Tuesday, January 01, 2019

12th Annual Canadian Book Challenge: the Halfway Point!

Here is the traditional halfway roundup of titles read thus far, for the 12th 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, poetry, 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 Jeff Lemire.
The author with the highest number of different titles reviewed so far is Heather Hudak, with 6.
The first title to be reviewed more than once was Vi by Kim Thuy.
The title with the most reviews so far is Thea Lim's An Ocean of Minutes, with 4.
We've read 256 different authors starting with every letter of the alphabet except for Q & X.

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

Alexis, André
-Fifteen Dogs (Rob)

Allen, Grant
-Miss Cayley's Adventures (Brian Busby)

Aloian, Molly
-Cultural Traditions in Canada (Irene)
-Remembrance Day (Irene)

Anderson, Laurie Halse & Emily Carroll
-Speak (John Mutford)

Andrasofszky, Kalman & Leonard Kirk
-Captain Canuck Aleph (John Mutford)

Atwood, Margaret
-Blind Assassin (Mary R.)
-The Handmaid's Tale (Reese)

Auger, Wendy Frood
-10 Drowsy Dinosaurs (RIEDEL Fascination)

Bach, Mette
-Cinders (Teena)
-Charming (Teena)
-You're You (Teena)

Bailey, Don & Bob Hilderley 
-Best Canadian Christmas Stories (Irene)

Bailey, Linda & Julia Sarda
-Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein (Jo)

Baker, Keith
-Lunenburg (Teena)

Bala, Sharon
-The Boat People (Red 5)

Barbeau, Melissa
-The Luminous Sea (Naomi)

Barbeau-Lavalette, Anaïs
-Suzanne (Melwyk, Irene)

Barr, Robert
-The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont (Brian Busby)

Bass, Karen
-Two Times a Traitor (Puss Reboots)

Bates, Larry
-Beat the Bank (Irene)

Bates, Ronald
-The Wandering World (Reese)

Bender, Rebecca
-Giraffe and Bird Together Again (Shonna)

Benison, CC
-Death At Buckingham Palace (RIEDEL Fascination)

Bertin, Johanna
-Don Messer (Teena)

Bertin, Leonard
-Target 2067 (Brian Busby)

Betts, Amanda
-In Flanders Fields (Irene)

Bidini, Dave
-Midnight Light (John Mutford, Irene)

Bird, Kate
-Vancouver in the Seventies (Eric)

Birney, Earle
-Turvey (Leaves & Pages)

Bischoff, Theanna
-Left (Teena)
-Swallow (Teena)

Blais, Francois
-Document 1 (Reese)

Bonner, Margerie
-The Shapes that Creep (Brian Busby)

Boone, Ezekiel
-Zero Day (Darlene)

Boothby, Ian & Nina Matsumoto
-Sparks! (John Mutford)

Bouchet, David
-Sun of a Distant Land (Eric)

Bourgeois, Paulette
-Franklin's Neighbourhood (RIEDEL Fascination)

Bowling, Tim
-The Tinsmith (Shonna)

Boyagoda, Randy
-Original Prin (Reese)

Bradley, Alan
-The Grave's A Fine & Private Place (Wendy/Kentworld)

Brenna, Beverley
-Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life (Shonna)

Brown, Calef
-Hypnotize a Tiger (Mary R)

Brown, Ron
-Canada's World Wonders (Irene)

Buell, John
-Playground (Leaves & Pages)

Buist, Ron
-Tales From Under the Rim (Teena)

Burden, Arnold
-The Dramatic Life of a Country Doctor (Teena)

Burford-Mason, Aileen
-Eat Well, Age Better (Irene)

Burn, KC
-Tartan Candy (Darlene)

Calvert, Kathy
-Ya Ha Tinda (Irene)

Cameron, Susan
-These Four Walls (Irene)

Campbell, Melodie
-The B-Team (Bill Selnes)

Casey, Quentin
-The Sea Was in Their Blood (Irene)

Chapman, Brenda
-Turning Secrets (Teena)

