Daily Archives: December 12, 2011

Literary Novels from my Stacks: A Personal Challenge

I love the literary prizes and I own a ton of books which have either won or been nominated for those prizes…but which I have yet to read. I track many of the prizes on this page of my blog. I also have joined some individual challenges which are perpetual and encourage reading from certain prize lists. That said…I have been sorely lacking in those challenges, primarily because I read a lot of new fiction and forget to check the lists and read from my own stacks. Beginning in 2012, I am going to make a more concerted effort to read from certain prize lists. It will be a personal challenge of sorts. My goal will be to read AT LEAST ONE book from the list for that particular month – because I am trying to get a little more flexibility in my life, I may decide to read a book from one of the lists in a month when it is not highlighted – and if I do, I will count it!  Some books are on multiple lists, but I am going to try to read one unique book for each category. Make sense?

If anyone wants to join me, I’d love the company – but this is a very loose kind of challenge – no sign ups required. If you give me a link to your list, I’ll try to cheer you on!

Below I have divided up the months of the year and I’ve listed the books I currently own which would count for that particular award. As I read books, I’ll highlight them in blue and give links to my reviews.

January 2012 – Orange January (Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction AND Orange Broadband Award for New Authors)

  • Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell (long list Fiction 2011) – read my review
  • Scottsboro, by Ellen Feldman (short list Fiction 2009) – read my review

February 2012Man Booker Prize

  • Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (short list 2011) – read my review

March 20125 Under 35 Awards

  • One More Year: Stories, by Sana Krasikov (won in 2008) – read my review

April 2012 – Edgar Award

  • A Beautiful Place to Die, by Malla Nunn (2010 nominee) – read my review

May 2012Costa Whitbread Award

  • The Elephant Keeper, by Christopher Nicholson (short list Novel Award 2009) – read my review

June 2012Commonwealth Writers Prize

  • The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone) – Winner Best Book Africa 2011 – read my review

July 2012 – Orange July (Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction AND Orange Broadband Award for New Writers)

  • The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, by Ann Weisgarber (short list New Writers Award 2009) – read my review

August 2012National Book Award

  • The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway (1953 nominee)
  • Them, by Joyce Carol Oates (1970 winner)
  • Wonderland, by Joyce Carol Oates (1972 nominee)
  • The Optimist’s Daughter, by Eudora Welty (1973 nominee)
  • The Spectator Bird, by Wallace Stegner (1977 winner)
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison (1987 nominee)
  • Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler(1988 nominee)
  • All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy (1992 winner)
  • Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat(1995 nominee)
  • The House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III (1999 nominee)
  • The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen (2001 winner)
  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones (2003 nominee)
  • Fieldwork, by Mischa Berlinski (2007 nominee)
  • Shadow Country, by Peter Matthiessen (2008)
  • Lark and Termite, by Jayne Anne Phillips (2009 nominee)

September 2012Pulitzer Prize

  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (winner 2011)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (winner 2008)
  • The Known World – Edward P. Jones (winner 2004)
  • Empire Falls – Richard Russo (winner 2002)
  • Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri (winner 2000)
  • American Pastoral – Philip Roth (winner 1998)
  • Independence Day – Richard Ford (winner 1996)
  • The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields (winner 1995)
  • A Thousand Acres – Jan Smiley (winner 1992)
  • Breathing Lessons – Anne Tyler (winner 1989)
  • Beloved – Toni Morrison (winner 1988)
  • The Optimist’s Daughter – Eudora Welty (winner 1973)
  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway (winner 1953)
  • All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren (winner 1947)
  • The Magnificent Ambersons – Booth Tarkington (winner 1919)

October 2012International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (short list 2011)
  • The Vagrants by Yiyun Li (short list 2011)
  • Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates (short list 2011)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz (short list 2009)
  • A Long Long Way, by Sebastian Barry (short list 2007)
  • Graceland, by Chris Abani (short list 2006)
  • Maps for Lost Lovers, by Nadeem Aslam (short list 2006)
  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones (winner 2005)
  • The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen (short list 2003)
  • Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett (short list 2003)
  • True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey (short list 2002)
  • The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Marakumi (short list 1999)

November 2012The Giller Prize

  • Half-Blood Blues, by Esi  Edugyan (winner 2011)
  • Annabel, by Kathleen Winter (short list 2010)
  • The Disappeared, by Kim Echlin (short list 2009)
  • Through Black Spruce, by Joseph Boyden (winner 2008)
  • Late Nights on Air, by Elizabeth Hay (winner 2007)
  • Divisadero, by Michael Ondaatje (short list 2007)
  • The Assassin’s Song, by M.G. Vassanji (short list 2007)
  • The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, by M.G. Vassanji  (winner 2003)
  • The Way the Crow Flies, by Ann-Marie MacDonald (short list 2003)
  • Unless, by Carol Shields (short list 2002)
  • Mercy Among the Children, by David Adams Richards (winner 2000)
  • Anil’s Ghost, by Michael Ondaatje (winner 2000)
  • Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels (short list 1996)

December 2012Governor General’s Literary Awards

  • Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan (short list 2011)
  • Annabel, by Kathleen Winter (short list 2010)
  • Vanishing and Other Stories, by Deborah Willis (short list 2009)
  • Divisadero, by Michael Ondaatje (winner 2007)
  • The Assassin’s Song, by M.G. Vassanji (short list 2007)
  • Unless, by Carol Shields (short list 2002)
  • Anil’s Ghost, by Michael Ondaatje (winner 2000)
  • Mercy Among The Children, by David Adams Richards (short list 2000)
  • The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shields (winner 1993)
  • Friend of my Youth, by Alice Monro (short list 1990)