Books I’ve Read – 2017

January 2017

Patti Smith – M Train – memoir 

Stephen Bett – The Gross & Fine Geography: New & Selected Poetry

February 2017

Haruki Murakami – Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman – short stories

 Carrie Fisher  – Wishful Drinking – memoir

Rebecca Gethin – All the Time in the World – poetry

March 2017

Sy Montgomery – The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness – non-fiction

Rebecca Gethin editor – A Poetry of Elephants – poetry anthology

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief – novel 

April 2017

Catherine Moore – 921b Elysian Fields Avenue: (Return to Sender) – poetry

Simone de Beauvoir – She Came to Stay – novel

Rose Tremain – The Gustav Sonata – novel 

May 2017

Elisabeth Sennitt Clough – Glass – poetry

Sandra Djwa – Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page – Bio 

June 2017

Yuval Noah Harari – Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow – non-fiction

Grzegorz Wróblewski – Zero Visibility – poetry 

Tania Hershman – Some Of Us Glow More Than Others – flash fiction, short stories, poetry

 July 2017
August 2017

2017 League of Canadian Poets Challenge


  • Read (or re-read) a Dr. Seuss book
  • Read a book by a poet with the same first name as you
  • Read a debut collection published in the last 5 years
  • Read (or re-read) the debut collection of one of your favourite poets
  • Read a winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award (find a full list of winners at poets.ca/lowther)
  • Read a Griffin Prize-winning book
  • Read a Governor-General’s Award-winning book
  • Read a translated book of poetry
  • Read an international English-language book of poetry
  • Read a novel by a poet
  • Read a book of poetry by a novelist
  • Read a book of poetry from a publisher you’ve never heard of before
  • Read a new book of poetry from your favourite publisher
  • Read a book of poetry whose title is just one word
  • Read a book of poetry with a ridiculously long title
  • Read a book of essays about poetry
  • Read a literary journal
    • Arc Poetry Magazine (bought early Feb)
  • Read a book of poetry whose cover is your favourite colour
  • Read a book of poetry by a Nobel laureate in Literature
  • Read a book of prose poems
  • Read of a book of sonnets
  • Read a bpNichol Chapbook Award-winning chapbook
  • Read a book of poetry that you bought at a book launch or reading
  • Read a book poetry that you bought at a book, magazine, or other literary fair/market

*Bonus challenge: read a chapbook of poetry every month

*Bonus challenge: recommend a book of poetry to a friend

*Bonus challenge: attend a book launch or poetry reading