Canadian Reading Challenge

Matilda, Roal Dahl; Illustration by Quentin Blake

Goal: diversify your reading!

While this challenge encourages you to ‘read Canadian’ (CanLit is fantastic!!), there are so many opportunities here to read beyond your comfort zones. New genres, new locations, new themes, new perspectives – each book you choose to read as part of this challenge has the potential to take you so many places, opening your minds in completely new ways. I would also like to encourage your to read diversely when choosing your authors and books.

The challenge is fairly straight–forward: find a book to read that fits each ‘task’.

With my own reading, I am not going to ‘double-dip’ (or triple-dip, etc.) my book choices. Meaning that I will not use one book for more than one task. Some people may prefer to mix-and-match the tasks, knocking off several tasks with one book. This is absolutely fine!! There are no rigid rules and no scorekeeping: the purpose is completely about having fun and enjoy your reading. You also do not have to complete every task, so please don’t feel any pressure on that front. I am offering 100 tasks (!!!)  in an attempt to provide you with a diversity of choices. With hope, you find many tasks that appeal to you!!

To note: If a task does not specify a Canadian content requirement, you may read any book that fits – a book, or author, from anywhere in the world. (Though it would be great if you tried to focus on Canadian books and authors as much as possible!)

I hope you discover some wonderful literary gems!

The Tasks:

Settings:
1. Read a book set in British Columbia
2. Read a book set in Alberta
3. Read a book set in Saskatchewan
4. Read a book set in Manitoba
5. Read a book set in Ontario
6. Read a book set in Quebec
7. Read a book set in Nova Scotia
8. Read a book set in New Brunswick
9. Read a book set in Prince Edward Island
10. Read a book set in Newfoundland
11. Read a book set in Nunavut, Yukon, or Northwest Territories
12. Read a book set in an urban centre
13. Read a book with a rural setting
14. Read a book set outside of North America

Book Awards/Events:
15. Read a book which has been nominated for the Giller Prize
16. Read a book which has been nominated Governor General’s Fiction Award
17. Read a book which has been nominated Governor General’s Nonfiction Award
18. Read a book which has been nominated for the Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize
19. Read a book which has been nominated for the Writer’s Trust Nonfiction Prize (Weston Prize)
20. Read a book which has been nominated for RBC Taylor Prize (formerly The Charles Taylor Prize) for Literary Nonfiction
21. Read a book which has been nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal For Humour
22. Read a book which has been nominated for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize)
23. Read a book which has been nominated for the Commonwealth Prize
24. Read a book which has been nominated for the Booker Prize
25. Read a book that has featured in the The Morning News’ annual ‘Tournament of Books’
26. Read a book that has been featured on Canada Reads
27. Read a book which has been nominated for a National Book Award
28. Read a book by an author who has won a Nobel Prize

Subjects:
29. Read a book which features a Canadian immigration experience
30. Read a book authored by a First Nations writer
31. Read a book that features First Nations experiences
32. Read a book that is considered a Canadian Classic
33. Read a book by a Canadian author
34. Read a book featuring an animal
35. Read a book published by an independent (indie) publishing house
36. Read a book originally published in a language you do not speak.
37. Read a ‘big book’ – a book over 600 pages
38. Read a book you discovered in a Canadian Newspaper
39. Read a book you discovered in a Canadian Magazine
40. Read a book you discovered on 49th Shelf
41. Read a book recommended to you by a Canadian
42. Read a book that features hockey
43. Read a book that features music or musicians
44. Read a book written by an author under the age of 30
45. Read a book written by an author over the age of 65
46. Read a book that features an LGBTQ character
47. Read a book written by an author who identifies as LGBTQ
48. Read a book about family
49. Read a book that has been banned
50. Read a book by an author who is also (or has been) a journalist
51. Read a book that has been a Canadian bestseller
52. Read a book about survival
53. Read a book that has been on your bookshelf for a very long time
54. Read a book published in 2015
55. Read a book published in the 1800s
56. Read a book published in the 1900s
57. Read a book published in the 2000s
58. Read a book set in the future
59. Read a book set in the past
60. Read a book that has been adapted for TV, or the big screen
61. Read the first book in a series
62. Read a book in a series you have already begun
63. Read a book that you think has a beautiful cover design
64. Read a book written by a man, featuring a female main character
65. Read a book written by a woman, featuring a male main character
66. Read a book recommended to you by a friend, or family member
67. Read a book published in the year of your birth
68. Read a book by one of you favourite authors
69. Read a book by an author you have never read before
70. Read a novel that is a coming of age story
71. Read a book that was noted on any 2014 ‘best books of the year’ list
72. Read a book that features illness or disability

Genres:
73. Read a book that is a mystery, or features crime
74. Read a science fiction novel
75. Read a fantasy novel
76. Read a novel which is considered ‘YA’ (published for young adults)
77. Read a poetry collection
78. Read a play
79. Read a book that crosses genres
80. Read a graphic novel, or graphic memoir
81. Read a book about food or drink
82. Read a biography or memoir
83. Read a love story
84. Read a book featuring travel
85. Read a collection of short stories
86. Read a book of essays
87. Read a book of narrative nonfiction
88. Read an epistolary novel, or a nonfiction collection of letters

Seven Basic Plots:
89. Read a book that deals with overcoming the monster
90. Read a book that features a rags to riches story
91. Read a book about a quest
92. Read a book featuring a voyage and return
93. Read a comedy
94. Read a tragedy
95. Read a story about rebirth

Narrators: 
96. Read a novel with a first-person narrative
97. Read a novel with a second-person narrative
98. Read a novel with a third-person narrative
99. Read a book that has an unreliable narrator
100. Read a book that features alternating narration

To access a Google Doc. version of this challenge, click here.

Happy reading to you all!! Please let me know how your reading goes this year. I would love to know about any wonderful books you discover because of this challenge.

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