Monday, November 01, 2010

The Canadian Book Challenge 4- 4th Roundup!

Four months down!

Welcome to the 4th round-up for the Canadian Book Challenge 4, where we get to check out all those Canadian books you read and reviewed in October. It's a perfect way to sit back and crash from your post-Halloween sugar high.

I do, however, need to apologize upfront. I'm moving to a new house (actually, since this is a pre-scheduled post, I should be moved in by now-- but no internet hook-up yet!) so with my busy schedule and sporadic internet access, this post will have to be relatively short and forgive me if I don't respond quickly to any comments or questions.

First off, how about the Canada Reads changes this year, eh? Geez, I know there's been a lot of backlash over the years, especially last year, but wow. Talk about a revamp. Talk about throwing the baby out with the dishwater. Talk about Coke II. And still... still they're sticking with celebrity panelists. But... all complaints aside, I'm tickled pick about some of those that made it to the top 40: Canadian Book Challenge participant, Corey Redekop with Shelf Monkey and my book blogger suggestion, Jeff Lemire's Essex County! Whatever new cool word has replaced w00t! (Get out there and vote before November 7th!)

Secondly, let's get to some prizes. Congratulations to Heather, a Canadian blogger at Books and Quilts, and Bybee, an American ex-Pat living in South Korea, who blogs at Naked Without Books. One of these lucky bloggers will win Elaine McKluskey's Going Fast and the other will win Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer's Perfecting. Now the difficult part, Bybee and Heather will have to work together to decide who gets what and email me with their decision. Thanks once again to Goose Lane Editions for this generous prize. (Keep watching for more Goose Lane Editions prizes coming up in future round-ups.)

For next month's prize, in honour of Jeff Lemire's Essex County and Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki's Skim making into the Canada Reads top 40 and bringing some much deserved attention to Canada's rich and blossoming graphic novel/ comic scene, I ask that you read a graphic novel next month. It doesn't have to be one of those two (though those are great). How about Seth's It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken? Chester Brown's Louis Riel? Scot Chantler's Northwest Passage? If you read and review a Canadian comic in November, let me know and you might win a copy of Von Allan's graphic novels Stargazer and the road to god knows... which were generously donated by the author himself. (Special thanks to Von Allan and to Pooker for helping arrange it!)

I have to say this. Whenever I get books donated to the book challenge as prizes, I make it a point not to read them myself first. I don't want to risk damaging the spine and all that jazz. I didn't do that this time either, but man, oh, man was it difficult. They look great!

Now, and finally, the reason why we're here. What Canadian books did you read and review for the Canadian Book Challenge 4 in October? Let everyone know in the comments below.

- Make sure you tell me how many you've completed so far so that I can record it in the sidebar progress report
- 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.


Teddy Rose said...

I've read a total of 5 now. I actually left links to the 4 I read in October in your last update. I actually read 'Tales From the Farm'.

The Book Chick said...

Without even intending to do so, I added 4 books to my challenge totals this month, bringing my total Canadian books read to 9. I read and reviewed:

Juliet by Anne Fortier
Planning to Live by Heather Wardell
Some Great Thing by Lawrence Hill
Room by Emma Donoghue

Good luck with the move!

Kate said...

4 more for me, for a grand total of 11. I've been working my way through the Giller short list...

8. This Cake is for the Party by Sarah Selecky

9. The Matter with Morris by David Bergen

10. Annabel by Kathleen Winers

11. Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod

Shan said...

This month I read and reviewed 5 books, which brings my total to 11 books read so far. (Thank you Giller longlist!)

Player One by Douglas Coupland

Lemon by Cordelia Strube

Cities of Refuge by Michael Helm

Cool Water by Dianne Warren

Curiosity by Joan Thomas

pooker said...

Your restraint in not reading Von Allan's books is amazing John. After I convinced Mr. Allan to donate his books to your cause (actually, he really didn't need any convincing; he agreed right away, even though he didn't know me from Adam!), my interest was piqued so I bought copies for myself. I've now read and reviewed them for this month.

