Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Canadian Book Challenge 3 - On your marks, get set, go eh!



From Canada Day to Canada Day, can you read and review at least 13 Canadian books?

Starting July 1st, 2009 and ending July 1st, 2010, I challenge Canadians and non-Canadians to read 13 or more Canadian books. Pick fiction, pick nonfiction, pick poetry, graphic novels, picture books, plays, etc-- if it's Canadian and if it's a book, it's in. What makes a book Canadian? Let's ask Doug Webster:

"A Canadian book is defined as a book written by Canadians and/or about Canadians."

What makes a Canadian?

"Canadian refers to someone born in or immigrated to Canada."

But you know, Doug Webster isn't related to that other Webster. He's just some guy from Scarborough. Besides, this is your challenge. You decide which books make the cut and which ones don't.

Okay, so you know you have to read Canadian, but which ones? It's entirely up to you. I can think of at least four Canadian authors, so you have a little choice. No, no, no, there are so many possibilities, this should be the fun part. Pick authors and books at random or theme your challenge should you be so inclined. I like to pick at least one book from each province and territory (it's where the magic number 13 came from), but some themes from other participants in the past have included a single author approach (ex. just Lucy Maud Montgomery or Robert Munsch books), a single province approach (ex. British Columbia or Quebec), a single gender (ex. wait, do you need an example for this, really?), and an ABM approach (i.e., just autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs). Of course, you could decide on an entirely different theme, or no theme at all. You do not have to decide ahead of time what books to read, but do so if it helps.

For those participants who have been here before, there will be some small changes. I know I promised major changes, but after formatting issues, I decided against an entirely separate Canadian Book Challenge blog. The biggest change you will notice is with the monthly updates. I cannot provide links to all the reviews this time around. As much as I enjoyed compiling all of the links in the past, it was getting way too time consuming for me, especially as we neared the 1000 mark. But I know the monthly updates were a highlight and I don't want to scrap them entirely so here's what we're going to do:

After each book you read, you review it online as always, whether it be on your blog, Chapters or Amazon, BookCrossing, or wherever. But, instead of emailing me to say you've reviewed it, simply go to my blog at the beginning of each month and leave a comment that includes your last month's links AND the number of books you've read for the challenge so far. Don't worry about forgetting to visit each month, if I have your email I'll send out reminders the day before, and if you still forget, just add them the following month.

Another small change involves the prizes. While I will still be offering prizes, there will be less of an emphasis on them and they won't come monthly. Instead, I'll be rewarding people for certain feats: the first to make it to 13, the one who reads the most poetry, and so on. See the "Canadian Book Challenge Prizes" post.

Optional: Once you've finished each book, consider trading it in for another Canadian book. For more details, go to the Trading Post.

If you wish to join The Canadian Book Challenge 3, email me (jmutford [at] hotmail {dot} com) with the subject header "Sign me up, please!" and let me know where you reside on the internet (your blog page, your Chapters profile page, your BookCrossing profile, etc).

Let's explore, celebrate and promote Canadian books!

39 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

I am in! I will email too.

I will make a post about it sometime later this week.

My summer vacations are over as of today. So a lot less time in my hands now!

Daibhin said...

I'm in and already reading!

Corey Redekop said...

Bring it on!

And also please, everyone, note my own contest, a wonderful exercise in literary masochism. Info here.

August said...

I'm in again this year. I don't organize my blog by date, so I'll just provide a link to the Challenge category. People can figure that out with no difficulty, I think.

This year: 13 books by Robertson Davies.

Becky said...

I'm in! I'll be keeping up with my progress here. But all my reviews will be at Becky's Book Reviews

Laurie said...

I'm in too, and looking forward to it!

charlotteashley said...

I'm in! I got in late last time - this time I'll make the 13 for sure. *knock on wood*

Susan said...

I'm in! and as you know, I have some books chosen already. I'll let you know when I do the post on my blog, for now, I'm back!! lol And thank you for hosting it again!

GeraniumCat said...

Great! I've done a sort of list on my blog.

Gavin said...

I am in. I sent an email with the wrong subject! Sorry John.

Phyl said...

This looks great, and I'm going to try it, albeit not with any specific theme. By sheer coincidence, I posted a review of a short biography of Pierre Trudeau yesterday (on Bookishgal), so I'm already on track.

Steve Zipp said...

During the past year a vagabond crew of Canadian authors came tapping at my door. "John sent me," they said as they strolled in and made themselves at home. I herded them into the cellar using a lead-weighted paperback copy of Robert Ludlum. Now it's time to let them out, and I'm afraid they're in a foul mood. None of them have bathed in months. Everyone stand back now...

