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Canadian Book Challenge: 2018-2019: 06/26/18

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July 1st, Canada Day, is also the starting day for the annual Canadain Books Challenge. It's been running for eleven years and this twelfth year will be the second year of it being hosted on the Indextrious Reader Blog.

Books read and reviewed in 2018-2019

I'm tracking books read and reviewed for the 12th Annual CanBook Challenge.

  1. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
  2. Black Hammer, Volume 3: Age of Doom Part One by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
  3. Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany
  4. Border Markers by Jenny Ferguson
  5. The Cat of the Baskervilles by Vicki Delany
  6. The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks
  7. Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
  8. Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany
  9. The Enchanted Egg by Kallie George
  10. Foe by Iain Reid
  11. The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
  12. The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley
  13. The Hollow under the Tree by Cary Fagan
  14. House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen
  15. Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
  16. Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge
  17. The Lotterys More or Less by Emma Donoghue
  18. Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
  19. Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
  20. The Million by Karl Schroeder
  21. The Missing Magic by Kallie George
  22. Monoceros by Suzette Mayr
  23. My Life as a Diamond by Jenny Manzer
  24. The Mystery of the Missing Mask by M.A. Wilson
  25. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
  26. Old City Hall by Robert Rotenberg
  27. Oscar Lives Next Door by Bonnie Farmer
  28. Restart by Gordon Korman
  29. Rust: Soul in the Machine by Royden Lepp
  30. Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
  31. Slug Days by Sara Leach
  32. Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn
  33. Somnambulance by Fiona Smyth
  34. SOS at Night by M.A. Wilson
  35. The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates
  36. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
  37. Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass
  38. Very Rich by Polly Horvath
  39. Weather or Not by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  40. Whatshisface by Gordon Korman
  41. Young Frances by Hartley Lin

I have been participating since 2009. With the current challenge that ends on June 30th, I had my best year, managing to keep to my goal of reviewing 52 (or one Canadian book a week). The actual goal is read and review 13 (one for each province).

Last year's theme was the great Canadian Road Trip, which was perfect for my Road Narrative Project. While I didn't read every single book recommended on the blog, I did manage to find and read a number of them, expanding my understanding of how Canadian road narratives are similar yet different from those written and published in the States.

This year's theme is roadside attractions of Canada. So last year the goal was to get from point A to point B. Now I guess we're supposed to stop along the way and take in the sights.

Books read during the 11th Canadian Books Challenge

An asterisk indicates the Canadian person involved or covered in the book if the author isn't Canadian.

  1. Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson
  2. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
  3. Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
  4. Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire
  5. Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
  6. Boundless by Jillian Tamaki
  7. Canada and the Canadian Question by Goldwin Smith
  8. Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
  9. Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey
  10. D4VE by Ryan Ferrier
  11. A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
  12. Dragon Overnight by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  13. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel
  14. A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
  15. Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
  16. Flo by Kyo Maclear and Jay Fleck (Illustrator)
  17. The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
  18. The Fog by Kyo Maclear and Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
  19. From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle
  20. The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear
  21. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
  22. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
  23. Internet Famous by Danika Stone
  24. The Journey of Little Charlie* by Christopher Paul Curtis
  25. The Lotterys Plus One* by Emma Donoghue
  26. Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
  27. Malaika's Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher (illustrator)
  28. Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
  29. The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel
  30. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
  31. The Night Garden* by Polly Horvath
  32. Nurse, Soldier, Spy* by Marissa Moss and John Hendrix
  33. Red Leech (aka Rebel Fire) by Andrew Lane
  34. Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
  35. A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
  36. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  37. Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
  38. Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen*
  39. Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
  40. Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book One by Jeff Lemire
  41. Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski
  42. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  43. This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong
  44. Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
  45. Time Ghost by Welwyn Wilton Katz
  46. Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
  47. Under the Dragon's Tail by Maureen Jennings
  48. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
  49. Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin
  50. The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
  51. We Are the Engineers by Angela Melick
  52. Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25* edited by Rosamund Kidman Cox

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Comment #1: Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 23:47:19


What a wonderful round-up! Congrats on making it all the way to your goal of 52. Can't wait to see what you read while you are stopping to take in the sights ;)

Comment #2: Sunday, June 01, 2018 at 18:59:00


Thank you! I had fun. I want to do more Canadian road trip books since I'm researching American/Canadian road narratives. I have a bunch of books tagged in GoodReads to pick from. Sometimes it takes some tenacity to get hold of the books I want to read.

Comment #3: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 11:27:00

Faith Hope & Cherrytea

Great to find your Canadian Challenge link in sidebar! Have participated in this one for years as well. EnJoy the new year of Canadian reads ;)

Comment #4: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 11:36:00


Thanks. This one remains my favorite challenge.