Perpetual Challenges – The Award Winners

I participated in a lot of time restricted reading challenges in 2008 – and completed many of them – but, in 2009 I want to make a bigger dent in my perpetual reading challenge lists…especially those involving the award winners. To help me keep organized, I’ve decided to make a list of books I currently have on my TBR mountain AND those which I hope to purchase in 2009 which fit these challenges. Clicking on the “button” or Title for each challenge will take you to my master list.

  • One More Year: Stories, by Sana Krasikov
  • The Boat, by Nam Le
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, by ZZ Packer

  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones (winner 2004)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (winner 2008)
  • Empire Falls, by Richard Russo (winner 2002)
  • Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri (winner 2000)
  • American Pastoral, by Philip Roth (winner 1998)
  • The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shields (winner 1995)
  • A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley (winner 1992)
  • Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler (winner 1989)
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison (winner 1988)
  • The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty (winner 1973)
  • All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren (winner 1947)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons, by Booth Tarkington (winner 1919)

The Complete Booker

  • The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (winner 2008)
  • Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan (winner 1998)
  • Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth (winner 1992)
  • True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey (winner 2001)
  • The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker (winner 1995)
  • Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie (winner 1981)

  • The Road Home, by Rose Tremain (winner 2008)
  • Fault Lines, by Nancy Huston (short list 2008)
  • The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer (long list 2008)
  • The Monsters of Templeton, by Lauren Groff (New Writers short list 2008)
  • Digging to America, Anne Tyler (short list 2007)
  • What Was Lost, by Catherine O’Flynn (long list 2007)
  • The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly (New Writers winner 2007)
  • On Beauty, by Zadie Smith (winner 2006)
  • Minaret, by Leila Aboulela (long list 2006)
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin, by Lionel Shriver (winner 2005)
  • The Mammoth Cheese, by Sheri Holman (short list 2005)
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka (short list 2005)
  • Case Histories, by Kate Atkinson (long list 2005)
  • Small Island, by Andrea Levy (winner 2004)
  • Ice Road, by Gillian Slovo (short list 2004)
  • The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler (long list 2004)
  • What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt (long list 2003)
  • In The Forest, by Edna O’Brien (long list 2003)
  • Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold (long list 2003)
  • Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett (winner 2002)
  • Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters (short list 2002)
  • Five Quarters of an Orange, by Joanne Harris (long list 2002)
  • The Idea of Perfection, by Kate Grenville (winner 2001)
  • Amy and Isabelle, by Elizabeth Strout (short list 2000)
  • Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels (winner 1997)
  • A Spell of Winter, by Helen Dunmore (winner 1996)
  • Ghost Road, by Pat Barker (long list 1996)

Costa Book Award Project

  • What Was Lost, by Catherine O’Flynn (First Novel winner 2007)
  • Small Island, by Andrea Levy (Novel Award winner 2004)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (Novel Award winner 2003)
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum, by Kate Atkinson (First Novel winner 1995)
  • The Queen of the Tambourine, by Jane Gardam (Novel Award winner 1991)

National Book Award Project

  • Fieldwork, by Mischa Berlinski (short list 2007)
  • Drop City, by T.C. Boyle (short list 2003)
  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones (short list 2003)
  • Three Junes, by Julia Glass (winner 2002)
  • The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen (winner 2001)
  • House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III (short list 1999)
  • Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier (winner 1997)
  • Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat (short list 1995)
  • Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler (short list 1988)
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison (short list 1987)
  • The Spectator Bird, by Wallace Stegner (winner 1977)
  • The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty (short list 1973)
  • Them, by Joyce Carol Oates (winner 1970)

I have books by the following authors (who I have not yet read) on my shelf:

  • Doris Lessing (2007)
  • Orhan Pamuk (winner 2006)
  • V. S. Naipaul (winner 2001)
  • Jose Saramago (winner 1998)
  • Naguib Mahfouz (winner 1988)
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez (winner 1982)
  • William Faulkner (winner 1949)
  • Hermann Hesse (winner 1946)
  • Sigrid Undset (winner 1928)
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  1. I’m no good at challenges because I get so guilty if I don’t complete them that it spoils my reading. However, this coming year I do want to read books by authors whose work I’ve admired in the one or two books I’ve already read, but who have a much larger output that I can still explore. I’m starting with Le Carre, Lively and Piercy but I would like to include Lessing and Pamuk as well.

    • Kim on December 9, 2008 at 09:06

    Wow! This is some list. You will be quite a well read person when you make your way through it. 😉

    • Megan on December 10, 2008 at 07:39

    What a great year of reading you have ahead of you! I can vouch for The Amateur Marriage and Case Histories. I read both of them in 2008, and Anne Tyler & Kate Atkinson are now two of my new favorites. Hope you enjoy them when you get around to reading them!

    • Wendy on December 12, 2008 at 09:54

    Ann: I love challenges – but I really enjoy the perpetual ones the most (no pressure!). I’ve not read any books by the authors you mention…but I will look forward to your thoughts on them.

    Kim: I was a bit aghast at how many books I actually own on these lists *laughs* I hope to make a good dent in the list in 2009.

    Megan: I am excited about ALL these books! I also love Tyler’s work…I’ve yet to read Atkinson, but have heard such good things about her work.

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