Choyce, Lesley
-Peggy's Cove (Teena)

Clark, Michael J.
-Clean Sweep (Shonna)

Clewes, Rosemary
-The Woman Who Went to the Moon (John Mutford)

Cody, H.A.
-The Girl At Bullet Lake (Brian Busby)

Collins, Carolyn Strom & Christina Wyss Eriksson
-The Anne of Green Gables Christmas Treasury (Red5)

Compton, Wade
-The Outer Harbour (Eric)

Cooper, Paige
-Zolitude (Nancy)

Coren, Michael
-Epiphany (Irene)

Côté, Véronique & Steve Gagnon
-I Never Talk About It (Melwyk)

Coulter, Myrl
-The Left Handed Dinner Party (Reese)

Coupland, Douglas
-Terry (Gord, Teena)

Creasey, Eleanor
-On Remembrance Day (Irene)

Crewe, Lesley
-Relative Happiness (Teena)

Critch, Mark
-Son of a Critch (Teena)

Curtis, Sky
-Flush (Irene)

Curtis, Wayne
-Sleigh Tracks in New Snow (Lisa)

Cushing, E.L.
-Murder's No Picnic (Brian Busby)
-Maid At Arms (Brian Busby)

Czajkowski, Chris
-Cabin at Singing River (Leaves & Pages)

Davidson, Craig
-The Saturday Night Ghost Club (Luanne, Melwyk, Irene)
-Cataract City (Irene)
-Precious Cargo (Irene)

Dawn, Amber
-Sodom Road Exit (PussReboots)

Delany, Vicky
-White Sand Blues (Jo)
-Elementary, She Read (PussReboots)

Demers, Charles
-Property Values (Rob)

Desjardins, Martine
-The Green Chamber (Melwyk)

Denbok, Leah
-Nowhere to Call Home (Luanne)

Dewitt, Patrick
-Sisters Brothers (Irene)
-French Exit (Nancy, Mary R.)

Dickinson, Terence
-Exploring the Sky by Day (Irene)

Diespecker, Dick
-Rebound (Brian Busby)

Dimaline, Cherie
-The Marrow Thieves (Red 5, Swordsman, Naomi)

Dixon, Joan
-Extreme Canadian Weather (RIEDEL Fascination)

Donahue, Anne T.
-Nobody Cares (Irene)

Donoghue, Emma
-The Lotteries, More or Less (PussReboots)

Dumont, Dawn
-Glass Beads (Melwyk, Irene)

Edugyan, Esi
-Washington Black (Nancy)

Elliott, Zetta & Aaron Boyd
-Melena's Jubilee (Puss Reboots)

Epp, Darrell
-After Hours (Irene)

Faker, Sarah
-All Beauty is Now (Irene)

Farmer, Bonnie & Marie Lafrance
-Oscar Lives Next Door (Puss Reboots)

Flanders, Cait
-Year of Less (Melwyk, Teena, Red5)

Forrest, John
-Home For Christmas (Red5)

Fraser, Nancy Wickware
-Mysterious Brockville (RIEDEL Fascination)

Garcia, Emilio Jose & Samantha Kristoferson
-Recipe for an Extraordinary Life (Irene)

Gardner, Whitney
-Chaotic Good (Melwyk)
-Fake Blood (John Mutford)

Gates, Eva
-Spook in the Stacks (Puss Reboots)

George, Kallie
-The Enchanted Egg (Puss Reboots)

Golliger, Gabriella
-Girl Unwrapped (Reese)

Graham, Genevieve
-Come From Away (Red 5, Naomi)
-Tides of Honour (Red 5)
-Promises to Keep (Red 5)
-Under the Same Sky (Red 5)

Grainger, Gennifer
-From the Vault (Irene)

Gravel, Elise
-The Mushroom Fan Club (John Mutford)

Gray, John
-Billy Bishop Goes to War (Eric)

Greene, Elizabeth
-A Season Among Psychics (Melwyk)

Grover, Ione
-No Matter What Happens (Irene)
-Book of Blessence (Irene)

