Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Canadian Book Challenge 4- 1st Roundup!

One month down! I'm so excited to see what progress was made in the Canadian Book Challenge so far. I know some people are always quick out of the gate, while others prefer to take it leisurely. Typically people seem to read more in the summer month, but don't get around to those reviews until the fall. That's okay.

Welcome to everyone, and especially to the first time participants. What we do at these roundups is offer links to the book reviews we did for the challenge in the previous month. There are 2 ways to do 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:

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:

Having Faith in the Polar Girls' Prison by Cathleen With
2. Arctic Circle Songs by Robbie Newton Drummond

* If you don't know how to embed, it's easy. Simply use this html code: (a href="link address")Book Title(/a) but replace the round brackets with those wedge shaped ones. But don't worry about it if you prefer the first way.

- Make sure you tell me how many you've completed so far so that I can add your name in the progress report in the sidebar
- It doesn't count as complete until the review is done!
- When people leave links, try to visit one another's blogs and read what they had to say. Comment. Encourage. The discussion of Canadian books is what this challenge is all about.

Now, let's get to some prizes. Congrats to Wanda and Janet who will each win a signed copy of Roderick Benn's Mystery of the Moonlight Murder. Wanda and Janet both managed to read and review books not read for the 3rd Canadian Book Challenge. Thanks to everyone who played along.

Also keep the Random House Awards Prize Pack in mind as you pick your reading selections this month. By September 30th, if you've read any author that won a Canadian literary award in 2010, let me know (include the name of the author and/or book and the award won). A winner will be chosen randomly from those that qualify-- but you have to let me know that you qualify! The prize includes:

by Alissa York

The Beauty of the Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb

Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart

Ape House by Sara Gruen

Finally, I've got a few more awesome prizes to announce in the months to come including books from both Harper Collins and Goose Lane Editions. You won't want to miss them!

One final request: For the 2nd roundup, it's going to be Close Encounters with Canadian Authors. Have you had your photo taken with a Canadian author? Do you mind sharing? Send pics of you with a Canadian author to jmutford AT hotmail DOT com. Anyone who participates will have they're name put in for a special prize...


Melwyk said...

So glad to have a review to add for the 1st roundup! Just squeaked in with a review, although more are upcoming in August for books I've read this month - as you say, more reading, less reviewing in the summer months! Anyhow, here is the first book I've read for the CBC4:

Things go flying / Shari Lapeña

gautami tripathy said...

I read only book and already posted the review too. Here is my review of
The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley.

I think Sunley is a new author here!

BTW, I officially sent you a sign up mail one month late!

Kate said...

Two books for me this month, taking my total to two! Both were read (and reviewed) before I went away on holidays, and now that I'm home, I have some reviews to catch up on!

1. Miss Elva by Stephens Gerard Malone

2. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Wanda said...

Enjoyed both of the books I selected to read in July, they were:
1. Stranger Things Have Happened by Carmelita McGrath (this one helped me win one of those signed copies of Mystery of the Moonlight Murder, yay!)
2. Last Night in Montreal by Emily St.John Mandel

Appropriately, this puts me at the top of White Hill. :)

Corey said...

I've finished two for the first month:

1. So Dark the Night by Cliff Burns

2. Precious by Douglas Glover

raidergirl3 said...

I usually start July with a pile of Canadian reads- just 2 feels a little slow.

1. A Tangled Web, LM Montgomery
2. The Girls - Lori Lansens

(Did I just notice that the short hand for the challenge is CBC? How did I not notice that before?)

John Mutford said...

Wow, you all are fast. I'm on vacation so my Internet access is sporadic at best. I'll try to respond and check out all your reviews when I return. In the meantime, I've read 3 books for the challenge:
1. Budge Wilson- Before Green Gables
2. Scott Chantler- Northwest Passage
3. Ronald Melzack and illustrated by Carol Jones- The Day Tuk Became a Hunter and Other Eskimo Stories

Nikki in Niagara said...

I started the challenge off with 3 in July.

1. An Incredible Case of Dinosaurs by Kenneth Oppel
2. A Weird Case of Super-Goo by Kenneth Oppel
3. A Creepy Case of Vampires by Kenneth Oppel

Teena in Toronto said...

Here's to another fun fun year!

I read 3 in July:

"Little Boy Blues" (2002) Mary Jane Maffini

"Death on the Rocks" (1999) Eric Wright

"The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay" (2010) Beverly Jensen

Luanne said...

A leisurely start for me - I'll check out Glen Valley for the month. I never noticed the shortform was CBC either!

1. The Truth About Delilah Blue by Tish Cohen.

Jodie Robson said...

Two books for me too this month, with a grand total of two, which is good going for me:

Sleep While I Sing by L.R. Wright
Murder at Graverly Manor by Daniel Edward Craig

Steve said...

My first read is Devotion by Howard Norman, an American author who's found his muse in Canada.

Lahni said...

I've read one:
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J. Fox

Jules said...

I managed to read 5 books this month for the challenge, mainly due to the impromptu Canada Day Weekend Read-a-thon I did. Pretty good book choices I had too. Here they are:

1) Nights Below Station Street - David Adams Richards

2) The Outlander - Gil Adamson

3) The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood

4 - No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod

5 - A Jest of God - Margaret Laurence

Gavin said...

