Friday, April 01, 2011

the Canadian Book Challenge 4- 9th Roundup!

3/4 of the way there!

Upfront disclaimer: This is a pre-written post. If things have worked out as planned, I'll have just wrapped up a two week vacation in New Orleans (with a brief 3 day cruise to Mexico) and am now staying at my friend Barbara Bruederlin's (aka The Bad Tempered Zombie) house in Calgary, over-nighting before going back home tomorrow. We first met Barbara a couple years back, through blogging by the way, and she's even nicer in person than she is online. How about you, ever met anyone you'd only known through blogging?

Anyway, again, with being gone and all and this post will be relatively short. Though I would like to once again remind you that the 5th edition of the Canadian Book Challenge is around the corner. I want to make this one, as it's a milestone of sorts, the biggest and best yet. So please let me know if you're interested in signing up again (email me with the subject "Canadian Book Challenge 5- Sign Me Up!) and if you have any ideas on how to improve, special tweaks or challenges, let me know. Once again, I'm looking for prizes to giveaway so if you're an author, publisher, or bookstore owner, please consider making a donation or two. (Though non-book prizes are also welcome!) Email me at jmutford (at) hotmail [dot] com.

A hearty congratulations goes out to Nicola over at Back to Books. Not only did she read a YA book and won Roderick Benns' The Legend of Lake on the Mountain, but she also got married recently! I wonder if this will slow her reading down any-- holy cow, did you see her total in the sidebar?! Make sure to drop by her website and wish the happy couple all the best. I believe it was at the end of January, but somehow I missed the post which mentioned it.

Thanks to Roderick Benns for once again donating a prize!

And of course, the prizes continue...

How about poetry? So far, there's been few poetry selections. Let's see if we can up that number a bit. Read and review just one Canadian collection of poetry this month, email me with a link to your review and you'll have your name entered in a draw for 5 (that's right, 5) poetry books courtesy once again of Goose Lane Editions:

Gary Geddes falsework

Sharon McCartney for AND against

Soraya Peerbaye Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names

Brian Bartlett- The Watchmaker's Table

Katia Grubisic- What if red ran out

And finally, while we're all gathered here today: the roundup. What Canadian books did you read and review in March? 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.


Anonymous said...

Hi John,
I know that I'm unfashionably late to the party but I am hoping that you'll still allow me to participate.

So far, I have read and reviewed 4 books for the Canadian Book Challenge.

Here are the links to my reviews:

1. The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

2. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

3. Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill

4. Room by Emma Donoghue

I'm really looking forward to reading others' reviews!


Kerrie said...

Hello John, I've now made it to 10 books. I have a summary here
so far
1. 4.8, THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE, Alan Bradley (7 Mar 2011)
2. 5.0, BURY YOUR DEAD, Louise Penny (4 Feb 2011)
3. 4.9, A RULE AGAINST MURDER, Louise Penny (20 Jan 2011)
4. 4.6, ALL THE COLOURS OF DARKNESS, Peter Robinson (10 September 2010)
5. 4.5, FEAR THE WORST, Linwood Barclay (11 October 2010)
6. 4.5, NEGATIVE IMAGE, Vicki Delany (17 December 2010)
7. 4.7, ROOM, Emma Donoghue (23 December 2010)
8. 4.6, NEVER LOOK AWAY, Linwood Barclay (28 December)
9. 4.4, LOVE YOU TO DEATH, Gail Bowen (28 December)
10. 4.5, MIDNIGHT CAB, James W. Nichol (1 Jan 2011)

Corey said...

I got to 14!

14. Because I Have Loved and Hidden It by Elise Moser

Chrisbookarama said...

Two more books for me:

Scribbling Women by Marthe Jocelyn

Home to Woefield by Susan Juby

That brings me up to 13! Yay! I did it and with time to spare!

Kate said...

After a few months of a reading (and blogging) slump, I'm back to reading new books and blogging about them! 3 more reviews for me this month taking me to a total of 21.

19. The English Stories by Cynthia Flood

20. Cool Water by Dianne Warren

21. Compassion and Solidarity by Gregory Baum

Steve said...

10. Curse of the Narrows by Laura Mac Donald.

Shan said...

Hi John and everyone!

I read 4 books this month, bringing my total to 19.

The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud

Bird Eat Bird by Katrina Best

Man Enough For Me by Rhonda Bowen

The Sky Is Falling by Caroline Adderson

Gavin said...

Hey, John, happy April! My 12th book is Annabel by Kathleen Winter.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Thanks for the prize John! I'm really looking forward to it. I've already had an email from the publisher! Thanks also for the marriage wishes, yes, the big day was Jan. 29. And no it didn't interfere with my reading any. My dh knows I have a book permanently attached to one hand. LOL

I hate to say this but my number should actually be 49. {ducks!}

This month I've read & reviewed:

50. The Deadly Conch by Mahtab Narsimham
51. The Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton
52. A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
53. The Seventh Princess by Nick Sullivan

Bringing my total to 53 for the challenge.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The house has been somewhat deloused and we are just waiting for your plane to arrive! One of my favourite pasttimes is meeting lovely bloggers (like the fabulous Mutfords).

