CANADA DAY: The Canadian Reading Challenge, July 1-31

Posted 1 July, 2012 by Kristilyn in Canadian Authors, Challenges / 10 Comments

I was so happy to find this reading challenge over on Rachelia’s blog, Bookish Comforts. I have a big stack of books by Canadians on my shelf in my home library and I think this is a great way to make a dent in them — even if it’s just  a small one.

The Canadian Reading Challenge is hosted by Marie, over at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. This is a great challenge to bring light to the many, many wonderful Canadian authors that are out there! Here’s what Marie’s purpose of the challenge is:

To bring attention to Canadian authors and show the love! I’m sure a lot of people will be surprised that some of their favorite authors are Canadian, or that authors they’ve heard of but haven’t read yet are Canadian. For example, until I was getting ready for the challenge, I had no idea that the author of Water for Elephants was Canadian. Pretty cool, eh? 

The goal of the challenge is to read at LEAST 3 books, either by a Canadian author, or a book set in Canada. I hope to read that AND maybe a few more. Here are the books I’ll be choosing from (though the list could definitely change!):


Books read for the challenge:

1. The Rest is Silence, by Scott Fotheringham (read my review HERE)
2. Cracked Up To Be, by Courtney Summers (read my review HERE)
3. Hearts at Stake (Drake Chronicles, #1), by Alyxandra Harvey (read my review HERE)

Woo! I finished my 3 books for the challenge! I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but I started reading this books towards the tail-end of the month. I was just getting into the Canadian literature when I ran out of days to post reviews, so I couldn’t add any more to this challenge.

On the bright side, I have been discovering a wealth of talent in our great nation! I hope to read more Canadian books in the future and hope that for next year’s challenge, I’ll at least be able to double my readings.

Are you participating in this challenge? Who is your favourite Canadian author? 

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About Kristilyn

Kristilyn is a Canadian book blogger, music listener & creator, proud mama, and general lover of life. Her necessities include fuzzy socks, a library full of good books, a fully charged Kindle, copious amounts of tea, and chocolate. Swoon-worthy book boys are also welcome.


10 Responses to “CANADA DAY: The Canadian Reading Challenge, July 1-31”

  1. I actually really want to read The Birth House. I bought The Virgin Cure by the same author when it was on sale at Chapters a few months ago, I still haven’t read it yet, but it sounds amazing.

    Neat challenge!

    • The Virgin Cure is a great novel! I really enjoyed that one. I’ve had The Birth House for a long while now but still haven’t gotten around to reading it. If it’s anything like The Virgin Cure, it’s going to be great!

  2. What a great challenge! I kinda wish I had known about it sooner – I love to try and read as many Canadian authors as I can. I’m embarrassed to say that I too had no idea Sara Gruen was Canadian?! Water for Elephants is one of my top favorite books! Also, The Birth House is amazing. I loved The Virgin Cure too, but The Birth House was SO good. It’s actually been long enough that I could definitely re-read it now.

    • I still need to read the Birth House! It’s been on my shelf FOREVER! I admit that I don’t read a lot of Canadian authors, but I’m discovering that there are some wonderful authors in this beautiful country. I plan to check out a lot more! I’d really like to check out some Edmonton authors, though only know of two right now.

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