Wednesday, January 01, 2014

7th Canadian Book Challenge - The Halfway Point Recap!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Here's to 2014 and Canadian reading! We've rounded the bend, exactly halfway through our efforts in the Canadian Book Challenge and once again, I'm impressed with the eclectic mix of books that we've read as a collective. Here's what we read in the first half:
Alexie, Robert Arthur
- The Pale Indian (John)

Al-Solaylee, Kamal
- Intolerable (Irene Roth)

Anderson, Melissa
- The Way I See It (Teena)

Anka, Paul
- My Way (Swordsman)

Anthony, Joelle
- Restoring Harmony (Kim)

Armstrong, Kelley
- Bitten (JoAnne)
- The Calling (Pussreboots, Marie)
- Haunted (JoAnne Isgro)
- Men of the Underworld (Jules)
- Omens (JoAnne Isgro)
- The Reckoning (Pussreboots)
- The Summoning (Pussreboots)

Armstrong, Theodora
- Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility (Jules)

Atwood, Margaret
- Choke Collar (Jules)
- Erase Me (Jules)
- MaddAddam (Nicola)
- Oryx and Crake (Mary R)
-The Penelopiad (Lee-Anne)
- Strange Things (Lee-Anne)
- Surfacing (Lee-Anne)
- Year of the Flood (Mary R)

Badami, Anita Rau
- Tamarind Mem (Eric)

Baker, Graydon
- The Guidebook to Killing Lions in Africa (Samantha Adkins)

Ball, Krista D.
- Spirits Rising (Heather)

Balogh, Mary
- The Arrangement (Jo)
- The Proposal (Jo)

Bantock, Nick
- The Golden Mean (Mary R)
- Griffin and Sabine (Melwyk, Mary R)
- Sabine's Notebook (Mary R)


Barclay, Linwood
- The Accident (Nicola, JoAnne)
- A Tap on the Window (Teena, Nicola, Luanne)

Barfoot, Joan
- Exit Lines (Melwyk)

Barr, George
- Take Your Photography to the Next Level (Teena)

Benison, C. C.
- Death at Sandringham House (Sharon)
- Death at Windsor Castle (Sharon)

Berton, Pierre
- Fast Fast Fast Relief (Barb in BC)

Best, Cary
- When We Go Walking illustrated by Krysten Brooker (Irene Roth)

Blair, Jeff
- Full Count (Swordsman)

Bock, Dennis
Going Home Again (Jules, Shan)

Boge, Paul H.
- The Urban Saint (Sharon)

Boldt, Mike
- 123 Versus ABC (Irene)

Bonert, Kenneth
- The Lion Seeker (Jules)

Boyd, David
- Battle of Queenston Heights illustrated by Drew Ng (John)

Boyko, John
- Blood and Daring (Swordsman)

Bowen, Gail
- The Gifted (Mysteries and More)

Bowering, George
- My Darling Nellie Grey (Eric)
- Vermeer's Light (Eric)

Boyden, Joseph
- Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont (Swordsman)
- The Orenda (Shan)

Bradley, Alan
- I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Tracy K)
- A Red Herring Without Mustard (Samantha Adkins)
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Deb)

Brady, John 
- Unholy Ground (TracyK)

Britt, Fanny
- Jane, The Fox and Me illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christine Morelli and Susan Ouriou (Perogyo)

Brooke, Frances
- The History of Emily Montague (Melwyk, Lee-Anne)

Cameron, Janet E.
- Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World (Lisa N)

Christmas, Jane
- And Then There Were Nuns (Melwyk)

Clark, Gregory
- Hi, There! (Barb in B.C.)
- War Stories (Barb in B.C.)

Cliff, Tony
- Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (Nicola)

Coady, Lynn
- The Antagonist (Melwyk)
- HellGoing (Jules, Shan, Daniel)

Cohen, Leonard
- Book of Mercy (Anita)
- The Favourite Game (Anita)

Cohen, Tish
- The Truth About Delilah Blue (Jules)

Cooper, Susan
- The Boggart (Pussreboots)

Cote, Genevieve
- Mr. King's Castle (Irene)

Coupland, Douglas
- City of Glass (Eric)

Cox, K. R.
- Middle On (Sarah@Workaday Reads)

Curran, Colleen
Something Drastic (Melwyk)

Czerneda, Julie
- Survival (Braedonnal)
- Ties of Power (Braedonnal)

Davidson, Craig
- Cataract City (Tanya, Shan)