So, this month I have three to report for a grand total of ten.

8. the road to god knows... by Von Allan
9. Stargazer: Volume One by Von Allan
10. So, You Be Keon and I'll Be Mahovlich by Oksanna Crawley

Steve said...

Two new books, hot off the best-seller lists, by a couple of Vancouverites:

4. Zero History by William Gibson

5. The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't read any Canadian books in October, but I actually have 2 in total this challenge, not the measly 1 you think I have. Sheesh! You would think that moving was time and attention consuming or something!

Glad to hear that your choice made the Canada Reads long list! Next year I want to see you on that panel.

Chrisbookarama said...

I just read one this month, The Prisoner of Dieppe:

That brings me up to 5. :)

Amy said...

Three more for me this month, putting my total to... 7 I believe!

**Annabel by Kathleen Winter (probably favorite book of the year!)
**The Breakwater House by Pascale Quiviger translated by Lazer Lederhendler
**Bite the Stars by Eliza Clark

Unknown said...

I have actually read and reviewed NINE Canadian Novels.
Last month it was Annabel(Kathleen Winter) and then this month it was Deniro's Game (Rawi Hage),
The Darren Effect (Libby Creelman),
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Alan Bradley),
The Cellist of Sarajevo (Steven Galloway),
The Ape House (Sara Gruen),
I Still Have a Suitcase in Berlin (Stephens Gerard Malone),
The End of Days(Max Turner), Riding Lessons (Sara Gruen).

gypsysmom said...

I see you still have me at three reads although I reported one for September. I'll repeat that one as well as the two that I managed to read in October. These are books by Canadians that I have never read before (and I have to say that there are quite a few that fit that category on the Canada Reads top 40 so I'm hoping some of those make it to the final cut).

My September read was The Intelligence of Dogs by Stanley Coren.

In October I read Elizabeth and After by Matt Cohen and The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy.

I was interested to read all the reviews of the Giller list since I'm hoping to be able to read at least one of them. From the reviews it looks like it will be Annabel.

Anonymous said...

I have finally gotten caught up with my review posts! Six more this month, bringing my total to seventeen.

12. Eastern Dreams by Paul McMichael Nurse

13. Locked Up edited by Sue Pike

15. The Dragon’s Jaws by Frank L. Packard

17. <a href=">Autopsy of a Turvy World</a> by Sheri-D Wilson

Anonymous said...

Hum, I seem to have bungled my post. The links are:

12. Eastern Dreams by Paul McMichael Nurse

13. Against the Hard Angle by Mat Robinson

14. Locked Up edited by Sue Pike

15. Brandyjack by Augustine Funnell

16. The Dragon’s Jaws by Frank L. Packard

17. Autopsy of a Turvy World by Sheri-D Wilson

Teena in Toronto said...

I read 3 in October, bringing my total to 18 ...

"Law and Disorder" (2009) Mary Jane Maffini

"Toronto: Tales of the City" (2005) Glenn Cochrane

"Breadwinning Daughters: Young Working Women in a Depression-Era City, 1929-1939" (2010) Katrina Srigley

Carina said...

16. The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones

17. Tell It Slant by Beth Follett

Everyone's doing so well!

Melwyk said...

I didn't get any Canadian reading reviewed this month! But my current total is 9. And I have many more to review...coming up soon....

Corey said...

I only made one this month.

Elle by Douglas Glover

Von Allan said...

I just wanted to thank Pooker for introducing me to this blog and for John for being willing to put my books up for the contest. That's very neat! :)

Swordsman said...


I read 2 in Ocober bringing my count to 6. The first was Last Canadian Beer: The Moosehead Story, which if you are interested in Beer or Canadian business is a very good read. The second was Glenn Cochrane's Toronto: Tales of the City. Interesting if you live in Toronto, but if you don't, not worth the time.

