Tuesday 30 October 2018

The 12th Annual Canadian Book challenge

Inspired by Tracey at Bitter Tea and Mystery I'm joining the 12th. Annual Canadian Book challenge. I had a feeling that I had done this before but I can't find any record of it so maybe I'm imagining it. Anyway, some details:

The challenge is being hosted by The Indextrious Reader.

1. What is the Canadian Book Challenge?

Created by John Mutford at the Book Mine Set a decade ago and hosted by him for its first 10 years, the Canadian Book Challenge is an annual online reading challenge in which participants from Canada and around the world aim to read and review 13 or more Canadian books in a one year span: Canada Day to Canada Day. Reviews must be posted online and participants are asked to share links to their reviews with other participants. More on reviews below.

(It's also a lot of fun and collectively we've read and reviewed thousands of Canadian titles)

2. How do I join?

Send me an email (mkindrach (at) gmail [dot] com) with the subject line "Sign Me Up for the Canadian Book Challenge!" and I'll add you to the list. Consider yourself a participant even if you don't get a response from me right away. Come July 1st you can get started right away. As soon as I get your first link (see below), I'll add your name to the participant list on the sidebar of this blog.

3. Oh no, it's past July 1st, can I still join?

Of course! In the past people have joined even in the very last month. If you think you can realistically read and review 13 books in the time remaining, then why not? To join, just follow the exact same instructions as above.

4. What constitutes a Canadian book?

Canadian books can include any genre or form (picture books, poetry, novels, non-fiction, plays, anthologies, graphic novels, cookbooks, etc), can be written by Canadian authors (by birth or immigration) or about Canadians. Ultimately, participants must decide for themselves whether or not something fits the description of Canadian: however, if it isn't clear in your review as to WHY you are counting your read as a Canadian one, please add a line or two to explain :)

More details about the challenge are here.


The challenge runs from the 1st. July of this year to the 30th. June 2019, so I'm rather late to the party but that's OK, I'll read what I can, have fun and see where it leads me.

I have many ideas of what to read, More of Louise Penny's Armand Gamache series, Mary Lawson, Entry Island by Peter May (thanks, Kay!), Fred Vargas (book 6 of her Adamsberg series is set in Quebec), Kelley Armstrong, L.M. Montgomery, Vicki Delaney, Tanya Huff, Guy Gavriel Kay, Jo Walton, and I'm certain there are many more options which I will look into. Feel free to suggest any to me.

Non-fictionwise I have these:

I've started a Goodreads shelf of Canadian books HERE. (The ones I've already read won't count for the challenge of course.)

There's also a Goodreads list of Canadian non-fiction HERE.

And a fiction list HERE.

Looking forward to getting started on this and the nice thing is... I can!



Kay said...

Cath, I've been inspired to join this as well. My post about it will be up next week. I took a look at my Kindle and bookshelves and I have several that qualify. Plus the new Louise Penny (coming out next month) is already ordered. I think I can read several by the end of June next year. Good luck to you and I'll watch for your thoughts on the books you read for the challenge.

Melanie said...

Welcome Cathy! Nice to have you reading along!

Cath said...

Kay: Excellent! Look forward to seeing your post. I must check my Kindle too (I'd forgotten that option) as I suspect there might be one or two Canadian gems on there as well.

Melanie: Thank you, looking forward to getting started.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

I can't remember you mentioning this particular challenge before and I think that I would recognize that eye-catching banner!

I am definitely steering clear of any challenges, as I know I just can't follow through on them, which isn't fair on the other participants, who try their hardest to succeed at them.

As for Canadian authors ... I feel sure that you must have some Margaret Atwood books on your shelves and maybe some Emma Donoghue, or perhaps Elizabeth Hay?

That's all I can think of off the top of my head, but I am sure there are loads more for you to discover on your Canadian journey!

Have Fun :)


Cath said...

Yvonne: I think what might have happened is that I thought about doing it a couple of times and came close enough to now think I actually did it! LOL

I have Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale on my shelves which I've read but no others by her. The book was brilliant but very depressing so I'm not certain that I want to read more of her books to be honest. But never say 'never'. The other two authors are possibilities so I'll look into them, thank you!

Hope you're having an excellent weekend.