Sunday, January 01, 2012

The 5th Annual Canadian Book Challenge- The Halfway Roundup!

Happy New Year!!! Whew, we did a lot of reading in 2011 didn't we? Below you will find links to all those books we reviewed for the 5th Canadian Book Challenge. It's a lot of work to compile, and I'll apologize in advance for the many mistakes I'm sure I made, but it's also a labour of love. I was quite impressed by the variety in our reading choices. Towards the end I was trying to come up with Canadian authors who did not yet reviewed for the challenge, and it was easier said than done. Ooops, look like we missed Mowat... nope, someone squeezed him in. And so on. But that gave me an idea for January's mini-challenge. Here is a-- by no means exhaustive-- list of Canadian authors that somehow escaped us in the first half of the 5th Canadian Book Challenge:

Lisa Moore, Cathleen With, Anita Daher, Bernice Morgan, Jean Paré, Donna Morrissey, Roch Carrier, Michel Tremblay, Timothy Taylor, Susan Musgraves, Hubert Aquin, Steve Zipp, Barbara Reid, Sherri Fitch, Jean Little, Christian Bok, bpNichol, Paul Glennon, Andrew Pyper, Zachariah Wells, P.K. Page, Kevin Major, Jessica Grant, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Michael Kusugak, Eric Wilson, Joy Kogawa, Robert Service, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier, Randall Maggs, Stephen Leacock, Stacey May Fowles, Frank McCourt, Monique Proulx, Susan Juby, Jocelyne Allen, Leonard Cohen, Thomas King, Gregory Scofield, Naomi Klein, Kit Pearson
Yann Martel, Rohinton Mistry

Read and review any of the authors above in January and you can have your name entered into a random draw for a wonderful prize pack kindly donated by Random House. Read more than one and you'll have your name entered each time. (For every qualifying review, I ask that you let me know in the comments of this post!) Here are the prizes for the "Missing in Action" mini-challenge:

Yann Martel- Beatrice & Virgil
John Vaillant- The Tiger
Michael Crummey- Galore
Jamie Zeppa- every time we say goodbye
Andrew Pyper- The Guardians
Anne Michaels- The Winter Vault

Isn't that a stellar prize? More on last month's prize winners later. In the meantime, check these out...

The 5th annual Canadian Book Challenge - Halfway Point reviews:

Abdou, Angie
- The Bone Cage (John)
- The Canterbury Trail (Corey, Raidergirl)

Adamson, Gil
- The Outlander (Melissa)

Almond, Paul
- The Deserter (Shonna)

Amaral, Joe
- Understanding Jesus (Sharon)

Anderson, T.
- Monad 12. 21. 12 (Sarah)

Archbold, Rick
- Canada, Our History (Nicola)

Arden, Jann
- Falling Backwards (Shan)

Armstrong, Kelley
- No Humans Involved (Jules)
- Personal Demon (Jules)
- Waking the Witch (Sarah)

Assiniwi, Bernard
- The Beothuk Saga (John)

Atwood, Margaret
- Bluebeard's Egg (Jules)
- The Handmaid's Tale (Buried in Print)
- In Other Worlds (Shonna)
- Moral Disorder (Bybee)
- Oryx and Crake (Neal, Bybee)
- The Penelopiad (Jules)
- Wilderness Tips (Bybee)

Auxier, Jonathan
- Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (Nicola, Heather)

Awumey, Edem
- Dirty Feet (Amy)

Bachman, Randy
- Vinyl Tap Stories (Teena)

Badoe, Adwoa
- Pot of Wisdom illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité (Buried in Print)

Bainbridge, Susan
- Hoarfrost and Cherry Blossoms (Shonna)

Barclay, Linwood
- The Accident (Luanne, Teena, Paulina, Shonna)
- Clouded Vision (Jennifer)
- Never Look Away (Kristin)

Bastedo, Jamie
- Tracking Triple Seven (John)

Bates, Judy Fong
- Midnight at the Dragon Cafe (Teena)

Beaton, Kate
- Hark! A Vagrant (Chris)

Behrens, Peter
- The O'Briens (Shonna)

Beiser, Kim
- The Very Fine Frog illustrated by Rachel Berman (Irene)

Benison, C.C.
- Twelve Drummers Drumming(Luanne, Raidergirl)

Benns, Roderick
- The Legends of Lake on the Mountain (Wanda)
- The Mystery of the Moonlight Murder (Mysteries and More)

Beresford-Kroeger, Diana
- The Global Forest (Shonna)

