Book Awards Challenge II Completed!

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I did it! I completed Book Awards Challenge II! Well, I did complete it a while ago, but I felt like tracking the award winning books until the end of the challenge. So here is the official wrap-up post.

The rule is to read 10 award winners from August 1, 2008 through June 1, 2009. You must have at least FIVE different awards in your ten titles.

From my original list of books with 14 books, I read only 1 of them. That’s how good I am with list. But never mind that, I’ll just celebrate the ones I ended up reading!

1) A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah reviewed 25/09/08, rating 4.5/5
2008 Alex Award

2) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi reviewed 12/10/08, rating 5/5
2004 Alex Award

3) Bone by Jeff Smith reviewed 25/11/08, rating 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, rating 3/5
2006 World Fantasy Award

5) The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot reviewed 21/02/09, rating 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, rating 4/5
2007 Alex Award

7) The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman reviewed 21/03/09, rating 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, rating 4.5/5
2007 Will Eisner Award for Best Anthology etc

9) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman reviewed 29/03/09, rating 4/5
2009 Newbery Medal

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

11) The Color Purple by Alice Walker reviewed 04/04/09, rating 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, rating 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, rating 4/5
2008 Richard&Judy Best Read of the Year

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

I read 14 books, representing many types of awards. Granted, 7 of them are graphic novels. I’m not sure if I could complete the challenge without graphic novels. They are definitely much faster to read.

Some of the awards are the less known ones and probably less prestigious (are they?), but I’m quite happy that there are books that represent Newberry, Nobel, Pulitzer, and National Book Award. Not a bad effort I think, especially considering that I counted shortlisted award books for my first Book Awards Challenge. This time there are only winners! :)

Favorite book of the challenge
Hands down, it has to be Persepolis. Graphic memoir is my new favorite genre! (if there’s such genre)

Least favorite books of the challenge
Well they were not horrible, but I was slightly disappointed by Kafka on the Shore and Snow Country.

I’m joining the next one! The post should be coming soon!

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