Teddy Rose said...

I just did my post about the challenge. I am looking forward to round 3!!

Here's my post:

http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/07/canadian-book-challenge-3.html

Gavin said...

Okay, here is my post about the challenge. http://page247.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/canada-book-challenge-iii/

Linda Ellen said...

I'll join. I'll email soon. I hope I can keep up. This is a challenge after all, and I like the prize set-up. =)

Teena in Toronto said...

I'm in once again!

Leya said...

I'm in! I've emailed. And I've posted it on my blog. You can find it here.

Thank you John for hosting the challenge! :)

gautami tripathy said...

Here is my first review for the challenge:

A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence

John Mutford said...

Glad to see so many interested people! There's an amazing number of emails coming in, including lots of new participants.


Gautami: So glad you've already started (and I love that book), but I just wanted to remind you about the new changes-- you only need to post a link to your monthly reviews on the first of the following month. So, remember to come back on August 1st and leave that link again! As well, if you've seen the prize post, there's one awarded to the first person to post a link on the August 1st Round-Up post, so have it ready!

Kathleen Molloy said...

I hope to find 13 enjoyable Can-content erotica pieces. I really have NO IDEA where to start looking to build the short list. I welcome suggestions!

Kathleen

'Nathan Burgoine said...

I'm in again. And this time I'm going to try to make it a "listening" challenge for myself - 13 Canadian Audiobooks. Have already picked out six...

'Nathan

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Count me in! I'm already reading, so I've got a head start.

Luanne said...

Hey John:

I'm in! I'll send you an email and link to my post shortly!

Grilsgood said...

I would like to do this, have to find some Canadian authors, where woudl you find them?

Lynda said...

I'm in
http://lyndasbookblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/canadian-reading-challenge-iii.html

pussreboots said...

My post is up.

Sandra said...

I just realized I haven't officially said I'm in but I am.

Bybee said...

Running a little late, but I'm in...b

KJ McLean said...

Count me in! (have sent email) I'll be writing about it on my blog at MyCreatedLife.com. (Check under Books on the navbar!)

(This year I will do better -- I promise!)

Remi said...

The first one is done.

http://gunnersmiscellany.blogspot.com/2009/08/canuck-book-revisitation-1-generation-x.html

Bybee said...

I'm a potato now! 2 books!
Here's my post:
http://bybeebooks.blogspot.com/2009/09/finally-in-northbound-state-of-mind.html

Kathleen Molloy said...

Hi Joh, I had to go to Edmonton to find my first kinky Canadian book for my Erotic Canadian challenge.

The Cure is vampire erotica; the first in Susan Phelan's Blood Tapestry series.

I'm offering it up in a little contest: By October 31 please post on my blog what you think is the WORST sex scene in CanLit or in a Canadian story.

Ok, one story down for my third challenge. I'm off to a slow start this round!

Kathleen Molloy

n8an said...

I'm up to seven now...

Here's the list of one through seven.

'Nathan Burgoine

n8an said...

And now 8...

http://n8an.livejournal.com/659778.html

matilda said...

Coming in late, but keen. Reviews to follow.

matilda said...

Okay, my late arrival list.
Reviews to date:

'LIAR', by Lynn Crosbie
http://matildamagtree.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/liar/

'WHAT HAPPENED LATER', by Ray Robertson
http://matildamagtree.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/its-all-about-the-sentences/

'HELP ME,JACQUES COUSTEAU', by Gil Adamson
http://matildamagtree.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/heaven-is-a-place/

'BEATITUDES', by Hermeneglide Chiasson
http://matildamagtree.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/a-few-beatitudes/

'AT A LOSS FOR WORDS', by Diane Schoemperlen
http://matildamagtree.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/at-a-loss-for-words/

matilda said...

Latest entry is "Elle" by Douglas Glover. (loved it, strange as it is; has anyone else read this? love to get some other impressions.)

Can be found at the blog under Canadian Book Challenge.

That makes six, John.
I think I'm officially a lobster pot. A secret life-long goal.

matilda said...

Latest entry is "Elle" by Douglas Glover. Loved it. (Anyone else read this? Would be interested in some thoughts as it's such a strange book.)

Review can be found at the blog under Canadian Book Challenge.

That makes six, John.
I think I'm now officially a lobster pot -- a life long goal, achieved at last...

John Mutford said...

Ooops! Just wanted to remind people to leave links to their reviews at the monthly (1st of each month) roundup posts, not here!