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!
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!