Thursday, October 01, 2009

The 3rd Canadian Book Challenge- 3rd Roundup

Welcome to the 3rd Roundup of the 3rd Canadian Book Challenge!

I didn't make a lot of progress this month as I was bogged down in a bit of a clunkster for a while. I did, however, manage to squeeze in one Canadian book (well, it was a collection that contained some Canadian works and was edited by a Canadian, so I'm counting it). Hopefully next month there'll be a few more under my belt.

This month I'm adding a poll about the places you've visited in Canada. My wife teases that this is simply a way for me to brag about the fact that I rounded off all 13 this month with a trip to the Yukon. She's right.

For those of you that haven't been to Canada, pretend for a second that money was no obstacle. Where would you visit first? Have any books you've read influenced your choice?

For those of you that have been to Canada (or live here), have any books you've read come close to matching the essence of a particular place? Is that even possible? I'd say Steve Zipp's Yellowknife comes pretty close to capturing the flavour of this city. Likewise Wayne Johnston's Colony of Unrequited Dreams speaks a lot about my feelings for my home province.

Finally, since this the round-up, don't forget to add any reviews of Canadian books you read in September in the comments below. A few people sent me their reviews throughout the month, which is fine for now, but I'd prefer it if you just held off for the beginning of the following month-- it's just easier for me to keep track that way. Also, in your comments, don't forget to:

1. Leave a link to the review posts themselves (not just to your blogs or wherever)

2. Give me your Challenge grand total so far

On that note, good luck in October and I look forward to reading your reviews!!!


John Mutford said...

Here's my review of the Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm compiled collection of indigenous erotica, Without Reservation. That brings my Challenge total so far up to 7, making me a snowmobile.

Chrisbookarama said...

Here's my latest:

2 total

Kate said...

I've read 3 more for a total of 6.

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

raidergirl3 said...

I read one more - Souvenir of Canada by Douglas Coupland, but haven't written a review.
That makes 11 - I'm a zamboni!!

Anonymous said...

Ack, I've only read two books so far, but one of them was in September! I read Michel tremblay's Therese and Pierrette and the Little Hanging Angel (the "sequel" to Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant)

The review is here:

Gavin said...

This is my third book for the challenge. A Student of Weather.

Pooker said...

Yikes, looks like I'm way ahead on my reading but woefully behind on the reviewing part but I have two more completed for this month bringing my grand total to seven. That's seven John putting me on the snowmobile with you. I noticed just now that you neglected to give me snowshoe status last month!

Here's this month's offerings:

6. Vanishing & Other Stories by Deborah Willis

7. Cherry by Chandra Mayor

Ariel said...

Please find here my two reviews for the month of September:

Wave Theory of Angels, by Alison Macleod

Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen

Happy October, everybody.



Lahni said...

Here's my review of The Handmaids Tale:
That brings me up to four.
As for your question, my book club read My Antonia a couple of years ago and the descriptions of the prairie winters really resonated with those of us that grew up on the Alberta prairies, even though the book takes place in Nebraska. I can't think of any other books that have really struck me quite like that one. Oh, except that song by Paul Brandt, Alberta Bound - that song brings tears to my eyes.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a true blue Alberta girl to read?

Nikki in Niagara said...

I've been reading Canadian history with the 9yo and that's where my books fit in this month: I've added:
O Canada by Isabel Barclay

Larger Than Life: True Stories of Canadian Heroes by Janet Lunn

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1841 by Barbara Greenwood

Which makes my new total (7)! Halfway there!

Linda Nguyen said...

Here's the link to my Canadian book review:

I'm only 1/13 so far for this challenge (yikes). Yes, I have a lot of catching up to do, and I hope to do just that during the winter holidays and in May/June.

I'm getting swarmed with midterms, essays, assignments and quizzes, so my leisure reading will have to wait.

I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and moved to Montreal, QC when I was very young. I wonder if I can get a book that captures the life of those living in Winnipeg. I'm all ears for suggestions. =)

Wanda said...

