Thursday, January 01, 2015

The 8th Canadian Book Challenge- Halfway Point!

Here we are, it's 2015, and halfway through the 8th Canadian Book Challenge. Below you'll find all the books that we've read collectively so far. As usual it's an eclectic mix. Though you'll still see Atwood and Mowat, the list is perhaps a little skimpier on the heavy weights this time around. But the flip side of that is a lot of great new and/or typically underexposed authors getting some recognition. Comics and graphic novels have a heavier presence than usual, Toronto's getting a lot of attention thanks especially to Teena, Nicola's bringing the Dear Canada series to the table, and of course everyone's representing their unique tastes and interests on a list that is already shaping up to be very Canadian in its diversity. I can't wait to see what the next 6 months bring!

Congrats to Pussreboots, Shan, Nicola, Irene, and Teena for already reaching (and surpassing) the goal of 13 Canadian books. To the rest of you, there's still a load of time. Read at your own pace, enjoy it, take the time to visit and read one another's reviews. Maybe you'll get inspired!

Abdou, Angie
- Anything Boys Can Do (AngelaLaughing)

Alexis, André
- Pastoral (Shan)

Allan, Mabel Esther
- An Island in a Green Sea (RIEDEL Fascination)

Amato, Mirella
- Beerology (Teena)

Andrews, Jan
- Winter of Peril (Nicola)  

Arden, Jann
- Falling Backwards (Teena)

Arend, Vivian
- Rocky Mountain Heat (JoAnne@LitlequeenRules)

Armstrong, Kelley
- The Calling (JoAnne@LitlequeenRules)
- The Gathering (JoAnne@LitlequeenRules) 
- Omens (Jules)

- The Rising (JoAnne@LitlequeenRules, Pussreboots)
- Sea of Shadows (Pussreboots)

Atwood, Margaret
- The Handmaid's Tale (MaryR) 
- Stone Mattress (Jules)

Baker, Jacqueline
- The Broken Hours (Melwyk)

Baldwin, Shauna Singh
- What the Body Remembers (AngelaLaughing)

Barclay, Linwood
- Never Saw it Coming (Shonna)
- No Safe House (Luanne, Teena, Shonna, Lisa N)

- A Tap on the Window (Shonna)

Basu, Arjun
- Waiting for the Man (Shan, Jules)

Berton, Laura Beatrice
- I Married the Klondike (John)

Bezmozgis, David
- The Betrayers (Shan, Jules)

Black, Michael
- I'm Bored illustrated by Debbie Redpath Ohi (John)

Bondrup-Nielsen, Soren
- Merging (Steve)

Bowen, Rhonda
- Hitting the Right Note (Shan)

Bradford, Karleen
- A Country of Our Own (Nicola)

Buchanan, Cathy Marie
- The Painted Girls (Raidergirl)

Callaghan, Morley
- More Joy in Heaven (Eric)

Cannon, Chris and Brian Calvert
- America, But Better (Irene)

Carroll, Emily
- Through the Woods (Nicola, Pussreboots)

Catling, Libby Whittall
- Twelve Days of Christmas in Fort Reliance illustrated by Alison McCreesh (John)

Chan, Gillian
- Dear Canada: An Ocean Apart (Nicola)

Chow, Olivia
- My Journey (Teena)

Christopher, Neil
- The Country of Wolves illustrated by Ramón Pérez (John)
Chuvalo, George and Murray Greig
- Chuvalo: A Fighter's Life (Teena)

Clark, Margaret Goff
- Mystery at Star Lake (RIEDEL Fascination)

Clarkson, Adrienne
- Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship (Irene)

Coady, Lynn
- Saints of Big Harbour (Lisa N) 

Collins, PJ Sarah
- What Happened to Serenity? (John) 

Coupland, Douglas
- Terry (Lisa N)
- Worst. Person. Ever. (Swordsman)

Crocker, Pat
- The Juicing Bible (Teena)
- The Smoothies Bible (Teena)

Crummey, Michael
- Sweetland (Luanne)

Czerneda, Julie
- Reap the Wild Wind (Jules) 
- Riders of the Storm (Jules) 