Davidson, Hilary
- Evil in All its Disguises (Shonna)

Davis, Darrell
- Fire on Ice (Mysteries and More)

Davis, Lauren B.
- The Empty Room (Jules)
- The Stubborn Season (Danielle)

Debon, Nicolas
- Four Pictures by Emily Carr (Perogyo)
- The Strongest Man in the World (Perogyo)

Delany, Vicki
- A Cold White Sun (Mysteries and More)
Gold Digger (Jules)

Delisle, Guy
- Pyongyang (John)
- A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting (Claire)

De Mariaffi, Elisabeth
- How to Get Along with Women (Jules)

De Sa, Anthony
- Kicking the Sky (Teena)

De Sa, Anthony
- Barnacle Love (Shonna)
- Kicking the Sky (Shonna, Teena)

Devaney, Julie
- My Leaky Body (Melwyk)

Dickner, Nicolas
- Nikolski translated by Lazer Lederhendler (Eric)

Donoghue, Emma
- Room (Braedonnal)

Douglas, Gilean
- River for My Sidewalk (Barb in BC)

Dowding, Philippa
- The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden (Giraffe Days)

Drozdowich, Barb
- The Author's Guide to Working with Book Bloggers (Teena)

Duncan, Dave
- Wildcatter (Jules)

Eddie, Christine
- The Douglas Notebooks translated by Sheila Fischman (Sam Lamb)

Edugyan, Esi
- The Second Life of Samuel Tyne (Jules)

Elliott, George
- The Kissing Man (Jules)

Endicott, Marina
- The Little Shadows (Irene Roth)

Fagan, Cary
- A Bird's Eye (Melwyk)
- My Life Among the Apes (Melwyk)

Fergus, Maureen
- The Gypsy King (Sarah at Workaday Reads)

Ferguson, Will
- 419 (Lisa, Samantha Adkins)
- Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw (Samantha Adkins)
- Happiness (Sam Lamb)

Ferguson, Will and Ian Ferguson
- How to be a Canadian (Lisa N)

Fielding, Joy
- Now You See Her (JoAnne)

Finlayson, Judith
- The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes (Teena)

Fletcher, Crystal
- Beauty Beneath the Banyan (Jules)

Fontaine, Robert Louis
- Hello to Springtime (Barb in BC)

Fradkin, Barbara
- Once Upon a Time (Deb)

Friskney, Janet B.
- New Canadian Library: The Ross McClelland Years (Lee-Anne)

Frye, Northrop
- The Educated Imagination (Irene)

Fullerton, Alma
- Community Soup (Irene)

Gallant, Mavis
- From the Fifteenth District (Anita)

Gay, Marie-Louise
- Read Me a Story, Stella (Perogyo)

Ghomeshi, Jian
- 1982 (Lee-Anne)

Gibb, Aileen
- Voices (Teena)

Gibb, Camilla
- Sweetness in the Belly (Jules)

Giguere, Rejean
- Jackfish Reborn (Braedonnal)

Gildiner, Catherine
- After the Falls (Barb in B.C.)

Gilmour, David
- Extraordinary (Jules)

Grace, Savannah
- Sihpromtaum (Luanne)

Grady, Wayne
- Emancipation Day (Shan, Melwyk, Jules)

Graham, Clarkson
- Married to Crazy (Teena)

Gray, Charlotte
- The Massey Murder (Teena)

Gray, Nathalie
- Gridlock: Cybershock (Braedonnal)

Griffin, Daniel
- Stopping for Strangers (Melwyk)

Gunnars, Kristjana
- The Prowler (Pooker)

Hadfield, Chris
- An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (Shan, Melwyk, Swordsman)

Haliburton, Thomas Chandler
- The Clockmaker (Lee-Anne)

Harrison, A. S. A.
- The Silent Wife (Shonna, Shan)

Hartt-Sussman, Heather
- Noni is Nervous illustrated by Genevieve Cote (Irene Roth)

Heidbreder, Robert
- Black and Bittern Was Night illustrated by John Martz (Irene)

Heiti, Matthew
- The City Still Breathing (Tanya)

Hicks, Faith Erin and Neil Druckmann
- The Last of Us (Nicola)

Hill, Lawrence
- The Book of Negroes (Barbara)

Hill, Miranda
- Sleeping Funny (Nicola)

Honore, Carl
- The Slow Fix (Irene Roth)

