Thursday, December 27, 2007

O'Canada Challenge wrap-up

I had such high hopes, at the beginning of the year, that I would finally get some of my Canadian books read. Well, I only managed to finish 4 this year, out of a hoped for 12!
Books completed:
1. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
2. Forty Words for Sorrow - Giles Blunt
3. Hitching Rides with Buddha - Will Ferguson
4. The Love of a Good Woman - Alice Munro

Best book(s) I read for the challenge?
Forty Words for Sorrow because it was a fun, exciting mystery, and Hitching Rides with Buddha, a very amusing travel memoir of a Canadian in Japan which I could relate to on many levels.

Book(s) I could've done without?
None. I enjoyed all of them and am actually quite pleased to have read them.

Any new authors? Will I read them again?
Giles Blunt and Will Ferguson were new-to-me authors and I'm so glad I finally read them. When I was in Canada this autumn I picked up books by both of them so I'll definitely be reading them again. Atwood isn't new but I had resisted reading The Handmaid's Tale for a very long time. I'm glad I finally did because it was a bit of a turning point for me. I'm not quite as intimidated by her writing as I used to be. This was my second time to read Munro and I liked this collection of stories better than the other one I read, as I mentioned in the review, so I would certainly pick up another of her books at some time as well and I believe I do have one more buried somewhere in the stacks.

I don't plan to set myself another Canada challenge next year, even though I've got plenty here, but I do hope to add them into my reading mix from time to time. I've got a couple on my list for the Book Awards Challenge so that's a small start. There really are too many books, not enough time!


  1. You did very well, Tanabata! This is the first year I've paid close attention to the country the author is from. I'm guessing I'll fall heavily on the American side.

    Giles Blunt's book is on my TBR shelf because of you. I'm looking forward to read it one day. :-)

  2. Too many books... Urgh, I know what you mean. I failed at the TBR Challenge for last year. I'm trying again in 2008 though!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Have you read any books by Sharon Butala?
    Her memoir "The Perfection of the Morning" was a nice read. And a novel...Gates of...I forget the title, sorry! She is from Western Canada.

  4. Thanks Wendy. I hope you enjoy Forty Words for Sorrow if/when you get around to reading it. I read a fair bit of American or British authors but I do pay attention to nationality and enjoy reading from different countries or cultures.

    Kookie- Happy New Year to you too! And good luck with the TBR Challenge this time around.

    chedwick- I hadn't heard of Sharon Butala. I'll have to look her up. Thanks.


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