Lamb
- The Body's Place by Elise Turcotte
- Streak of Luck by Richelle Kosar
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- The Given by Daphne Marlatt
- A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart

Sandra
- At A Loss For Words by Diane Schoemperlen
- Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy
- Twice Born by Pauline Gedge
- Quintet by Douglas Arthur Brown
- Coventry by Helen Humphreys
- Remembrance of Summers by J. M. Kearns

Manitobans (5 Books)


April
- The Art of Salvage by Leona Theis*
- Crows: Encounters With The Wise Guys of the Avian World* by Candace Savage*
- The Order of Good Cheer by Bill Gaston*
- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

Ragdoll
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood*
- Whetstone by Lorna Crozier
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
- Quick by Anne Simpson
- Runaway by Alice Munro
- Away by Jane Urquhart

Mary Ellen
- Not Guilty by Debbie Travis*
- Still Life by Louise Penny
- The Impact of a Single Event by R. L. Prendergast
- The Whirlpool by Jane Urquhart
- Margarita Nights by Phyliss Smallman

Melanie
- the Retreat by David Bergen
- Blasted by Kate Story
- The Brutal Heart by Gail Bowen
- Prarie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon
- Saltsea by David Helwig

Remi
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- Fast Forward and Other Stories by Delia de Santis
- The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
- Selected Poems (1972) by Al Purdy

Sam
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
- Consumption by Kevin Patterson
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

Monica
- A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
- Conceit by Mary Novik
- Forage by Rita Wong
- Porcupine by Meg Tilly
- The Alchemist's Dream by John Wilson

Shereadsbooks
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- The Wars by Timothy Findley
- Great Canadian Short Stories edited by Alec Lucas
- The Fire Dwellers by Margaret Laurence
- The Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

New Brunswickers (4 Books)


Chris
- Negotiating With The Dead by Margaret Atwood*
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Loyalists and Layabouts by Stephen Kimber

Heather
- One Native Life by Richard Wagamese*
- All My Relations: An Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Native Fiction editted by Thomas King*
- Medicine River by Thomas King*
- Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway

Scribacchina
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen*
- By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept by Elizabeth Smart
- The Actual by Saul Bellow
- The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani

Tanabata
- Lighting The Dark Side by William R. Potter*
- Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock
- Dingo by Charles de Lint
- How To Be a Canadian by Will Ferguson and Ian Ferguson

Lesley
- The Girls by Lori Lansens*
- The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
- The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson
- Open Secrets by Alice Munro

Claire
- Ten Thousand Lovers by Ravel Edeet*
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper*
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Song of the Paddle by Bill Mason

3M
- Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Bybee
- JPod by Douglas Coupland
- Anne of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Unless by Carol Shields
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Gypsysmom
- Murther and Walking Spirits by Robertson Davies
- Itsuka by Joy Kogowa
- Since Daisy Creek by W. O. Mitchell
- Prospero's Daughter by Constance Beresford-Howe

Callista
- Dear Toni by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
- Leslie's Journal by Allan Stratton
- The Reading Solution by Paul Kropp
- Pact of the Wolves by Nina Blazon and translated by Sue Innes

Ripley
- Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- The Line Painter by Claire Cameron
- Indigenous Beasts by Nathan Sellyn

L.Hill
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
- As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross
- A Bird In The House by Margaret Laurence

Teddy
- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Look for Me by Edeet Ravel
- Horseman's Grave by Jacqueline Baker

Elizabeth
- Kit's Law by Donna Morrissey
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay
- The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe

Nova Scotians (3 Books)


Cheryl
- A Victim of Convenience by John Ballem*
- Six Seconds by Rick Mofina
- Honour Among Men by Barbara Fradkin

Gautami
- Sir Cook, The Knight? by Erik Mortensen
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
- The Time In Between by David Bergen

Laurie
- All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
- Sailor Girl by Sheree-Lee Olson
- What We All Long For by Dionne Brand

Lizzy
- Helpless by Barbara Gowdy
- Catholics by Brian Moore
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay

Bookfool
- Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
- The Best of Robert Service by Robert Service
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tracy
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- Rollbackby Robert J. Sawyer
- The Birth House by Ami McKay

Scott
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton

Nan
- Nova Scotia by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
- Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
- The Pioneers of Inverness Township by Gwen Rawlings

Quebecois (2 Books)


HistoriaABM
- The Fight of My Life by Maude Barlow*
- Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat by James King*

Kimiko
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson*
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen*

Linda/CT
- Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart
- Caedman's Song by Peter Robinson

Stacy
- My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
- All-Season Edie by Annabel Lyon

Orchidus
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lee
- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
- The Droughtlanders by Carrie Mac

Joanna
- Claudia by Britt Holmstrom
- The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou

Monodon
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The Cure For Death by Lightning

Lillian
- Memories Are Murder by Lou Allin
- Pandemic by Daniel Kalla

Ontarians (1 Book)


Reader Rabbit
- Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year by Amy Bleason and Jacob Osborn*

Barbara
- Tales From Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry*

Splummer
- The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh*

DebbieM
- Dressing Up For The Carnival by Carol Shields*

Susan
- Wolf Moon by Charles de Lint

Paul R
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Jules
- The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro

Carla
-Coventry by Helen Humphreys

Wayne
-Beaverbrook: A Failed Legacy by Jacques Poitras

Lisa
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Kayleigh
- Alice, I Think by Susan Juby

DebbieS
- An Imperfect Offering by James Orbinsky

Literary Mom
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay

Jake
- Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler

Stephanie
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

Mrs. Peachtree
- Stella Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay

(If these standings are not correct, please let me know. As well, if you've missed the explanation of the provincial/territorial headings and can't figure out why you're listed under a particular province, please refer to this post.)

