I've been meaning to post about John Mutford's second Canadian Book Challenge for a while, so it's "better late than never" time now. John gathered quite a group of readers and bloggers for his first challenge and seems well on his way to doing the same for the next challenge that runs from July 1, 2008 to July 1, 2009. The "challenge" is for each participant to read 13 books about, or written by, Canadians during that time span. John makes the whole thing rather painless by providing a list of books to consider and 13 potential reading themes from which to choose.
I'm personally taking the easy way out by picking John's "Free Spirit" theme because it allows me to read whatever Canadian books catch my eye during the next 12 months - assuming I can actually find a copy of the ones I want to most read.
Don't anyone tell John but I couldn't wait to start reading Alistair MacLeod's No Great Mischief, so I read the first two chapters of it during my lunch break today and I'm throughly hooked on it already.
Oh, and since I am of mixed German/Swiss/French and Cajun ancestory, with heavy emphasis on the Cajun portion, I am particularly hoping to find Canadian novels about the whole expulsion from Nova Scotia experience and would welcome suggestions from anyone having their own favorites on the subject. I have to imagine there must be a bunch of them out there somewhere. I'm also interested in non-fiction writing on the subject but I've been a little put off by the dryness of the ones I've found so far. Again, I would welcome your suggestions.
I picked up Consumption, by Kevin Patterson, at the library last weekend and plan/hope to make that the second of at least thirteen Canadian books I will read in the next twelve months.
Join up over at John's Book Mine Set if this sounds like fun to you. I'm 0-2 on challenges so far, but I feel good about being able to meet this one.