Thursday, June 29, 2017

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!!

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, I thought we should have a Canadian based challenge!! 

Duration: July 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Please follow the General CCC challenge rules. when playing along.


1. Canada Day is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, (then called the British North America Act), which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. 
Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in various locations around the world, attended by Canadians living abroad. 
This year Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday. 

Read a book added to your to read shelf in July of any year (tell us when added) OR read a book with either “18” or “67” in the total number of pages (tell us how many).
The Almost Sisters Joshilyn Jackson 7/20/17

2. The flag of Canada is the national flag consisting of a red field with a white square at its centre, in the middle of which is featured a red, 11-pointed maple leaf. It is the first ever specified by law for use as the country's national flag. The maple leaf design, by George Stanley, is based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada. The flag made its first official appearance on February 15, 1965. 

Read a book with a red & white cover OR with a leaf on the cover. Show us the cover
Between Seasons by Aida Brassington Between Seasons Aida Brassington 7/31/17

3. Canada is made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories. The territories include Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island are the ten provinces.

Read a book with a “1” and “3” in publication year (tell us when it was published) OR an author’s 13th book written.
Shooter Dahlia West 7/13/17

4. The official languages of Canada are French and English, although only 17% of the population are actually considered bilingual in English and French. In fact, a large portion of the population do not refer to English or French as their mother tongue. 
“Official bilingualism” is the term used in Canada to collectively describe the policies, constitutional provisions, and laws that ensure legal equality of English and French in the Parliament and courts of Canada. It is to protect the linguistic rights of English and French-speaking minorities in different provinces, and ensure a level of government services in both languages across Canada. Unfortunately, there are very strong opinions on whether the government should require local governments to follow bilingual rules and regulations. 

Read a book where the main character speaks more than one language (tell us what languages) OR the cover appears to be split in two (show us the cover).
(English and Italian) 
Fallout Sara Paretsky 7/9/17

5. Canada is big but not very populated. The country is 998,467,000 hectares in size, being the second largest country in the world, next to Russia. Canada’s population is 36,286,425. This means each Canadian could have nearly 68 acres or 27.51 hectares of land each! 

Read a big book - over 500 pages (tell us how many pages) OR with a long title - over 7 words
(501 pages)
The Liar Nora Roberts 7/21/17

6. We are a nation who love sports. Hockey, invented in Canada in the 1850s, is the most commonly played sport, lacrosse is our national sport (although few play it), basketball was invented by a Canadian and we are known for our success in curling at the world level. These are just to name a few of the sports played in Canada.

Read a book where a character plays a sport, need not be professionally (tell us which sport) OR exercises (tell us how)
Going Under Lexi Ryan 7/19/17

7. In addition to our great athletes, we’ve got some pretty smart people too. Did you know Canadians invented the following: telephone; light bulb; electric oven; sonar; alkaline battery; insulin; the pacemaker; Wonderbra; the zipper; snowmobile; electric wheelchair; and instant mashed potatoes? 

More Canadian inventions can be found here:
List of Canadian inventions

Read a book with any of the inventions listed above, or found on the wikipedia list, on the cover (tell us what the invention is) OR with a character who invents or creates something new (tell us what)
The Study of Seduction Sabrina Jeffries 9/4/17 Edwin creates automatons - a moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being

8. Canada’s original population influx was Europeans moving here to farm. Farm land was readily available to those brave enough to cross the ocean for it. Farming is how many of our inhabitants still make a living today. Grain farms, livestock and dairy farms, wineries, maple syrup production, vegetable farms, and orchards exist across the country. 

Read a book that takes place on farm OR has farm produce on the cover
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters Susan Mallery 8/14/17

9. Canada has over 30,000 lakes! We have the longest coastline in the world, stretching 202080 kilometres (125570 miles). The longest river in the country is the Yukon river, which is over 3,000 km (2,000 miles) long. We love to enjoy the scenery surrounding the lakes and take part in water activities, but also many residents make their living or help feed their families from the fish caught in the lakes and rivers.

Read a book that takes place at a lake, along a river or seaside (tell us where) OR has water scene on cover (show us the cover)
Summer at the Lake Linda Barrett 7/5/17

10. Many Canadians will argue that our people are said to be our greatest resource. Did you know Jim Carey, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Michael Buble, Celine Dion, and William Shattner are all Canadian? That’s just a few of the many Canadians who have become famous on the big screen or music stage. 

Find a well-known Canadian actor or musician and read a book by an author with the same first or last name (or first name as a last name, or last as first). Tell us the name of the Canadian you’ve chosen.
Jennifer Finnigan
Wait for You J. Lynn 7/6/17 AKA Jennifer L. Armentrout

For example if you choose Shania Twain you could read a book by Mark Twain 
Or if you choose Matthew Perry you could read a book by Carole Matthews or Anne Perry 

11. Tourism is one of our nation’s largest industries. It’s impossible to choose the “top places” to see in Canada as our country is so diverse. Highlights would include our many natural wonders, scenery that is absolutely breathtaking, museums, festivals and art galleries. There are many online travel sites and print magazines dedicated to the Canadian travel industry. 

Read a book where the main character goes on a trip (tell us where) OR with a mode of transportation on the cover (show us the cover)
Carmel California 
One Week Girlfriend Monica Murphy 7/7/17

12. There are many successful Canadian authors - Margaret Atwood, Louise Penny, Alan Bradley, Sara Gruen, Yann Martel, Lucy Maud Montgomery, to name a few. The goodread lists linked below may help you discover a few more. 

Best Canadian Literature
Canadian Fiction

Read a book by a Canadian author Personal Demon Kelley Armstrong 7/25/17

13. Goodreads has quite a few lists of books that take place in Canada. From those set in our largest cities such as Toronto and Ottawa, to others set in small towns across the country. 

Oh, Canada!
Mysteries/Suspense/Thrillers Set in Canada
Canadian Nonfiction 

Read a book that takes place in Canada, tell us where.  Calgary and the Rockies
Furr Axel Howerton 7/30/17
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Participants will be linked in the post below.

Have fun with this! 

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