Proud you should be John, wish I could claim the same! Other than through books though, these feet have yet to leave the Maritimes.

With two more books read and reviewed in September, my grand total is now 3. A Cowboy Boot, just the thing I need for a swift kick to pick up the pace.

The Wildfire Season ~ Andrew Pyper

The Colours of My Home: a portrait of Newfoundland and Labrador ~ Susan Pynn & Nancy Keating

Oh and I have a Canadian novel up for grabs if anyone is interested ...

Becky said...

I've read three books I think that counts toward this challenge.

Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery

Night Runner by Max Turner

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Heather said...

I have added one more September:
Heaven is Small by Emily Schultz

I know have read a total of 4.

I read "Vancouver" by David Criuse & Alison Griffiths, and it makes me want to visit Stanley Park . Also having read "Flint & Feather: The life and Timesof E. Pauline Johnson" by Charlotte Gray, and knowing that there is a memorial to her in the park makes it even more appealing.

Kerri said...

I've added three books this month for a grand total of five:

Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

Galveston by Paul Quarrington

Yellowknife by Steve Zipp

While I have yet to travel North of Grand Prairie, both Through Black Spruce and Yellowknife have created graphic images in my mind of what it would be like to travel there. I loved both of these books.

Melwyk said...

Okay, I haven't read any to add to this month's total. Oops. I've started 2 so hopefully I'll get them read and reviewed for next month. Oh well, more time to read everybody's else's reviews ;)

Lesley said...

Wow, a clean sweep of Canada, I'm impressed! I have only been to about half of the provinces and have yet to visit a territory.

I would echo your comment about The Colony of Unrequited Dreams; it's very evocative of our home province.

I was one of those 'middle of the month' posters but I'll restrict them to the roundups from now on - I can see how it would get confusing! So, I read one book in September, Remembering the Bones by Frances Itani, which puts me on the board at 1 book so far for the challenge.

Jacki said...

I read and reviewed just one: Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs. This brings my not-so-grand total to three.

I'm currently reading Farley Mowat's The Dog who Wouldn't Be, and I'm enjoying a look back at Saskatoon's past. I'm finding the descriptions of the prairie sunsets and landscape quite evocative of present day life here.

Looking forward to checking out everyone's reviews!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are going to roll your eyes and groan, I just know it, but Alice Munro's earlier short stories really do capture small town south western Ontario.

I am a potato! So much more dignified than a timbit.

Steve said...

No. 4 is a wonderful novel in verse, Whylah Falls by George Elliot Clarke

Patricia said...

I completed two Canadan books last month, brinng my total to five:

My reviews of 'I am Hutterite' and 'Water for Elephants' can be read here

Luanne said...

For September I read

The Wifes Tale by Lori Lansens

Galore by Michael Crummey


It Can Happen to You by Lynn Crymble

for a total of 5, giving me some snowshoes.

Rosalynn said...

I've read a grand total of two, so far:

Muriella Pent by Russell Smith

and The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews

I'm in the middle of Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro.

Corey said...

4th entry completed!

W.O. Mitchell's Jake and the Kid.

Anita Daher said...

Hey, John! Just popped in to say hello, and that I love your annual book challenge. I am always interested to read the reviews.

Just finished reading Tim Wynne-Jone's "The Uninvited," and while I don't have an actual review, I can tell you it is gorgeous! It swallowed me up in the way the best books do. Forget texting while driving (current no-no ad campaign in MB), if I could have I would have been driving, walking, everything else while reading this book. It IS very Canadian--pops you in a kayak and cottage in northern Ontario, and doesn't spit you out until the creepy mystery is undone.

And...hey, Corey! (waving)

Teena in Toronto said...

Here's my September book:

Teena in Toronto said...

Oh ya, that makes 4 for me so far.

B.Kienapple said...

A Certain Bent Appeal for September 09:
Holding Still For As Long As Possible

So that brings me up to a crappy FOUR total. Sigh.