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Thursday, January 01, 2009

The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge- 6th Update



HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Five months in and we've made it to 536 books!

Welcome to MelanieO who is also hosting a Canada Reads Challenge:


Participants in the Canada Reads Challenge are asked to read all five Canada Reads books and predict a winner by February 15th. Click on the above picture for all the details. (As all the titles are Canadian, it would make an easy challenge to double-dip with the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge!)

And congrats to Pooker who met 13 twice (for a total of 26) with both male and female authors, and to Sandra who also met and surpassed 13.

Here are the standings so far (* indicates a new review). Some highlights this month include April's review of Simple Recipes which contrary to the title, isn't an actual cookbook. (Hey, come to think of it, we've never had a cookbook reviewed for the Challenge yet). Kathleen reviews a book with a very long and peculiar title. Ragdoll continues on her female themed approach with Mary Swan's The Boys In The Trees (also read by Sandra). Sam reads Kenneth J. Harvey's Inside which was kindly donated as a prize by Mr. Harvey back in the 1st edition of the challenge. Corey takes the Harvey appreciation even further, reviewing not one but three of his books while making an appeal for greater recognition and respect thrust in Harvey's direction. Historia adds a memoir by our first and, as of yet, only female Prime Minister. Thanks to everyone for your wonderful reviews. Keep those conversations happening!

Nunavummiut (13 Books...or more!)


PookerX
- The Cure For Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz*
- 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

PookerY
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards*
- The Christmas Tree by David Adams Richards*
- Sparrow Nights by David Gilmour*
- 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

Sandra
- Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden*
- Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel*
- Red Dog Red Dog by Patrick Lane*
- The Retreat by David Bergen*
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson*
- The Boys In The Trees by Mary Swan*
- The Letter Opener by Kyo Maclear*
- The Lizard Cage by Karen O'Connell*
- Alligator by Lisa Moore*
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay*
- 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

Wanda
- You Went Away by Timothy Findley*
- Mostly Happy by Pam Bustin*
- 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
- Almost Green by James Glave*
- The Flight of the Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas*
- 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
- The Line Painter by Claire Cameron*
- Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay*
- The Great Karoo by Fred Stenson*
- Coventry by Helen Humphries*
- The Ruby Kingdom by Patricia Bow*
- The Prism Blade by Patricia Bow*
- Red Dog Red Dog by Patrick Lane*
- All The Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson*
- 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
- The Romantic by Barbara Gowdy*
- Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters of Jack McCelland editted by Sam Soleki*
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson*
- An Imperfect Offering by James Orbinski*
- Look For Me by Edeet Ravel*
- Cereus Blooms At Night by Shani Mootoo*
- 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
- First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women by Eric McCormack*
- 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)


Teena
- Write About Dogs by Keith Ryan*
- Notes on a Beermat: Drinking and Why It's Necessary by Nicholas Pashley*
- 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

Albertans (11 Books)


Corey
- The Town That Forgot How To Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey*
- Inside by Kenneth J. Harvey*
- Blackstrap Hawco by Kenneth J. Harvey*
- Fruit by Brian Francis*
- 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

Joanna
- The Retreat by David Bergen*
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton*
- No Such Creature by Giles Blunt*
- Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden*
- 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

Saskatchewanies (10 Books)


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

Yukoners (9 Books)


John
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- Beatitudes by Herménégilde Chiasson*
- 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

Raidergirl
- Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay*
- High Spirits by Robertson Davies*
- 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

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)


Violette
- House Report by Deborah Nicholson*
- 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

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)


Ragdoll
- The Boys In The Trees by Mary Swan*
- 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

Sam
- Inside by Kenneth J. Harvey*
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen*
- 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

Sam Lamb
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews*
- 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

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

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
Northwest Territorians (6 Books)


3M
- A Certain Mr. Takahashi by Ann Ireland*
- Anne of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- 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

Gypsysmom
- The Lyre of Orpheus> by Robertson Davies*
- The New Ancestors by Dave Godfrey*
- 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

Heather
- The Curse of the Shaman by Michael Kusugak*
- The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat by Jack Batten*
- 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

Melanie
- Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner*
- 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 Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway*
- 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

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

Manitobans (5 Books)


Callista
- Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton*
- 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

