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And...DONE! Now I just have to see if I can hang on to some of these books for the Canadian *release* challenge.

Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie Macdonald
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11691148

Kindly RABCK'd to me by quietorchid.

Follows the lives of a family in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia during the first half of the 20th century, with particular focus on the daughters.

Progress map from http://douweosinga.com/projects
http://preview.tinyurl.com/kq6ucug

I made my (revised) goal of 13 months for 13 books and had a lot of fun along the way. For those of you who haven't finished yet, don't panic - I will keep this thread open at least through 2014. :)

As for me, I'll probably start challenging myself to read one book from every Canadian province/territory again in a year or so. :)

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Summary:

E-books: NT, YT, AB
Audio: PE, ON, SK, QC
Unregistered: BC
Library: NL
Registered: MB, NU, NB, NS

Alberta: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8093154
British Columbia: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7817830
Manitoba: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7991225
New Brunswick: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8146838
Newfoundland & Laborador: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8139929
Northwest Territories: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7792337
Nova Scotia: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8151125
Nunavut: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8135524
Ontario: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7838677
Prince Edward Island: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7811034
Quebec: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8119062
Saskatchewan: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8105135
Yukon: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7809919

 

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winghyphen8wing 5 yrs ago
RE: Thanks.
http://www.librarything.com/---/71251

Suggestions for PEI


Good to know. L.M.M.'s are the only ones that have found their way into my hands so far..but I'll keep my eyes open. :)

 

Well, since I seem to be reading some Canadian books, I might as well declare them here :-)

Alberta: The Surgeon by Kate Bridges http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12464148/

A Historical western romance, but not set as usual in the US west. This one is about a Mountie & surgeon, who is assigned to the newly developing town of Calgary. As a joke, his men order him a mail order bride. Imagine his surprise, and hers, when Sarah shows up & she finds out the he never wrote any of the letters that she cherished and that brought her west. What a mess.

 

Well, since I seem to be reading some Canadian books, I might as well declare them here :-)

Alberta: The Surgeon by Kate Bridges http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12464148/

A Historical western romance, but not set as usual in the US west. This one is about a Mountie & surgeon, who is assigned to the newly developing town of Calgary. As a joke, his men order him a mail order bride. Imagine his surprise, and hers, when Sarah shows up & she finds out the he never wrote any of the letters that she cherished and that brought her west. What a mess.


Thanks for joining us! I've heard of the Calgary Stampede ( http://www.calgarystampede.com ), so I think a western set there would be entirely appropriate...if a bit chillier than one set in, say, Arizona...

 

I am starting over. Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
#1. Beautiful British Columbia. Nanaimo and Victoria
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12487125

 

winghyphen8wing 5 yrs ago
varykino
I am starting over. Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
#1. Beautiful British Columbia. Nanaimo and Victoria
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12487125


I made this a two-year challenge, so no need to start over unless you *want* to. Looks like you've already read books for Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Newfoundland, so you can count this as number 5. :)

 

I didn't feel like wading through the old posts so I'll start anew!

 

winghyphen8wing 5 yrs ago
RE: varykino
I didn't feel like wading through the old posts so I'll start anew!


Entirely up to you: as a Canadian, I suspect you'll have an easier time finding books than those of us outside your country. :)

If you change your mind, here are the links to your earlier posts:

4. Newfoundland: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7923091
3. Ontario: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7889007
2. New Brunswick: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7854671
1. Quebec: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7824636

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit by Jo-ann Archibald/Q’um Q’um Xiiem

UBC prof. Jo-ann Archibald weaves together the story of what she terms as "indigenous storywork," or the art of storytelling among First Nations elders. A nonfiction text, Indigenous Storywork tells of the triumphs and challenges involved in preserving culture and tradition through story.

Check out my review here:
http://thatssojacob.wordpress.com/---/a-tisket-a-tasket-a-stolo-story-basket/

 

Family Practice by Bobby Hutchinson http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7790635/

Billed as a romance, it really wasn't. It's a contemporary relationship book. Polly and Michael lost their 9yo daughter to cancer. Now 3 years after her death, the marriage is strained to the point of breaking, with Polly building shrines to her daughter and Michael burying himself in work. Until one of Michael's patients is hospitalized, and asks Michael & Polly to care for his 4 yo daughter, Clover. Clover hates Polly and loves Michael - and is so unlike Susannah, their deceased daughter, that it's creating even more of a crisis in their marriage.

