Book Awards Challenge II

Since the first Book Awards Challenge has passed, 3M is starting the second one! I’m definitely in again, since I have lots of them on my mountain of TBR books. And this time I’m aiming for the finish line!


1. Read 10 award winners from August 1, 2008 through June 1, 2009. (The first challenge was 12)
2. You must have at least FIVE different awards in your ten titles.

I brought over the books I didn’t have chance to read the first time around:

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

2) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
2000 Booker Prize

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

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

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

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

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

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

9) Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
2007 Kiriyama Prize for Fiction

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


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

12) The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
1995 Pulitzer Prize

13) March by Geraldine Brooks
2006 Pulitzer Prize

14) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
1997 Booker Prize

Ended up reading the following:

1) A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah reviewed 25/09/08 [review] 4.5/5
2008 Alex Award

2) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi reviewed 12/10/08 [review] 5/5
2004 Alex Award

3) Bone by Jeff Smith reviewed 25/11/08 [review] 4/5
1995 Best Comic Book from the National Cartoonist Society, 2002 YALSA/American Library Association Book Choice, and more

4) Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami reviewed 23/01/09 [review] 3/5
2006 World Fantasy Award

5) The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot reviewed 21/02/09 [review] 4/5
1996 Eisner Award for best Graphic Album Reprint, 1999 Haxtur Award for Best Long Comic Strip

6) The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly reviewed 03/03/09 [review] 4/5
2007 Alex Award

7) The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman reviewed 21/03/09 [review] 5/5
1992 Pulitzer Prize Special Awards and Citations – Letters, 1992 Eisner Award Best Graphic Album: Reprint (Maus II), 1992 Harvey Award – Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Work (Maus II)

8) Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham reviewed 26/03/09 [review] 4.5/5
2007 Will Eisner Award for Best Anthology etc

9) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman reviewed 29/03/09 [review] 4/5
2009 Newbery Medal

10) Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata reviewed 01/04/09 [review] 3/5
1968 Nobel Prize for Literature (for the author)

11) The Color Purple by Alice Walker reviewed 04/04/09 [review] 4.5/5
1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Award

12) Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham reviewed 12/04/09 [review] 4/5
2003 Eisner Award for Best New Series and Best Serialized Story

13) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini reviewed 14/04/09 [review] 4/5
2008 Richard&Judy Best Read of the Year

14) Ethel & Ernest by Raymond Briggs reviewed 05/05/09 [review] 4/5
1999 The Illustrated Book of the Year from Galaxy British Book Awards

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6 thoughts on “Book Awards Challenge II”

  1. Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” is timeless…so it’s about time:P. “Kafka on the Shore” won a World Fantasy Award? Yet I slept through this one:P – something about raining fish, talking cat etc. Ha Jin’s Waiting has a rather sad ending – especially to a male reader, I think. I think Annie Proulx’s writing is seriously underrated. Overall, I like your choices:)

  2. I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird and Bel Canto from your main list, and March from your alternative list. Loved them all! Wishing you the best with this challenge.

  3. I need to stop looking at the lists of everyone in this challenge – each time I look, I find a new one I want to add to my own! Enjoy.

  4. I’m here via the Japanese Literature Challenge.

    You’ve got an impressive list of books, there. To Kill A Mockingbird is the one book that I would refuse to give up. If I could have only one, that would be the one. Bel Canto was interesting. I’m still not entirely certain how I felt about it.

    I’ll be looking forward to your reviews.


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