But onto business. I have read an unprecedented 2 Canadian books this past month, which I believe brings my total to 5:
Adventures in Solitude
Will to Live by Les Stroud

Anonymous said...

I'm at 14 now, with Lilian Nattel's The Singing Fire, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The Singing Fire by Lilian Nattel

Lahni said...

I read Firewing by Kenneth Oppel this month which brings me to 11.

Carina said...

Seems that I haven't updated in a couple months, which is really sad! Not sure how I missed out. Oh well. :-)

23. Room by Emma Donoghue
24. Annabel by Kathleen Winter
25. One Bird's Choice: A Year in the Life of an Overeducated, Underemployed, Twenty-Something Who Moves Back Home by Iain Reid
26. The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibbs

jeanne said...

In March I read and reviewed The Canterbury Trail by Angie Abdou. This brings my total of Canadian books to five!

gypsysmom said...

I read one book that fits my criteria for this challenge (i.e. that it is written by a Canadian writer that I have never read before). The Mournful Demeanour of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Skvorecky is a series of short stories in which the lieutenant solves a mystery. I quite enjoyed it.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I have met anybody in person through blogging (yet), but I've already a few meeting plans for my next trip to Canada.

As for reviewing, I have been useless this month and I'm still stuck on 12 reviews. I'm not doing too bad at my Canadian tour through short stories on the other hand!


Sarah M said...

I only just joined this month, but I have 7 books so far:

1. The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
2. Room by Emma Donoghue
3. Waiting for Joe by Sandra Birdsell
4. The Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers
5. Snow Burn by Joel Arnold
6. Leon the Chameleon by Melanie Watt
7. Galore by Michael Crummey

All reviews are posted on my book blog at

Melwyk said...

I've read two more books by Canadian authors new to me, this time two by male authors, bringing me to a total of 19 books:

Black Bird by Michel Basilieres

Dream Wheels by Richard Wagamese

Jules said...

Finished the challenge, but contiuning on to see how many Canadian books I can read until the Challenge ends. So far have 16 books read.

13) Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace David Adams Richards

14) Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
15) Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
16)Ysabel Guy Gavriel Kay

First time, in my three attempts at the challenge I finished :D!

Swordsman said...


This month I did just 1, Show No Fear, Daring Actions in Canadian Military History. I had mixed reviews on it. This brings my total to 14.

Gord (Swordsman)

Teena in Toronto said...

I read one Canadian book in March (and it was a good one!):

"Secret Daughter" (2011) Shilpi Somaya Gowda

That brings me to 26 books.

Unknown said...

I read and reviewed four Young Adult books for you -- White Pine Nominees.
Fear the Worst - Linwood Barkley,
Borderline -Alan Stratton,
Swim the Fly - Don Calame, and
Some Girls Are - Courtney Summers.

I also read and reviewed The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb. This is one of the most thought provoking novels I have read recently. It is poetic without being self indulgent. I highly recommend it!

John Mutford said...

Almost forgot to add my own March reads and reviews:

18. Bryan O'Malley- Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Vol. 1

19. Corey Redekop- Shelf Monkey

20. Robert Kroetsch- The Hornbooks of Rita K

(I'm counting 19 and 20 for New Brunswick and Manitoba respectively, so that leaves the Yukon, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island respectively. I'm currently reading a Mordecai Richler book, so that should take care of the Quebec).

Heather said...

I seem to have missed the last few updates, so I have a good list this time round:

5 The Life of Betty Helen Osbourne (graphic novel) by David Alexander Robertson

6 Virginia by Susan Hughes

7 Robin Hood Baking

8 The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

9 Life of Pi by Yann Martel

10 The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

I've posted a bunch of my photos of Niagara Falls with this review

11 Room by Emma Donoghue

12 125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cocker Recipes by Judith Finlayson

I have a 13, I did write the review in March, but it was part of a blog tour so I couldn't post it until April 1. I don't want you all to miss out on the chance to win a huge prize pack sponsored by Tundra books. Contest closes Sunday April 10, 2011. Visit all 31 stops on the tour, and leave a comment at each and you'll have 31 entries to win a prize pack of 28 books by Marthe Jocelyn.

13 Scribbling Women by Marthe Jocelyn

pussreboots said...

I finished two in March: Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox and Jellaby: Monster in the City by Kean Soo. That brings me up to 9.

Bybee said...

Hi John,
During March, I read one Canadian book, but it was a good one! I spilled the banks of my love for Alfred Wellington Purdy and his book The Cariboo Horses,


I believe that I am up to 7 books now.

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

One more for me:

8. Moving Pictures by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen

Zoë said...

I'm not really sure if my entries are being counted as I don't appear on the sidebar of "standings" but anyway I just finished this challenge. my wrap up post is here:

It's unclear which links of mine are still missing but here are my most recent ones:

anyway I will definitely keep reading canadian lit so hopefully i'll add a few more titles to my list before the challenge is officially over.

Zoë said...

One more for me I forgot to include. Now that's 14!

Zoë said...

And one more: