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My Canadian Reading Challenge started in January 2016, when I challenged myself to read a book that takes place in or was written by an author from each of the 13 Provinces and Territories within a year. Since I typically read 40 or more books a year, it seemed like something I could accomplish and still leave plenty of reading time for book club and other interests.
Twenty-two months later, I have finally achieved my goal! Today I’ll share my complete reading list with you. There’s a wide range: novels, picture books, non-fiction, classics and virtually unknown. I hope it will inspire you to start your own challenge!
Big Blue Forever: The Story of Canada’s Largest Blue Whale Skeleton, Anita Miettunen
A Family Is a Family Is a Family, Sara O’Leary
Stanley Park, Timothy Taylor
Tracking Triple Seven, Jamie Bastedo
Harry and Walter, Kathy Stinson
Adult Onset, Ann-Marie MacDonald
The Dance of the Violin, Kathy Stinson
No Relation, Terry Fallis
Prince Edward Island
The Blue Castle, L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Although L.M. Montgomery is one of Canada’s most beloved authors, I think I need to expand my horizons here, and in some other areas. I see some interesting possibilities in Fiction Set in New Brunswick and PEI.
A Great Reckoning, Louise Penny
I started reading Pierre Berton’s Klondike, but the copy I’d borrowed was an old paperback with tiny print and I just couldn’t do it. I had trouble finding something else, but lucked out with:
City of the Lost, Kelley Armstrong
It felt a bit like cheating, because although the novel was set in the fictional village of Rockton, Yukon, it really could have been any remote location in North America. However, it was an enjoyable mystery and I liked the characters, and I was pleased to learn that it’s the first in a series. I plan to read A Darkness Absolute and This Fallen Prey as well, so if I fell short in this area of the challenge, maybe I can make up for it in volume. 😉
Even though it took nearly twice as long as I expected, I am so glad that I completed this challenge. I’ve read so many books that I might never have even heard of otherwise, and learned a lot about my country in the process.
What are your favourite Canadian books?
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