Bergen, David
- The Time In Between (Wanda)

Berry, Michelle
- This Book Will Not Save Your Life (Shonna)

Berton, Pierre
- Vimy (Medea)

Bezmozgis, David
- The Free World (Shonna, Shan, Buried in Print, Jules)

Blaise, Claire
- The Meagre Tarmac (Buried in Print)

Bogart, Jo Ellen
- Big and Small, Room for All illustrated by Gillian Newland(Medea)
- Capturing Joy: The Story of Maud Lewis (Nicola)

Bowen, Gail
- Deadly Appearances (Bill)

Bowering, Ian
- The Art and Mystery of Brewing in Ontario (Swordsman)

Boyden, Joseph
- Three Day Road (Jules, Kathy)
- Through Black Spruce (Kathy)

Bradley, Alan
- I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Luanne, Nicola, HRO, Chris, John)
- A Red Herring Without Mustard (Kristin)
- The Sweetness at the Bottom the Pie (Pussreboots)
- The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Kerrie)

Braid, Kate
- To This Cedar Fountain (Melwyk)

Brand, Dionne
- Ossuaries (John)

Brett, Brian
- Trauma Farm (Melissa)

Brewster, Hugh
- Deadly Voyage (Nicola)
- Prisoner of Dieppe (Nicola)

Brooks, Martha
- Queen of Hearts (Paulina)

Brown, Chester
- Louis Riel (Jocelyne)

Bruce, Charles
- The Township of Time (Steve)

Buckler, Ernest
- Ox Bells and Fireflies (Steve)

Burgess, Tony
- Idaho Winter (Corey)
- Ravenna Gets (Buried in Print)

Burnard, Bonnie
- Suddenly (Pooker)

Cameron, Elspeth
- And Beauty Answers (Buried in Print)

Cannon, Kevin
- Far Arden (John)

Chantler, Scott
- The Sign of the Black Rock (Franklin)
- Tower of Treasure (Franklin)
- Two Generals (Franklin)

Choy, Wayson
- The Jade Peony (Jules, KS, Melissa, Anita)

Choyce, Lesley
- Raising Orion (Melwyk, Shonna)

Christie, Michael
- The Beggar's Garden (Buried in Print)

Clarke, George Elliott
- Whylah Falls (Buried in Print)

Clarkson, Adrienne
- Room for All of Us (Shonna)

Coady, Lynn
- The Antagonist (Shonna, Shan, Buried in Print, Jules)
- Play the Monster Blind (John)

Coakley, Lena
- Witchlanders (Christa)

Cole, Trevor
- Practical Jean (Suzanne)

Collins, Gerard
- Moonlight Sketches (Raidergirl)

Comeau, Joey
- One Bloody Thing After Another (Shonna, Buried in Print)
- Overqualified (Buried in Print)

Compton, Valerie
- Tide Road (Raidergirl)

Conlin, Christy Ann
- Heave (Ordinary Reader)

Connelly, Karen
- Burmese Lessons (John)

Cooke, Darwyn
- Catwoman: Selina's Big Score (Franklin)

Coupland, Douglas
- Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People illustrated by Gordon Roumieu (Shan)
- Microserfs (Franklin)

Cox, Daniel Allen
- Krakow Melt (Buried in Print)

Coyote, Ivan
- Missed Her (John, Buried in Print)

Croza, Laurel
- I Know Here illustrated by Matt James (Medea)

Crummey, Michael
- Galore (Gavin)

Daar, Abdallah and Peter Singer
- The Grandest Challenge (John)

Davidson, Andrew
- The Gargoyle (Christa, Melissa)

Davies, Robertson
- The Cunning Man (Steve)
- The Rebel Angels (Kate)

Davis, Tanya
- At First, Lonely (Amy)

Degrace, Anne
- Flying With Amelia (Melwyk)

Den Hartog, Kristen
- And Me Among Them (Shonna)

Desrochers, Suzanne
- Bride of New France (Shonna)

Deverell, William
- Snow Job (Mysteries and More)

DeWitt, Patrick
- The Sisters Brothers (Christa, Michelle, Giraffe Days, Corey, Shan, Bybee, Buried in Print, Swordsman, Jennifer)

Di Vito, Tina
- 52 Ways to Wreck Your Retirement (Teena)

Dixon, Sean
- The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn (Shonna)

Doctor, Farzana
- Stealing Nasreen (Buried in Print)

Doctorow, Cory
- Little Brother (Sarah, Heather)