Just finished my first read of a book, just because it was on the Giller long list of books. Only finished it yesterday so won't qualify for October.

Lahni said...

I'm up to three now.
This month I read:
Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
Player One by Douglas Coupland

pussreboots said...

I'm up to 5 now.

3: Finding Marco by Kenneth C. Cancellara

4: The Klondike Cat by Julie Lawson

5: The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner

Luanne said...

Hi John:

Looks like my one in Sept didn't get added to my total. I read 3 in October, bringing me to a total of 6.

4. Coppermine by Keith Ross Leckie

5. Juliet by Anne Fortier

6. Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner

Gavin said...

Seven total now.

#6 Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

#7 Room by Emma Donoghue

Heather said...

Wow, what a great assortment of books read this month. Am looking forward to clicking some links and checking them out.

I have 2 more this month, which brings me to 4.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Blueberry Rapids by Rene Meshake

I will be talking with Bybee and chosing a book, will get back to you on that.

Next to find a Canadian graphic novel.

Bernadette said...

4 more Canadian mysteries for October, bringing my total to 7 for the challenge - over the half way mark

Dead politician Society by Robin Spano

The Taken by Inger Ash Wolfe

The Dead of Midnight by Catherine Hunter

Negative Image by Vicki Delany

Jules said...

I've read a total of 10 books now (I don't know if I gave my update last month) For October I read 3 books

1) Hearts at Stake - Alyxandra Harvey

2) Night Runner - Max Turner

3) Water for Elephants - Sarah Gruen

Shannon (Giraffe Days) said...

I'm at Mount Carleton! Finished my fourth in October, Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall.

(September was Room by Emma Donoghue, Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood and Blue Covenant by Maude Barlow.)

Nikki in Niagara said...

Well, I read lots this month putting me at a total of 30 books.

I have Scott Chantler's new graphic novel to read "Two Generals"!

18. Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
19. In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield
20. Death on the Ice: The Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914 by Cassie Brown
21. The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay by Beverly Jensen
22. The Nightwood by Robin Muller
23. Mighty Mighty Monsters: Hide and Shriek! by Sean O'Reilly
24. Backwoods of Canada: Selections by Catharine Parr Traill
25. It's Not About the Crumbs! by Veronika Martenova Charles
26. End of Days by Max Turner
27. Bad Boy by Peter Robinson
28. Dust City by Robert Paul Weston
29. The Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson
30. Tower of Treasure by Scott Chantler

Anonymous said...

Dang, I wish this comment weren't appearing after Nicola's thirty book count. Anyway, all my reviews are appearing in the Nov/Dec editions of the magazines I write for, so this month will sadly count as a zero.

Incidentally, I have five books done, so I should be climbing Baldy Mountain by now...

Inkslinger said...

I managed to review one in October, making a challenge total of 7 for me.

Here's the link:
You comma Idiot by Doug Harris

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

After a slow October (pneumonia doesn't leave much time for reading) I'm up to a total of five. I've got a great pile of books waiting for me now though and am anticipating a fruitful November!

5. Player One by Douglas Coupland

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the winners! That was certainly a good way of discovering other blogs, I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately it also took up a lot of my time and I've managed to review only The Tent by Margaret Atwood. This brings me to a total of 5 reviews and you can view them here:

Bybee said...

Whooop! I'm way behind! Thank you from the bottom of my grubby little American heart! Whichever one Heather would like is OK by me...I'm just happy to win.

Teddy Rose said...

Pleas enter me in the Graphic novel giveaway. I read Essex County Volume 2: Ghost Stories by Jeff Lemire

Buried In Print said...

10. Alison Pick's The Sweet Edge (2005)
11. Michael Winter's This All Happened (2000)
12. Richard B. Wright's Mr Shakespeare's Bastard (2010)
13. David Bergen's The Matter with Morris (2010)
14. Louise Penny's Still Life (2005)
15. Giles Blunt's By the Time You Read This (2006)

So many temptations appearing in participants' lists this month! And congrats to the contest winners!