The Book Award Challenge ends today, and with 2 books that I finished on the last minute, I managed to read 10 books in total. We’re supposed to read 12 books, but I joined pretty late (according to my post, end of October 2007 – the challenge started on 1 July 2007), so I’m pretty happy with the result. Especially with the fact that at the beginning, I could only come up with 8 books on my list!
From the initial 8 books, I read 2. The rests just came up along the way. I strayed pretty far from my list actually. I’m really not good at sticking to reading plan. For many of the books, I didn’t know they were award winning, until I checked out wiki or fantasticfiction (this is great website by the way, don’t let the layout put you off ;).
I also count nominees, which I didn’t plan before. For the next challenge, I’m gonna try to just count winners.
So these are the books:
1) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (review)
2003 Bram Stoker (Best First Novel) – how did this book get an award for excellence in horror writing?
2) When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro (review)
2000 Booker Prize (nominee), 2000 Whitbread Prize (nominee)
3) Atonement by Ian McEwan (review)
2002 NBCC Award, 2002 Booker Prize (nominee), 2001 Whitbread Prize (nominee), 2001 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (nominee)
4) The Road by Cormac McCarthy (review)
2007 Pulitzer Prize, 2006 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction
5) On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (review)
2007 Booker Prize (nominee)
6) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (review)
2005 Booker Prize (nominee), 2005 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (nominee), 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award (nominee)
7) A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo (review)
2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (nominee)
8) The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (review)
2006 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (nominee)
9) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (review)
2003 Whitbread Book of the Year, 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book
10) Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (review)
2000 Pulitzer Prize, 1999 PEN/Hemingway Award
Favorite books of the challenge
I like these 3 above others: On Chesil Beach, Never Let Me Go, and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
Least favorite books of the challenge
The Road (bleh)
I’m going to bring over my current list unread award-winning books to the 2nd Book Award Challenge. See you there if you’re joining! :)