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Book Awards IV Challenge

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January 1 – November 1, 2010

Michelle at 1 More Chapter is once again hosting the Book Awards Challenge. I skipped the 3rd one of these, and I wish I hadn’t as I have a ton of books that meet the requirements of this challenge.

The Goal? Read 10 different books from 10 different awards

  1. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2009 Booker) – COMPLETED February 20, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review.
  2. The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2007 Book of the Year for New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards; 2007 Children’s Book Council of Australia “Picture Book of the Year” award) – COMPLETED March 14, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  3. Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann (2009 National Book Award) – COMPLETED April 30, 2010; rated 4.5/5; read my review.
  4. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (2009 Costa/Whitbread Award – Best Novel) – COMPLETED May 8, 2010; rated 3.5/5; read my review.
  5. The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly (2007 Orange Prize for New Writers Award) – COMPLETED May 12, 2010; rated 5/5; read my review.
  6. Tinkers by Paul Harding (2010 Pulitzer Prize) – COMPLETED May 31, 2010, rated 5/5; read my review.
  7. Mudbound by Hillary Jordon (2006 Bellweather Prize) – COMPLETED June 11, 2010; rated 3/5; read my review.

Here are some possibilities which already reside on my shelves:

  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (2005 Alex Award)
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer (2004 Alex Award)
  • Lisey’s Story by Stephen King (2006 Bram Stoker)
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth (1994 Commonwealth Writers)
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy (2005 Commonwealth Writers, 2004 Novel for Costa Award, 2004 Orange)
  • What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn (2007 First Novel for Costa Award)
  • The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1993 Governor Generals, 1994 NBCC, 1995 Pulitzer)
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (2008 Hugo, 2007 Nebula)
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2005 IMPAC Dublin, 2003 NBCC, 2004 Pulitzer)
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo (2002 Pulitzer)
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (2000 Pulitzer)
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan (2005 James Tait Black Memorial Prize)
  • The White Earth by Andrew McGahan (2005 Miles Franklin)
  • A Thousand Acres, by Jane Smiley (1991 NBCC, 1992 Pulitzer)
  • The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty (1973 Pulitzer)
  • The God of Animals By Aryn Kyle (2008 Spur)
  • The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (1985 NBCC)
  • A book by one of the Nobel Laureates (I have several on my TBR pile)
  • Fugitive Pieces by Anne  Michaels (1997 Orange)
  • Spell of Winter by Dunmore (1996 Orange)
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (2002 Orange, 2002 PEN/Faulkner)

4 Comments

  1. January 3, 2010    

    Good luck!

  2. January 3, 2010    

    Good luck with the challenge. Mudbound is wonderful. I would definitely recommend working that one in whatever you do.

  3. January 21, 2010    

    I loved “The Known World.” Learned something with that one.

  4. January 27, 2010    

    Thanks Kathy!

    Nicole: I’ve heard only good things about Mudbound – I’m looking forward to reading it!

    Kimmie: I’ve had The Known World on my TBR shelf for far too long – time to get to it!

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