May 2008 archive

The 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

June 28 – 29, 2008 9:00am to 9:00am PCT Dewey is hosting the 24 hour Read-A-Thon again this year. Last year I missed out because I was on vacation during the challenge…but this year I intend to participate! If you are interested, Dewey has created an FAQ page for the event. Participants can choose to …

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Book Awards Reading Challenge

July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008


I know, I know – I said I wasn’t going to join anymore challenges. BUT, I couldn’t pass this one up. Michelle’s Book Awards Reading Challenge runs from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008 and challenges participants to read 12 award winning books over 12 months. I’m picking mostly books I either already have on my shelf, am reading for other challenges, or plan on reading for book groups.

We are allowed to pick any book by a Nobel Prize winning author, but at least six of the twelve books read must have WON A PRIZE.

Here’s my FINAL list (Books whose author won Noble Prize only are highlighted in pink):

1.   The Bone People, by Keri HulmeBooker 1985 – COMPLETED July 12, 2007; read a review here.
2.   The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret AtwoodGovernor Generals Award (Canada) 1985 – COMPLETED November 5, 2007; read a review here.
3.   The Blind Assassin, by Margaret AtwoodBooker 2000 – COMPLETED August 1, 2007; read a review here.
4.   The God of Small Things, by Arundhati RoyBooker 1997 – COMPLETED September 29, 2007; read a review here.
5.   The Echo Maker, by Richard PowersNational Book Award 2006 – COMPLETED September 6, 2007; read a review here.
6.   Middlesex, by Jeffrey EugenidesPulitzer 2003 – COMPLETED November 1, 2007; read a review here.
7.   The True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey – Booker 2001 AND Commonwealth Writers Prize 2001
8.   Disgrace, by J. M. CoetzeeBooker 1999 AND Commonwealth Writers Prize 2000 AND Nobel Prize awarded to author in 2003 – COMPLETED December 14, 2007; read review here.
9.   Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler – Pulitzer 1989
10. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya – Premio Quinto Sol (National Chicano Award 1972)
11. Atonement, by Ian McEwan – National Book Critics Circle Award 2002
12. East Of Eden, by John SteinbeckAuthor won Nobel Prize in 1962 – COMPLETED October 12, 2007; read a review here.

Alternates (or extras):

13. Crime in the Neighborhood, by Berne – Orange Prize 1999
14. The Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penney – Costa/Whitbread 2006
15. A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth – Commonwealth Writers Prize 1994
16. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville – Commonwealth Writers Prize 2006
17. We Need To Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver – Orange Prize 2005
18.
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner – Pulitzer 1972
19. A Bend In The River, by V.S. Naipal – Author won Nobel Prize in 2001

20. Cairo Trilogy, by Naguib Mahfouz – Author won Nobel Prize in 1988
21. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway – Author won Nobel Prize in 1954
22. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Author won Nobel Prize in 1982
23. A compilation of The O’Henry Awards 2001 Prize Stories (published by Anchor Books – edited by Larry Dark)
24. Scared Hunger, by Barry Unsworth – Booker 1992
25. The Known World, by Edward P. Jones – Pulitzer 2004, National Book Critics Circle 2003, IMPAC Dublin 2005
26. The Great Fire, by Shirley HazzardNational Book Award 2003, Miles Franklin 2004COMPLETED August 8, 2007; read a review here.
27. The Borrowers, by Mary NortonCarnegie Medal 1952 –
COMPLETED December 30, 2007; read a review here.
28. Behind the Scenes at the MuseumWhitbread Book of The Year (First Novel Award) 1995
29.  Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett – Pen/Faulkner 2002
30. 
The Devil in the White City, by Erik LarsonEdgar Award (Best Fact Crime) 2004COMPLETED September 12, 2007; read a review here.
31.  The Good Earth, by Pearl BuckPulitzer 1932; Nobel 1938COMPLETED November 28, 2007; read a review here.
32.  The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton WilderPulitzer Prize 1928COMPLETED December 23, 2007; read a review here.
32.  The Giver, by Lois LowryNewbury Medal 1994COMPLETED January 1, 2008; read a review here.
33.  So Big, by Edna FerberPulitzer Prize 1925COMPLETED January 17, 2008; read a review here.
34.  Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. CoetzeeBooker Prize 1983, Nobel Laureate 2003 COMPLETED February 17, 2008; read a review here.

Weekly Geeks #4 – Social Awareness

Choose a political or social issue that matters to you. Find several books addressing that issue; they don’t have to books you’ve read, just books you might like to read. Using images (of the book covers or whatever you feel illustrates your topic) present these books in your blog. I took my time selecting my …

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And the Winners Are…..

May 23rd Give-Away Winners For the Autographed copy of The Bright Side of Disaster:  Swapna (who commented on 5/20/2008 at 8:15am) For the Un-autographed copy of The Bright Side of Disaster: Anne (who commented on 5/21/2008 at 6:39pm) **Neither winner had a link to a blog…which is why I posted the time and date of …

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Nineteen Minutes – Book Review

In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed. You can walk a mile. You can sew a hem. In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can …

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Looking for a Good Book (for free)?

There is plenty of generosity on the Internet – if you doubt that, just prowl the book blogs. Almost every week a blogger is giving away a book for free. Just in the last two days I’ve had visits from two bloggers who not only routinely give away books, but link readers to other bloggers …

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Sunday Salon – May 18, 2008

May 18, 2008 9:20 AM I’m back after missing the last two Sunday Salons. Did you miss me? My husband and I celebrated five wonderful years of marriage and took a four day trip to Mendocino, California (an almost six hour drive from our home) to enjoy the coast and relax at a fabulous Bed …

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Laughing Without An Accent – Book Review

Glimpses of shared humanity make it so hard to kill others. -From Laughing Without An Accent, page 219- And if it’s one thing I hope we Iranians have imparted, it is the closeness of extended family, not because we all get along perfectly, but because we know that we all benefit emotionally from maintaining those …

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Weekly Geeks #3 – Children’s Books

Weekly Geeks #3 – Children’s Books I didn’t participate in last week’s Weekly Geeks (to provide links to other book reviews of books I’ve reviewed) because of the time issue. Right now, I’m up to my eyeballs in work and volunteering and I’m afraid to commit to something so time consuming. That said, I will …

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The Bright Side of Disaster – Book Review

But here’s the unbelievable truth: Dean did not come right back. He did not come back before I finished my chapter. He did not come back before I tried his cell phone nine times and never got an answer. He did not come back before I gave myself a pep talk about giving him the …

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