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The Canadian Book Challenge #6: 06/27/12

Canada 06 (Logo designed by Sarah Sammis) July 1st is Canada Day and it means the start of the Canadian Book Challenge. It's my favorite of all the book blog challenges. I've been participating since 2009, the year my Canadian niece was born. The goal is to read and review 13 books in that year. For the last challenge I read seven extra books. I hope to match and possibly beat that amount for Challenge 6.

This year was a little different. John Mutford, the host of the challenge had a logo design contest. He wanted:

Also, I have a thing for maple leaves, but it's not a prerequisite. I'm looking for something obviously Canadian and stereotypes are not discouraged. Something that involves books would be nice. Something catchy and original. I like a lot of Canadian graphic novelists-- Seth, Chester Brown, Jeff Lemire, Jillian Tamaki. Something in a similar style might be cool.

And so following his instructions I came up with the doughnut eating Mountie in the style of Jeff Lemire. It ended up being the winning entry. Woohoo! But mostly, though, I'm in for the reading!

As always, I'm including last year's completed books in case you want an idea of what to read. Here are 2010-11 and 2009-10 lists.

2011-12 List of Completed Books:

  1. Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield
  2. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
  3. Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan
  4. Stella, Princess of the Sky by Marie-Louise Gay
  5. The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson
  6. City of Spies by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan
  7. Vampire Theory by Lily Caracci
  8. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
  9. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  10. The Pepins and Their Problems by Polly Horvath
  11. Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
  12. The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
  13. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
  14. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
  15. Imagine a Place by Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves
  16. No Castles Here by ACE Bauer
  17. Restoring Harmony by Joëlle Anthony
  18. Spectra by Joanne Elder
  19. A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
  20. Imagine a Night by Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves

2012-13 List of Completed Books:

  1. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
  2. The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
  3. Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires
  4. Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World by David L. Pike
  5. Deadly Décisions by Kathy Reichs
  6. Enter, Night by Michael Rowe
  7. Everything on a Waffle (audio) by Polly Horvath
  8. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
  9. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
  10. The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi and Kyrsten Brooker (Canadian illustrator)
  11. I Am Half-Sick Of Shadows by Alan Bradley
  12. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  13. Imagine a Day by Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves
  14. Lost Cities by Dale Peck
  15. The Lowdown on Denim by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
  16. Monoculture by FS Michaels
  17. One False Note by Gordon Korman
  18. One Moon, Two Cats by Laura Godwin
  19. One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath
  20. The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear and illustrated by Anne Mortimer
  21. Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman
  22. Sarah Emma Edmonds Was a Great Pretender by Carrie Jones
  23. The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra
  24. Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City by David Weitzman
  25. Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
  26. Spork by Kyo Maclear
  27. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  28. Zed: A Cosmic Tale by Michel Gagné


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