Monday, January 01, 2018

The 11th Canadian Book Challenge - The Halfway Point!

Following in John's footsteps, I present here the traditional halfway roundup of titles read thus far for the 11th Canadian Book Challenge!

You've all done very well indeed, and given me a lot of titles to gather up -- lots of variety -- some interesting debut authors, fiction in translation, nonfiction, children's books, graphic novels, just to mention a few. And not many duplicated titles -- I'm actually quite amazed at how many different authors and titles have been read with hardly any doubled up!

The first author to have had more than one title reviewed was Sarah Mlynowski. The author with the highest number of different titles reviewed so far is Mordecai Richler. The title with the most reviews so far is Glass Houses by Louise Penny. Strangest author so far? Twitter account @stats_canada!

If you find any missing or incorrect links please let me know either in the comments or a quick email. Thanks!

-150 Years of Stats Canada! (Red 5)

Abdou, Angie
-Between (Naomi)
-The Bone Cage (Naomi)
-The Canterbury Trail  (Naomi)

Abel, Jordan 
-Injun (John Mutford)

Agg, Jen
-I Hear She's A Real Bitch (Teena)

Aguirre, Carmen
-Mexican Hooker (Lara Maynard)

Alexis, André
-Fifteen Dogs (Pussreboots)

Allenby, Victoria
-Timo Goes Camping (Shonna)

Ali, S.K.
Saints & Misfits (Pussreboots)

Anderson, R.J.
-Knife (Heather)
-Rebel (Heather)
-Arrow (Heather)

Armstrong, Kelley
-Missing (Kristilyn)
-Bitten (John Mutford)

Asher, Damian
-Inside the Inferno (Swordsman)

Assiniwi, Bernard
-The Beothuk Saga (Buried in Print)

Atlee, Harold Benge
-Black Feather (Brian Busby)

Atwood, Margaret
-Angel Catbird (Lara Maynard)
-Moral Disorder (Eric P.)
-Stone Mattress (Lara Maynard)

Bailey, Linda
-Carson Crosses Canada (Pussreboots)

Baker, Carleigh
-Bad Endings (John Mutford)

Barber, Terry
-Laura Secord (Irene)

Barclay, Linwood
-Chase (Heather)
-The Twenty Three (Shonna)
-Parting Shot (Luanne, Teena)

Barr, Robert
-Revenge! (Brian Busby)

Bass, Karen
-Two Times a Traitor (Shonna)

Bennett, John & Susan Rowley
-Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut (John Mutford)

Bergen, David
-The Retreat (Wendy)

Berkhout, Nina
-The Mosaic (Heather)

Best, Gillian
-The Last Wave (Shonna)

Boone, Ezekiel
-Skitter (Darlene, Luanne)

Bordeleau, Virginia Pésémapéo
-Winter Child (Shonna)

Bourgeois, Paulette
-Franklin in the Dark (RIEDEL Fascination)

Boutilier, Alicia & Tobi Bruce
-The Artist Herself (Buried in Print)

Bowen, Gail
-A Colder Kind of Death (RIEDEL Fascination)

Burnford, Sheila
-The Incredible Journey (RIEDEL Fascination)

Braithwaite, Max
-The Mystery of the Muffled Man (Brian Busby)

Brandt, Gerald
The Courier (Crystal)

Britt, Fanny
-Hunting Houses (Shonna)

Brooks, Martha
-Queen of Hearts (Darlene)

Brown, Karma
-In This Moment (Teena)

Bruneau, Carol
-A Bird on Every Tree (Naomi)

Butler, Paul
-The Widow's Fire (Naomi)

Cameron, Claire
-The Line Painter (Wendy)
-The Last Neanderthal (Crystal, Buried in Print)

Cameron, Janet E.
-Cinnamon Toast & The End of the World (Mary)

Capogna, Laurie & Barbara Pelletier, Drs.
-Eyefoods (Red 5)

de Castell, Sebastien
-Tyrant's Throne (Swordsman)

Caulfield, Timothy
-The Cure for Everything (Teena)

Champniss, Kim Clarke
-Skinheads, Fur Traders & DJs (Teena)

Chapman, Brenda
-Shallow End (Shonna)

Chariandy, David
Brother (Teena, Naomi, Luanne)

Choy, Wayson
Not Yet (Raidergirl)

