Saturday, August 01, 2009

The Canadian Book Challenge 3- 1st Roundup


Here it is! The first Round-Up for the Canadian Book Challenge 3. If you read and reviewed a book for the challenge in July, please leave your links in the comments below. It should look something like this:

Hi! In July I read and reviewed 2 books for the Canadian Book Challenge, which brings my total to 2. Here are the links to my reviews:
1. Having Faith in the Polar Girls' Prison by Cathleen With: http://bookmineset.blogspot.com/2009/07/readers-diary-513-cathleen-with-having.html

2. Arctic Circle Songs by Robbie Newton Drummond: http://bookmineset.blogspot.com/2009/07/readers-diary-511-robbie-newton.html

Or, if you're comfortable embedding the link, it would look something like this:

Hi! In July I read and reviewed 2 books for the Canadian Book Challenge, which brings my total to 2. Here are the links to my reviews:
1. Having Faith in the Polar Girls' Prison by Cathleen With

2. Arctic Circle Songs by Robbie Newton Drummond

Either way is fine.

As the links come in, I'll add your status to the sidebar for quick reference. (Are you a Timbit? a potato?) Also, remember that the very first person to add their links this month will win Theresa Kishkan's Phantom Limb. For more info, refer to the Prizes post here.

In the meantime, I thought I'd start things off with a meme. Feel free to do this on your own blog if you have one (and come back and leave a link to your post!). If you don't have a blog, feel free to add your answers to the comments below. And if you can't answer a particular question, just skip it! Also feel free to add questions.

Your Favourites:
1. Favourite Canadian author?
2. Favourite Canadian novel?
3. Favourite Canadian nonfiction?
4. Favourite Canadian picture book?
5. Favourite Canadian YA or juvenile chapter book?
6. Favourite Canadian science fiction or fantasy book?
7. Favourite Canadian romantic fiction?
8. Favourite Canadian mystery?
9. Favourite Canadian graphic novel?
10. Favourite Canadian book blog?
11. Favourite Canadian fictional character?
12. Favourite movie based on a Canadian novel or story?
13. Favourite Canadian short story?
14. Favourite Canadian poet?
15. Favourite Canadian poem?
16. Favourite Canadian play?
17. Favourite novel by an established Canadian author?
18. Favourite novel by an up-and-coming Canadian author?
19. Favourite Canadian book award?
20. Favourite Canadian publisher?
21. Favourite Canadian humorous book?
22. Favourite Canadian newspaper?
23. Favourite Canadian magazine or journal?
24. Favourite Canadian dystopian novel?
25. Favourite Canadian epistolary novel?

Here are my answers. My answers, of course, depend on my mood, time of day, the direction of the wind, etc:

My Favourites:
1. Favourite Canadian author? Somewhat predictable answers, but I always look forward to reading more Atwood and Richler. Though, if I had to choose, I'd pick Richler.
2. Favourite Canadian novel? Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler
3. Favourite Canadian nonfiction? No Logo by Naomi Klein
4. Favourite Canadian picture book? The Party by Barbara Reid
5. Favourite Canadian YA or juvenile chapter book? Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
6. Favourite Canadian science fiction or fantasy book? Admittedly, I've read very little in this genre, so I'd say Robert Munsch's The Paperbag Princess.
7. Favourite Canadian romantic fiction? Despite our famous Harlequin books, I've also read little of this genre. So, I'll cheat by saying I loved the love story or Wayne Johnston's Colony of Unrequited Dreams, even though it was unrequited.
8. Favourite Canadian mystery? I'm realizing how little Canadian genre fiction I've read. I'll say the last one I read which was Dennis Richard Murphy's Darkness at the Stroke of Noon, but I'm sure I'll read better.
9. Favourite Canadian graphic novel? Chester Brown's Louis Riel, however, the name "graphic novel" here is a bit of a misnomer, since it's a biography and therefore not a novel, even though it is in a long comic book form.
10. Favourite Canadian book blog? I've always refused to pick favourites for these, but I should say that I look forward to many, including Raidergirl's, Chris's, Wanda's, Melanie's, Nicola's, Teddy's, and more (please don't feel excluded if I've inadvertently left someone out). I'm also enjoying Hannah Sung's Book Club at CBC.ca.
11. Favourite Canadian fictional character? Mortimer Griffin from Mordecai Richler's Cocksure.
12. Favourite movie or film based on a Canadian novel or story? The short film for Roch Carrier's The Hockey Sweater.