HistoriaABM
- Mila by Sally Armstrong*
- Flight of the Dragonfly by Melissa Hawach*
- Time and Chance by Kim Campbell*
- The Fight of My Life by Maude Barlow
- Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat by James King

Lesley
- Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson*
- 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

April
- Simple Recipes by Madeleine Thien*
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields*
- 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

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

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)


Gautami
- The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney*
- Sir Cook, The Knight? by Erik Mortensen
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
- The Time In Between by David Bergen

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

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

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

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

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)


Orchidus
- The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay*
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Splummer
- A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton*
- The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton*
- The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh

MelanieO
- Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock*
- Over Prairie Trails by Frederick Philip Grove*
- Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan*

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

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)


Barbara
- The Retreat by David Bergen*
- Tales From Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry

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

Paul R
- The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore*
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

DebbieM
- The Sky Is Falling by Kit Pearson*
- Dressing Up For The Carnival by Carol Shields

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

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)


Susan
- Wolf Moon by Charles de Lint

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. This months prizes were donated very generously from Squatterz Books and Curiosities. Sadly this was a used bookstore from right here in Yellowknife that I never had the chance to see: it closed its doors about half a year before I moved here. Fortunately its book rescuing spirit is alive and well, and from their archived collection comes The Common Sky: Canadian Writers Against The War.



With authors and poets including Alistair MacLeoad, Margaret Atwood, Christian Bok, Ken Babstock, Rita Wong, and many more, The Common Sky, published by Three Squares Press in 2003, "represents both an immediate response to the threat of war and a lasting document of resistance."

And for good measure, Squatterz has thrown in a handful of CDs by the following artists: Random Order, Kathy Fisher, The Gumboots, Greg Hobbs, Jasmine Whenham, Michelle Boudreau Band, Laura Vinson, and Leslie Bader Band.

And since we're in a giving mood, I'll throw in my "gently" used copy of Elizabeth Hay's Late Nights on Air

To win this month's prize, and in honour of MelanieO's Canada Reads 2009 Challenge, tell me what the five contending books are and which one has not been reviewed by a Canadian Book Challenge participant as of yet (January 1st). Email your answers to jmutford [at] hotmail [dot] com. I will draw a random winner from all correct answers recieved on January 11th.

21 comments:

Nicola said...

Well now John. I didn't know we could report books read after the 13 books. In that case I have a ton more to add! Should I just keep posting Canadian authors I read up until Canada Day?

The Line Painter by Claire Cameron
http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2008/11/178-line-painter.html

Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay
http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2008/11/179-too-close-to-home.html

The Great Karoo by Fred Stenson
http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2008/11/180-great-karoo.html

Coventry by Helen Humphries
http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2008/12/182-coventry.html

The Ruby Kingdom by Patricia Bow
http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2008/12/183-ruby-kingdom.html

The Prism Blade by Patricia Bow
http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2008/12/186-prism-blade.html

Red Dog Red Dog by Patrick Lane
http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2008/12/191-red-dog-red-dog.html

All the Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson
http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2008/12/194-all-colours-of-darkness.html

That puts me 4 away from a second 13!

Violette Severin said...

Uh oh. I forgot to give you the link to my 8th book House Rules. Here it is: http://themysterybookshelf.blogspot.com/2008/12/house-rules-book-review.html

Stephanie said...

I'm definitely going to try to read more on my list this year!! My one read will probably be in the top 5 I read last year, so I need to get started on this!!

Happy New Year John!!

John Mutford said...

Nicola: Adding books beyond your 13 is entirely optional. 13 was the original goal, so technically you are finished. However, if there are particular Canadian books you want to highlight, or perhaps set a new, higher goal for yourself, be my guest and I'll add them in.

Violette: Are you sure the book isn't "House Report"?

Stephanie: Crow Lake is a great book. I still haven't read the sequel though.

April said...

Great lists - it's interesting to see what people are reading. I'm so impressed with the number of books being read. I've heard a lot about Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - that it is a "must read". That's one I'm looking forward to picking up.

Happy New Year to you as well, John.

melanie said...

Thanks for posting about my Canada Reads Challenge! Since I'm new to this challenge I was a little confused as to why I was a Nova Scotian but I understand it now. :)

Corey Redekop said...