Choyce, Lesley
-The Thin Place (Teena)
-The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil (Naomi)

Cole, Trevor
-The Whiskey King (Teena)

Comeau, Joey
-Malagash (Shonna)

Coupland, Douglas
Marshall McLuhan (Raidergirl)

Crate, Joan
-Black Apple (Red 5)

Curtis, Christopher Paul
-The Madman of Piney Woods (Sherrie)

Curtis, Sky
- Flush (Melwyk)

Cusk, Rachel
-Transit (Naomi)

Cutter, Nick
-The Troop (Darlene)

Davidson, Craig
-Cataract City (Wendy)

Davies, Robertson
-The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies (Mary)

Delisle, Guy
Burma Chronicles (Barbara)

Demchuk, David
-The Bone Mother (Melwyk)

Dent, John Charles
-The Gerrard Street Mystery (Brian Busby)

Dimaline, Cherie
-The Marrow Thieves (Buried in Print)

Donaldson, Chelsea
-Chris Hadfield (Sherrie)

Donoghue, Emma
-The Lotterys Plus One (Pussreboots)

Doyle, Alan
-A Newfoundlander in Canada (Teena)

Dunn, Philippa
-Mysterious Rescue (RIEDEL Fascination)

El Akkad, Omar
-American War (Crystal)

Engel, Howard 
-A Victim Must Be Found (RIEDEL Fascination)

Engel, Marian
-The Tattooed Woman (Eric P)

Enns, Karen
-Cloud Physics (Eric P)

Faber, Sarah
-All is Beauty Now (Naomi)

Fallis, Terry
-Best Laid Plans (Lisa)

Ferguson, Will
-419 (Red 5)

Ferrier, Ryan
-D4ve (Pussreboots)

Findley, Timothy
-You Went Away (Eric P.)

Fleming, May Agnes
-Edith Percival (Brian Busby)

Florence, Elinor
-Bird's Eye View (Lara Maynard)

Forsberg, Lois
-Prairie Ghosts (RIEDEL Fascination)

Fortier, Anne
-The Lost Sisterhood (Shonna)

Gallagher, John
-Big League Babble On (Teena)

Gallant, Mavis
-Montreal Stories (Lara Maynard)

George, Stephen R.
-Grandma's Little Darling (Brian Busby)

Graham, Genevieve
-Tides of Honour (Red 5)

Green, Shari
-Macy McMillan & the Rainbow Goddess (Pussreboots)

Griffin, Daniel
-Two Roads Home (Buried in Print)

Gunnery, Sylvia
-Road Signs That Say West (Shonna)

Hadfield, Chris
-An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth (Crystal)
-The Darkest Dark (Sherrie)

Halle, Karina
-After All (Marie)

Hardcastle, Kevin
-In the Cage (Naomi)

Harlick, R.J.
-Purple Palette for Murder (Shonna)

Hart-Green, Sharon
-Come Back For Me (Lara Maynard)

Heras, Theo & Renné Benoit
-Baby Cakes (Shonna)

Hill, Dan
-The Comeback (Brian Busby)

Hill, Lawrence
-The Illegal (Red 5)

Hilton, Kate
-Just Like Family (Shonna, Kristilyn)

Hornby, Lance
Toronto and the Maple Leafs (Teena)

Howe, Murray
Nine Lessons I Learned From My Father (Teena)

Humphries, Helen
-The Ghost Orchard (Irene, Shonna)

Hynes, Joel Thomas
We'll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night (Naomi)

Igloliorte, Heather, ed.
-Sakkijajuk: Art & Craft from Nunatsiavut (Buried in Print)

Iskwé & Erin Leslie
Will I See (John Mutford)

Jennings, Maureen
-Under the Dragon's Tail (Pussreboots)

Johnston, E.K.
-Exit, Pursued By a Bear (Sherrie)
-That Inevitable Victorian Thing (Crystal)

Johnston, Lyla June & Joy de Vito
-Lifting Hearts Off the Ground (Red 5)

Kaan, Michael
-The Water Beetles (Buried in Print)

Kearsley, Susanna
-The Firebird (Red 5)

Khan, Ausma Zehanat
-The Unquiet Dead (Red 5)

Kidman Cox, Rosamund
-Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 (Pussreboots)

King, Thomas
-The Back of the Turtle (Buried in Print)

Klassen, Jon
-Triangle (Pussreboots)

Kureluk, William
-A Northern Nativity (RIEDEL Fascination)

Leach, Norman S.
-Cavalry of the Air (Swordsman)

Leach, Sara
-Slug Days (Shonna)

Lee, Nancy
-Dead Girls (Eric P.)

