Aug 1, 2011

Top Ten Alberta Books

John at The Book Mine Set has asked participants in the 5th Canadian Book Challenge to list their top ten books from the province or territory where they live.

I'll do mine for Alberta, where my heart is.

10. Plan B is Total Panic - Martyn Godfrey

9. Drumheller Dinosaur Dance

8. The Roaring Girl - Greg Hollingshead

7. Wings of Fate - TM Hobbs*

6. Why I Hate Canadians - Will Ferguson

5. Temptations of Big Bear - Rudy Wiebe

4. Dance Me Outside - WP Kinsella

3. Here She Is, Ms. Teeny Wonderful - Martyn Godfrey

2. Garneau Block - Todd Babiak

1. Obasan - Joy Kagawa

*indicates books I've yet to read, but basing their placement in these lists based on my wanting to read them and the positive reviews I've read.

Numbers 3, 7, and 10 are Young Adult Fiction, and Number 9 is a children's picture book. Half of these are humorous books. I wouldn't say that I normally tend toward those types of books, but maybe these are the types of books good Albertan authors tend to publish?

Have you read any of these? What are your top 10 books from your favourite province or territory?


  1. Great list! I usually try to read at least one book from each province/territory each year and to be honest I'm always surprised to find Alberta a difficult choice. With a population that large, I always expect more recognizable author names than I find. That said, I have read 5 on your list- 9, 6, 5, 3 and 1. Yes, I'm a male, and I read 3-- in my defense, I read anything I could get my hands on as a kid, and that book was always laying around my sister's room (that's my story and I'm sticking to it). Anyway, I enjoyed 4 of those 5 (not wild about Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, though I do love Drumheller.)

  2. I'm glad, I think everyone should read Ms. Teeny Wonderful!

    I found it difficult to cut down this list! Hope to find other cool Alberta books too if someone else makes an Alberta list.

  3. I've only read 1, 4, and 5: clearly I need to spend more time in Alberta. Thanks for tempting me to do so...

  4. I hope you do spend some more time in Alberta - the literal or literary kind! It's a little oil-mad but it's home!

  5. #'s 4 and 9 are the only ones I've read from your list but #3 reminds me of Jean Little's Revenge of the Small Small. You wouldn't happen to know if Janet Wilson perhaps illustrated #3?

  6. I've always wanted to read the Revenge of the Small Small but haven't. Definitely putting it on my tbr list now!
    I'm afraid I don't know who illustrated Ms. Teeny Wonderful, and my book is in a box in the basement of my parents' house somewhere. Next time I go to Canada I will look it up!


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