Friday, July 9, 2010

Canadian Book Reading Challenge 4

Hosted by John at The Book Mine Set.

July 1, 2010 - July 1, 2011

"Read (and write about) 13 Canadian books by Canadians and/or about Canadians."

Books completed (21) with links to those reviewed for Challenge 4 (2010):

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel****+  2010
Afterimage by Helen Humphreys****+  2000
The Ghost Brush by Katherine Govier*****  2010 GG Award nom
Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant***+
The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan***** 2010
Crime Machine by Giles Blunt**** 2010
Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart**** 2010
Ape House by Sarah Gruen**** 2010
Water For Elephants by Sarah Gruen****+
Devotion by Howard Norman***+
The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre***** 2009 Giller Winner

Room by Emma Donaghue***** 2010
Falling by Anne Simpson****
The Mistress  of Nothing by Kate Pullinger***** 2009 GG Award Winner
The Debba by Avner Mandelman***** 2010
The Singer's Gun by Emily St. John Mandel**** 2010

The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud***+ 2010 Giller Winner
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb***** 2005 Giller shortlist
The Matter With Morris by David Bergen****2010 Commonwealth shortlist
Letters to Omar by Rachel Wyatt****
The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb*****

Books completed (18) with links to those reviewed for Challenge 3 (2009)

No Such Creature***+ by Giles Blunt
Conceit***** by Mary Novik
The Entropy of Aaron Rosclatt*** by James Sandham
The Last Woman***+ by John Bemrose
Ticknor*** by Sheila Heti
Fall on Your Knees***** by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Random Passage***** by Bernice Morgan
Nikolski**** by Nicolas Dickner
Good To a Fault**** by Marina Endicott
The Practice of Perfection**** by Mary Frances Coady
Chef***** by Jaspreet Singh
February**** by Lisa Moore
Wild Dogs**** by Helen Humphreys
The Golden Mean***** by Annabel Lyon
The Butterfly Chair by Marion Quednau
The Carnivore***** by Mark Sinnett
Breaking Lorca***** by Giles Blunt
The Heart of Buddha***+ by Elsie Sze

Books completed (27) with links to those reviewed for Challenge 2 (2008)

Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen****
Changing Heaven by Jane Urquhart****
The Fat Lady Next Door is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay***
The Disappeared by Kim Echlin****+
An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark****
Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel****
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway****
Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richard*****
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson****
What We All Long For by Dionne Brand****
The Museum Guard by Howard Norman****
Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden*****
Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel*****
Red Dog, Red Dog by Patrick Lane****
The Retreat by David Bergen****
The Outlander by Gil Adamson****
The Boys in the Trees by Mary Swan*****
The Letter Opener by Kyo Maclear***+
The Lizard Cage by Karen O'Connell*****
Alligator by Lisa Moore***+
Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay****
At A Loss For Words by Diane Schoemperlen***+
Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy***
Twice Born by Pauline Gedge****
Quintet by Douglas Arthur Brown***+
Coventry by Helen Humphreys****+
Ex-Cottagers in Love by J. M. Kearns***+

Canadian literature on the shelves waiting tbr...

Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner
Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso
The City of Yes by Peter Oliva
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Larry's Party by Carol Shields
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Consolation by Michael Redhill
Angel Walk by Katherine Govier
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by vassanji
April Raintree by Beatrice Culleton
The Assumption of the Rogues and Rascals by Elizabeth Smart
A Recipe for Bees by Gail Anderson-Dargat
See the Child by David Bergen
The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy
On the Side of the Angels: The Second Volume of the Journals of Elizabeth Smart    
Eriksdottir by Joan Clark
The Widows by Suzette Mayr
The Book of Emma by Marie-Celie Agnant
An Equal Music: A Novel by Vikram Seth
Madame Zee by Pearl Luke
The Hatbox Letters by Beth Powning
Raymond and Hannah by Stephen Marche
Story House by Timothy Taylor
No Great Mischief by Alexander MacLeod
Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola: A Manual of Etiquette for Ladies Crossing Canada by Train by Paulette Jiles
Look for Me by Edeet Ravel
The Sudden Weight of Snow by Laisha Rosnau

Reading recommendations or links to reviews of good literary fiction (Canadian and otherwise) are always welcomed. I'd love to read them. I do not accept review copies but am happy to write brief reviews of books read if requested. Please just ask.  


  1. Wow, what a great list of Canadian literature! I'll have to bookmark this to come back to when I'm looking for new books for the challenge :)

  2. Thanks for this informative direction. I hope this will help to others. There are lots of books to read for acquire various knowledge. So people should read more books.



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