I started the challenge off with two books in July:
The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre and

Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

I'm excited to see everyone's links!

My Novel Thoughts said...

I read 2 novels by Canadian authors this month:

Switch by Grant McKenzie:

The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz:

The Book Chick said...

Hi! I'm excited to be participating in this challenge for the first time! I've always loved reading Canadian authors. I've only been able to read and review one so far, but have a couple in the "to be reviewed" pile, so hopefully I'll have those done for next month! For the CBC4 I've read:

Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many by Heather Wardell

Amy said...

I read one book this month, a short play by Gratien Gelinas called Last Night the Children Were Dancing.

pooker said...

Hi John,
While I have four books read in July for a total of four, the links to which I hope will follow accurately, it has taken me longer to post this message (what with having no computer savvy whatsoever, having to try to remember my old blogger password, and not being able to and figuring out what to do about that) than it did to read and review the four of them!

1. The Divine Ryans by Wayne Johnston
2. Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema
3. The Good Body by Bill Gaston
4. Fauna by Alissa York

Teddy Rose said...

Congrats Wanda and Janet!!

I read Restitution by Kathy Kacer

jeanne said...

Here I am again, so I hope it works this time! Read one Canadian book for the CBC challenge and I believe it's the first time here for him and for me: Edith's War by Andrew Smith

Anonymous said...

I reviewed Gord Hill's graphic novel "500 Years of Resistance" for rabble. And I cross posted it on my blog, so I'm counting it for the challenge.
500 Years of Resistance

And I reviewed a classic Canadian vegan cookbook.
How It All Vegan

Steph said...

Oh my God, I got caught up in other stuff and totally forgot I was doing this. I would have prioritized my reading! Luckily I have a couple of reviews to share that happen to be on Canadian books:

1. Annabelby Kathleen Winter.

2. French Tasteby Laura Calder. (I can't remember if a cookbook counts.)

Steph said...

Whoops, sorry about that. I used the same link for both books. No. 2 should be: French Taste by Laura Calder.

Kerri said...

Glad to be back to Challenge 4.

I read one book this month. Here is the link to my review of The Girls by Lori Lansens

Suzanne said...

Hi, only one book read so far for the challenge - Unlikely Soldiers: How Two Canadians Fought the Secret War Against Nazi Occupation by Jonathan Vance. Review posted here:

I'm heading up to the homeland next week and plan on stocking up on challenge-related books.

Shan said...

This month I read three books by Canadian authors

Paris Times Eight by Deirdre Kelly

The Last River Child by Lori Ann Bloomfield

I know i am but what are you? by Samantha Bee

Carina said...

I've read 4 books so far - yay me! One of them, I actually finished yesterday (August 1st), but I'm including them all together since I'm only posting my update today!

1. The Wars by Timothy Findley
2. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
3. Folly by Marthe Jocelyn
4. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Heather said...

I have read one book this month The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis. Funny, funny, funny. It is also an author that no one read and reviewed last year, but I guess I missed the part about having to contact John earlier than this Roundup post. oops.

Heather said...

guess it would be good if I added the link

Best Laid Plans

gypsysmom said...

I hope I can sign in this time. I had trouble the last time I tried to do it and gave up in frustration. Anyway here goes:

I've read 3 books already for this challenge using my own challenge criteria to count books by authors that I have never read before.
#1 The Prairie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon, a writer from my home province of Manitoba
#2 A Man in Uniform by Kate Taylor, a writer from Toronto.
#3 Fishing with John by Edith Iglauer, an American who fell in love with a BC fisherman and became a Canadian.

Heather said...

Only one book for me this month -

Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

Too much swearing. I found myself skipping over whole sections and finally I just skipped to the last two chapters. Regardless the mystery itself was good.

Sorry I don't have a link to a review on my book blog but I don't currently have a computer or internet connection at home and not enough time here at work.

Anonymous said...

I've read three: The Restoration of Emily by Kim Moritsugu, The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, and Cool Water by Dianne Warren. All of the reviews are linked at my blog's Canadian Book Challenge page.

matilda said...

Looking forward to being part of this for the second time. No reviews yet but let me just say how thrilled I was to receive my prize package of three great poetry collections from Brick Books (for Most Reviews for Poetry Collections). An especially lovely surprise as I had no idea there were prizes...

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...


Just stumbled upon your blog and saw that Canadian challenge and I would love to participate, is it too late to sign up?
So far, since Canada Day, I've finished Moral Disorder by Atwood, Good Bones by Atwood and Larry's Party by Shields and I would gladly post reviews on my blog (that would actually give me the motivation I sometimes lack).
As for the pic, I would have a nice one to share :)

Inkslinger said...

Hi, I managed to review two books for July, The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood and Alien, Correspondent by Antony Di Nardo. (and I hope the comment goes through properly this time! My computer incompetence seems to be increasing with time rather than decreasing. Ugh).

Kerrie said...

I've read A RULE AGAINST MURDER by Louise Penny. I've decided to put together a summary post at the end of each month with Canadian Book Challenge as the label.
My reads will all be crime fiction.

Lisa Guidarini said...

Two books from me!

1 - The Great Victorian Collection by Brian Moore

2 - The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews

And my thoughts: