Jennifer from Mrs. Q: Book Addict is hosting her first challenge. Here is what she has to say:
Canada is a culturally diverse country with two official languages and many ethnicities. Many of these influences are found in Canadian Literature. There are a number of notable writers and I thought this challenge would be interesting.
This challenge will run from January 1 2010 -December 31, 2010.
There will be four different commitment levels.
When signing up please specify which reading level you plan to challenge yourself with. You do not have to be a book blogger to accept the challenge.
You do not need to specify a list when signing up, the goal is to find new books and authors to read.
I’m hosting this challenge, because it’s one I would want to join myself. I am Canadian and I’ve read a lot of great Canadian literature. I also have a lot of Canadian books on my shelves and I thought this would motivate me to get them read.
I am not Canadian, but I did grow up less than hour from the border so I feel some connection to Canada and I have been meaning to check out some Canadian authors. Most notably, Margaret Atwood, which I amazingly have yet to read. I am going to sign up at the 3 level because I’m afraid of planning all my 2010 reading through challenges, but I hope to hit a higher number.
Everyone go sign up and join me!
Hi Michelle, Very interesting. Thank you for posting about it. I do not know much about Canadian literature and this will be a good starting point. May I take this opportunity to thank you so much for being my secret Santa and sending me not one, but TWO great books. I will read them asap and let you know what I think of them. Wish you a wonderful Xmas! Ciao. Antonella
You are very welcome. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the books.
How great that you grew up close to the border! I haven´t read a lot of Canadian lit but I´ll definitely read the second Flavia DeLuce book which comes out in March, and another Atwood (you´re in for a treat!) . . .I´ll join you on level 3 🙂
Oh, and I can recommend “The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond Fond Matches” for your list, in case you haven´t read it yet.
Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve heard good things about The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches and I actually think it was on my Christmas list this year.
Interesting challenge! I haven’t read many Canadian authors (if I think about it, I can’t remember anyone other than Margaret Atwood) and so I think it is a good opportunity to discover Canadian authors and literature. I am tempted to join at 3-level!
I hope you do join. I’ve always meant to read more Canadian literature because I always end up loving what I do read.
When I saw this post I had to suggest one of my favorite books of all time! It’s called Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neil (a fellow Montreal-er!)and it won the Giller Prize here a few years ago. It is INCREDIBLE! It’s really intense and for some people even a little disturbing but it’s so well written. That’s my suggestion if you’re looking for something other than Margaret Atwood or Alice Munro 🙂
Thanks for the recommendation. I haven’t heard of Lullabies for Little Criminals but I will check it out.
Michelle: This challenge sounds like fun! And like you, I’ve lived near Canada my whole life. Last year I read four books by Canadian authors and I loved them all. So I will join you in this challenge at Level 3 :o)
Glad you’ll be joining the challenge, too. I’m sure Jennifer will be happy.