Monday, June 21, 2010

Canadian Book Challenge Four - Preview and Vote

The Canadian Book Challenge Four is just around the corner and I need your help! I've created three logos and I can't decide which one to use as the official logo:


Based very loosely on Lawren Harris's (Group of Seven) "Mount Lefroy":


Based on the Bay blanket colour scheme.


Which uses fonts from Canadian companies, logos, and institutions (perhaps you recognize some of them.)

Please help by voting for your favourite in the comments below. (Even if your choice doesn't get picked, feel free to steal the logo for your blog).

Also, if you haven't signed up for the 4th edition of the Challenge yet-- beginning on July 1st-- make sure to send me an email with the subject line ("Sign me up!") or indicate your intent in the comments below. I'll need your email so that I can add it to the Canadian Book Challenge 4 mailing list. You'll get a reminder at the beginning of each month to post your book reviews and once your first review is in, you'll get your name added to the participants roster in the sidebar of this blog, and your progress will be tracked accordingly.

I've gotten some generous new prizes lined up, but I'm still looking for more. Tell your author/publisher/bookseller friends!

Finally, I'm in the process of creating the finale post for the 3rd edition of the challenge. So, please start getting your June reviews to me now. Put links in the comments below, with a tally of how many books you've read for the challenge in total.


pussreboots said...

I just reached #13 with Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles de Lint. Yes; I'm in for Challenge #4. My favorite is the first one, the red with the mountain.

Lahni said...

I like the Lawren Harris one best too. And I also just barely made it to my 13 with Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel. (However, I only reviewed 10/13. You only have me at 8 though so I think I may have missed posting a review at some point.) (

Remi said...

4th time around! Are there really that many Canuck books?

Just kidding. Count me in.

Chrisbookarama said...

I like the Hudson's Bay blanket #4

I read 3 more since last month:


Ava Comes Home:

Anne of Green Gables:

That puts me at 16! Best I ever did on the challenge.

raidergirl3 said...

The Hudson's Bay blanket logo, fer sure.
The last few books read:
26. Motorcycles and Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor

Generation A by Douglas Coupland

27. I also read The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny but haven't reviewed it yet.

I'm not sure if I included Generation A in my last totals, so I didn't here. I think my total is 27. Sounds good anyway.

I'll be back for #4.

gypsysmom said...

I vote for the Hudson's Bay Blanket motif as well.

I have read another book for the challenge giving me 12 out of 13 and I'm well into my 13th read so I'll make it.

My 12th read was Seeing is Deceiving by Suzanne North. It's a mystery set in Alberta and I really enjoyed it.

Oh yes, I'll be back for year 4. My challenge is going to be to read 13 books by Canadian authors that I haven't read before.

Carina said...

I like the first one best. Also, I'm definitely in for this! Sign me up!

Melwyk said...

I like the Hudson Bay Blanket theme as well.

I'll definitely be back for Year 4! I have nearly finished a short story collection for my 13th book set on the Prairies (my challenge to myself this year)

As for other random Canadiana I've finished outside of my personal challenge parameters, here is a list:

Gatekeepers / Franca Iacovetta (history)

Coal & Roses / P.K. Page (poetry)

Read for your Life / Joseph Gold (non-fiction)

In Bed with the Word / Daniel Coleman (non-fiction)

Hooked / Carolyn Smart (poetry)

The Spice Necklace / Ann Vanderhoof (non-fiction)

A Saving Grace / Lorna Crozier (poetry)

Grace & Poison / Karen Connelly (poetry)

Seven Ravens / Lesley Choyce (non-fiction)

Folly / Marthe Jocelyn (YA)

Nikki in Niagara said...

Since Lawren Harris is my fav. of the Group of 7 and that is my fav. of his paintings. I vote for #1.

I've read 3 more books so far:

42. Switch by Grant McKenzie
43. Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures by J. Torres
44. Death in the Air by Shane Peacock

That puts me at 44 total but the month isn't over yet so I *may* be back!

Teena in Toronto said...

I like #2 :)

Looks like I'm finishing the year with 23 Canadian books. Whoohoo!

