BookAwards II Challenge

August 1, 2008 – June 1, 2009

May 30, 2009 – CHALLENGE COMPLETED

I read 10 award winners from the following prize lists:

  1. Pulitzer Special Awards
  2. Anthony Award
  3. Orange Prize for Fiction
  4. Booker Prize
  5. Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
  6. IMPAC Dublin Award
  7. Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature
  8. Whitbread/Costa Award
  9. Commonwealth Writers Prize

My favorite reads of the bunch included: Maus I & II, Rebecca, Out Stealing Horses, The Road Home, The Secret River, and Music and Silence – all of which I rated 5/5.

Thank you to Michelle for hosting this fun challenge!

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Michelle from 1MoreChapter is hosting part 2 of the BookAwards Challenge. I completed (and exceeded) the first one (reading 17 award winning books!) and can’t wait to continue reading award winning literature into 2009. I’m creating a list here, but don’t be surprised if it changes! The goal is 10 books representing a minimum of 5 different awards.

My preliminary list:

  1. Maus I and Maus II, by Art Spiegelman (1992 Pulitzer in Special Awards and Citations – Letters) – COMPLETED August 31, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review.
  2. Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century) – COMPLETED November 7, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review.
  3. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson (Winner of the 2006 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, 2003 Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature, AND 2007 IMPAC Dublin Award) – COMPLETED January 6, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review.
  4. The Road Home, by Rose Tremain (Winner of the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction) – COMPLETED January 16, 2009; rated 5/5; read my review)
  5. Offshore, by Penelope Fitzgerald (Winner of the 1979 Booker Prize) – COMPLETED March 27, 2009; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  6. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville (2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize) – COMPLETED October 13, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review.
  7. Music and Silence, by Rose Tremain (1999 Whitbread/Costa Award) – COMPLETED October 9, 2008; rated 5/5; read my review.
  8. The Ghost Road, by Pat Barker (1995 Booker Award) – COMPLETED December 25, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  9. The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (2008 Booker Award) – COMPLETED January 3, 2009; rated 4/5; read my review.
  10. Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie (1981 Booker Award) – COMPLETED May 30, 2009; rated 3/5; read my review.
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  1. I have heard of several of your choices but haven’t read any. I would like to read the Shriver one soon though.

    Happy reading!

    • Julie on May 25, 2008 at 21:33

    I’ve read a few of those. The True History of the Kelly Gang is my favorite. It’s a fascinating story and vividly written.

    • Wendy on May 26, 2008 at 18:24
      Author

    Amy: I’m looking forward to that one too!

    Julie: I’ve been moving The True History of the Kelly Gang from one challenge list to another *laughs* I think it’s time I read it. Thanks for the motivation to do so!

    • 3m on June 9, 2009 at 12:26

    Congrats on finishing!

    • Wendy on June 13, 2009 at 19:33
      Author

    Thanks, Michelle!

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