Book Awards Reading Challenge


Through June 30, 2008

May 24, 2008 – CHALLENGE WRAP UP

I’ve decided to wrap up this challenge today. Michelle is hosting part 2 of the Bookawards Challenge beginning August 1st, and so I’ve decided I don’t have to read everything on my list for this one. The challenge was to read 12 award winners. I did that, and I also read 7 alternates. The ones I didn’t get to I intend to shift to Bookawards II.

This was a great challenge – helping me to read fine literature and knock some award winning books off my perpetual challenge lists. My favorite read of the challenge is impossible to pick. Most of the books I read got a rating of 4 or more! Not bad!

I’m looking forward to continue reading from the award lists. Thanks Michelle for hosting this one!


I know, I know – I said I wasn’t going to join anymore challenges. BUT, I couldn’t pass this one up. I’m picking mostly books I either already have on my shelf, am reading for other challenges, or plan on reading for book groups.

Here’s my FINAL list (pink highlights indicate author won Nobel only):

  1. The Bone People, by Keri Hulme, – Booker 1985 – COMPLETED July 12, 2007; read my review here.
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood – Governor Generals Award (Canada) 1985 – COMPLETED November 5, 2007; read my review here.
  3. The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood – Booker 2000 – COMPLETED August 1, 2007; read my review here.
  4. The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy – Booker 1997 – COMPLETED September 29, 2007; read my review here.
  5. The Echo Maker, by Richard Powers – National Book Award 2006 – COMPLETED September 6, 2007; read my review here.
  6. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides – Pulitzer 2003 – COMPLETED November 1, 2007; read my review here.
  7. Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee – Booker 1999 AND Commonwealth Writers Prize 2000 AND Nobel Prize awarded to author in 2003 – COMPLETED December 14, 2007; read my review here.
  8. East of Eden, by John Steinbeckauthor won Nobel Prize in 1962 – COMPLETED October 12, 2007; read my review here.
  9. Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner – Pulitzer 1972 – COMPLETED April 17, 2008; read my review here.
  10. The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard – NBA 2003, Miles Franklin 2004 – COMPLETED August 8, 2007; read my review here.
  11. The Borrowers, by Mary Norton – Carnegie Medal 1952 COMPLETED December 31, 2007; read my review here.
  12. The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson – Edgar (Best Fact Crime) 2004 – COMPLETED September 12, 2007; read my review here.

Alternates (or extras):

  1. The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck – Pulitzer 1932; Nobel Prize 1938 – COMPLETED November 28, 2007; read my review here.
  2. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder – Pulitzer Prize 1928 – COMPLETED December 23, 2007; read my review here.
  3. The Giver, by Lois Lowry – Newbery Medal 1994 – COMPLETED January 1, 2008; read my review here.
  4. So Big, by Edna Ferber – Pulitzer Prize 1925 – COMPLETED January 17, 2008; read my review here.
  5. Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee – Booker Prize 1983; Nobel Laureate 2003 – COMPLETED February 17, 2008; read my review here.
  6. The Gathering, by Anne Enright – Booker Prize 2007 – COMPLETED March 9, 2008; read my review here.
  7. The Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penney – Costa/Whitbread 2006 – COMPLETED April 5, 2008; read my review here.

11 thoughts on “Book Awards Reading Challenge

  1. I’m going to try to create a list that doesn’t look just like yours!
    I have already read your #s 3, 4, 6, and 11 so at least there won’t be 100% overlap!

  2. LOL – so the only reason we don’t have 100% overlap is because you’ve already read some of the ones on my list!! Okay, reading soulmate, I’m waiting patiently to see your list! 🙂

  3. This challenge looks like so much fun, but I can’t keep track of the challnges I already have! I hope you enjoy all these books.

  4. Great list! I’ve read 5 off your list already and loved 4 of them. LOVED – so I’m so glad you’ll be reading them. I’ll be reading The Echo Maker and Middlesex for the same challenge so we can keep each other company with those!

  5. Dew and Verbivore: I’m looking forward to reading books with you!
    Dew: Aw, you can do it 🙂

  6. I was just re-reading your selections and learned about including Nobel authors. And guess what, I’m adding East of Eden to my list also (it’s on my TBR anyway) !

  7. I’ve got The Blind Assassin and One Hundred Years of Solitude on my list for this challenge and The Handmaid’s Tale as an alternate. I’ve also read Atonement and quite enjoyed it. I’m really looking forward to this challenge and reading the books and everyones posts!

  8. You read some really great books for the challenge. I’m still working on part 1 of the challenge but am looking forward to part 2 as well.

  9. Tanabata: I loved most of the books I read for this challenge – and Part 2 looks great too! This is why I love challenges – I probably would not have read half these books without the “push” from the challenge.

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