Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Canada Reads Independently

Image links to Pickle Me This, home of the Challenge

As with the Maybe-Not-Quite-So-Independent Canada Reads, CBC’s Canada Reads, there are five titles in this group and, I’ve read some of them already. I really enjoyed them at the time, so if there’s enough reading time this month, I’d love to re-read Carrie Snyder’s Hair Hat and Rebecca Onstad’s How Happy to Be. But, if there’s not, I might end up just reading the remaining three titles: Martha Ostenso’s Wild Geese, Ray Robertson’s Moody Food, and Ray Smith’s Century. It’s not that I don’t love re-reading — I do — but I started into 2010 planning to re-read the official Canada Reads titles that I’d already read and that laid claim to precious reading hours before I discovered the Indie version of this show at Pickle Me This.

Notes after completing the challenge: I’d really wanted to read Martha Ostenso’s novel and to try some of Ray Robertson’s work, so this was a great excuse to do so. And even though I really did find Ray Smith’s novel a Challenge, I’m glad to have read it and truly love the idea of discovering and re-discovering Canadian classics (or works that — perhaps — should have been classics).


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