Here are my June reads:

"A Girl Like Sugar" (2004) ~ Emily Pohl-Weary -

"Foul Deeds : A Rosalind Mystery" (2007) Linda Moore -

"Shoot Me" (2006) Lesley Crewe -

"Switch" (2010) Grant McKenzie -

Teddy Rose said...

I like them all however, if I have to choose one, I'd choose the Lawren Harris.

I am just finishing Galore and 2 other books. It will be close but my my fingers are crossed for finishing 3.

I'm in for 4, I wouldn't miss it!

August said...

I like the first one, based on the Harris painting, best.

I'll be participating in the 4th Challenge as well. I still have five more reviews to write of books I've already finished reading (and will probably get through several more books before the end of the month) but here's what I've already posted for June:

15. Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller, by Jeff Rubin

16. Neuromancer, by William Gibson

17. Count Zero, by William Gibson

18. Mona Lisa Overdrive, by William Gibson

19. Virtual Light, by William Gibson

20. Idoru, by William Gibson

21. All Tomorrow's Parties, by William Gibson

So: 21 total reviews posted so far.

Is there a final deadline for having reviews posted? I've got five books read that I'm still writing reviews for.

John Mutford said...

August: The deadline is midnight June 30th...

Jacki said...

I have no new reviews. I won't be participating in the 4th challenge (I need some time off from Canadian dog books!), but I do like the Hudson's Bay blanket logo best.

Remi said...

I keep going back and forth with the logo. I think I'll go with the Group of Seven.

Luanne said...

Woohoo -hit number 24 with The Kitchen House by Katleen Grissom. Sorry not at home with my handy dandy HTML guide in front of me so here's the link.

I like the Hudson's Bay Blanket one and YES I would like to participate in #4 John!

Kerri said...

I've read 15. I may sneak in one more in the next few days.

I'll be back for Challenge 4 and I'm voting for logo #1.

Becky said...

I don't think I've shared any of my links/updates this time. I am not going to be able to finish the challenge. But I did finish seven books.

Unknown said...

The Hudson Bay Blanket gets my vote. Count me in for Challenge #4....still working on my reviews...we have eight days left...I better get to it...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Shame on me, I have been reading non-Canadian books, and have nothing new to add.

But hellz yeah, count me in for the next one as well. I can't possibly do worse than I did this time.

I am torn betwixt logos 1 and 2. They are both fabulous, but ultimately, the nostalgia of the Hudson's Bay blanket wins.

Gavin said...

I like the Lawren Harris one best. I should have my post for my June read up by Friday and I am definitely signing up for #4!

Kate said...

Only one new book for this month (I've spent part of the month re-reading my way through Narnia).

Girl Crazy by Russell Smith

As far as the logos go, I like the first one best (I love Lawren Harris!), but also wouldn't be disappointed if the Bay Blanket was chosen.

Kate said...

Oops - should have clarified that this takes me up to 23. I don't know if I will finish any by next week, since my current book isn't Canadian.

Wanda said...

I like the logo based on the Bay blanket, feels cozy. I'm in for the 4th!

Looks like my total for the 3rd Canadian Book Challenge will be 16 with Good-Bye Marianne as my June read.

Buried In Print said...

I'll be joining in the next challenge and I like the first logo best.

I want to be an Igloo for this year's challenge; my ninth, of David Stouck's biography of Ethel Wilson, is here, and I'll be posting the tenth, of Ethel Wilson's Equations of Love, in the next week: it was wonderful.

Teena in Toronto said...

I squeezed one more in:

So that brings my total to 24.

Gavin said...

Here is my 13th book, The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon. I think it is my favorite out of all of them.

raidergirl3 said...

Here's my link for The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny.

Leya said...

All the choices are great. But I think the first one is amazing. :D

gypsysmom said...

I finished #13 which was A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery. I think it qualifies as a mystery because we don't know the fate of the jug until the end. Here is my review.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Ok, one more read for a final of :

45. Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock

Tara Lynne Franco said...

Alas, did not quite make it with only 9 reads. Check out my reviews on

Niranjana (Brown Paper) said...

I'll join in for Round 4.

I vote for #1. IMHO, the blanket is a very insiderish thing--I don't think non-Canadian readers will get it. Just saying.

Melwyk said...