Lemire, Jeff
-Descender: Tin Stars (John Mutford)
-Roughneck (Pussreboots)
-Black Hammer (Pussreboots)

Lethbridge, Ann
-More Than a Lover (Shonna)

Lloyd Kyi, Tanya
-Nova Scotia (RIEDEL Fascination)

Lorinc, John et al
-The Ward (Swordsman, Teena)

Lyttle, Alex
-From Ant to Eagle (Pussreboots)

Mackenzie, Lee
-Charming Predator (Teena)

Maclear, Kyo & Kenard Pak
-The Fog (Pussreboots)

Maharaj, Rabindranath
-Homer in Flight (Eric P)

Majumdar, Anita
-The Fish Eyes trilogy (Eric P.)

Mandel, Emily St John
-Station Eleven (Crystal)

Marais, Bianca
-Hum if you don't know the words (Naomi)

Marie, Annette
-The Red Winter trilogy (Crystal)

Marquis, Greg
-Truth & Honour (Teena, Swordsman)

Marshall, Debbie
-Firing Lines (Shonna)

Mastai, Elan
-All Our Wrong Todays (Pussreboots)

Matejova, Maria
Wherever I Find Myself (Irene)

Mayr, Suzette
-Dr. Edith Vane & the Hares of Crawley Hall (Melwyk)

McGrath, Robin
-Coasting Trade (Lara Maynard)

Mclayne, Alyson
-Highland Promise (Heather)

McMillan, Rachel
-The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder (Sherrie)
-The White Feather Murders (Sherrie)

McNamee, Graham
-Acceleration (Heather)

Melick, Angela
-We Are the Engineers (Pussreboots)

Merasty, Joseph Auguste with David Carpenter
The Education of Augie Merasty (Red 5)

Michaels, Sean
-Us Conductors (Pussreboots)

Michaud, Andrée A.
-Boundary (Naomi)

Mlynowski, Sarah
-Fairest of All (Heather)
-Ten Things We Did (Pussreboots)

Montgomery, L.M.
-After Many Years (Melwyk)
-Anne of Avonlea (Red 5)

Morgan, Lael
-Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush (John Mutford)

Nemat, Marina
-Prisoner of Tehran (Irene)
-After Tehran (Irene)

Neuvel, Sylvain
-Waking Gods (Shonna)

Norrie, Helen
-He Saw Himself in All His Creatures (RIEDEL Fascination)

O'Loughlin, Ed
-Minds of Winter (Naomi)

O'Neill, Heather
-The Lonely Hearts Hotel (Lara Maynard)

Oppel, Kenneth
-Skybreaker (Pussreboots)
-Airborn (Raidergirl)
-The Boundless (Sherrie)

Ozeki, Ruth
-A Tale for the Time Being (Heather, Raidergirl)

Penny, Louise
-Glass Houses (Luanne, Shonna, Raidergirl)

Peterman, Michael
-Sisters in Two Worlds (Raidergirl)

Peterson, Zoey Leigh
-Next Year For Sure (Naomi, Crystal)

Plett, Casey
-A Safe Girl to Love (Pussreboots)

Poplak, Lorna
-Drop Dead (Teena)

Porter, Helen
-Below the Bridge (Lara Maynard)

Poulin, Jacques
-Volkswagen Blues (Pussreboots)

Preston, Brent
-The New Farm (Teena)

Pyper, Andrew
-The Only Child (Lisa)

Raughley, Sarah
-Fate of Flames (Shonna)

Redhill, Michael
-Bellevue Square (Luanne, Naomi)

Reichs, Kathy
-Devil Bones (Lisa)
-Cross Bones (Lisa)
-Grave Secrets (Lisa)

Reid, Iain
-I'm Thinking of Ending Things (Wendy, Pussreboots)

Richler, Mordecai
-Joshua Then & Now (Mary R)
-O Canada, O Quebec (Mary R)
-The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Eric P)
-The Street (Eric P.)

