Canadian Book Challenge.
Canadian Book Challenge

I've never joined a reading challenge before but this one seemed like a good one to try, given that Canadian authors are mostly what I'm reading these days.

The rules are simple: read 13 Canadian books (books by Canadians and/or about Canadians) before next Canada Day (that's July 1st for you non-Canadians in the audience). [From The Book Mine Set]

I'm choosing my books based on where they are set, one for each province and territory. This is a preliminary list, based on what was close at hand, obviously incomplete, and subject to change. When the Canada Reads selections are announced next month, this list may change substantially. (Update: The Canada Reads books have been announced.)

Final update: I finished! Last review written in the wee hours of June 30th.

The list:

British Columbia
Sointula by Bill Gaston (my library) - DONE!
Alberta
Icefields by Thomas Wharton (public library) - DONE!
Saskatchewan
A Killing Spring by Gail Bowen (my library) - DONE!
Manitoba
A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence (my library) - DONE!
Ontario
King Leary by Paul Quarrington (public library) - DONE!
Quebec
Atonement by Gaetan Soucy (my library) - DONE!
Nova Scotia
Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery (public library) - DONE!
Prince Edward Island
Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery: Volume I: 1889-1910 edited by Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston (my library) - DONE!
New Brunswick
The Devil is Loose! by Antonine Maillet (my library) - DONE!
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Big Why by Michael Winter (my library) - DONE!
Yukon
South of an Unnamed Creek by Anne Cameron (my library) - DONE!
Northwest Territories
Spider's Song by Anita Daher (public library) - DONE!
Nunavut
The Curse of the Shaman by Michael Kusugak (public library) - DONE!

Posted by Ripley on October 25, 2007 | Tags: canadian book challenge




And then you said

The only one on your list that I've read is Bird in the House. Granted, it's a favourite- especially "Loons". Glad to have you on board!

Posted by John Mutford on October 25, 2007 3:58 PM

Thanks, John. :)

Posted by Ripley on October 26, 2007 12:29 AM

Margaret Laurence?! Yikes.

This sounds like a great challenge and I love your idea of one from each province/territory. Is there a list you are pulling that from or do you just happen to know where they all take place?


Oh and YAY comments are back!

Posted by julie on October 29, 2007 7:46 AM

Some I knew, some I read the publisher's blurb.

And I like Margaret Laurence! :)

Posted by Ripley on October 29, 2007 8:50 AM



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