Dolan, Sandra
- Wooden Boats and Iron People (John)

Donoghue, Emma
- Room (Jules, Barbara, Irene)

Duncan, Elizabeth J.
- A Killer's Christmas in Wales (Shonna)

Dunklee, Annika
- My Name is Elizabeth illustrated by Matthew Forsythe (Medea)

Echlin, Kim
- The Disappeared (Gavin)

Ede, Amatoritsero
- Globetrotter & Hitler's Children (Amy)

Edson, Jerrod
- The Making of Harry Cossaboom (Wanda)

Edugyan, Esi
- Half-Blood Blues (Buried in Print, Shonna, Shan, Christa, Jules)

Einarson, John
- Four Strong Wings with Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson (Shonna)

Ellis, Deborah
- The Heaven Shop (Heather)
- No Ordinary Day (Amy)

Ellis, Sarah
- That Fatal Night (Nicola)

Elton, Sarah
- Locavore (Melissa)

Emery, Anne
- Death at Christy Burke's (Shonna)

Endicott, Marina
- Good to a Fault (Jules)
- The Little Shadows (Buried in Print)

Epperly, Elizabeth Rollins
- The Fragrance of Sweet Grass (Claire)

Fairfield, Leslie
- Tyranny (Pussreboots)

Fallis, Terry
- The High Road (Jennifer)

Farrow, John
- River City (Jennifer, Shonna)

Featherstone, Charlotte
- Seduction & Scandal (Giraffe Days)

Ferguson, Will
- Coal Dust Kisses (Irene)
- Why I Hate Canadians (Irene)

Ferguson, Will and Ian Ferguson
- How To Be a Canadian (Irene)

Ferguson, Ted
- Strange Days (Teena, Swordsman)

Files, Gemma
- A Rope of Thorns (Corey)

Findlay, Jamieson
- The Summer of Permanent Wants (Heather)

Findley, Timothy
- Spadework (Buried in Print)
- You Went Away (April)

Fitzgerald, James
- What Disturbs Our Blood (Buried in Print)

Fleming, Ann Marie
- The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (John)

Forler, Nan
- Winterberries and Apple Blossoms illustrated by Peter Etril Snyder(Two Canadian Readers)

Francis, Brian
- Natural Order (Kathy, Shonna, Teena, Jennifer)

Fung, Mellissa
- Under an Afghan Sky (Shonna, Melissa)

Gallant, John
- Bannock, Beans and Black Tea illustrated by Seth (Wanda, John)

Galloway, Steven
- The Cellist of Sarajevo (KS, Melissa)

Gammel, Irene
- Making Avonlea (Claire)

Garner, Hugh
- Cabbagetown (Steve)

Gartner, Zsuzsi
- Better Living Through Plastic Explosives (Buried in Print, Shan, Shonna, Jules)

Gaston, Bill
- The Cameraman (Pooker)
- The Good Body (Steve)

Gay, Marie-Louise
- Stella, Princess of the Sky (Pussreboots)

Gerson, Carole and Gwendolyn Davies
- Canadian Poetry (Buried in Print)

Gibb, Camilla
- The Beauty of Humanity Movement (Teddy)

Gibson, William
- Zero History (Gavin)

Gibson, William and Bruce Sterling
- The Difference Engine (Canuckoid)

Gilmour, David
- The Perfect Order of Things (Shonna)

Glass, Eleri
- The Red Shoes illustrated by Ashley Spires (Erin)

Goodfellow, Margaret and Phil Goodfellow
- A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto (Buried in Print)

Gopnik, Adam
- Winter (Buried in Print)

Goyette, Sue
- Lures (Wanda)

Graham, Georgia
- The Lime Green Secret (Heather)

Graham, Gwethalyn
- Earth and High Heaven (Claire)

Gray, Charlotte
- Gold Diggers (John)
- Mrs. King (Melissa)

Green, Lyndsay
- Teens Gone Wired (Irene)

Greenslade, Frances
- Shelter (Shonna)

Gregory, Leland
- Canaduh (Teena)

Griggs, Terry
- Invisible Ink (Buried in Print)
- The Silver Door (Buried in Print)

Gruen, Sara
- Water for Elephants (Medea)

Gunn, Genni
- Solitaria (Buried in Print)

Hamilton, Ian
- The Water Rat of Wanchai (Kristin, Heather)

Hamilton, Lyn
- The Xibalba Murders (HRO)

Hanrahan, Maura
- Sheilagh's Brush (Shonna)