And once again, it's prize time. Donated very generously from Random House comes two amazing "Book Awards Prize Packs." Prize One features Nino Ricci's Origin Of The Species (2008 Winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction), Christine Blatchford's Fifteen Days (2008 Winner of the Governor General's Award for Nonfiction), Nicolas Dickner's Nikolski, translated by Lazer Lederhendler (2008 Winner of the Governor General's Award for Translation), and Miriam Toews' the Flying Troutmans (2008 Winner of the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize):



And Prize Two features Origin of the Species and Fifteen Days:


To be entered into a random drawing for these prizes you have to do two tasks:



1. Look at the books read in November (marked by * above) and find two books rated 4/5 and one book rated 3.75

AND

2. Tell me four people above who reviewed any of the books in this month's prize pack. These do NOT have to be marked with an *.

The first name drawn will win Prize One and the second name will win Prize Two. Email your answers to jmutford [at] hotmail [dot] com. I will pick the winners on the 10th and post the names on the 11th of December.

15 comments:

Teddy Rose said...

OMG either of these prize packs would be a dream come true!!

Chris said...

Hi John. I also read Negotiating With the Dead by Margarget Atwood for the challenge.

April said...

I enjoyed your update.

Kathleen Molloy said...

John, your contests always inspire. Sorry I can't compare. But I'm launching anothter challenge with a cotnest. I ask readers to submit their best lie that they might use as a writer to avoid a deadline. [Not that I'm running out of lie or anything...].

Post the lie on my blog and for the lie that makes me snort, I'll send out a book by the CanLit icon of your choice.

Kathleen Molloy

GeraniumCat said...

Hi John, I'd hoped to get my reviews up yesterday - I'm pleading RSI. I've read 5 books and I promise to review them by January. Congratulations on beating last year's challenge already - that's great!

Corey Redekop said...

8th book up! FRUIT by Brian Francis

http://shelf-monkey.blogspot.com/2008/11/sure-canada-reads-but-who-does-corey.html#links

Kailana said...

I guess I am going for the more category... Here are three more books that I read that would fit. I read a fourth but I haven't reviewed it yet.

A Pierre Berton book: http://myreadingbooks.blogspot.com/2008/11/cats-i-have-known-and-loved-by-pierre.html

A book by a Canadian author:
http://myreadingbooks.blogspot.com/2008/11/santa-claus-biography-by-gerry-bowler.html

And, a memoir set partly in Canada:
http://myreadingbooks.blogspot.com/2008/11/i-was-child-of-holocaust-survivors-by.html

The fourth one is a graphic novel, Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown, but I haven't had time to review it yet.

That makes 17! Yay!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You don't know how thrilled I am to no longer be saddled with a big old goose egg behind my name. I am a reading machine, apparently!

gypsysmom said...

I was really hoping to get this book read before you issued your next update. Missed it by a matter of hours. I just finished The New Ancestors by Dave Godfrey which won the 1970 G. G. award for best English-Canadian novel. I found it almost impossible to understand and completely without merit. But I've read it now and can go on to some better, I'm sure, CanLit.

Kathleen Molloy said...

Hi John with all the talk about what makes a feminist blog I am reminded to post the review of a book I just read where the protagonist is haunted by nightmares of marching feminists!

First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women by Eric McCormack

Kathleen Molloy

gypsysmom said...

I finished another from my list. It's the final book in the Cornish trilogy from Robertson Davies The Lyre of Orpheus. I recommend this book highly but I would suggest you read the first two (Rebel Angels and What's Bred in the Bone).

Sandra said...

My last reported review for the challenge was Sept. 24. Just wanted to let you know that I am reading the books (no end of good reads around since the award nominations) but I am battling ongoing illness and disability. Writing reviews has become onerous for me. It does not fulfill the conditions of the challenge if I give a starred review on those read but it may have to do, for the nonce. I am with you all in spirit.

7.Through Black Spruce***** by Joseph Boyden
8.Ten Thousand Lovers***** by Edeet Ravel
9.Red Dog, Red Dog**** by Patrick Lane
10.The Retreat**** by David Bergen
11. The Outlander**** by Gil Adamson (also read for Canada Reads Challenge)
12. The Boys in the Trees***** by Mary Swan
13. The Letter Opener***+ by Kyo Maclear
14.The Lizard Cage***** by Karen O'Connell
15.Alligator by Lisa Moore***+
16. Late Nights on Air**** by Elizabeth Hay

John Mutford said...

Sandra: I wish you all the best in recovery. I'm including those stars as reviews. The only requirement I had was that people reviewed their books, I didn't say to what extent. My intent was to let others know how you felt about a book, and to some extent your stars accomplish that-- maybe not as much as a page long review, but there's an indication anyway. (If you were to elaborate, I'd love to hear your thoughts on Moore's and Hay's books).

Congrats on making 13! (and then some).

Reader Rabbit said...

Hey John! We posted another review of Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston!

Lesley said...

I managed to fit in one more Canadian book before the end of the year: Before Green Gables

Happy New Year!