I Spy: Canadian Edition

I spotted this recently on Bookish Beck, who spotted it on Ex Urbanis, who spotted it on Cleopatra Loves Books.

The instructions: Find a book on your bookshelves that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!! (or longer if you have way too many books on way too many overcrowded shelves!)

To make it more of a challenge, I decided to limit myself to the unread booksΒ on my shelf, as well as to the Canadian books only. And I definitely didn’t make the 5 minute mark – I have too many books scattered everywhere for that.









Not exactly a “product” of fire, but…


This category stumped me. I chose this book because when I think of Royalty, I think of London…













As I was looking through my books, I came across several with canoes on the cover and wished it was one of the categories… so I made it one. Feel free to keep it, or to lose it!

Have you read any of these? Do you think this can really be done in 5 minutes or less? Consider yourself tagged!Β 


32 thoughts on “I Spy: Canadian Edition

  1. Rebecca Foster says:

    I guess the preponderance of canoes tells you they’re Canadian books πŸ™‚ We only had one overlap, Late Nights on Air. Looks like some of these are in the same series or at least from the same publisher? (Laurence, Haliburton, MacLeod, Knister)

  2. annelogan17 says:

    I’m horrible at this stuff, so I won’t do the tag, but good on ya for making it more challenging! I loved Sarah Selecky’s stories, can’t wait to read her upcoming novel!

  3. Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis says:

    Quoting from this article: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada-150/2017/06/21/canadian-myths-canoes-might-be-the-only-place-we-dont-have-sex.html

    “A Canadian is somebody who knows how to make love in a canoe.” β€” attributed to Pierre Berton, 1973

    “Pierre Berton was fairly certain he never uttered this oft-cited line about a highly specialized Canuck skill. But, says his son Paul, editor-in-chief of the Hamilton Spectator, his late father thought ‘it was a good quote and he was happy to take credit if people kept insisting’.”

    LOVE that you added that category!

    I loved the Sarah Selecky and the twice-used Elizabeth Hay. πŸ˜‰ October and Scotch River were just so-so for me. Also, I found that I had to read aloud the dialogue in Rockbound to make any sense of it, but when I did I quite enjoyed the book.

    Delighted seeing this post!

    • Naomi says:

      I love that quote – and love that Pierre Berton is happy to take credit for it. πŸ™‚

      I have had Rockbound for so long, but there is something about the type that is putting me off.

  4. The Cue Card says:

    You did a good job! I have read Late Nights on Air — there’s a substantial canoe trek in that book! And of the ones you’ve mentioned I’d like to read some of Margaret McMillan’s histories … about WWI. We are taking a tour in France this summer so I think I might buy her book. thx

  5. TheLiterary Hoarders says:

    Oh that looks like fun! I don’t know if I could do it in 5 minutes only! But Okay – I must do this challenge! πŸ˜‰

  6. buriedinprint says:

    Oh, wow, what a fantastic post! And I absolutely love the canoe category. Imagine what an interesting combination that would have resulted in, had everyone added a nationally-specific category like that! For royalty, I immediately thought of an old Sharon Butala collection, Queen of the Headaches, and then realised that I have Charlotte Gray’s bio Mrs. King on my “soon” stack too. I also love your animal picks. And it was nice to see all the NCL classics interspersed – you have more of them than I do, although a little overlap too, I think. You probably have an easier time finding the Maritime selections, I’m guessing.

    • Naomi says:

      I get most of the NCL books at the yearly book fair held here by various charities – always the same time of year. Last year, I found a lot, but this year only one. So it just depends. But it’s hard to remember which ones I already have and which I don’t. I should carry a list around in my wallet!

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