Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Canadian Book Challenge 3- 11th Update


One month to go Canadian book challenge participants! Just one month! If you haven't finished yet, it's time to cram. Or, if you're one of the 18 participants that has already reached the goal of 13 books, you may want to go for the record, at least break your own record. And keep those prizes in mind. I've just added the last 2 books in the Bannock Baker's Dozen prize. Also, if you plan on trying for the poetry or short story collection prizes, you should start tallying your totals now and email me with those numbers.

Very important: if you plan on joining the Canadian Book Challenge 4, email me now (jmutford at hotmail dot com) with the subject sign me up. You'll be added to the mailing list. And publishers, booksellers, and authors: if you're interested in donating a book or books as a prize please let me know ASAP. It would be much appreciated! Please, if you have connections, help spread the word!

Remember the poll last month which asked what the best Canadian book of all time was? The results are in: Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is the winner. Not surprisingly, Montgomery was also the author most read in the 2nd edition of the Canadian Book Challenge.

In other book news: should you find yourself in Yellowknife this upcoming week, why not check out the 5th annual Northwords Writers Festival. We've got Annabel Lyon, Ivan Coyote, Bob Barton, Richard Van Camp, Steve Sanderson, Sharon Butala, Cathleen With, Jamie Bastedo, Bren Kolson, Annelies Pool, Mindy Willett, James Pokiak, Cathy Jewison, and Deborah Webster joining us for workshops, readings, books signings, bbqs, ghost stories, erotica, school visits, and more. Check it out. Who would you most want to meet? Or which event would you most want to take in?

In the meantime, don't forget to add links to your May reads and reviews in the comments below-- as well as an overall total of how many you've read up to now. Make sure your totals are correct in the sidebar.

28 comments:

John Mutford said...

My May reads and reviews for the Canadian book challenge:

28. David Seymour- Inter Alia

29. Jessica Grant- Come, Thou Tortoise

Lynn said...

If I was going to Northwords, I would most want to meet Ivan E. Coyote. Although I might scare her off with my love of her writing.

My May reviews, bringing my total to 11:

8. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

9. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

10. The World More Full of Weeping by Robert J. Wiersema

11. Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

Thanks, John!

Chris said...

I read my 13th book for the challenge with a month to spare! Wahoo!

The Sea Captain's Wife:
http://www.chrisbookarama.com/2010/05/sea-captains-wife-by-beth-powning.html

Wanda said...

May book review:

15. Miriam Toews ~ The Flying Troutmans

Kate said...

4 more for me, for a total of 22.

The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger

The Book of Secrets by M. G. Vassanji

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Yellowknife by Steve Zipp

Leya said...

My May Challenge reads:

10. In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany
11. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
12. The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
13. Beyond the Blue by Andrea MacPherson

Teena in Toronto said...

Wow! I read five Canadian books this month bringing my total to 19!

"Shut Up and Eat: Chicken, Children, and Chardonnay " (2010) ~ Kathy Buckworth

"She's Shameless: Women Write About Growing Up, Rocking Out, and Fighting Back" (2009) Stacey May Fowles and Megan Griffith-Greene

"We Keep a Light" (1945) E.M.Richardson

"Saints of Big Harbour" (2009) Lynn Coady

"Sailors, Slackers, and Blind Pigs : Halifax at War" (2002) Stephen Kimber

Nicola said...

Here are my May reads:

36. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

37. Gold Rush Fever: A Story of the Klondike, 1898 by Barbara Greenwood

38. Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium by Rona Arato

39. A Bad Case of Ghosts by Kenneth Oppel

40. A Strange Case of Magic by Kenneth Oppel

41. A Crazy Case of Robots by Kenneth Oppel

Buried In Print said...

I've read two more on my Ethel Wilson list and am now reading the last two I'd planned: Igloo-ness is within my grasp!

Mary McAlpine's The Other Side of Silence: A Life of Ethel Wilson

Ethel Wilson's Stories, Essays and Letters, Ed. David Stouck

Has anyone here read Hugh Hood's New Age Cycle? I'm debating whether to include it in my reads for the 4th challenge.

Luanne said...

Two more for me for May, bringing my total to 23.

Doing Dangerously Well - Carole Enahoro
and

The Penguin Book of Short Stories Vol. II selected by Peter Robinson

Gavin said...

My 12th book is Chef by Jaspreet Singh.

Jacki said...

I made it to #14 with Brad Pattison Unleashed. I was thrilled that Brad picked up my review and posted the link to it on his facebook page :-) I made it to the Grain Elevators last month, so this is just a bonus for me.

