Happy Canada Day!
It's a wonderful warm and sunny Canada Day here, and I'm celebrating by relaxing, eating maple ice cream and of course, reading some great Canadiana!
|Join the Challenge! You know you want to...|
1. Read 13 Canadian Books from July 1 - July 1
2. Review them somewhere online
That's it! Read what you like -- fiction, nonfiction, poetry, picture books, classics, new books -- whatever you fancy. And talk about it! You can link up your reviews each month, and at the end of each year John compiles a master list of all the reviews that were part of the Challenge for that year. (by the way, the previous years' roundups are all available at his blog, making it a GREAT place to explore for recommendations and possibilities for your own reading!)
Do you read Canadian? Do you want to explore more Canadian writing? Join in on this year's challenge and have a bit of fun with it as you read.
As I said, I've been part of the challenge since the beginning. The original "challenge" was to read one book from each province and territory -- hence the number 13 as a target. I did that, and then each year the challenge has morphed into something new. John states that you can simply challenge yourself in some way -- I've read 13 prairie books, 13 books by authors new to me, and this last year, (at least) 13 books published by small presses. I've been puzzling over what to challenge myself with this year, and I've come up with a way to focus on all my Canadian reading.
This year, I'm going to challenge myself to review EVERY SINGLE Canadian book I read. I'm interested to see the total number of Canadian books I actually read over a year (generally quite a few) but so often I don't review them, or even share anything about them. Part of reading Canadian, to me, is passing on tips to other readers. So, this year I'm trying this approach... will see how it works out!
Hope you'll follow along to discover new books and share finds of your own.