Davies, Robertson
- The Cunning Man (Mary R) 

Davis, Lauren B.
- Our Daily Bread (Sam Lamb) 

de Adder, Michael
- You Might be From Nova Scotia If... (Lisa N)

Delany, Vicki
- Juba Good (Jo)

De la Roche, Mazo
- Jalna (Pussreboots)

Delisle, Guy
- Burma Chronicles (Pussreboots)

Delany, Vicki
- Juba Good (Jo)  

De Lint, Charles
- Seven Wild Sisters (Pussreboots)

Deutschendorf, Harvey
- The Other Kind of Smart (Irene)

DeWitt, Patrick
- The Sisters Brothers (John)

Dickner, Nicolas
- Apocalypse for Beginners (Eric)

Doctor, Farzana
- Six Metres of Pavement (Teena)

Doctorow, Cory
- In Real Life illustrated by Jen Wang (Nicola, Pussreboots)
- Little Brother (John) 

Donoghue, Emma
- Frog Music (Jules)

Doolin, Carla
- Spitfire (JoAnne@LitlequeenRules)

Doyle, Alan
- Where I Belong (Teena, Swordsman, Lisa N)

Eddie, David
- Chump Change (Teena)

Ellis, Deborah
- Moon at Nine (Irene) 

Ellis, Sarah
- Outside In (Pussreboots

Engel, Howard
- The Suicide Murders (RIEDEL Fascination)

Fallis, Terry
- No Relation (Luanne, Lisa N, Sam Lamb)

Fielding, Joy
- See Jane Run (JoAnne) 

Filey, Mike
- More Toronto Sketches (Teena)
- Toronto Sketches 3 (Teena)
- Toronto Sketches 4 (Teena)
- Toronto Sketches 5 (Teena)
- Toronto Sketches 6 (Teena)  
- Toronto Sketches 7 (Teena)
- Toronto Sketches 8 (Teena) 
- Toronto Sketches 9 (Teena)
- Toronto Sketches 10 (Teena)
- Toronto Sketches 11 (Teena)
- Toronto: The Way We Were (Teena

Fisher, Sam
- Scare Scape (Kim)

Foster, Jo-Anne B.
- The End, the New Beginning (Barbara)
- One Thousand (Barbara)

Galchen, Rivka
- American Innovations (Shan)

Gates, Eva
- By Book or By Crook (Mysteries and More)

Gordon, Alison
- Night Game (Mysteries and More)

Grant, Jessica
- Making Light of Tragedy (AngelaLaughing)

Gravel, Elise
- The Rat (Shonna)
- The Slug (Shonna)

Gregory, Daryl
- Afterparty (Pussreboots)

Gruen, Sara
- Water for Elephants (John)

Hadfield, Chris
- You are Here (Melwyk, Shan)

Haldane, Seán
- The Devil's Making (Mysteries and More)

Hamilton, Ian
- The Red Pole of Macau (Mysteries and More)
- The Wild Beasts of the Wuhan (Mysteries and More)

Harlick, R. J.
- Silver Totem of Shame (Mysteries and More)

Haworth-Attard, Barbara
- Dear Canada: A Trail of Broken Dreams (Nicola)

Hicks, Faith Erin
- Friends with Boys (John)

Holmes, Peggy
- Never a Dull Moment (Barb in BC)

Huff, Tanya
- The Better Part of Valor (Kim)
- The Heart of Valor (Kim) 
- The Truth of Valor (Kim)
- Valor's Choice (Kim)
- Valor's Trail (Kim)

Hughes, Monica
- Invitation to the Game (Kim)

Hughes, Susan
- Let's Call it Canada (Pussreboots)

Hutchinson, Chris
- Other People's Lives (Eric)

Itani, Frances
- Tell (Shan, Jules)

Jennings, Maureen
- Season of Darkness (TracyK)

Jiles, Paulette
- Sitting in the Club Car and Drinking Rum and Karma-Cola (Steve)

Kale, Kathy T.
- Black Death in a New Age (Heather)

Karlinsky, Harry
- The Stonehenge Letters (Shonna)

Kay, Guy Gavriel
- Ysabel (Shonna)