13. Favourite Canadian short story? "Loons" by Margaret Laurence
14. Favourite Canadian poet? bpNichol
15. Favourite Canadian poem? "At the Quinte Hotel" by Al Purdy
16. Favourite Canadian play? 52 Pick Up by TJ Dawe and Rita Bozi
17. Favourite novel by an established Canadian author? Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler
18. Favourite novel by an up-and-coming Canadian author? Dodecahedron by Paul Glennon
19. Favourite Canadian book award? They sometimes refer to it as an award and sometimes don't, but I'll say Canada Reads. It's not perfect (for the love of God, get a non-celebrity panelist already so I'll shut up), but I enjoy the openness. I've also read most of the winners (just need to get around to Book of Negroes)
20. Favourite Canadian publisher? Random House has sent me a lot a good, free books, so of course they're (pardon the pun), in my good books. I also enjoy Drawn & Quarterly and Brick Books.
21. Favourite Canadian humorous book? For the hat-trick, Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler.
22. Favourite Canadian newspaper? The Yellowknifer, even if it's a bit sensationalist at times.
23. Favourite Canadian magazine or journal? I don't subscribe to any, but I'll bet just about anyone could find at least something interesting in Downhome Magazine. UpHere's pretty good as well.
24. Favourite dystopian Canadian novel? Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
25. Favourite epistolary Canadian novel? I've yet to read one, but Richard Wright's Clara Callan has been waiting patiently on my shelf forever. That should count for something, right?

I hope you enjoy this month's round-up. Please take some time to read other participants' reviews. Talk amongst yourself. Nevermind the mosquitoes, blackflies and horseflies, get lost in Canadian literature.

*Also, if you're looking to get rid of the books you read last month, be sure to check out the Trading Post!

40 comments:

Melanie said...

I only have one review up so far for the first month of the Third Canadian Book Challenge -- it is The Art of Salvage by Leona Theis (set in Saskatoon)

The meme is definitely something I will have to fill in on my own blog asap.

John Mutford said...

And with that 1st link, Melanie wins Theresa Kishkan's Phantom Limb. Congrats!

John Mutford said...

Debbie's 1st review (Michael Kusugak and Vladyana Krykorka's The Littlest Sled Dogis here, bringing her total to one.

Lahni said...

I have only read one book so for for the Canadian Book Challenge. It's for The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. It's excellent! Check out my review: http://nosebook.mapledesign.ca/?p=344#content

Teddy Rose said...

I assume you mean reviews for July.

I read 2 books for the challenge in July:

From Far Away by Robert Munsch and Saoussan Askar, Art by Michael Martchenko http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/07/short-story-monday-from-far-away-by.html

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2009/07/short-story-monday-paper-bag-princess.html

Sandra said...

I have read and reviewed one book for the challenge, No Such Creature by Giles Blunt:

http://freshinkbooks.blogspot.com/2009/07/no-such-creature-by-giles-blunt.html

I'm giving it away, by the way, to one of my blog followers. Entry is open worlwide until midnight Aug 3.

Lahni said...

And here's a link to my meme: http://nosebook.mapledesign.ca/?p=453#content

pussreboots said...

I only have 1 book for July: Fairy Glade by Dawn Beaumont Lane

gautami tripathy said...

This is what I read:

A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence

raidergirl3 said...

I read 5 books in July to bring my total to 5:
Searching for Bobby Orr, Stephen Brunt

The View from Castle Rock, Alice Munro

The Lizard Cage, Karen Connolly

Falling, Anne Simpson

Clara Callen, Richard B Wright

Scrat said...

I read three Canadian novels in July: Come, Thou Tortoise, The Gargoyle, and The Winter Vault. I have posted reviews on my blog.

Ariel said...

For the month of July 2009, I have a total of two books. Please find here the links for them:

The Cellist Of Sarajevo
By: Steven Galloway
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/The-Cellist-Of-Sarajevo-Steven-Galloway/978030739704-553111-Review.html

Not Yet
By: Wayson Choy
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Not-Yet-A-Memoir-Of-Living-And-Almost-Dying-Wayson-Choy/978038566310-553148-Review.html

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I ALMOST got a review done for July, but will have to tackle it this weekend instead. Do we get extra timbits for working on a long weekend?

Gavin said...

Hi all! For July I read and reviewed one book. It's a beautiful graphic novel called White Rapids.
Here is the link.

Pooker said...

I've actually read six books for the challenge, but have only managed to do blurby bits for three. So, I guess I'll have a jump on August. Here's my three for July:

1. the Prairie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon
2. Leaning, Leaning Over Water by Frances Itani
3. Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood

GeraniumCat said...

I read and reviewed two books during July, so my total is 2 (so straight in at Potato level, oh boy!) They are:
The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys and
Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay. I’m not sure how many meme questions I can answer, but I’ll do my best!

charlotteashley said...

Here's mine: I reviewed one (Canadian) book this month, Frank Newfeld's Drawing on Type (Porcupine's Quill, 2009)!

tanabata said...

I finished one book for the challenge in July, The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay.

Plus here are the reviews to two books I read in June for the 2nd Challenge but didn't get reviewed in time.
The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt
Yellowknife by Steve Zipp. Thanks again Steve!

John Mutford said...

Hi Scrat: Thanks for the reviews. In the future though, would you mind linking to the post of each review? It'll just make it easier for other participants to find and read. http://spitre.blogspot.com/2009/08/july-book-reviews.html

Lit and Life said...