Harris, Amy Lavender
- Imagining Toronto (Buried in Print)

Harris, Doug
- YOU comma Idiot (Corey)

Harvey, Kenneth J.
- Blackstrap Hawco (Pooker)

Hawley, Linda
- Dreams Unleashed (Sarah)
- Guardian of Time (Sarah)

Hay, Elizabeth
- Alone in the Classroom (Kathy, Shonna, Judi)
- Late Nights On Air (Barbara)

Heard, Christopher
- The Suite Life (Teena)

Heidbreder, Robert
- Drumheller Dinosaur Dance illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperanca Melo (Medea)

Helm, Michael
- Cities of Refuge (Franklin)

Helwig, David
- Saltsea (Ordinary Reader)

Highway, Tomson
- The Rez Sisters (John)

Hill, Lawrence
- The Book of Negroes (Judi)

Holdstock, Pauline
- Into the Heart of the Country (Buried In Print)

Hopkinson, Nalo
- Brown Girl in the Ring (Canuckoid)

Horvath, Polly
- The Pepins and Their Problems illustrated by Marylin Hafner(Pussreboots)

Hossack, Darcie Friesen
- Mennonites Don't Dance (Shonna)

Houston, James
- Running West (Gypsysmom)

Humphreys, Helen
- Afterimage (HRO)
- Coventry (Raidergirl)
- Coventry (Melissa)
- The Reinvention of Love (HRO, Raidergirl)

Hutchins, Hazel and Gail Herbert
- Mattland illustrated by Dusan Petricic (Medea)

Hay, Elizabeth
- Alone in the Classroom (Jennifer B)

Hayes, Derek
- The Maladjusted (Shonna)

Holborn, Hannah
- Fierce (April)

Hooton, Matthew
- Deloume Road (Gavin)

Howard, Blanche
- Dreaming in a Digital World (Melwyk)

Hutchison, Margaret
- Tamarac (John)

Itani, Frances
- Deafening (Kathy)
- Requiem (Shonna)

Jacob, Suzanne
- Fugitives (KS)

Jacques, Edna
- My Kitchen Window (Gypsysmom)

Jiles, Paulette
- The Color of Lightning (Nicola)

Johnston, A. J. B.
- Endgame 1758 (Swordsman)

Johnston, Wayne
- A World Elsewhere (Shonna, Buried in Print)

Kalla, Daniel
- The Far Side of the Sky (Shonna)

Kamara, Mariatu
- The Bite of the Mango with Susan McClelland (John)

Kats, Jewel
- Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair illustrated by Richna Kinra (Irene)
- What Do You Do to Help Your Body? illustrated by Richna Kinra (Irene)

Kay, Guy Gavriel
- The Fionavar Tapestry (Claire)
- The Lions of Al-Rassan (Claire)
- A Song For Arbonne (Claire)

Keefer, Janice Kulyk
- The Green Library (Wanda)

Keith, Esme Claire
- Not Being on a Boat (Shonna)

Keller, Betty
- A Thoroughly Wicked Woman (Shonna)

Khan, Rukhsana
- Big Red Lollipop illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Pussreboots)

Kim, Susan and Laurence Klavan
- City of Spies illustrated by Pascal Dizin (Pussreboots)

King, James
- Etienne's Alphabet (Buried in Print)

Kinsella, W.P.
- Miss Hobbema Pageant (Medea)
- The Moccasin Telegraph (Medea)

Kok-Shurgers, G. Pauline
- The Remains of War (Nicola)

Kostash, Myrna
- Prodigal Daughter (Melwyk)

Kostick, Ken
- The $10 Gourmet (Irene)

Kulling, Monica
- In the Bag! illustrated by David Parkins (Nicola)

Kupesic, Rajka
- The White Ballets (Nicola)

Laferrière, Dany
- The Return translated by David Homel (Buried in Print, Shonna)

Lafleche, Isabelle
- J'adore New York (Sharon)

Lansens, Lori
- The Girls (Kathy)
- The Wife's Tale (Raidergirl)

Lapena, Shari
- Happiness Economics (Melwyk)

Laurence, Margaret
- Dance on the Earth (Bybee)
- The Fire-Dwellers (Jules, Gypsysmom)
- Long Drums and Cannons (Amy)
- The Prophet Camel's Bell (Anita)
- This Side Jordan (Anita)
- The Stone Angel (Kate, Debbie)
- The Tomorrow-Tamer (Anita)

