The Canadian Book Challenge was one of the first community reading events/challenges that I joined online. For ten years it was hosted by The Book Mine Set, then The Indextrious Reader hosted for the past two years and, now, the baton has been passed to Canadian Bookworm, who will host the challenge from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
When all his hard work was behind him, to celebrate his decade of hosting, The Book Mine Set awarded a stack of books by Canadian and indigenous authors, one book to represent each region of the country, to a random recipient – me!
Most of the books were donated by the acclaimed poetry press, Brick Books, with a couple of additions from John, to represent Nunavut and the Northwest Territories (his home turf). In the summer of 2017, these books arrived and I literally had to clear a shelf for them. What a delightful “problem” to have!
Since then, I have been reading them (all but two of the authors were new-to-me), enjoying the sense of moving across the land, on the page. Along the way, I’ve been making some notes, which I’m pleased to share here, beginning with the novel and children’s book that John selected personally and, then, touring through the selection of Brick Books’ volumes of poetry.