Thursday, March 05, 2009

Canadian Book Challenge II - Finished

Other than my own personal Book-Around-the States Challenge, this is my final challenge to complete. I have really enjoyed participating in both of John Mutford's Canadian challenges and will probably join another time this summer. (I plan to read a bunch of L M Montgomery books) To find out more about John and his challenge, click on The Book Mine Set link in my sidebar. Here's my results:

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs, rated 3. A Temperance Brennan mystery
Niagara, a History of the Falls by Piere Berton, rated 4.25. An interesting look at Niagara Falls and the issues on both sides of the border.
Barameter Rising by Hugh MacLennan, rated 4.25. A gripping tale of the Halifax explosion.
Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson, rated 4. A hilarious look at two single brother, their bed and breakfast and the guests who visit.
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penny, rated 4.5. A first-rate mystery which takes you all over the frozen wilds of Canada.
Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman, rated 4.25. A light-hearted romance looking at Royal Canadian Mounties back in the Wild West.
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston, rated 3.75. An historical fiction that tells a lot about Newfoundland. It was great to learn more about my birthplace.
Still Life by Louise Penny, rated 4.75
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny, rated 5
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny, rated 4.5. These are the first three in the Armand Gamache mystery series. Penny does an excellent job with all three.
Dragonflies and Dinosaurs by Kate Austin, rated 4. A travelogue from Vancouver to Manitoba with a middle-aged spinster and her two teen-age nephews.
Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp, rated 1.5. A depressing coming-of-age novel.
Waiting for Gertrude by Bill Richardson, rated 4. An imaginative tale of famous reincarnated persons who come back as cats inhabiting the cemetery where they were buried. Very funny.

The last Canadian challenge, I found that a lot of the books were kind of depressing; and ran into a couple like that this year. But I also discovered a great mystery series and read a couple more of Bill Richardson, a very funny man. I've loved all the challenges I've done over the past two years, but right now it'll be fun to just grab whatever I want off the shelf.


  1. For the most part, you had some fabulous reads with this challenge! I have 4 of them on my TBR list. I'm so glad that you loved the Louise Penny series. It is a good one. :)

  2. I wonder if Stef Penny is related to Louise? I'll bet Niagara was beyond words before the commercialism took over. I'd like to read that history.

    Yay for completed challenges!

  3. Wow, with a 4.5 rating for The Tenderness of Wolves, I'll definitely have to grab this asap!

    I loved Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast and need to give it a second reading.

    I think I gave Mrs. Mike a similar rating when I read it a few years ago. I didn't think it was as good as others had claimed, but I did wind up getting the sequel, which I'll read one of these days.