Friday, August 31, 2007

A Few Challenges

I mostly have been staying away from challenges, but there are a few out there that I do want to join, so, I am going to. I like challenges that take books off the pile but that at the same time are not too far out of my comfort zone. This is not because I am unadventurous, this is because I have a TBR pile that if it ever fell over would seriously injure someone. (Although, it is not really a pile, I have the books on shelves.) So, as everyone knows, I suck at following lists. I am too moody, I can't help it. Challenges are just fun because you 'meet' new people. That's really why I join up.

The first challenge I am going to sign up for is Caribousmom's 2008 Themed Reading Challenge.

This challenge runs from January 1st, 2008-June 30, 2008.

The point is to pick at least 4 books that have the same theme. My theme is Canada. I am going to read at least 4 books that are either set in Canada or are by a Canadian author. They can be fiction or non-fiction. Way to not really limit myself, huh?

1. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
2. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
3. The Hidden World by Alison Baird
4. The Darkness That Comes Before by Scott Bakker
5. The Island Walkers by John Bemrose
6. Various books by Pierre Berton
7. Three Day Road by Joseph Boydon
8. Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography by Chester Brown
9. A Good House by Bonnie Burnard
10.The Sad Eye by Brad Burningham
11.Couple books by Joan Clark
12.Mean Boy by Lynn Coady
13.Couple by Douglas Coupland
14.A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche
15.On South Mountain by David Cruisie
16.Voyageurs by Margaret Elphinstone
17.Timothy Findley
18.Steven Erikson
19.Wayne Johnston
20.And those are just some of the authors/books I own that would work.

I also joined the Cardathon because it is an author I should have read years ago. I am going to have to work on that list, though, because there are lots of books eligible!


  1. You should read The Princes of the Golden Cage by Nathalie Mallet. She is Canadian!


  2. Yay for the Cardathon Challenge ;) I'm looking forward to your Themed Challenge reviews too! I haven't read any of those!

  3. Remy: I have that book on my TBR list after, I guess, your review of it. I only listed books I own, but I do intend to read it. That's great that she is Canadian.

    Chris: I figured it was time I read Card. I have owned books by him for a while.

  4. Those are two challenges I will probably end up joining as well.

    I adore Douglas Coupland, but I hadn't heard of "Couple". He and Margaret Atwood are probably the only Canadian authors I've read, so I look forward to your reviews to get more suggestions.

  5. Nymeth: When I say 'couple' I mean I own a couple books by him I haven't read. :) Of his fiction I haven't read Microserfs, JPod, or Eleanor Rigby. He also has a new book coming out in the fall that I have preordered.

  6. I loved A Good House when I read it several years ago.
    And On South Mountain, that's the Goler's? Most disturbing book I've read. It was good, but the situation was shameful and upsetting. Being from the area, you should definitely read it.
    Great list though, there are a few I should read too.

  7. I have heard good things about A Good House. I have owned it forever! The Goler's ARE disturbing! I of course have heard about it over the years but I thought I should read the whole story. I wasn't living here when it happened and my friends think I need to be better educated on the subject.

  8. Great list of books, Kailana! I love Canadian literature and authors - will look forward to reading your reviews come January :) Thanks for joining the challenge!

  9. Ooooh, I ADORE The Robber Bride AND Cat's Eye. You are so in for a treat. The Robber Bride remains one of my favorite books of all time. I can't wait to talk about Zenia with you when you're done.

  10. lol, now I feel completely stupid :P

    I've read both Microserfs and Eleanor Rigby. I liked both, but I found the second much, much better. It's one of my favourite books, in fact. Microserfs is very... experimental, while Eleanor Rigby is straightforward storytelling and beautiful writing.


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