Thursday, June 16, 2011

CHALLENGE: Canadian Book Challenge 5

Hosted by John Mutford of The Book Mine Set, the Canadian Book Challenge 5 is one of the hottest, most sought* after book challenges to participate in, in the northern hemisphere world. Beginning on July 1st, Canada's 144th** birthday, the goal is to read 13 books in the year, one to represent each province and territory in Canada.

I am celebrating Canada Day in St John's, Newfoundland this year, so will be among the first people to be able to begin the CBC 5. To join in the challenge, simply email john with the subject "Sign Me Up" at jmutford [at] hotmail (dot) com.

(* I'm just assuming. What could be more hot or sought after?)
(** I was born during Canada's centennial, so I'm always exactly 100 years younger than Canada)

The Book List of Ones I Want to Read:
Doing Dangerously Well by Carole Enahoro
Rockbound by Frank Parker Day
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill (Orange Prize shortlist 2008)
Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Orange Prize shortlist 2011)
Larry's Party by Carol Shields (Orange Prize winner 1998)
The Box Garden by Carol Shields
Extreme Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories by Alistair MacLeod
The English Patient by Michael Onjadte (Man Booker winner 1992)
Diamond Dreams by Stephen Brunt
Getting Over Edgar by Joan Barfoot
The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe

The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

The Books I Actually Read:
1. Lullabies for Little Criminals - Heather O'Neill
2. Annabel - Kathleen Winter
3. The Wife's Tale - Lori Lansens
4. The Box Garden - Carol Shields
5. Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny
6. Coventry - Helen Humphreys
7. As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories - Alistair MacLeod
8. The Widows of Paradise Bay - Jill Sooley
9. The Reinvention of Love - Helen Humphreys
10. Twelve Drummers Drumming - CC Benison
11. Moonlight Sketches - Gerard Collins
12. Tide Road - Valerie Compton
13. Small Ceremonies - Carol Shields
14. The Staircase Letters - Arthur Motyer, Elma Gerwin, Carol Shields
15. Christmas With Anne - LM Montgomery
16. An Island Christmas Reader - David Weale
17. The Canterbury Trail - Angie Abdou
18. The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt
19. Half-Blood Blues - Esi Edugyan
20. Happenstance - Carol Shields
21. Extreme Vinyl Cafe - Stuart McLean
22. A Trick of the Light - Louise Penny
23. Swann - Carol Shields
24. The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje