Book Awards Challenge

Book Awards Challenge

[Update 16/05/08] I added books that I just found out were nominees of awards. Not what I had in mind initially, but I need some encouragement. So!

[Update 30/03/08] Updating the list from 8 to 17. Will have to pick 12 out of this list. Just read only 2 so far. I may just extend this challenge personally for myself until the end of the year. I may also shorten the book list to 8. We’ll see :)

What else do I need? Yes of course! Another reading challenge!

Organizer and Lists:

Rules: Read any 12 award-winning books from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.

I’m quite late into the challenge, but oh why not, it will still a while before it ends.

I have trouble coming up with a list, because there are so many books and so many awards I don’t know which falls into which. So I will keep updating this later. For now my tentative list is:

1) The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
1994 Pulitzer Prize, 1993 National Book Award

2) The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
1988 Pen/Hemingway Award

3) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1982 Nobel Prize

4) Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri – 10th
2000 Pulitzer Prize, 1999 PEN/Hemingway Award

5) The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
2006 Booker Prize, 2006 NBCC Award

6) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1961 Pulitzer Prize

7) Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
2006 World Fantasy Award

8) Atonement by Ian McEwan – 3rd
2002 NBCC Award, 2002 Booker Prize (nominee), 2001 Whitbread Prize (nominee), 2001 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (nominee)

9) The Road by Cormac McCarthy – 4th
2007 Pulitzer Prize

10) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
2000 Booker Prize

11) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
2002 PEN/Faulkner, 2002 Orange Prize

12) Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
1989 Booker Prize

13) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon – 9th
2003 Whitbread Book of the Year, 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book

14) An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
1986 Whitbread Book of the Year

15) The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
1995 Pulitzer Prize

16) March by Geraldine Brooks
2006 Pulitzer Prize

17) Waiting by Ha Jin
1999 National Book Award for Fiction

18) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – 1st
2003 Bram Stoker (Best First Novel) – how did this book get an award for excellence in horror writing?

19) When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro – 2nd
2000 Booker Prize (nominee), 2000 Whitbread Prize (nominee)

20) On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan – 5th
2007 Booker Prize (nominee)

21) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – 6th
2005 Booker Prize (nominee), 2005 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (nominee), 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award (nominee)

22) A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo – 7th
2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (nominee)

23) The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood – 8th
2006 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (nominee)

The ones in GREEN are READ.

Okay that’s it for now. It’s pretty pathetic I know. And before this challenge I think I’ve only read Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2002 Man Booker Prize). What have I been reading all this time? I need this challenge! (I’ve read a lot of biographies/memoirs and Asian theme books, that’s why. Not a lot of them have won awards.)

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