The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh?

Starting July 1st, 2008 and running to July 1st, 2009, I challenge you to read (and write about) 13 Canadian books (by Canadians and/or about Canadians). For more information click here.

I’m really looking forward to this challenge, mostly because I’m Canadian myself 🙂 and I haven’t really read all that many books by Canadian authors/about Canadians (except for the Dear Canada novels when I was younger). I’m going to go with the From Sea to Sea to Sea method, which means I’ll be choosing 13 books, one from each territory/province. Here’s my list (will probably change a lot):

1. (Newfoundland & Labrador 1): The Town that Forgot How to Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey
: The House of Hate by Percy Janes

2. (Prince Edward Island 1): Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

3. (Nova Scotia 1): Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie Macdonald

4. (New Brunswick 1): Minago Streets by Donna Allard (poetry)
: Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richard

5. (Quebec 1): The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens [also for Book Awards II Challenge]
: Life of Pi by Yann Martel [also for Book Awards II Challenge]

6. (Ontario 1): Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam (short stories)
: Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint

7. (Manitoba 1): A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews [also for Book Awards II Challenge]

8. (Saskatchewan 1): Serpent in the Night Sky by Dianne Warren (play)

9. (Alberta 1): One Muddy Hand by Earle Birney (poetry)

10. (British Columbia 1): Generation X: Tales of Accelareted Culture by Douglas Coupland
: Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

11. (Yukon 1): The National Dream by Pierre Berton (non-fiction)

12. (Northwest Territories 1): Bloody Falls of the Coppermine by Mackay Jenkins
: Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay [also for Book Awards II Challenge]

13. (Nunavut 1): White Dawn by James A. Houston

As usual bold means I’ve read it, italics means I’m working on it. 🙂


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Book Awards II

10 months. 10 award winners.

The challenge for Book Awards II will be slightly different. First of all, it will last for 10 months instead of 12. Since we had over 100 participants last time, there wasn’t room for everyone on the blog site due to blogger’s limitation of only 100 contributors. Taking off those two months will allow me to clean up the site and set up the next challenge. On July 15th, I’ll be deleting the participants from the first challenge UNLESS you’ve signed up for the new challenge. Your reviews won’t be deleted, you just won’t be able to post at the blog site anymore.


  1. Read 10 award winners from August 1, 2008 through June 1, 2009.
  2. You must have at least FIVE different awards in your ten titles.
  3. Overlaps with other challenges are permitted.
  4. You don’t have to post your choices right away, and your list can change at any time.
  5. ‘Award winners’ is loosely defined; make the challenge fit your needs, keeping in mind Rule #2.
  6. SIGN UP here
  7. Have fun reading!

This will be my first book challenge. :O Here are my 10 books (they will probably change):

1. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker (1983 Pulitzer)
2. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (1961 Pulitzer)
3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2002 Booker)
4. Inglorious by Joanna Kavenna (2008 Orange)
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2003 Costa/Whitbread)
6. Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay (2007 Giller)
7. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (2004 Governor General)
8. The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens (2006 Governor General)
9. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (1998 British)
10. Runaway by Alice Munro (2004 Giller)
11. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1986 Hugo)

Bold means I’ve read it, italics means I’m working on it.

I’ve mostly chosen books that I’ve planned to read for a while now, and the others are usually ones that I’ve heard of before.

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Hey All!! This is going to be my book blog, and I’ll try to post reviews, challenges, etc. as frequently as possible. 🙂

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