Lawson, Mary
- The Other Side of the Bridge (Melissa)

Laycock, Marcia Lee
- Cassie (Sarah)

Leavey, Peggy Dymond
- Mary Pickford (Swordsman)

Leavitt, Sarah
- Tangles (Shonna)

Leckie, Keith Ross
- Coppermine (Shonna)

Lee, Jen Sookfong
- The Better Mother (Shonna)

Lemire, Jeff
- Essex County (Claire)
- Sweet Tooth: Animal Armies (Teddy)

Lindquist, N.J. and Nelles, Wendy Elaine (editors)
- Hot Apple Cider (Sharon)

Lockhett, Jerry
- Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada (Swordsman)

Ludwig, Sidura
- Holding My Breath (Pooker)

Lunn, Janet
- Shadow in Hawthorne Bay (Medea)

Lyall, Ernie
- An Arctic Man (John)

Lynes, Jeanette
- The Factory Voice (Ordinary Reader, Pooker)

MacDonald, Ann-Marie
- Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Claire)

Macdonald, Jake
- With the Boys (Pooker)

MacFarlane, David
- Summer Gone (AvidAnita)

MacGregor, Roy
- The Last Season (Steve)

MacIntyre, Linden
- The Bishop's Man (Kristin)

Maclear, Kyo
- Spork illustrated by Isabelle Arseneault (Medea)

MacLennan, Hugh
- The Watch That Ends The Night (Melissa)

MacLeod, Alexander
- Light Lifting (Pooker)

MacLeod, Alistair
- As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (Raidergirl)

MacLeod, Hilary
- Mind Over Mussels (Shonna, Chris)
- Revenge of the Lobster Lover (Chris)

Maharaj, Rabindranath
- The Amazing Absorbing Boy (Buried in Print)

Manguel, Alberto
- A Reader on Reading (Claire)

Manicom, David
- Anna's Shadow (Melwyk)

Martinez, Jessica
- Virtuosity (Christa)

Mason, Mike
- The Blue Umbrella (Nicola)

Mayor, Chandra
- All the Pretty Girls (Pooker)

Mayr, Suzette
- Monocerous (Buried in Print)

McCarthy, Julia
- Return from Erebus (Melwyk)

McCaslin, Susan
- Demeter Goes Skydiving (Melwyk)

McClintock, Norah
- Victim Rights (Shonna)

McCole, Caitlin
- All About Eve (Sarah)
- Ex Cineribus Resurge (Sarah)

McIntosh, D. J.
- The Witch of Babylon (Kristin)

McKay, Ami
- The Birth House (Medea)
- The Virgin Cure (Luanne, Amy, Shonna)

McKenzie, Catherine
- Spin (Heather)

McLean, Stuart
- Stories From the Vinyl Cafe (Melissa)

Meister, Soizick and Kallie George
- Mr. M (Shonna)

Michaels, F.S.
- Monoculture (Buried in Print)

Mitchell, Shandi
- Under This Unbroken Sky (Gavin)

Mitchell, W.O.
- Who Has Seen the Wind? (Ordinary Reader)

Mofina, Rick
- In Desperation (Kerrie)

Molloy, Kathleen
- Dining With Death (John)

Moloney, Susie
- The Thirteen (Corey, Luanne)

Montgomery, Lucy Maud
- Akin to Anne (Medea)
- Anne of Avonlea (Sharon)
- Anne of Green Gables (Pussreboots)
- Christmas With Anne (Raidergirl)
- Kilmeny of the Orchard (Sharon)

Moore, Brian
- The Luck of Ginger Coffey (Buried in Print)

Mootoo, Shani
- Valmiki's Daughter (Jules)

Moroney, Shannon
- Through the Glass (Anita)

Mowat, Farley
- Bay of Spirits (Ordinary Reader)

Munro, Alice
- Lives of Girls and Women (Anita)
- Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You (Buried in Print)

Munsch, Robert
- Andrew's Loose Tooth illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Bybee)
- Boo! illustrated by Michael Martchenko (John)
- The Fire Station illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Medea)
- Get Out of Bed! illustrated by Alan and Lea Daniel (Bybee)
- I Have to Go! illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Bybee)
- Show and Tell illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Bybee)
- Thomas' Snowsuit illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Bybee)

Murphy, Derryl
- Napier's Bones (Sarah)

Narsimhan, Mahtab
- The Tiffin (Nicola)

Nason, Jim
- The Girl on the Escalator (Shonna)