Hamilton, Ian
-The Water Rat of Wanchai (TraceyK)

Hancock, Pat & Mark Thurman
-Creatures of the Night (RIEDEL Fascination)

Harding, Robyn
-Her Pretty Face (Luanne)

Harmer, Liz
-The Amateurs (Melwyk)

Harrison, A.S.A.
-The Silent Wife (Patricia)

Hay, Elizabeth
-Garbo Laughs (Irene)
-Alone in the Classroom (Irene)
-His Whole Life (Irene, Shonna)

Haynes, Michael
-The Great Trail (Irene)

Hébert, Anne
-Am I Disturbing You? (Melwyk)

Helmer, Marilyn & Laura Watson
-Three Barnyard Tales (RIEDEL Fascination)

Heras, Theo & Alice Carter
-Our New Kittens (Shonna)

Heti, Sheila
-Motherhood (Irene)

Hicks, Faith Erin
-The Divided Earth (PussReboots)

Ho, Van & Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
-Too Young to Escape (Shonna)

Hopkinson, Nalo
-The New Moon's Arms (Mary R.)

Horvath, Polly
-Very Rich (PussReboots)

Howarth, Jerry
-Hello Friends! (Teena)

Hudak, Heather
-Fall Fairs (Irene)
-Family Day (Irene)
-Remembrance Day (Irene)
-Pride Festivals (Irene)
-National Indigenous Peoples Day (Irene)
-Thanksgiving (Irene)

Humphreys, C.C.
-Chasing the Wind (Gord)

Huston, Nancy
-Slow Emergencies (Melwyk)

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

Itani, Frances
-Deafening (Red 5)

Jenkins, Steve, Derek Walters & Caprice Crane 
-Happily Ever Esther (John Mutford, Teena)

Jessome, Phonse
-Disposable Souls (Teena)
-Murder at McDonalds (Teena)
-Somebody's Daughter (Teena)

Johns, Chris
-A Taste of Prince Edward Island (Irene)

Johnson, Harold
-Corvus (Melwyk)
-Clifford (Irene)

Jolly, B. Denham
-In The Black (Irene)

Kamal, Sheena
-It All Falls Down (Harvee)
-The Lost Ones (Harvee)

Kearsley, Susannah
-Bellewether (Red 5)

Kimmel, Fran
-No Good Asking (Luanne)

King, Basil
-The Empty Sack (Brian Busby)
-The Thread of Flame (Brian Busby)

King, Thomas
-Coyote Tales (Jo)

Klein, Michael
-Dissident Doctor (Irene)

Kooser, Ted & Jon Klassen
-A House Held Up By Trees (Puss Reboots)

Korman, Gordon
-Whatshisface (Pussreboots)
-Restart (Pussreboots)

Lafferty, Catherine
-Northern Wildflower (John Mutford)

Laforme, Chief R. Stacey
-Living in the Tall Grass (John Mutford)

Laidlaw, Rob
-Cat Champions (Teena)

Lapeña, Shari
-An Unwanted Guest (Luanne)

Leach, Sara
-Slug Days (Puss Reboots)

Lemire, Jeff, Lewis LaRosa & Mico Suayan
-Bloodshot Salvation (John Mutford)

Lemire, Jeff
-Sherlock Frankenstein (Puss Reboots)
-Roughneck (John Mutford)

Leroux, Catherine
-Madame Victoria (Naomi)

Leung, Carrianne 
-That Time I Loved You (Naomi)

Léveillé-Trudel, Juliana
-Nirliit (Melwyk)

Lewis, Robert
-Power, Prime Ministers and the Press (Irene)

Lilley, Joanna
-The Birthday Books (John Mutford)

Lim, Thea
-An Ocean of Minutes (Mary R., Nancy, Melwyk, Irene)

Lin, Hartley
-Young Frances (Puss Reboots)

Lovett-Reid, Patricia
-Get Real (Irene)

Lye, Harriet Alida
-The Honey Farm (Naomi)