Argh, I missed the December cutoff. Three more are up at http://shelf-monkey.blogspot.com/2008/12/appreciation-of-kenneth-j-harvey.html

All Kenneth J. Harvey novels - INSIDE, THE TOWN THAT FORGOT HOW TO BREATH, and BLACKSTRAP HAWCO

Teddy Rose said...

Wow, congratulations to all of you who has surpassed 13 Canadian books! Way to go!

Monica said...

Ugh... I keep pushing these books further back on my list as new books pop up in my list!! What is your "policy" on switching lists? Because I've read LOTS of Canadian authors since.... but um... just not from my original list.

gautami tripathy said...

I finished my 5th book. And onto my 6th.

Larry's Part by Carlo Shields

And I am only one short of 13! *grin*

Scott said...

Totally forget to give you the link to this one.

http://scooterchronicles.com/2008/11/24/the-republic-of-nothing-by-lesley-choyce/

Framed said...

I finally finished another and it was great. Still Life by Louise Penny. Here's my link:
http://framedandbooked.blogspot.com/2009/01/4-still-life-by-louise-penny.html

Mark Leslie said...

Hi John - Happy New Year.

I figured it was about time I took a look at the Canadian books I've read since July 1st and write about them.

I've got a "midway" point check on the 10 Canadian books I've read so far at the following link (which either contains review comments or links to full reviews of each book mentioned):

http://markleslie.blogspot.com/2009/01/2nd-canadian-book-challenge-midpoint.html

But here are the titles (in brief)

1) The Killing Circle - Andrew Pyper
2) Cricket in a Fist - Naomi K. Lewis
3) Wolf Pack - Edo van Belkom
4) Lone Wolf - Edo van Belkom
5) Cry Wolf - Edo van Belkom
6) Wolf Man - Edo van Belkom
7) In Tongues of the Dead - Brad Kelln
8) Wake - Robert J. Sawyer
9) Grown up Digital - Don Tapscott
10) Too Close to Home - Linwood Barclay

Sandra said...

I'm still reading Canadian books and I've come up with a couple of 'reviews' of them. Could you please change the link on Through Black Spruce to: http://freshinkbooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/through-black-spruce-by-joseph-boyden.html

And I have now read Howard Norman's The Museum Guard (US author but set in Canada, his books often are). My 'tag review' (better than a slap on the belly with a wet fish) is here (#4.) :

http://freshinkbooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/tss-books-read-this-week.html

Thank you, sorry for the extra work.
And I hope to have a full review of Dionne Brand's What We All Long For up in a couple of days.

Stacy Dillon said...

I can't blog this until the Cybils awards are over, but I just read Emiko Superstar,by Mariko Tamaki.

Kathleen Molloy said...

Thanks to Melanie and Alexis at Roughing it in the Books I've returned to my old love Leacock.

In Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy Leacock did a wonderful 1915spoof on how easy it was to convince Canadians to by crappy books. I bet we could apply the same tricks today!

Kathleen

Violette Severin said...

OMG I can't believe I got the name of the book wrong. I wrote down House Rules by Deborah Nicholson in my book journal. Since I took her book out of the library I don't have it in front of me to check the title. Maybe it is House Report. By the way, my latest review, Sundowner Ubunto, is at http://themysterybookshelf.blogspot.com/2009/01/sundowner-ubunto-book-review.html. I think this brings me to 9 Canadian books. I have lost count.

Kathleen Molloy said...

If the Virgin Mary knocks on your door will you answer?

Diane Schoemperlen's Our Lady of the Lost and Found might entice you to let her in.

Kathleen Molloy

Framed said...

I just finished number 10, "Dragonflies and Dinosaurs" by Kate Austin. Here's the link: http://framedandbooked.blogspot.com/2009/01/dragonflies-and-dinosaurs-by-kate.html

Sandra said...

I have now read What We All Long For by Dionne Brand, review here:

http://freshinkbooks.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-we-all-long-for-by-dionne-brand.html

and No Such Creature**** by Giles Blunt. Thank you John.

Framed said...

I know my last comment said I had finished Book No. 10 but it was a lie. This is my review for the true No. 10, The Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp:
http://framedandbooked.blogspot.com/2009/01/13-lesser-blessed-by-richard-van-camp.html

Three more to go.