Robinson, Eden
-Son of a Trickster (Naomi)

Robinson, Peter
-Sleeping in the Ground (Luanne)

Rosenblum, Rebecca
-So Much Love (Naomi)

Rotenberg, Robert
-Heart of the City (Teena, Luanne)

Sadai, Jenn
-Cottage Cheese Thighs (Shonna)

Savage, Candace
-Crows (Raidergirl)

Schatzker, Mark
-The Dorito Effect (Raidergirl)

-Dominion (Eric P)
-Wimbledon Green (Eric P)
-GNBCC (Eric P)

Shields, Carol and Patrick Crowe
-Susanna Moodie: Roughing It In The Bush (Raidergirl)

Sibbeston, Nick
-You Will Wear a White Shirt (John Mutford)

Simpson, Anne
-An Orange from Portugal (Red 5)

Snyder, Scott & Jeff Lemire
-A.D. After Death (John Mutford)

Spence, Janis
-On the Beach in Spanish Room (Lara Maynard)

St John, Dennis
-Yellowknife (John Mutford)

Stevens, Chevy
-Those Girls (Sherrie)

Stratten, Scott
-Unmarketing (Teena)
-QR Codes Kill Kittens (Teena)
-The Book of Business Awesome/UnAwesome (Teena)

Szalay, David
-All That Man Is (Shonna)

Talkington, Bruce
Boo To You, Winnie the Pooh (RIEDEL Fascination)

Tamaki, Jillian
-Boundless (Pussreboots)

Thomas, Mike
-You Might Remember Me (Teena)

Timmer, Julie Lawson
-Mrs. Saint and the Defectives (Pussreboots)

Todd, Jack
Rose & Poe (Naomi)

Toews, Miriam
-The Flying Troutmans (Pussreboots)

Trotter, Kathleen
-Finding Your Fit (Teena)

Urquhart, Doug
-Eyes of the Husky (John Mutford)

Urquhart, Jane
-Night Stages (Lara Maynard)

Vermette, Katherena & Scott B. Henderson
-A Girl Called Echo (John Mutford)

Wagamese, Richard
-Embers (Red 5)
-Indian Horse (Red 5)

Wallin, Pamela
-The Comfort of Cats (RIEDEL Fascination)

Walsh, Mary
-Crying for the Moon (John Mutford, Teena)

Walter, Emmanuelle
-Stolen Sisters (Red 5)

Watson, Sheila B.
-Cadillac Couches (Pussreboots)

Watt, Alison
-Dazzle Patterns (Naomi)

Watt-Cloutier, Sheila
-The Right to Be Cold (Red 5)

Webb, Phyllis
-Peacock Blue (Eric P)

Wees, Frances Shelley
-Where is Jenny Now? (Brian Busby)

Whitehead, Ruth Holmes
-The Mi'kmaq (Lara Maynard)

Whittingham, Jane & Noel Tuazon
-Wild One (Shonna)

Wilkshire, Nick
-The Moscow Code (Teena)

Willis, Deborah
-The Dark and other love stories (Shonna)

Wilson, Ethel
-Hetty Dorval (Leaves & Pages)
-Swamp Angel (Leaves & Pages)

Winters, Michelle
-I Am a Truck (Naomi)

Wolfe, Margie
-150 Fascinating Facts about Canadian Women (Teena)

Wynne-Jones, Tim
-Blink & Caution (Sherrie)


  1. This is very impressive, Melwyk! Wishing you a very happy New Year!

  2. Lovely compilation. Nice to see so many great writers included!

    1. I was so excited to see so many different authors represented. So much reading done!

  3. Wow, what a lot of work this must have been - thank you for doing it! What a great list!

    1. It did take a while, but it was so interesting to see the results! I can't wait to see what we all add in the next 6 months

  4. Hi all,

    I have been reading to start out the year. But instead of actually posting my book reviews here and letting you all that I am reading, I have the major tedious job of posting all of my links to previous reviews.

    I have been having technical issues with my computer so that I haven't been able to post my links to date. I had to go to a tech person and pay over 200.00 to fix the problem.

    And now, I have to post 95 links on this website to post all of my reviews from last year...major OUCH in places that I never mention in polite company, instead of actually posting the 6 books that I have read and am about to review!

    Not a great way to start the year!

    Thank you for listening all!
    Irene Roth

  5. I just noticed an error in one of the authors: Gabriel Boone (Skitter) should be Ezekiel Boone.


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