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

Houston, James
- Akavak (Barb in BC)

Howell, Shan
- The Rude Story of English (Shan)

Huff, Tanya
- The Enchantment Emporium (Kim)
- Valor's Choice (Braedonnal)

Hutchins, Hazel
- Cat Comes Too illustrated by Gosia Mosz (Pussreboots)

Itani, Frances
- Missing (Jules)
- Remembering the Bones (Nan)

Johnston, Wayne
- The Son of a Certain Woman (Jules)

Johnstone, D. L.
- Furies (Mysteries and More)

Joya, Malalai
- A Woman Among Warlords with Derrick O'Keefe (Irene)

Kay, Alisa
- Under Budapest (Jules)

Kay, Guy Gavriel
- Under Heaven (Claire)
- Ysabel (Braedonnal)

Kelloway, Karen
- Raphael's Riddle (MaryR)

Kelly, Kerry
- The Family Album (Melwyk)

Kennedy, Scott
- Willowdale (Swordsman)

Kidd, Monica
- The Momentum of Red (Pooker)

Kinsella, W. P.
- Shoeless Joe (John)

Korman, Gordon
- The Hypnotists (Nicola)
- The Emperor's Code (Pussreboots)
- The Medusa Plot (Pussreboots)


Kotzwinkle,  William; Murray, Glenn and Gundy, Elizabeth
- Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise illustrated by Audrey Colman (Nicola)

Krall, Elizabeth
- Too Close (Teena)

Krueger, Paul
- A Journey Through History: A Guide to the Niagara Parkway from Chippawa to Black Creek (Nicola)

Kulling, Monica
- The Great Houdini illustrated by Anne Reas (Nicola)
- Making Contact! illustrated by Richard Rudnicki (Nicola)

Kusugak, Michael
- T is for Territories illustrated by Iris Churcher (Irene)

Laurence, Margaret
- The Diviners (Jules)

Lazurko, Anne
- Dollybird (Melwyk)

Leaf, Rik
- Four Homeless Millionaires (John)

Leavitt, Martine
- Heck Superhero (Irene Roth)
- Keturah and Lord Death (Irene Roth)
- My Book of Life by Angel (Irene Roth)
- Tom Finder (Irene Roth)

Lee, Rebecca
- Bobcat and Other Stories (Nicola)

Legault, Stephen
- The Third Riel Conspiracy (Mysteries and More)

Leiderman, Lucy
- Lives of Magic (Giraffe Days)

Leung, Lawrence, Susan Hannah, and Elizabeth Dares-Dobbie
- The Complete Migraine Health, Diet Guide and Cookbook (Teena)

Lindhout, Amanda and Sara Corbett
- A House in the Sky (Luanne, Samantha Adkins, Shan)

Little, Jean
- Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird (Sharon)

Lloyd, Jennifer
- The Best Thing About Kindergarten illustrated by Qin Leng (Perogyo)

Lorig, Kate, and Halsted Holman, David Sobel, Diana Laurent, Virgina Gonzales, Marian Minor
- Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions (Sharon)

Lovegrove, Jennifer
- Watch How we Walk (Tanya)

MacDonald, Ann-Marie
- Fall on Your Knees (JoAnne)

MacLeod, Alistair
- The Last Salt Gift of Blood (Barb in BC)

MacLeod, Sue
- Namesake (Marie)

Mallette, Pattie
- Nowhere But Up (Teena)

Martel, Yann
- Life of Pi (Veronica)

Martin, Mike
- The Walker on the Cape (Shonna)

Mayer, Dale
- Vampire in Denial (Sarah at Workaday Reads)

McAdam, Colin
A Beautiful Truth (Jules)

McCollum, Jordan
- I, Spy (Sarah at Workaday Reads)

McKay, Ami
- The Virgin Cure (JoAnne)

McKay, Sharon E.
- War Brothers illustrated by Daniel Lafrance (John)

McClintock, Norah
- Close to the Heel (Nicola)

McLinton, Judy and John Mutford (selections by)
- Coming Home (Barbara)

Messud, Claire
- The Woman Upstairs (Jules)

Messum, J. Kent
- Bait (Luanne)

Millar, Margaret
- Beast in View (Melwyk)

Mistry, Rohinton
- A Fine Balance (Jules)

Mofina, Rick
- They Disappeared (Heather)

Montgomery, Lucy Maud
- Anne of Avonlea (Jules)
- Anne of Green Gables (Samantha Adkins)
- The Blue Castle (Sharon)