Nason, Riel
- The Town that Drowned (Melwyk, Chris)

Nickel, Barbara
- Hannah Waters and the Daughters of Johann Sebastian Bach (Ann)

Oatley, Keith
- Therefore Choose (Ordinary Reader)

O'Bannon, Mark
- The Dream Crystal (Sarah)

Off, Carol
- Bitter Chocolate (Buried in Print)

Ohi, Ruth
- Chicken, Pig, Cow (Medea)

Oliver, Craig
- Oliver's Twist (Shonna)

O'Malley, Bryan Lee
- Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (John)

Ondaatje, Michael
- The Cat's Table (Jules, Shan, Buried in Print, Gavin, Shonna)
- Divisadero (KS)
- The English Patient (Kate)

O'Neill, Heather
- lullabies for little criminals (Raidergirl, Jocelyne)

Oppel, Frank (compiled by)
- Tales of the Canadian North (John)

O'Reilly, Sean and Kevin Hanna
- The Clockwork Girl (Nicola)

Owens, Ann-Maureen and Jane Yealland
- Canada's Maple Leaf illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperanca Melo (Nicola)

Page, Kathy
- The Find (Shonna)

Palmisano, Richard
- Journeys into the Unknown (Teena)
- Overshadows (Teena)

Peacock, Shane
- Bone Beds of the Badlands (Nicola)
- Eye of the Crow (Pussreboots)
- Monster in the Mountains (Nicola)
- The Dragon Turn (Nicola, Christa, Two Canadian Readers)

Pelley, Rhonda
- Island Maid photography by Sheilagh O'Leary (Medea)

Penny, Louise
- Bury Your Dead (Raidergirl)
- The Cruelest Month (Buried in Print)
- Dead Cold (Buried in Print)
- A Trick of the Light (Mysteries and More, Shonna)

Perkyns, Dorothy
- Last Days in Africville (Wanda)

Phillips, Edward O.
- Queen's Court (Melwyk)

Pick, Allison
- Far to Go (Suzanne)

Pilkey, Brent
- Lethal Rage (Shonna)

Pool, Annelies
- Iceberg Tea (John, Melwyk)

Poulin, Jacques
- Autumn Rounds (Irene)
- My Sister's Blue Eyes (Irene)
- Volkswagen Blues (Irene)

Preston, Allison
- Sunny Dreams (Pooker)

Price, Ray
- Yellowknife (John)

Price, Steven
- Into That Darkness (Shonna)

Proulx, E. Annie
- The Shipping News (Pussreboots)

Rachman, Tom
- The Imperfectionists (Judi)

Redfern, Christine and Caro Caron
- Who is Ana Mendieta? (Amy)

Rehner, Jan
- Missing Matisse (Shonna)

Reynolds, James*
- An American Prisoner at Fort Malden and Quebec in the War of 1812 *author's name speculated (Swordsman)

Ricci, Nino
- The Origin of the Species (Ann)

Rice, Waubgeshig
- Midnight Sweatlodge (Pooker)

Richards, David Adams
- Facing the Hunter (Shonna)
- For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down (John)
- River of the Brokenhearted (Ann)

Richardson, Bill
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast (Ordinary Reader)

Richardson, C.S.
- The End of the Alphabet (Pussreboots)

Richler, Mordecai
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Neal)
- Joshua Then and Now (Bybee)

Ritchie, Charles
- An Appetite for Life (Claire)

Robinson, Peter
- Bad Boy (Kerrie)
- Before the Poison (Luanne, Shonna)
- Gallows View (Heather)

Robinson, Spider
- Callahan's Con (Canuckoid)

Rosenblum, Rebecca
- The Big Dream (Pooker)
- Once (Pooker)

Ruby-Sachs, Emma
- The Water Man's Daughter (Shonna)

Ruddock, Nicholas
- The Parabolist (Giraffe Days)

Russell, S. Thomas
- A Battle Won (Swordsman)
- Under Enemy Colors (Swordsman)

Sale, Medora
- The Spider Bites (Teena)

Sands, Lynsay
- Hungry For You (Giraffe Days)

Sapergia, Barbara
- Dry (Pooker)

Sawyer, Robert J.
- Flashforward (Canuckoid)
- Wake (Jules, Canuckoid)
- Watch (Canuckoid)

Scowcroft, Ann
- The Truth of Houses (Melwyk)

Seelig, Adam
- Every Day in the Morning (Slow) (Buried in Print)

Seesequasis, Paul
- Tobacco Wars (Suzanne)

