Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The Canadian Book Challenge 4- 11th Roundup

We're almost there folks! One month left to go. How's the progress going? Have you completed your 13 already, now just adding in a few more for good measure? Or are you going to cram like there's no tomorrow to make sure you get there? Don't stress it! If you come up short this time around, there's always the 5th edition just around the corner.

A few weeks ago I asked you all to take a vote on the next logo, and the winner was obvious:

So there you have it. Steal it, post about it, add it to your sidebar, start thinking of those titles you're planning to tackle. See if you can't recruit a few more to the party. (And if you're curious as to all the titles worked into the logo, they're a little more clear in my new blog wallpaper.)

Remember, if you haven't signed up yet, simply email me with the subject "Sign Me Up" at jmutford [at] hotmail (dot) com. And authors/publishers/booksalespeople-- I'm still in need of books as prizes!!!

Also consider joining the Under the Midnight Sun Read-a-thon on July 2nd (Canadian titles only)! (Details here.)

Back to May for a second. if you'll remember I challenged people to read Canadian books with a Japanese connection last month, promising that if we could hit ten titles I'd donate $200 to the Red Cross for the Earthquake relief efforts. If we did less than 10 books, I said it would be $10 per book. Well, looks like we came up a little short but thanks to Kate and Niranjana, both of whom reviewed Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, Wanda who reviewed Deirdre Dwyer's The Breath The Lightens The Body, and Shannon who reviewed Darcy Tamayose's Odori, I'll be donating $50 (I also include my review of Nils Andrew Thompson's Looking For Momo in Tomo Domo).

But, I hope you're not all charitied out, because, as you know, there's been a lot going on right here at home in these past few weeks. Floods and fires, it's been a lot to take in. But one that struck a particularly loud chord with me, as I know it will with all of you, seeing as we're all readers, was the Slave Lake Public Library burning to the ground:

Absolutely terrible. I've been in contact with Deborah Kendze, the library manager, and she gave me some directions on how we can help (these instructions are also available on their website):

Donations of new or nearly new books (no more than two years old) can be shipped to Peace Library System headquarters where they will be catalogued, processed and stored until a temporary library opens in Slave Lake. Please ship prepaid to:

Peace Library System
8301 – 110 Street
Grande Prairie, AB T8W 6T2

ATTN: Books for Slave Lake Library

We are grateful for the many book donations that have been promised to the library and have heard from many organizations who are holding fundraising efforts on our behalf. At this time, donations in the form of money are preferred. We will likely need items other than just books to set up the temporary location.

Cash donations can be made by clicking on the “Make a Donation” link on the left hand side of [the Slave Lake Library Website].If you prefer to send a cheque, please make it payable to the "Slave Lake Regional Library Board" and mail to :

Peace Library System
8301 – 110 Street
Grande Prairie, AB T8W 6T2

So, there you have it. It looks like they prefer money at this time, but for those of you joining the 5th Canadian Book Challenge and were hoping to theme your 13 selections somehow, how about having a Slave Lake Donations Theme? Pick 13 Canadian books published in the past 2 years, and as you finish each one off, send it off to the good folks of Slave Lake, Alberta.

Now, one month to go and one more round of prizes. Next month, I'll be picking randomly from all of you that managed to read and review 13 books or more, for a prize pack of 13 gently used mystery books, one from each province and territory.

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


pussreboots said...

Here's what I finished:
10. Bannock, Beans and Black Tea by John Gallant and Seth
11. The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster by Meomi
12. Brain Camp by Susan Kim
13. The Octonauts and the Sea of Shade by Meomi

John Mutford said...

Pussreboots: Finished, and with a month to spare. Nice!

My May reads:
23. Sylvia Olsen- Yellow Line (BC)
24. David Lester- The Listener (BC)
25. Nils Andrew Thompson- Looking for Momo in Tomo Domo

Bybee said...

I read and reviewed Room this month. I'm up to 9 books read for the 4th challenge. 13's doable, but I'll really have to put my mind to it.

Bernadette said...

Finally finished the challenge in May (1 whole month to spare)

book 12 The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

book 13 An Ordinary Decent Criminal by Michael Van Rooy (who sadly died earlier this year)

My wrapping up of the challenge is here. Thanks John

Corey said...

Two this month, so 18 in total.

17. A Book of Tongues, by Gemma Files

18. Crisp, by R.W. Gray

Steve said...

My 11th is a tale of myth, madness, and greed, The Golden Spruce, by John Vaillant.

Chrisbookarama said...

One more, Essex County

That puts me at 15!

Teena in Toronto said...

I read four Canadian books in May, bringing my total to 35:

(2011) Cathy Ostlere
"The Top 100 Canadian Albums" (2008) Bob Mersereau
"On the Outside Looking Indian: How My Second Childhood Changed My Life" (2011) Rupinder Gill
"The Canadian Housewife: An Affectionate History" (2005) Rosemary Neering

Looking forwarding to the next one!

Shan said...

I read two books this month bringing my total to 26.

The Picture Of Nobody by Rabindranath Maharaj

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Kate said...

One more for a total of 24 this month. I'm hoping to reach (or exceed) 26, double the goal. This shouldn't be a problem since I'm now half way though another Canadian book, with 2 more next in line to be read.

24. Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Wanda said...

Movin' on up ...

9. The Road to God Knows by Von Allan
10. The Breath that Lightens the Body by Deirdre Dwyer

Swordsman said...

I read only one book this month. I went back to an old Pierre Berton book from the early 70's Drifting Home. Would be a worthwhile read but only for fans of Mr Berton. This brings me to 16 books read in total
Wow! Only one month left!