Moore, Lisa
- Alligator (Sam Lamb)
- Caught (Shan, Jules)

Morrison, Jacqui
- The Vigilante (Teena)

Morrissey, Donna
- The Deception of Livvy Higgs (Sam Lamb)

Moser, Elisa
- Lily and Taylor (Perogyo)

Motyer, Arthur
- The Staircase Letters (Melwyk)

Mowat, Farley
- The Curse of the Viking Grave (Lee-Anne)
- Lost in the Barrens (Lee-Anne)
- My Discovery of America (Barb in BC)
- Owls in the Family (Barb in BC)

Munro, Alice
- Dance of the Happy Shades (Eric)
- Open Secrets (Jules)

Nagel, Brian
- Let's Forefoot da Sonovabitch (John)

Nawaz, Saleema
- Bone and Bread (Jules)

Oakley, Mark
- Thieves and Kings, Book 6 (Nicola)

Ohi, Ruth
- Chicken, Pig, Cow (Irene Roth)
- Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Class Pet (Irene Roth)
- Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem (Irene Roth)
- Chicken, Pig, Cow's First Fight (Irene Roth)
- Chicken, Pig, Cow, Horse Around (Irene Roth)
- Kenta and the Big Wave (Perogyo, Irene Roth)
- A Trip With Grandma (Irene Roth)

Ondaatje, Michael
- The English Patient (Lee-Anne)

Ostenso, Martha
- Wild Geese (Jules)

Oxford, Kelly
- Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar (Irene)

Pearson, Kit
- The Whole Truth (Samantha Adkins)

Pelley, Chad
- Away from Everywhere (Jules)

Pendziwol, Jean E.
- Once Upon a Northern Night illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Perogyo)

Penny, Louise
- Bury Your Dead read by Ralph Cosham (Jo)
- How the Light Gets In (Perogyo, MaryR, Mysteries and More)
- How the Light Gets In read by Ralph Cosham (Shonna)
- Still Life (JoAnne)
- A Trick of the Light read by Ralph Cosham (Jo)

Petersen, Christan
- Outside the Line (Barb in BC)

Pogue, Carolyn
- The Rock of Ages (John)

Poitevin, Linda
- Gwynneth Ever After (Shonna) 

Pope, Al
- Bad Latitudes (John)

Primeau, Liz
- City Gardens (Irene)
- Creating a Garden (Irene)
- Front Yard Gardens (Irene)
- Vegetable Gardening (Irene)

Pullinger, Kate
- The Mistress of Nothing (Barb in BC)

Pura, Murray
Beneath the Dover Sky (Sharon)

Quist, Jennifer
- Love Letters of the Angel of Death (Daniel)

Ravel, Edeet
- Look For Me (Giraffe Days)

Ricci-Thode, Vanessa
- The Dragon Whisperer (Daniel)

Rich, Roberta
- The Harem Midwife (Shonna)
- The Midwife of Venice (Shan)

Richards, David Adams
- God Is (Irene Roth)
- Mercy Among the Children (Jules)

Richardson, Bill
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast (Pussreboots)
- Dear Sad Goat (Lisa N)

Richler, Mordecai
- The Street (Barb in BC)

Riley, Louise
- One Happy Moment (Lee-Anne, Barb in BC)

Robinson, Eden
- Monkey Beach (Barb in BC)

Robinson, Peter
- Children of the Revolution (Luanne)

Rodger, Ellen
- How Does the Government Work? (Irene Roth)

Ross, Stewart
- Into the Unknown illustrated by Stephen Biesty (Pussreboots)

Rotenberg, Robert
- Old City Hall (Nan)
- Stranglehold (Teena, Mysteries and More)

Rowen, Gail
- Countdown (Giraffe Days)

Roy, Gabrielle
- Enchanted Summer (Barb in BC)
- The Road Past Altamont (Barb in BC)

Rybczynski, Witold
- Looking Around (Barbara)

Sands, Patricia
- The Promise of Provence (Sharon)

Saul, Nick and Andre Curtis
- The Stop (Melwyk)

Sawyer, Robert J.
- Hominids (Pooker)
- Red Planet Blues (Braedonnal, Swordsman)

Scharper, Hilary
- Peridta (Melwyk)

Schellenberg, Lovella et al
- Mennonite Girls Can Cook (Sharon)

Scott, A. D
- Beneath the Abbey Wall (Sharon)