Segura, Mauricio
- Black Alley (Shonna)

Shatner, William
- Shatner Rules with Chris Regan (Shonna)

Sherrard, Valerie
- Watcher (Teena)

Shields, Carol
- The Box Garden (Raidergirl, Michelle)
- Jane Austen (Melissa)
- Small Ceremonies (Raidergirl)
- Unless (KS, Melissa)

Simonds, Merilyn
- The Convict Lover (Melissa)

Singh, Jaspreet
- Chef (Buried in Print)

Skibsrud, Johanna
- The Sentimentalist (Gavin)

Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk
- Enough illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Irene)

Slater, Sean
- The Survivor (Kristin)

Smallman, Phyllis
- A Brewski for the Old Man (Kerrie)

Smart, Elizabeth
- By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (Gypsysmom)

Smith, Alisa and J. B. McKinnon
- The 100-Mile Diet (Melissa)

Smith, Joshua
- Battle for the Bay (Swordsman)

Smith, Rick and Bruce Lourie
- Slow Death by Rubber Duck (Buried in Print)

Soan, Hazel
- 10 Minute Watercolours (Melissa)

Socken, Paul G. (editor)
- Intimate Strangers (Anita)

Sooley, Jill
- Widows of Paradise Bay (Melwyk, Raidergirl)

Speers, Megan
- Wanderlust (Melwyk)

Staunton, Ted
- Morgan's Secret (R)

Stevens, Chevy
- Never Knowing (Shonna, Luanne)

Stinson, Kathy
- Red is Best illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis (Medea)

Strange, Marc
- Follow Me Down (Shonna)

Sutherland, Kate
- All in Together Girls (Irene)

Sylvester, Kevin
- Splinters (Heather)

Tamaki, Mariko
- Emiko Superstar illustrated by Steve Rolston (Medea)

Tardif, Cheryl Kaye
- Skeletons in the Closet (Kerrie)

Taylor, Drew Hayden
- Bootlegger Blues (Heather)

Taylor, Patrick
- An Irish Country Doctor (Jules)

Theriault, Denis
- The Postman's Round (Irene)

Thomas, Audrey
- Isobel Gunn (Melissa)

Thornley, Scott
- Erasing Memory (Kristin)

Thurston, Tom
- Strongman (Swordsman)

Tidball, Lee
- Princess Reborn (Irene)

Toews, Miriam
- The Flying Troutmans (Geranium Cat, Ann)
- Irma Voth (Shonna, Sharon)

Townsin, Troy
- Canadian Jingle Bells illustrated by Jennifer Harrington (John)
- A Moose in a Maple Tree illustrated by Jennifer Harrington (John)
- The Night Before a Canadian Christmas by Jennifer Harrington (John)

Trafford, Matthew J.
- The Divinity Gene (Pooker)

Treggiari, Jo
- Ashes, Ashes (Sarah)

Trenholm, Hayden
- Defining Diana (Darlene)

Tsiang, Sarah
- Dogs Don't Eat Jam illustrated by Qin Leng (Medea)

Turner, Wesley B.
- The Astonishing General (Shonna, Swordsman)

Twain, Shania
- From This Moment On (Irene)

Urquhart, Jane
- A Map of Glass (Jules)
- Sanctuary Line (Buried in Print)
- The Stone Carvers (Kathy)

Vaillant, John
- The Tiger (John)

Van Camp, Richard
- Angel Wing Splash Pattern (April, John)
- The Lesser Blessed (Shannon)

Vanderhaeghe, Guy
- A Good Man (Buried in Print)

Van Rooy, Michael
- An Ordinary Decent Criminal (Bill)
- Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal (Gypysmom)

Vassallo, Jonathan Ryan
- The Kingstonians (Christa)

Vernon, Steve
- The Lunenberg Werewolf and Other Stories (Chris)
- Sinking Deeper (Nicola)

Vyleta, Dan
- The Quiet Twin (Buried in Print)

Wagler, Ira
- Growing Up Amish (Sharon)

Walker, George A.
- A Book of Hours (Melwyk)

Warren, Dianne
- Cool Water (Pooker, Ordinary Reader, Gavin)

Weston, Robert Paul
- Dust City (Heather)

Wharton, Thomas
- Icefields (Buried in Print)

Whitall, Zoe
- Holding Still For as Long as Possible (Amy, Teena)

Whiteford, Jennifer
- Grrrl (Jocelyne)

