The Book Mine Set
Run by John who is based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (in other words: Arctic, for those who may not be aware), this blog is currently hosting the second annual Canadian Book Challenge. It runs for a year and involves participants committing to read 13 Canadian books (i.e. by or about Canadians/set in Canada), one from each province and territory. John has a handy list broken down by geography for readers who are still seeking something for their 'Saskatchewan' slot, say, or want to round out their 'Newfoundland' one. So far Apprentice Writer has ticks for:
Alberta - (to be filled!)
British Columbia - Wayson Choy, "The Jade Peony"
Manitoba - Carol Shields, "The Stone Diaries"
New Brunswick- (to be filled!)
Newfoundland/Labrador - (to be filled!)
Northwest Territories-(to be filled!)
Nova Scotia - Anne Marie MacDonald, "Fall on Your Knees"
Nunavat-(to be filled!)
Ontario - Margaret Atwood, "The Robber Bride"
Prince Edward Island- Lucy Maud Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables"
Quebec - Yann Martel, "Life of Pi"
Saskatchewan -(tobe filled!)
Yukon -(to be filled!)
All titles read so far highly recommended.
Next, a blog with similar concept but broader application:
Book Around the World
Bonnie describes the goal: "The world has many countries. Let's "book around the world" and find at least one excellent book for each country in the world. The book should help us learn something ABOUT that country and not just be one written by somebody who lives there."
The sidebar lists a host of countries which link to reviews on books for that country.
Apprentice Writer thinks this is a brilliant way to promote the concepts of global village and world citizenship. So far, her personal literary world collection includes the all continents but Antarctica. But even that is sort ofcovered by making an appearance on her WIP, "Cupid and a Suitcase". Time to collect more individual countries!