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My approach to the new Canadian Book Challenge is a little different this time — I’m building a stack of Canadian reads and when I get a stack of 13 books by or about our neighbo(u)rs to the north, I’ll plunge in and start reading. Sad to say, I’m almost two months late getting started; I’ll have to read like hel…Halifax.

I slid my uber-sweaty feet into my snow boots just long enough to give myself a good kick for not attending to my northern bookpile while I was in the United States. There’s no excuse for neglecting the Canadians; they were everywhere. My mom and I bonded by watching The Bachelorette on Mondays and I also tuned in to Jeopardy! every chance I got. One episode I saw even had a male contestant who was Canadian. (Forgot what province, sorry.)

Alex Trebek so wanted his fellow countryman to win. I was kind of pulling for the guy myself. When he went into the red after being too bold with his Daily Double wager, I groaned an epithet I picked up from my Canadian co-workers and Alex was overcome with patriotism, entreating him to “Stay positive! There are still plenty of clues on the board!” Unfortunately, it was not to be. The show ended with an American winning and poor Alex looked like he had a lump in his throat the size of a hockey puck.

Ever since returning to Korea, I feel you again, Canada. I have 7 books in the challenge pile so far. I’ve been scanning my library’s shelves for Canadian reading, but no joy. When I get paid, I’ll most likely go oout, fortify myself with some poutine and seize the remaining 6 so I can get finally get started on this challenge before the snow flies.

The Pile (so far):
1. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
2. A Mixture Of Frailties – Robertson Davies
3. The Diviners – Margaret Laurence
4. Among The Shadows – L.M. Montgomery
5. Divisadero – Michael Ondaatje
6. The Tenderness Of Wolves – Steph Penney
7. Gone To An Aunt’s: Remembering Canada’s Homes for Unwed Mothers – Anne Petrie

I’m a slacker but I’ve got spirit, eh?


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