The Canadian Book Challenge

This year has marked my first ever foray into reading challenges. So far I have completed two of the four challenges I signed up for at the beginning of the year (audio books and Aussie authors) and have the Global Reading Challenge and Scandinavian Reading Challenge left to complete by December. I’ve learned that I quite like the challenges which prompt me to read things I would not otherwise have done and really don’t care for those challenges that allow me to change nothing about my reading habits. I like a challenge to challenge me, at least a little.

I have recently discovered there is a Canadian Book Challenge being run by The Book Mine Set (thanks for the tip Kerrie). There is a requirement to read 13 Canadian books (one for each province of the country) between 1 July 2010 and 1 July 2011 (Canada Day if you’re wondering). Since starting this blog in late 2008 I have only read 4 books set in Canada so this one will definitely prompt me to do some reading I wouldn’t otherwise have done and I have signed up.

I’ve only got 11 months to read the 13 books as I missed the first month of the challenge, however I am going to allow myself to double up where possible (e.g. I have a Canadian book liked up for the Global Reading Challenge and I’m going to allow it to count for both).

I’ve really no idea what I’m going to read for this one. I think I have 3 books on my TBR shelves that would qualify plus I do have Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood to listen to but I’m not sure if that will count because although she is Canadian I don’t think the book is set there. Other than these I’m going to have to get creative.

As always, recommendations of Canadian books you have read and enjoyed are most welcome.

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10 Responses to The Canadian Book Challenge

  1. Jose Ignacio says:

    I admire your initiative Bernadette. Afraid I won’t participate in this new challenge, at least this year.


  2. Bernadette – I, too, admire you for the way you are widening your reading and challenging yourself. I look forward to finding out what you think of your exploration of Canadian crime fiction.


  3. kathy durkin says:

    Yes, challenges do work to push one’s reading into new horizons. I’m liking the Scandinavian one and think I’ll join the Global one. On Canadian fiction, I suggest finding “The Suspect” by L.R. Wright (or Laurali Rose Wright). She wrote a series about a police inspector who lives on the west coast of British Columbia (although that may not help you get another province for the challenge.) They’re very hard to find. Felony and Mayhem Press in New York has republished this one and one other and plans to republish more of this series. Wright wrote the series and a few other books but died of breast cancer several years ago. She beat out Ruth Rendell for a mystery award in the mid-1980s with “The Suspect.”
    I also read a book by R.J. Harlick, “The River Runs Orange.” It was slow going but I learned a lot about Indigenous culture and spiritual beliefs and the main character is worth reading about.
    Also I read a book by Robert Rosenberg which was an okay police procedural, a bit unusual; it was “Old City Hall,” I think.
    Honestly, I read two by Louise Penny but then got bored with the village’s characters. And I liked “The Tenderness of Wolves,” which was a story about life in the 1800s in Canada and was interesting, though slow-going, but it was good; there is a mystery component.
    Hope this helps.


  4. I can recommend Kathy Reichs’s “Bones to Ashes,” which takes place in Montreal. I really enjoyed it on audiobook because of all the French names and places — my pronunciation (even in my head) is deplorable.


  5. kathy durkin says:

    FYI: The Book Depository has Felony & Mayhem’s publication of L.R. Wright’s “The Suspect” for US$9.99. They have other books by her but I’m not sure which are in the Inspector Allberg series and which are not.


  6. Dorte H says:

    Have you read Margaret Laurence´s The Stone Angel? Not crime, but a fascinating novel about the life of a strong, but terribly stubborn woman.


  7. Thanks for all the great suggestions people. I have the makings of a good list so far, now to see how many I can get my hands on 🙂


  8. Jane C. Britt says:

    I suggest the John Cardinal mysteries by Giles Blunt. Cardinal is a detective near Algonquin Bay in Ontario. You will like his femal partner, too. We had quite a lively discussion about the flawed women in FORTY WORDS FOR SORROW, Blunt’s debut, in the Mystery Cafe discussion on Amazon US.


  9. I am so glad you can now comment here C. Britt, and thanks for the suggestion. I have made a list and have already ordered my first Canadian book from the library (thankfully quite a lot of these suggestions are available via the library so I won’t be breaking the bank to complete the challenge).


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