My kids loved Robert Munsch. We've read lots of his books, including "Paperbag Princess." I guess I never really realized that I was exposing my kids to works by authors from other countries. What a great mom I was!

Jacki said...

Congrats Melanie!

I have read and reviewed one book for the Canadian Book Challenge in July: The Dog and I by Roy MacGregor. My review is on my blog. This brings my total to one.

The meme looks like fun and I'll work on it later today.

3m said...

I read Unless by Carol Shields, one of my favorite authors.

Unless by Carol Shields

Nicola said...

I've read one book so far:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2009/07/137-oryx-and-crake-by-margaret-atwood.html

Thank you kindly for including me in your list of Canadian Blogs!!

I enjoyed reading your answers to the meme and will post it to my blog later in the day, most likely.

Heather said...

I have read 2 books during July.

1) Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton
http://conestogo.blogspot.com/2009/07/dragon-seer-by-janet-mcnaughton.html

2) The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (audio book)
http://conestogo.blogspot.com/2009/07/gargoyle-by-andrew-davidson.html

Will work on posting the meme to my blog. Thanks for the brain exercise, I really will have to think about some of them.

Luanne said...

I am a Timbit! One book this month for the challenge. The Price of Love and Other Stories by Peter Robinson.

Heather said...

for the Meme

26. Favourite Canadian Author's blog? Kathleen Molloy
http://kathleenmolloy.offo.ca/

Patricia Giles said...

I have completed one book in July: Through Black Spruce - Joseph Boyden. My review can be seen on Amazon.ca at: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/pdp/profile/A8DCLMKNZV7NV/ref=cm_cr_pr_pdp

Wanda said...

Congratulations on your win Melanie!

John: I completed two books of poetry and actually had a great post planned for 'Earth Magic'. However, as is often the case, I gave up on the notion when after hours of searching, still could not find the poem I wanted to link to anywhere online. Grrr, that is so frustrating!

I did enjoy doing your meme though I suspect I may have stretched it a bit with a few answers. ;)

Teena in Toronto said...

Hi! In July I read and reviewed 1 book for the Canadian Book Challenge, which brings my total to 1.

Here are the link to my review:

www.purple4mee.com/2009/07/book-trigger-city-2009-sean-chercover.html

"Trigger City" - Sean Chercover

Historia said...

I would not call Robert Munsch's books sci-fi or fantasy. They are strictly childrens books.

For sci fi you should have read Robert J Sawyer. And of course any of Atwoods utopia books would have been ok for fantasy as well.

Aah the peace at not having to scramble to find a Canadian book to read.

John Mutford said...

Historia: I'm not a complete idiot, I know Munsch's books are not fantasy. It was said mostly in jest, though the Paperbag Princess does have fantasy elements. Come on, one of the main characters is a dragon for godsakes.

Kailana said...

Well, I already read 7 books for this challenge. Reviewing them seems to be the problem! Must do better in August...

Susan said...

I just sent you an email to sign myself up! so I'll send you the link to my first post about the first book I've read so far:
http://susanflynn.blogspot.com/2009/08/canada-3-challenge-first-book-done.html
It was Winter Studies and Summer Ramblings by Anna Brownell Jameson, non-fiction - journal.

I'm a timbit!! yum.

Lesley said...

Okay, so given my track record I have no business joining this challenge a third time but the patriot in me just can't not join a Canadian reading challenge! Thanks for hosting again, maybe I'll actually make it this year.

gypgysmom said...

I read The River by Cheryl Kaye Tardif which she sent to me for winning one of your contests for the challenge last year.

I thought I had also knocked off two in July because I read Lunenburg by Keith Baker. It never occurred to me until I was about halfway through the book that Keith Baker is not Canadian. After all, who else would set a mystery in Lunenburg Nova Scotia? But after reading references to trainers for footwear and Alsatians for dogs I had to admit that the writer was probably not Canadian. After a little sleuthing it turns out he is Irish but I won't hold it against him because it was quite a good read. Anyone have any suggestions for a mystery set in Nova Scotia that is written by a Canadian?

Corey Redekop said...

First one done:

Darwin's Nightmare, by Mike Knowles

Kate said...

I have read 3 books so far (I think), but no reviews yet as I have been out of the country and away from internet access. Blog to be updated this week, so I will have all of the links next month...

Corey Redekop said...

Second one done.

ManBug by George K. Ilsley

B.Kienapple said...

One review for July:
Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas

I was guest blogging at Bookninja! I didn't have time to read!

n8an said...

I've just posted by first five reviews and links, on my livejournal.

#1 - BITTEN, by Kelley Armstrong
#2 - REMEMBERING THE BONES, by Frances Itani
#3 - THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE, by Alan Bradbury
#4 - DEATH LOVES A MESSY DESK, by Mary Jane Maffini
#5 - THE WIFE'S TALE, by Lori Lansens

'Nathan Burgoine