I finished my 13th read for the challenge! Dianne Warren's short story collection A Reckless Moon is my 13th prairie read (and was great)

I may get another poetry review up before the end of the month...or not ;)

Teddy Rose said...

I finally finished the challenge!

11.Galore by Michael Crummey

12.When Stella Was Very, Very Small by Marie-Louise Gay

13.Chicken, Pig, Cow On the Move by Ruth Ohi

Here's my wrap up post:

Completed: The Canadian Book Challenge 3

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

1. Would You - Marthe Jocelyn

2. Scott Pilgrims Precious Little Life - Bryan Lee O'Malley

3. Scott Pilgrim vs The World - Bryan Lee O'Malley

4. Scott Pilgrim & Infinite Sadness - Bryan Lee O'Malley

5. Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together - Bryan Lee O'Malley

6. Scott Pilgrim vs The Universe - Bryan Lee O'Malley

7. The 30 Second Commute - Stephanie Dickison

Buried In Print said...

Here is my last post for this year's challenge, on Ethel Wilson's The Equations of Love. This is my tenth (you've already captured the ninth that I included above) so I am an Igloo, which cheers me immensely.

Jodie Robson said...

I don’t think I’m going to make it to 13 reviews posted, but I have 12 reviews up now, with five more in the last couple of months. They are:
The Cornish Trilogy by Robertson Davies (The Rebel Angels, What’s Bred in the Bone and The Lyre of Orpheus)
Wakefield’s Course by Mazo de la Roche
The Find by Kathy Page

I like the Lawren Harris logo best. Looking forward to Challenge #4.

Lynn said...

My final two reviews, bringing my total to 13:

12. Spin by Catherine McKenzie

13. Queen's Court by Edward O. Phillips

If you're still taking votes, I like the first logo the best. And I'm in for challenge #4.

clairification said...

I like image #1 myself, but they're all cool!

My total was 13 for the year--here are the ones I hadn't already posted:

8. Before I Wake by Robert Wiersema,

9. For the Win by Cory Doctorow,

10. Geist Atlas of Canada,

11. Tyrant: Funeral Games by Christian Cameron,

12. Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow,

13. Book of Tongues by Gemma Files,

--Claire Humphrey

Pooker said...

Well It looks like I'll finish off the challenge in the same style as I've displayed all year, having read far more than I've managed to review. But here's three more for June bringing me up to 37 at the finish line:

35. The Film Club by David Gilmour
36. Bettina by Thomas J. Childs
37. Stunt by Claudia Dey

I like the Group of Seven best and I'll definitely be in for #4. Just reading the lists of what everyone else has read gives me fodder for umpteen more challenges.

Pooker said...

Oh Crikey, I should have checked my links. The Bettina one above is wrong. Hopefully this one is right:

Bettina by Thomas J. Childs

Lesley said...

I am squeaking in just under the deadline! Here is the link to my challenge summary post, which gives links to the separate book reviews as well as the last few I'm having to do as short reviews in order to make the deadline (I'm so not going to procrastinate next time!)

13 books was my total!

I'm definitely in for Challenge #4 and already have a few books lined up!

My favorite graphic is Hudson's Bay blanket, although any of them would be cool. :-)

Thanks again, John!

Susan said...

I like #1 best, followed by #2, for Challenge 4 design label.

I'm joining in on challenge 4, of course!!! I still have books lined up from this year's challenge I haven't read yet. :-) and more picked!

And, I reached 13 books completed for this year's challenge!!! Yaaay! After failures the last two years, this is sweet! Here is my review of the last two books I read for this challenge:

Thanks, John, so much, for all your work on this challenge through the year.

Heather said...

Hi John, Great new logos, I like the second one.

I read and reviewed 22 books for this chllange.
21 The Hidden City by Michelle West.
22 City of Night by Michelle West

Heather said...

I read one book of short stories:
My LIfe and Other Lies by Steve Pitt

B.Kienapple said...

Also, I like the Hudson blanket logo, though it might get you in trouble.

B.Kienapple said...

I'm going to count my Anne Lindsay's New Light Cooking posts (here's one). I also reviewed Elise Moser's Because I Have Loved And Hidden It. So that puts me at 22 Canadian books read for this challenge. Phew!