Macdonald, Frankie & Sarah Sawler
-Be Prepared! (Teena)

MacIntyre, Linden
-The Bishop's Man (Wendy/Kentworld)

Mackay, Isabel
-Blencarrow (Brian Busby)
-House of Windows (Melwyk)

MacKenzie, Lily Iona
-Divine Comedy (Harvee)

MacLeod, Elizabeth
-Meet Viola Desmond (Irene)

Mah, Melanie
-The Sweetest One (Irene)

Maharaj, Rabindrinath
-Adjacentland (Eric)

Manguel, Alberto
-Packing My Library (Rob)

Mapa, Lorina
-Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, & Me (John Mutford)

Marquardt, Tina
-Stray (Luanne)

Marston, Alan
-Strange Desires (Brian Busby)

Martel, Yann
-Life of Pi (Darlene)

Matejova, Miriam
-Wherever I Find Myself (Darlene)

Mayr, Suzette
-Monoceros (Puss Reboots)

McDonald, Anne
-Miss Confederation: the Diary of Mercy Anne Coles  (Gord)

McKay, Ami
-Half Spent Was the Night (Luanne)

McKenzie, Bob & Jim Lang
-Everyday Hockey Heroes (Teena)

McWatt, Tessa et. al.
-Luminous Ink (Gord)

Millar, Margaret
-Wives & Lovers (Nancy)

Miller, K.D.
-Late Breaking (Eric)

Milton, Steve
-Tessa and Scott (Irene)

Mlynowski, Sarah
-Weather or Not (Puss Reboots)

Montgomery, L.M.
-Anne of the Island (Red 5)
-Christmas at Red Butte (Faith Hope & Cherrytea)

Moscovitch, Hannah
-Infinity (Nancy)

Moyles, Trina
-Women Who Dig (Irene)

Munro, Alice
-Lives of Girls and Women (Irene)

Myers, Paul
-The Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy (Teena)

Newmark, Amy & Janet Matthews
-Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada (Red5, Irene)

Nielsen, Susin
-No Fixed Address (PussReboots)

Oppel, Kenneth
-Half Brother (Darlene)
-Inkling (PussReboots)

Packard, Frank L.
-Doors of the Night (Brian Busby)

Page, Kathy
-Dear Evelyn (Naomi)

Paisley, Erinne
-Can Your Conversations Change the World? (Irene)

Patterson, Kevin
-Consumption (Eric)

Paul, Julie
-The Pull of the Moon (Nancy)

Pearson, Patricia
-A Brief History of Anxiety: Yours and Mine (Irene)

Pellerin, Renee
-Conspiracy of Hope (Irene)

Pendziwol, Jean E.
-The Lightkeeper's Daughters (Red 5)

Penny, Louise
-Brutal Telling (RIEDEL Fascination)
-A Fatal Grace (John Mutford)
-A Trick of the Light (Lisa)
-The Beautiful Mystery (Lisa)
-How the Light Gets In (Lisa)

Peterson, Jordan
-12 Rules for Life (Darlene)

Porter, Anna
-In Other Words (Irene)

Pyjama Press
-Think Kindness (Shonna)

Redhill, Michael
-Bellevue Square (Irene)

Reichs, Kathy
-Deja Dead (Darlene)

Reid, Iain
-Foe (Luanne, Pussreboots)

Reynolds, Graham & Wanda Robson
-Viola Desmond: Her Life & Times (Teena)

Rice, Waubgeshig
-Moon of the Crusted Snow (Naomi)

Ridge, Yolanda
-Inside Hudson Pickle (Puss Reboots)

Ripley, Nathan
-Find You in the Dark (Darlene)

Robinson, Eden
-Trickster Drift (Melwyk, Irene)

Robinson, Peter
-The Hanging Valley (Reese)
-Sleeping in the Ground (Irene)
-Careless Love (Luanne)

Rocklin, Joanne & Lucy Knisley
-Love Penelope (Puss Reboots)