Nikki in Niagara said...

Here's my books and total for May:

59. The Secret of the Silver Mines by Shane Peacock
60. Why Catholics Are Right by Michael Coren
61. Cowboys & Aliens by Fred Van Lente & Andrew Foley*
62. Cinderella, Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan
63. Sleeping Beauty, Vampire Hunter by Maureen McGowan
64. The Sindbad Trilogy by Ludmila Zeman
65. Irma Voth by Miriam Toews

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

Two more reviewed in May:

10.The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks by Stuart McLean
11.Far to Go by Alison Pick

Gavin said...

Here's what I read in May:

#13 - Among Others by Jo Walton
#14 - The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe

Shannon (Giraffe Days) said...

I made some good progress in May, yay! I'm up to 12 books so it looks good for making 13 by end of June :D

9. Sara Gruen - Water For Elephants
10. Susan Juby - The Woefield Poultry Collective
11. Wallace Edwards - The Cat’s Pajamas
12. Darcy Tamayose - Odori

carin said...

Will gather my titles and post! Tks for reminder. Months have flown by.

Sarah M said...

I only finished one this past month:
10. Bury Your Dead (Armand Gamache #6) by Louise Penny

Melwyk said...

I didn't get a Japanese themed book read this month, sadly. But, on the topic of Slave Lake, I hope all of the bloggers & readers out there know about the Slave Lake Book Auction set up by Colleen McKie of Lavender's all online and funds go to the Slave Lake Library fund.

As for my reading this month, I read 3 books, two by men (for a total of 12) and one by a female author (for a total of 15) So my grand total is 27. The books were:

The Forest Horses by Byrna Barclay

Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal by Sean Dixon

Anderson by Michael Boyce

raidergirl3 said...

23. Bannock, Beans and Black Tea
thanks to pussreboots for the review which prompted me to get it from the library

pooker said...

I managed to get three more reviews done this month for a grand total of 18:

16. Heave by Christy Ann Conlin

17. Combat Camera by A.J. Somerset

18. Irma Voth by Miriam Toews

Heather said...

I did pretty good this month, though I am still behind on reviews. I am planning to read books from the Giller prize list for the next challenge.

This one I posted on election day
17. Scar Tissue by Michael Ignatieff

18. Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma

19. Rough Magic by Caryl Cude Mullin

20. Something Wicked by Lesley Anne Cowan

Anonymous said...

I reviewed Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki.

Luanne said...

Just one for this month bringing my total to 20. ( although I am still underneath the one book read heading too)

#20 Whole Food to Thrive - Brendan Brazier

And I'm definitely in for the 5th Canadian Challenge.

Jodie Robson said...

I've posted three reviews I haven't linked to yet, bringing my total to 9:

One Bloody Thing After Another by Joey Comeau
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley
The Great White Bear by Kieran Mulvaney

I've got two reviews still to write, so maybe I can still finish in time...

Carina said...

Sadly, only one this month. But it was a damn good one!

27. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Jules said...

I have read 22 books in total

The books I read for May are:

1) The Best Laid Plans
2) A Thousand Words for Stranger
3) The Bone Cage - Angie Abdou
4) Annabel - Kathleen Winter
5) Midwife of Venice - Roberta Rich (Canadian Author)

Looking forward to the 5th Canadian Reading Challenge, and the read-a-thon. Will sign-up later today (if I remember)

carin said...

Here's the link to the following list.

My Father's Hands Spoke in Yiddish by Karen Shenfeld (poetry)

BoYs by Kathleen Winter (stories)

Join the Revolution, Comrade by Charles Foran (essays)

The Cat's Pajamas by Wallace Edwards (children's picture book)

Comfort Me With Apples by Joe Fiorito (essays on food)

STUNT by Claudia Dey (novel)

PLAYER ONE by Douglas Coupland

ROOM by Emma Donoghue (novel)

SEEDS OF ANOTHER SUMMER by Beth Powning (essays on nature)

CANLIT FOODBOOK edited by Margaret Atwood (collected foodisms)

carin said...

Okay. I'll try again. HERE'S the link to the list.

carin said...

I give up.
The list can be found at under 'A Few Canadian Words Worth Repeating', or in Canadian Book Challenge category.

Sorry, don't know why I can't get this to work. :(

Teddy Rose said...

I didn't read any Canadian title in May. I just read one published her but I don't think that counts. LOL! I just started one for June though.

As soon as you get the 5th Challenge posted, I'll post it to A Novel Challenge.

pooker said...

Maybe I can get your list up Carin. It's too wonderful to be missed!

The List

Ordinary Reader said...

I haven't updated in a while due to life getting in the way of my reading and blogging, but these are the ones I've reviewed since my last update:
9. The Wise and Foolish Virgins by Don Hannah
10. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
11. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
12 The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toewsl
13 The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong
14 The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat

Buried In Print said...

Great to read about the challenges and relief efforts that extend beyond the page: wonderful stuff.

I only have one link to share this time, but it was an amazing read, one of my favourites for this year:

45. Kathleen Winter’s Annabel (2010)

carin said...

To Pooker: Thank you so much for The Link! No idea why I couldn't get it to work. :}

You're brilliant (and awfully kind). Cheers!

Jodie Robson said...

Not quite sure where to post my final links, John, but hoping this will work. I've done four reviews in as many days and that takes me up to 13!

The Cruellest Month by Louise Penny
The Flourish by Heather Spears
The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre
Annabel by Kathleen Winters