Keri, Jonah
- Up, Up, and Away (Swordsman, Teena)

King, Thomas
- The Back of the Turtle (Melwyk)

Koyczan, Shane
- To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful (Nicola)

Kobayashi, Tamai
- Prairie Ostrich (Giraffe Days)

Kostelnik, Dawn
- The White Girl (John)

Kurlansky, Mark
- Birdseye (Mary R)

Lau, Doretta
- How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (AngelaLaughing)

Laurence, Margaret
- A Jest of God (Eric)
- The Stone Angel (John, Irene)

Lawson, Mary
- Road Ends (Melissa @ Jayne's Books) 

Lee, J. J.
- The Measure of a Man (Melwyk)
Lemire, Jeff
- Green Arrow, Vol. 4: The Kill Machine (Nicola) 
- Green Arrow, Vol. 5: The Outsiders War (Nicola) 
- Teen Titans: Earth One, Vol. 1 (Nicola)
- Trillium (Nicola, John)
- The Underwater Welder (John)

Levine, Allan
- Toronto: Biography of a City (Teena)

Lindhout, Amanda and Sara Corbett
- A House in the Sky (AngelaLaughing)

Little, Jean
- Dear Canada: All Fall Down (Nicola)

Lunn, Janet
- The Hollow Tree (Nicola)

MacDonald, Ann-Marie
- Adult Onset (AngelaLaughing)

MacLennan, Hugh
- Two Solitudes (Eric)

Mandel, Emily St. John
- Station Eleven (Melwyk)

Manuel, Lynn
- Mystery at Cranberry Farm (RIEDEL Fascination)
- Return to Cranberry Farm (RIEDEL Fascination)

Martin, Andrea
- Lady Parts (Teena)

Matas, Carol
- Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past (Nicola)

McCarney, Rosemary
- Every Day is Malala Day (Irene)

McClintock, Norah
- Dear Canada:  A Sea of Sorrows (Nicola)

McClung, Nellie L.
-  Purple Springs (Pussreboots)

McLean, Jesse
- Wait For It (Shan)

Michaels, Sean
- Us Conductors (Shan)

Mighton, John
- Scientific Americans (Eric)

Millar, Margaret
- Beyond this Point are Monsters (Melwyk)

Millar, Mark
- Civil War illustrated by Steve McNiven (John)

Miller, Lawrence
- The Avro Arrow (Steve)

Mofina, Rick
- Six Seconds (Teena)
- Vengeance Road (Teena)

Montgomery, Lucy Maud
- Anne of Avonlea read by Colleen Winton (Sharon)

Moore, Lisa
- February (Lisa N) 

Mootoo, Shani
- Moving Forward Sideways like a Crab (Shan)

Mowat, Farley
- And No Birds Sang (Swordsman)
- Bay of Spirits (Swordsman)
- People of the Deer (Swordsman)

Munro, Alice
- Open Secrets (Barbara)

Myers, Rob
- Heart Disease (Irene Roth)

Nawaz, Zarqa
- Laughing All the Way to the Mosque (Teena, Claire)

Norman, Peter
- Emberton (Melwyk)

North, Suzanne
- Bones to Pick (Mysteries and More)

O'Keefe, David
- One Day in August (Swordsman)  

O'Leary, Kevin
- The Truth Hard Truth About Men, Women, and Money (Teena)

O'Neill, Heather
- The Girl who was Saturday Night (Shan, Eric)

Oram, Jean
- Champagne and Lemon Drops (JoAnne@LitlequeenRules)

Page, Kathy
- Paradise and Elsewhere (Shan)

Peacock, Shane
- Mystery of Ireland's Eye (RIEDEL Fascination)

Penny, Louise
- The Beautiful Mystery read by Ralph Cosham (Jo)
- A Fatal Grace (Lisa N)
- The Cruelest Month (Lisa N)
- The Long Way Home (John Forrester, Mysteries and More)
- The Long Way Home read by Ralph Cosham (Luanne)
- Still Life (Lisa N)

Peppas, Lynn
- What are Cirrus Clouds? (Irene)