Kerri said...

I got three books in this month brining my total to 15.

I read two non-fiction:

Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer

Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury

and one fiction:

Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay

Melwyk said...

I haven't finished the Canadian Challenge I set for myself, reading 13 novels set on the prairies - I still have a month to read one last one!

But for this month, I thought I'd share some of the Canadian books I've read since the beginning of this year's challenge, even if I wasn't counting them in my actual Challenge... clear enough? Here are some titles:

The Incident Report / Martha Baillie

The Day the Falls stood still / Cathy Marie Buchanan

The Golden Phoenix / Marius Barbeau

Let that Bad Air Out / Stefan Berg
& Back and Forth / Marta Chudolinska


The Blythes are Quoted / L.M. Montgomery

Quickening / Terry Griggs

Stolen Child / Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Sounding Line / Anne deGrace

The World More Full of Weeping / Robert J. Wiersema

Steve Zipp said...

15. Just in time for the Stanley Cup finals, a hockey novel - Salvage King, Ya! by Mark Anthony Jarman.

B.Kienapple said...

NOOO! I didn't review any Canadian books in May on ACBA!

So that leaves me still sitting at 20 total.

Congrats to everyone for all your Canadian reading and reviewing.

raidergirl3 said...

24. Generation A (not reviewed yet)

25. The Age of Persuasion Terry O'Reilly and Mike Tennant

Corey Redekop said...

You missed my #s 16 and 17, still in last update's comments.

gypsysmom said...

I'm a Zamboni!!
I read Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard Murphy, a mystery set mostly in Nunavut. I seem to recall that you read this John and didn't much care for it but I quite liked it and I think it's a shame Murphy died before he could write any more.

Lahni said...

I think this is my 9th:
Would You by Marthe Jocelyn: http://nosebook.mapledesign.ca/2010/05/would-you-by-marthe-jocelyn/#content

I guess I need to get my butt in gear if I want to finish in time!!

Heather said...

One to add this month for a total of 20.

Night Runner by Max Turner

Pooker said...

Five more reviews for a total of 34:

30. The Two-Headed Calf by Sandra Birdsell

31. Oddball @ Large by Bill Richardson

32. The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens

33. What Boys Like & Other Stories by Amy Jones

34. The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton

clairification said...

I've been very delinquent about posting my reviews... but I have been reading! Here are links to my first 7:

1,2 and 3: Jo Walton's Farthing, Ha'Penny, and Half a Crown
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Half-a-Crown-Jo-Walton/9780765316219-587124-Review.html

4: Robert Wiersema's The World More Full of Weeping
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/World-More-Full-Weeping-Robert-J-Wiersema/9780980941098-587126-Review.html

5: Patricia Pearson's A Brief History of Anxiety
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Brief-History-Anxiety-yours-Mine-PEARSON-PATRICIA/9780679314981-573974-Review.html

6: Blindsight by Peter Watts
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Blindsight-WATTS-PETER/9780765312181-576850-Review.html

7: The Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/The-Waterproof-Bible-Andrew-Kaufman/9780307357625-584807-Review.html

--Claire

carin said...

Mini reviews this month:

'Just Add Water and Stir', by Pierre Berton, and 'Think Again', by JonArno Lawson

Scrat said...

I have been reading but since spring has sprung, I have been escaping the city and heading to the cabin where there is no electricity and therefore no way to write my reviews. They are forecasting rain this weekend so I will try to get some thoughts on my blog about my latest Canadian Reads. I will let you list my reviews when I get them done... Warning: Don't hold your breathe! :)

JK said...

I've been totally remiss in leaving my reviews! Some manic catch up:

Ghosted -- Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

>Heaven is Small -- Emily Schultz

Amphibian -- Carla Gunn

Fear of Fighting -- Stacey May Fowles

Come, Thou Tortoise -- Jessica Grant


Good to a Fault -- Marina Endicott

Bitten -- Kelley Armstrong

The Jade Peony -- Wayson Choy

Fall on Your Knees -- Ann-Marie MacDonald

Nikolski -- Nicholas Dickner

Skim -- Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

Help Me, Jacques Cousteau -- Gil Adamson

Word Nerd -- Susin Nielsen

Thanks, John!

JK

Remi said...

I'm finished. I actually had these read in May but didn't get around to blogging until now:

Girl Crazy by Russell Smith

Consolation by Michael Redhill

Holding Still For As Long As Possible by Zoe Whittall

Corey Redekop said...

One more! #18!

Joey Comeau's One Bloody Thing After Another