Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Globe and Mail today...

Hey, that's me!

There's a great article in the Globe & Mail today by Kate Taylor about (mostly) Canadian book bloggers and reading challenges. I don't necessarily agree that the Canadian Book Challenge is competitive (unless competing with oneself counts), but it's a well-written, balanced, and thorough article. I loved hearing from Nicola, a CBC4 participant, from Jen at the Keepin' It Real blog, and the others (even those who don't see the appeal of book challenges). Check it out!

*Update: For those looking to join the 5th annual Canadian Book Challenge, more details on how to do so are here. And to get a sense of how to complete the challenge, check out the inaugural post of the 4th edition. There you'll also find some FAQs.

14 comments:

Kate said...

Great article, and congratulations on the shout-out!

John Mutford said...

Thanks Kate!

Allison said...

Great article, John! I knew I wasn't using my book stack to it's greatest potential as a door stop. ;)

Melwyk said...

Congrats! I agree, it was a good article. And I'm looking forward to the fifth Challenge too!

gypsysmom said...

So that's what you look like! Nice article. I read the paper one but I think I might go to the online one and see what comments there are. Maybe you'll be inundated with participants for the 5th challenge.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hey, I knew you when...!

Great article, John. You come across very thoughtful and well-spoken, as it only befitting a guy who uses books as patio furniture.

Can't wait for the fifth challenge!

John Mutford said...

Allison: They're really multipurpose, and you don't get the same height with an eReader.

Melwyk: Me too!

Gypsymom: Well, from the side.

Barbara: Your ellipses say so much.

Bybee said...

Whoo, John! How do you say "cute" in Canadian?

Wanda said...

Very cool and I love the view from your pictured reading roost! Guess we'll find out how close the cumulative CBC challenges have come to reaching 10,000 books in a few days.

John Mutford said...

Bybee: You just stick "eh?" on the end. ;)

Wanda: 10,000 in 10 years would be nice. Though our work is cut out for us. In the four years of the challenge, only once did it break 1000.

Teena in Toronto said...

Great article! Cool to be a part of something that's now famous :)

C.B. James said...

I've been doing challenges for several years now but never knew there was a winner!!! Think of the prizes I have missed out on!!

John Mutford said...

Teena: Next stop, the Oprah Winfrey Show? What? That isn't on any more?

CB: Well, in Kate Taylor's defense, I had originally said there'd be a prize for whoever read the most-- however, I've since changed it to read that for everyone who's reached the goal of 13 books, would have their names put in for a random draw.

Medea said...

That article is how I found your blog. I have been concentrating on reading Canadian books to my kids, but this is really important to me so I will be doing it for myself as well. I have had a smile on my face since I found your blog and saw so many kindred spirits.
I am really loving your blog and the comments, it looks like a close group so I hope you don't mind me butting in for the next challenge.