Scrimger, Richard
- Ink Me (Nicola)

Seagrave, John
- The Hudson's Bay Boy (John)

Selvadurai, Shyam
- Cinnamon Gardens (Giraffe Days)

Shariff, Shaheen
- Confronting Cyber-Bullying (Irene Roth)

Shewchuk, Pat
- In Lucia's Neighborhood illustrated by Marek Colek (Pussreboots)

Shields, Carol
- Jane Austen (Mary R)

Sibley, Robert C.
- The Way of the Stars (Anita)

Simmons, Gail
- Talking with my Mouth Full (Swordsman, Teena)

Simon, Ilana
- 125 Best Indoor Grill Recipes (Teena)

Slayter, Rebecca Silver
In the Land of the Birdfishes (Jules)

Smart, Elizabeth
- The Assumption of Rogues and Rascals (Rasiqra/Revulva)

Smith, Brad
- Shoot the Dog (Luanne)

Spires, Ashley
- Binky: License to Scratch (Nicola)
- Binky the Space Cat (Pussreboots)

Spotson, Scott
- Seeking Dr. Magic (Sarah at Workaday Reads)

Staunton, Ted
- Who I'm Not (Nicola)

Stevenson, Dick
- The Saga of the Sourtoe (John)

Stirling, S. M.
- Dies the Fire (Braedonnal)

St. James, Simone
- The Haunting of Maddy Clare (Melwyk)
- An Inquiry into Love and Death (Melwyk)

Stocks, Cassie
- Dance, Gladys, Dance (Sam Lamb, Daniel)

Stone, L. H.
- In To the Bend (Samantha Adkins)

Stratton, Allan
- Chanda's Secrets (Shonna)

Suneby, Elizabeth
- Razia's Ray of Hope illustrated by Suana Vereslt (Perogyo)

Swan, Mary
- My Ghosts (Melwyk)

Szalowski, Pierre
- Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather translated by Alison Anderson (Melwyk)

Tamaki, Mariko and Steve Rolston
- Emiko Superstar (John)

Tardif, Cheryl Kaye
- Children of the Fog (Heather)

Taylor, Patrick
- An Irish Country Wedding (Shonna)

Thomas, Joan
- Reading by Lightning (Sharon)

Thúy, Kim
- Ru (Shonna)

Tod, M. K.
- Unravelled (Giraffe Days)

Toews, Miriam
- The Flying Troutmans (Barbara)

Torres, J
- The Unkindness of Ravens art by Faith Erin Hicks (Nicola)

Tsabari, Ayelet
- The Best Place of Earth (Jules)

Urquhart, Jane
- Changing Heaven (Jules)
- The Whirlpool (Shonna)

Vanier, Jean
- Finding Peace (Irene)

Varady, Krista and Bill Gottlieb
- The Every Other Day Diet (Teena)

Vassanji, M. G.
- The Book of Secrets (Jules)

Viva, Frank
- Along a Long Road (Pussreboots)
- A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse (Nicola)

Vyleta, Dan
- The Crooked Maid (Jules)

Wallace, Benjamin
- The Big Book of Dumb White Husband (Teena)

Walters, Eric
- Between Heaven and Earth (Nicola)

Wearing, Alison
- Honeymoon in Purdah (Barb in BC)

Whyte, Jack
- The Skystone (Braedonnal)

Wiebe, Rudy
- The Mad Trapper (John)

Wilson, Ethel
- The Innocent Traveller (Barb in BC)

Wilson, John
- Lost Cause (Nicola)

Winter, Michael
- Minister Without Portfolio (Jules, Shan)

Wishinsky, Frieda
- Beware, Pirates! illustrated by Dean Griffiths (Samantha Adkins)

Wright, Dare
- The Doll and the Kitten (Shonna)
- Edith and Midnight (Shonna)
- Edith and Mr. Bear (Shonna)
- Edith and the Duckling (Shonna)
- Lona (Shonna)
- The Lonely Doll (Shonna)

Yetman, Derek
- The Beothuk Expedition (Jules)

Young, Scott
- The Shaman's Knife (Mysteries and More)

2 comments:

Kailana said...

I had no idea Alan Bradley was Canadian. Or if I did, I forgot. I should have joined this year. Maybe I will in July. :)

John Mutford said...

Kailana: Yes, he's from Toronto. I've only read one of his books, so I can't say for sure, but I believe they're usually set in England, so that throws people off. I hope you do join us in July!