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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Canadian Book Challenge: 2020-2021

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Books Reviewed in 2020:

Books reviewed by the year published.


  1. All Together Now by Hope Larson
  2. The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray
  3. The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala
  4. A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
  5. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
  6. Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert
  7. Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  8. Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir
  9. Careless Whiskers by Miranda James
  10. Cast Iron Alibi by Victoria Hamilton
  11. Cat Me If You Can by Miranda James
  12. Catstronauts: Digital Disaster by Drew Brockington
  13. Chirp by Kate Messner
  14. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
  15. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
  16. Clean Getaway by Nic Stone and Dawud Anyabwile
  17. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
  18. Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen by Anne Nesbet
  19. A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette and Joell Jacob
  20. Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson
  21. Death on the Page by Essie Lang
  22. Dehaunting by J.A. White
  23. Displacement by Kiku Hughes
  24. The Do-Over by Jennifer Honeybourn
  25. Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith
  26. Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
  27. Egg Drop Dead by Vivien Chien
  28. The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
  29. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
  30. Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin
  31. The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  32. Family Tree, Volume 1: Sapling by Jeff Lemire and Phil Hester
  33. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
  34. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Joy McCullough
  35. For Whom the Book Tolls by Laura Gail Black and Janina Edwards (narrator)
  36. The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner
  37. A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese
  38. Gargantis by Thomas Taylor
  39. Ghost-Spider, Volume 1: Dog Days Are Over by Seanan McGuire
  40. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
  41. Giant Days Volume 12 by John Allison
  42. Giant Days Volume 13 by John Allison
  43. A Gift for a Ghost by Borja González
  44. Go to Sleep (I Miss You) by Lucy Knisley
  45. Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass
  46. Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
  47. Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê and Andie Tong
  48. The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle
  49. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  50. The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  51. Here Comes the Body by Maria DiRico and Devon Sorvari
  52. Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
  53. If I Couldn't Be Anne by Kallie George and Geneviève Godbout
  54. (Im)perfectly Happy by Sharina Harris
  55. The Invisible Boy by Alyssa Hollingsworth
  56. Joker: Killer Smile by Jeff Lemire
  57. Julia's House Moves On by Ben Hatke
  58. Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe by Sarah Mlynowski
  59. Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan and Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
  60. Kerry and the Knight of the Forest by Andi Watson
  61. To Kill a Mocking Girl by Harper Kincaid
  62. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino
  63. Lift by Minh Lê and Dan Santat
  64. The Lost Carnival by Michael Moreci
  65. A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison
  66. Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  67. The Map of Stars by Laura Ruby
  68. The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord and Julie Blattman
  69. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  70. Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
  71. A Mixture of Mischief by Anna Meriano
  72. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Collector's Edition, Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova
  73. Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey
  74. Notorious by Gordon Korman
  75. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
  76. The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
  77. Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali
  78. The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
  79. The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp
  80. Outside In by Deborah Underwood and Cindy Derby
  81. Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher
  82. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  83. Parachutes by Kelly Yang
  84. The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome and John Parra
  85. The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover
  86. Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
  87. Rick by Alex Gino
  88. A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley, Amy Nathan and Floyd Cooper
  89. River of Dreams by Jan Nash
  90. Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King
  91. Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
  92. Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux
  93. The Silence of Bones by June Hur
  94. Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramée
  95. A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
  96. A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  97. Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble by Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru
  98. Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
  99. Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley
  100. Story Boat by Kyo Maclear and Rashin Kheiriyeh
  101. Sun and Moon Have a Tea Party by Yumi Heo
  102. Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
  103. Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia
  104. Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper and Kenard Pak
  105. There's a Murder Afoot by Vicki Delany
  106. The Thief Knot by Kate Milford and Jaime Zollars
  107. The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas
  108. Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  109. Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
  110. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
  111. Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova
  112. We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
  113. We Didn't Ask for This by Adi Alsaid
  114. We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
  115. We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
  116. The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol
  117. A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
  118. Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson
  119. World's Worst Parrot by Alice Kuipers
  120. You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh
  121. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson


  1. Ascender, Volume 1: The Haunted Galaxy by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  2. The Big Shrink by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  3. Black Hammer, Volume 4: Age of Doom Part Two by Jeff Lemire
  4. Clever Little Witch by Mượn Thị Văn and Hyewon Yum
  5. Cleopatra in Space: Fallen Empires by Mike Maihack
  6. Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer
  7. The Great Brain Robbery by P.G. Bell
  8. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
  9. I'm Worried by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  10. In West Mills by De'Shawn Charles Winslow
  11. The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire, Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino
  12. Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford
  13. Malamander by Thomas Taylor
  14. Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher
  15. The Missing Years by Lexie Elliott
  16. The Pawful Truth by Miranda James
  17. Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
  18. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  19. Roll with It by Jamie Sumner
  20. Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish
  21. School-Tripped by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  22. Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner
  23. These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
  24. The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  25. Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower
  26. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  27. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  28. You Are Never Alone by Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim


  1. Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink
  2. America for Beginners by Leah Franqui
  3. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
  4. Breaking the Mould by Victoria Hamilton
  5. The Bride Was a Boy by Chii
  6. Claws for Concern by Miranda James
  7. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
  8. Counting to Perfect by Suzanne LaFleur
  9. Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
  10. Death and Daisies by Amanda Flower
  11. The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  12. (Don't) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen
  13. Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June
  14. Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower
  15. The Future is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente
  16. The Game Masters of Garden Place by Denis Markell
  17. Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri and Corban Wilkin (Illustrations)
  18. The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane by Carolyn Keene
  19. Heartwood Hotel 4: Home Again by Kallie George
  20. Home and Away by Candice Montgomery
  21. The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee
  22. The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
  23. I'm Sad by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  24. If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold
  25. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  26. Llamaphones by Janik Coat
  27. Lu by Jason Reynolds
  28. Magnificent Birds by Narisa Togo
  29. A Man and His Cat, Volume 1 by Umi Sakurai
  30. Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M. Cameron
  31. My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson
  32. Nate Expectations by Tim Federle
  33. No Grater Danger by Victoria Hamilton and Emily Woo Zeller
  34. The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis
  35. The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  36. Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes
  37. The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson
  38. Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
  39. See You On a Starry Night by Lisa Schroeder
  40. The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker
  41. Shot in the Dark by Cleo Coyle
  42. Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James and Erin Bennett
  43. Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
  44. The Space Between by Dete Meserve
  45. Spell & Spindle by Michelle Schusterman
  46. The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
  47. The Terrible Two's Last Laugh by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
  48. The Third Mushroom by Jennifer L. Holm
  49. Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James
  50. The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara
  51. The Walking Bread by Winnie Archer
  52. Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin


  1. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Birds & Other Animals with Pablo Picasso by Pablo Picasso
  4. Captive Hearts of Oz Volume 2 by Ryo Maruya
  5. The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty
  6. Crust No One by Winnie Archer
  7. Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle
  8. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  9. Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson
  10. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 4 by Ryoko Kui
  11. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 5 by Ryoko Kui
  12. Descender, Volume 4: Orbital Mechanics by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  13. The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon
  14. Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands
  15. The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn
  16. I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
  17. If I Had a Little Dream by Nina Laden and Melissa Castrillón
  18. It Devours! by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
  19. Leave It to Cleaver by Victoria Hamilton
  20. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  21. The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis
  22. Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
  23. Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  24. Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda
  25. Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear and Esme Shapiro (Illustrations)


  1. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  2. Above by Roland Smith
  3. Bob the Artist by Marion Deuchars
  4. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Volume 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
  5. Descender, Volume 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  6. Descender, Volume 3: Singularities by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
  7. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger and Emily Woo Zeller
  8. Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  9. No Cats Allowed by Miranda James
  10. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead
  11. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


  1. All Ducks Are Birds: But, Not All Birds Are Ducks by Tara Michele Zrinski (2015)
  2. Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James (2015)
  3. BLAME! MASTER EDITION 1 by Tsutomu Nihei (2015)
  4. Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle (2015)
  5. Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson (2015)
  6. Death by Tea by Alex Erickson (2015)
  7. Descender, Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (2015)
  8. My Girlfriend is a T-Rex, Volume 1 by Sanzo (2015)
  9. Restaurant to Another World Volume 1 by Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami (2015)
  10. Some Enchanted Éclair by Bailey Cates and Amy Rubinate (2015)
  11. White Colander Crime by Victoria Hamilton (2015)
  12. Akissi: Tales of Mischief by Marguerite Abouet (2014)
  13. Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti (2014)
  14. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (2014)
  15. No Mallets Intended by Victoria Hamilton (2014)
  16. Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle (2014)
  17. The Silence of the Library by Miranda James (2014)
  18. Tempest in a Teapot by Amanda Cooper (2014)
  19. Billionaire Blend by Cleo Coyle (2013)
  20. Bobo the Sailor Man! by Eileen Rosenthal (2013)
  21. Bowled Over by Victoria Hamilton (2013)
  22. Freezer I'll Shoot by Victoria Hamilton (2013)
  23. The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan (2013)
  24. A Match Made in Heaven by Trina Robbins and Xian Nu Studio (2013)
  25. Paperboy by Vince Vawter (2013)
  26. Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail (2012)
  27. Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee (2012)
  28. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Robin Mayhall (2012)
  29. Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle (2012)
  30. I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi (2012)
  31. Out of Circulation by Miranda James (2012)
  32. Curse of the Were-wiener by Ursula Vernon (2010)
  33. The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy by W. Daniel Quillen (2010)


  1. Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann (2009)
  2. Dragon Kiss by E.D. Baker (2009)
  3. Dread Pirate Fleur and the Ruby Heart by Sara Starbuck (2009)
  4. Valley of the Lost by Vicki Delany (2009)
  5. In the Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany (2007)
  6. The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski (2007)
  7. Still Life by Louise Penny (2005)
  8. The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman and Komako Sakai (2003)
  9. City of Orphans by Avi (2000)
  10. Uzumaki by Junji Ito (2000)


  1. Sandhill Cranes by Lynn M. Stone (!997)


  1. The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham (1987)
  2. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)


  1. Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun (1979)
  2. Halfbreed by Maria Campbell (1973)


  1. Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber (1966)
  2. This is Edinburgh by Miroslav Sasek (1961)
  3. This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek (1960)
  4. This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek (1960)


  1. This is London by Miroslav Sasek (1959)
  2. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber (1950)


  1. Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright (1944)
  2. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright (1942)
  3. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (1941)




  1. The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1913)
  2. The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1910)


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