Roy, Gabrielle 
-Enchanted Summer (Melwyk)
-Children of My Heart (Irene)
-Where Nests The Water Hen (Irene)
-The Road Past Altamont (Irene)
-Garden in the Wind (Melwyk)

Royal Canadian Geographical Society
-Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada (Irene)

Russwurm, Lani
-Vancouver Was Awesome (Eric)

Sadler, Judy
-Embroidery (Irene)

Sarkadi, Laurie
-Voice in the Wild (John Mutford)

Schroeder, Karl
-The Million (Puss Reboots)

Scott, Genevieve
-Catch My Drift (Naomi)

Scrivener, Leslie
-Terry Fox: His Story (Teena)

Selecky, Sarah
-Radiant Shimmering Light (Melwyk)

Shatner, William
-Leonard: My 50 Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man (Teena)

Shatner, William & David Fisher
-Live Long and...  (Teena)

Shields, Carol
-Jane Austen (Reese)

Siré, Cora
-Behold Things Beautiful (Reese)

Skotnicki, Sandy
-Beyond Soap (Irene)

Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk
-Adrift at Sea (Irene)

Slocum, Joshua
-Sailing Alone Around the World (Rob)

Smith, Barbara
-Great Canadian Romances (RIEDEL Fascination)

Smith, Russell
-How Insensitive (Eric)
-Noise (Eric)

Smyth, Fiona
-Somnambulance (Puss Reboots)

Spires, Ashley
-Gordon Bark to the Future (John Mutford)
-Fluffy Strikes Back (John Mutford)

Spruit, Jennifer
-A Handbook for Beautiful People (Irene)

St James, Simone
-The Other Side of Midnight (RIEDEL Fascination)

Stellings, Caroline
-Gypsy's Fortune (RIEDEL Fascination)

Stevens, Chevy
-Still Missing (Puss Reboots)

Summers, Courtney
-Sadie (Luanne)

Symington, Sabrina
-First Year Out (John Mutford)

Tagaq, Tanya
-Split Tooth (John Mutford)

Talaga, Tanya
-Seven Fallen Feathers (Irene)

Tamaki, Jillian
-Boundless (John Mutford)

Tamaki, Mariko & Joelle Jones
-Supergirl Being Super (John Mutford)

Thuy, Kim
-Man (Irene, Nancy)
-Vi (Irene, Buried in Print)
-Ru (Irene)

Toews, Miriam
-Women Talking (Naomi, Melwyk)
-Irma Voth (Irene)
-A Complicated Kindness (Irene)

Traikos, Michael
-The Next Ones (Irene)

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
-A Knock on the Door (Red 5)

Ungar, Michael
-We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids (Irene)

Vargas, Fred 
-Wash this Blood Clean From my Hand (Cath)

Vaughan-Johnston, Sally & Best of Bridge
-Slow Cooker cookbook (Gord)

Vermond, Kira
-Half-Truths & Brazen Lies (Irene)

Wagamese, Richard
-Starlight (MelwykIrene)

Wees, Frances Shelley
-The Keys of my Prison (Nancy)
-This Necessary Murder (Brian Busby)

Wesley, Gloria Ann
-Chasing Freedom (Red 5)

Wiersema, Robert J.
-The World More Full of Weeping (Darlene)

Wilson, M.A.
-The Mystery of the Missing Mask (PussReboots)

Weymouth, Adam
-Kings of the Yukon (Irene)

Whyte, Ewen
-Desire Lines: essays on poetry, art & culture (Reese)

Wilkshire, Nick
-Remember Tokyo (Teena)

Will, Elaine M.
-Look Straight Ahead (John Mutford)

Williams, Stephen
-Invisible Darkness (Darlene)

Wright, Eric
-Final Cut (RIEDEL Fascination)

Wright, L.R.
-The Suspect (Reese)

Youers, Rio
-Halcyon (Luanne)

Young, Pete
-The High Road (Irene)

Younge-Ullman, Danielle
-Everything Beautiful is not Ruined (Irene)

Zebian, Najwa
-Mind Platter (Irene)

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