Pilkey, Brent
- Lethal Rage (Teena)
- Savage Rage (Teena)
- Secret Rage (Teena)

Proulx, E. Annie
- The Shipping News (Barb in BC)

Pye, Donna-Marie
- Canada's Slow Cooker Winners (Teena)
- Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes (Teena)

Rachman, Tom
- The Rise and Fall of Great Powers (52booksorbust)

Reisman, Rose
- The Balance of Living Well (Irene)

Rempel, Al
- This Isn't the Apocalypse We Hoped For (Eric)

Renzetti, Elizabeth
- Based on a True Story (Shonna) 

Richards, Nancy Wilcox
- How to be a Friend (Irene Roth)

Richler, Mordecai
- Barney's Version (MaryR)

Rivers, Benjamin
- Snow (Eric)

Robinson, Eden
- Abbatoir Blues (Luanne)

Rogers, Stan and Matt James
- Northwest Passage (John)

Rolheiser, Ronald
- The Restless Heart (Irene)

Rose, Nancy
- The Secret Life of Squirrels (Melwyk)

Rotenberg, Robert
- The Glass House (Mysteries and More)

Rothman, Claire Holden
- My October (Shan)

Roy, Gabrielle
- The Tin Flute (Eric)

Rudolph, Katja
- Little Bastards in Springtime (Shonna)

Ruth, Elizabeth
- Matadora (Jules)

Saravanja, German
- The Man with the Wolf in His Belly illustrated by Nick MacIntosh (John)

Sawyer, Robert J.
- Flash Forward (Pussreboots)

Schoenberger, Debra
- Montreal: Street Photography (Teena)

Showler, Suzannah
- Failure to Thrive (Eric)

Sloan-McIntosh, Kathleen
- 300 Best Potato Recipes (Teena)

Somerville, Madeleine
- All You Need is Less (Mary R)

Sooley, Jill
- Baggage (Jules)

Stevens, Chevy
- That Night (Shonna)

St. James, Simone
- Silence for the Dead (Shonna)

Stone, Danny
- You Have the Keys, Now Drive (Teena)

Sun, Amanda
- Ink (Pussreboots)

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

Tamaki, Mariko
- Skim illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Tanya)
- This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Tanya, Nicola)

Thorton, Ian
- The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms (Shonna)

Thúy, Kim
- Man (Melwyk)

Todd, Paula
- Extreme Mean (Irene Roth)

Torres, J
- Teen Titans Go! The Beast Boy Who Cried Wolf (Nicola)
- Teen Titans Go! Demo (Nicola)

Torres, J and Hicks, Faith Erin
- Bigfoot Boy (Nicola)

Unger, Jim
- Herman Classics, Volume 3 (Irene, John)
- Herman Classics, Volume 5 (Irene)

Vaughan, Brian K.
- Saga, Vol. 1 illustrated by Fiona Staples (John)

Walker, Joan
- Repent at Leisure (Barb in BC) 

Walrond, Karen and Jen Lemen, Sarah-Ji, Kate Inglis, Andrea Scher, Tracey Clark, Paige Balcer, Stephanie Roberts, Irene Nam, Maile Wilson
- Expressive Photography (Teena) 

Warren, Dianne
- Cool Water (Mysteries and More)

Watson, Sheila
- The Double Hook (John)

Watts, Peter
- Blindsight (Heather)

White, Emily
- Lonely (Irene)

Wolfe, Inger Ash
- A Door in the River (Mysteries and More)

Woodman, David C.
- Unravelling the Franklin Mystery: Inuit Testimony (Steve)

Wright, Eric
- Buried in Stone (RIEDEL Fascination)
- A Single Death (RIEDEL Fascination)


Teena in Toronto said...

Wow! That's quite an impressive list!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's a lot of reading! Here's to the second half of the challenge being just as impressive.

Anonymous said...

I've been representing Toronto profusely since last year's challenge, with Eric Wright's two series. Howard Engel, whom I instantly adored, is close by in Grantham / St. Catherine's (minutes from Niagara Falls). I reluctantly ended Robert Sutherland's FANTASTIC mystery adventures. If you can find them, snatch them up.