It wraps up trite and quick in the end. The writer could have used 50 more pages, to develop the characters a bit more.

 

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim Defede http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10109768/

The story of what happened when the US Airspace closed after the terrorist attacks, with lots of planes heading for the US still in the air over the Atlantic.

Gander ATC is responsible for all the air traffic crossing the Atlantic, and on 9/11 they were responsible for getting all the planes in the air down somewhere in eastern Canada.

In the little town of Gander, 6000+ "plane people" landed and needed shelter, food, clothing and communication to the outside. The author interviewed 179 people after the fact, and documented how well the little town mobilized and dealt with their unexpected influx of people from all different nationalities (and the pets that were in the cargo hold too). From essentials, such as getting new scrips to fill prescriptions, to food and shelter, to providing internet and communication to the outside world, Gander thought of and did everything.

Wonderful re-read.

 

Another cheesy book. But again, unusual to find the romances set in Canada at all. They're mostly the US (selected states) or Australia for contemporary ones, and the UK for regency ones.

No Walls Between Us by Naomi Horton http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7618245/

A house has been divided into a twin. During renovations of his side, Marc creates a hole in Paige's living room wall - big enough for him to walk through. Turns out the area used to be an archway between the two rooms, and the plaster everywhere is in such bad shape, there's no way to quickly patch it back up, to the delight of Paige's son, and Marc's cat who quickly become best friends.


 

varykino 5 yrs ago
#2 Ontario
Until the Night by Giles Blunt.
Women are turning up frozen to death in clothes they were never seen wearing before, seemingly cared for then cruelly abandoned by their murderer.
The novel alternates between two stories; the murder investigation and a diary kept by a researcher at science outpost deep in the Arctic where, decades before something terrible happened.

 

Until the Night by Giles Blunt.
Women are turning up frozen to death in clothes they were never seen wearing before, seemingly cared for then cruelly abandoned by their murderer.
The novel alternates between two stories; the murder investigation and a diary kept by a researcher at science outpost deep in the Arctic where, decades before something terrible happened.

Knowing how you feel about Giles Blunt I'm surprised there are any books by him that you haven't read!

 

Hope you're still finding some good Canadian reads!

 

since 2005 or so, which is to read books from the CanLit cannon (mostly based on books selected for the New Canadian Library imprint with additions). Let's see how I'm doing in meeting this one. So, among others since 2013 I've read:

Settlers of the Marsh by Philip Frederick Grove - Manitoba
Emily's Quest by Lucy Maud Montgomery - PEI
White Narcissus by Raymond Knister - Ontario
Thirty Acres by Ringuet - Quebec
Tay John by Howard O'Hagan - Alberta
Who Has Seen the Wind - Saskatchewan
Each Man's Son by Hugh MacLennan - Nova Scotia

I'm currently reading The Equations of Love by Ethel Wilson, set in British Columbia.

Provinces & Territories I'm missing:
Newfoundland
New Brunswick
Nunavut
Yukon
NWT

Remaining CanLit Challenge books for 2014 are set in:
Spain, Quebec, South/North America (following the migration of a bird), & British Columbia so that's a wash.

I have some other Canadian TBRs which may or may not set in some of the places I'm missing but I'm not sure whether I'll get to them by year's end, since I'm going to be picking my TBR reads according to Plum's themes for the rest of the year. So it doesn't look good for me to complete this challenge. Ah well.

 

I have a Russell Quant (Saskatchewan) that I need to read soon for a book box, but I'm planning to do the 666 reading challenge for 2015 (and trying for gypsysmom's release challenge as well), so I'll definitely be looking for more good Canadian reads!

 

I have a Russell Quant (Saskatchewan) that I need to read soon for a book box, but I'm planning to do the 666 reading challenge for 2015 (and trying for gypsysmom's release challenge as well), so I'll definitely be looking for more good Canadian reads!


Here are a few. I'll come back with others later.
Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan - set at the time of the Halifax Explosion, the largest manmade explosion until nuclear weapons were invented.

Children of My Heart by Gabrielle Roy - a young teacher at a rural Manitoba school

The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy - the life of a poor family in Montreal in the late thirties/early forties

Anything by Robertson Davies, my faves being Leaven of Malice, What's Bred in the Bone, and Fifth Business.

Anything by Alistair MacLeod - he wrote mostly short stories collected in a book called Island, and his novel No Great Mischief

 

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