Wiersema, Robert J.
- Bedtime Story (Pooker)

Williams, Ian
- You Know Who You Are (Buried in Print)

Winter, Kathleen
- Annabel (Raidergirl, Corey)

Winter, Michael
- The Death of Donna Whalen (Kathy)
- This All Happened (Pooker)

Wiseman, Adele
- The Sacrifice (Anita)

Wishinsky, Frieda
- Arctic Storm (R)
- Crazy for Gold (R)
- Danger, Dinosaurs! (R)

Withers, Pam
- First Descent (Nicola)

Wiwa, Ken
- In the Shadow of a Saint (Buried in Print)

Woods, Bruce A.
- Between Two Worlds (Irene)

Wright, Laurali R.
- Acts of Murder (Kerrie)
- The Suspect (Kerrie)

Wright, Richard B.
- Adultery (Kathy)
- Clara Callan (Erin, John)
- The Age of Longing (Irene)

Ye, Ting-xing and William Bell
- Throwaway Daughter (Pooker)

Yee, Paul
- Blood and Iron (Nicola)

York, Allison
- Fauna (Buried in Print)

Zentner, Alexi
- Touch (Shan, Buried in Print)

And the prizes for last month's prize, in which readers were challenged to read and review a book by a foreign-born Canadian goes to Melissa, who read Coventry by Helen Humphreys. Humphreys, if you didn't know (and I didn't), was born in London, England. For her efforts, Melissa wins this wonderful prize back from Cormorant Books:

Pablo Urbanyi's Silver:

Pan Bouyoucan's The Tattoo:

Finally, did you do any roundup posts of your 2011 reading? Want to share? Mine are her: fiction, comics/graphic novels, short stories, nonfiction. Share your links in the comments below!!!


pooker said...

Happy New Year John and everyone! I can't even imagine how much work went into compiling this list John but thank you. What a wonderful list it is! And, while it amazes me that there are so many authors new to me, it also delights me to see some of my longtime favourite books still being read. Happy reading to us all in 2012.

gypsysmom said...

Happy New Year John and everyone else. That is a lot of reading and a lot of work on your part to list them all. I did find a couple of mistakes for my books which you have credited to Pooker. (Although I take that as a compliment really since Pooker reads such great books and does amazing reviews.) If you want to change them they are for Houston, James and Jaques, Edna.

Kate said...

Thank you for compiling this list, and Happy New Year to everyone! I've just compiled my list of favourite books for 2011 - the link is here.

John Mutford said...

Pooker: I agree. It was nice to see their recent awards helping Edugyan and deWitt get some attention, but it was also nice to see, for example, how many people are still reading Margaret Laurence.

Gypsysmom: Thanks for letting me know, it's now been fixed!

Kate: I look forward to checking it out.

Melwyk said...

Great list, John!(as usual)This gave me a chance to check out some reviews I'd somehow missed in the monthly roundups.

I've just posted my year-end reading roundup as well, though it's pretty brief :)

Melissa said...

Oh wow! I'm so excited!!

I don't do a round-up post for all my readings, but I do pick a favourite book of the year. This year was a beautiful piece of Can Lit called "Latitudes of Melt" by Joan Clark. It is AMAZING. I can't recommend it enough.

Gavin said...

Happy New Year, John, and thanks for this round-up. It is a great way to visit all the reviews I've missed!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What an impressive list! Many thanks for taking on this task, John!

Teddy Rose said...

That's a great prize pack this month and it just so happens that I just started a Patrick Lane and have some Michael Kusugak holds at the library. Do I get 1 entry per author or if I read one of the authors more than once (different book) doe I get an entry for each book?

Wow john, the list of what we have read so far must have been a lot of work for you! It's a great reference, so thank you!!

John Mutford said...

Teddy: Good question. Seeing as I'm trying to get as many of those authors read as possible, I'll say each author gets an entry, not each book.

Melissa said...

I went looking for some novels at my local library from some of the authors listed and surprisingly enough, there weren't too many! I found a book of Cohen's poetry, so I'm going to try that, but I did find someone Canadian who isn't on the list AND hasn't been read yet: Jacqueline Baker. Her novel is called: The Horseman's Graves. I'm starting it this weekend!

Teddy Rose said...

I just posted my review for 3 of Michael Kusugak's books. I know only one qualifys for an entry into this month's awesome giveaway. Here's the link:

I also read Patrick Lane's memoir and will be posting the review soon. Thanks for the extra push this month to read Canadian, I am behind in the challenge.