October 9, 2007

The Canadian Book Challenge

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Whew! I'm recovering from all that turkey yesterday. I hope my fellow Canadians had a great Thanksgiving weekend. For me, it's one of my favorite holidays, since it doesn't involve crazy shoppers at the mall.

Anyway, I had a look at my bookshelves for The Canadian Book Challenge hosted by John at The Book Mine Set:

Ok, there's only 10 but A Fine Balance has to count for 4. It's huge! And what scientific method did I use to chose these books? The What-Ever-I-Saw-Was-On-My-Shelf Method. 5 are from Ontario, 2 are Atwood's and 2 are about India in some way.

This should be fun!

Oh, and here's a little geography lesson from Bob & Doug MacKenzie (I'm glad they remembered the Maritimes). I figure it's appropriate for the challenge. (hehe)


10 comments :

  1. Oh, I wish I had the time to do this challenge just because the button totally cracks me up, eh? I don't know the rules but my 'in person' book club is actually reading two books by Canadians that were recommended by our Canadian member.

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  2. Deb, what books are they? And I added a video since you posted ;)

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  3. Oh, good choices! I have A Fine Balance on my TBR pile too. I never seem to get to it! Larry's Party is not my favourite Shields. I think she does a good job writing from the male perspective, but otherwise the book didn't work for me. I like other books by her, though. :) And, I am one of those Canadians that does not like Atwood. hehe.

    Oh, The Assassin's Song just got short-listed for this years Giller. I have it to read too, hopefully sooner rather than later!

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  4. Oh, I love all the Anne books! I've got them all from when I was a kid, and my daughter has started reading them. It's so wonderful to see her loving them as much as I did. Of course now we'll have to plan a trip up to PEI!

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  5. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is one of my favourite books. I hope you enjoy it. Happy to have you in the challenge!

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  6. Oh that was awesome! Loved the MacKenzie Brothers and I had their Christmas album, in vinyl.

    A Fine Balance is a great book. I really liked it. I liked it more after I had finished and thought about it.

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  7. I'm trying to figure out my list for this challenge too. I agree that Mistry's book should count for more than one - I have that on my shelf too so perhaps I'll top up my list with it.

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  8. A Fine Balance is long, but it is sooooo good! I read it several years ago (probably back in '97) and it was fantastic. The pages just fly.

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  9. We're reading Random Passage by Bernice Morgan and Crow Lake by Mary Lawson. Since I saw that we have time I might be able to complete this challenge with some help from the library back home. Or maybe there are some short quebecois books here as well.

    Thanks for the video -- just discovered the MacKenzies, who crack me up, but I have no idea of what the story is there.

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  10. Deb- I haven't read either of those but hear that both are good.

    The MacKenzies were a skit from SCTV back in the 70's. They also made a movie called "Strange Brew" (about beer of course).

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