It was great to discover ‘reading challenges’ in summer 2012: activities for a solitary endeavour. A blog host designates a quantity and theme. Most follow the calendar year. The Canadian provides respite July 1 to July 1, our national holiday.
I thought I’d combine this year’s and my previous list of material. Hop aboard. :)
July 2012 ~ Tripled the 13-book request!
24) “Murder On The Canadian” 1976
25) “Vancouver Nightmare” 1978
26) “The Case Of The Golden Boy” 1994
27) “Disneyland Hostage” 1982
28) “The Ghost Of Lunenburg Manor” 1981
29) “The Kootenay Kidnapper” 1983
30) “Summer Of Discovery” 1984
31) “Spirit In The Rainforest” 1985
I achieve 34 again and sampled an educational variety. Notable for rarity and for publishing extremely local pieces of work are: Sheila J. Bleeks, Ann Rivkin, Mari Pineo, Peter J. Peters. The latter two were handed to me, containing autographs and astoundingly; a clipping of Peter’s fifty-fifth wedding anniversary with Bertha! It took a good 14 years of being in our family, for me to dip into them at last and I enjoyed each vista very much. Sheila’s and Ann’s wonderful, wonderful stories were respectively: a free find and a nearly-free thrift store haul! Shopkeepers hasty about cleaning up, don’t know what gems they discard. Fortunately they went to a book cherisher, me and it is my pleasure to ensure all of you know about them too.
I used to feel the majority of Canadian literature was brainy: classics, real issues, memoirs. As a great fan of the paranormal and mystery, I lamented lack of these from our authors. I was thrilled to discover: Caroline Roe, Eric Wright, Welwyn Wilton Katz, and even first holder of “The Hardy Boys” penname are home grown: Leslie McFarlane. I encourage anyone who found earlier Eric Wilson adventures cheesy, to keep picking up his abundant titles. Many are far superior to those I tried before, especially: “Cold Midnight In Vieux Québec” and “The Green Gables Detectives”. I mourn Lyn Hamilton above all and adore Charlotte MacLeod too but we need dynamic writers like them, alive and dreaming up material for us today. I ought to forge ahead with my fictional idea.
As for classics: I dread Manitoba’s own Margaret Laurence and Gabriel Roy (read last year) and were impressed with both. I unhesitatingly gave 5 stars to “The Stone Angel” and Farley Mowat’s “The Black Joke” this year. When he very recently died, I knew I ought to read one of the paperbacks I had on hand. I’ve learned classics can be adventurous and garnered that status with good reason. I hope browsers enjoy my carefully-written reviews.
“The Gift Of The Frost Fairy” Sheila J. Bleeks 1976
“Mystery Of Disaster Island” Ann Rivkin 1975
“The Haunting At Cliff House” Karleen Bradford 1985
“Death Island” Robert Sutherland 1994
“The Black Joke” Farley Mowat 1962
“Mariana” Susanna Kearsley 1994
“Spring Floods: Poems, Short Stories, And A Play” Mari Pineo 1990
“Reflections In Poetry And Pictures” P.J. Peters 1984
“Two Moons In August” Martha Brooks 1991
“Read And Buried” Erika Chase 2012
“Kiss Me” Andrew Pyper 1996
“Copper Sunrise” Bryan Buchan 1972