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I am a addictive list maker. About a year ago I started a blog called The Lists – Books for the Obsessive Reader. But I have decided to streamline things and keep everything here, on one blog. So now all my lists can be found here, by clicking on the links below.

5 Under 35 Awards

The National Book Foundation (which awards the National Book Awards) recognizes 5 new, young writers each year in its 5 Under 35 Awards. To read more, go to the official website of The National Book Foundation. Books I’ve read are highlighted in blue with links to reviews. Winners in 2006 O My Darling, by Amity …

100 Most Influential Novels By Women Writers

Thank you to Margaret from Surface Mined who did the leg work to track down the original source of this list. Here is her conclusion: “Erica Jong did a survey in 1996. asking thirty prominent male authors to put together a list of 100 influential female writers, in contrast to the male-majority Modern Library list. …

1001 Books To Read Before You Die

July 7, 2008 Update: Apparently there is a new 2008 edition of this list. I’ve looked it over, and for the most part, I like the original one better. I don’t intend to have both lists here. But if you’re interested, visit Ashleigh at Random Field Notes to see the new list. To view the …

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (Winners and Nominees) 2013 – present

About This Award: The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was formerly known as the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and is awarded annaully, it celebrates the very best full length fiction written by women throughout the world. To learn more about this award, visit the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction website. 2014 WINNER Short List …

Bellwether Prize for Fiction: 2000 – Present

The Bellwether Prize, which was established in 2000 by Barbara Kingsolver and is funded entirely by her, was created to promote fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Awards are granted biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel of high literary caliber that …

Booker Award Winners and Finalists: 1969 – Present

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The Man Booker International Prize, awarded every two years, recognizes one writer for their achievement in fiction. This prize was first awarded in 2005. To read more about either award, visit the official site for the …

Christian Science Monitor’s Best Books: 2007 – Present

The Christian Science Monitor’s best books of 2007 – gleaned from those books which they reviewed over the year. Paula Spencer, by Roddy Doyle Zoli, by Colum McCann In The Country of Men, by Hisham Matar Lost City Radio, by Daniel Alarcon Finn, by Jon Clinch Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris …

Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best Book): 1987 – Present

The Commonwealth Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1987 to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin. To read more about the Prize, visit the Commonwealth Foundation website. Books I’ve Read are Highlighted in Blue; follow the …

Commonwealth Writers Prize – Winners and Finalists: 2007-2013

The Commonwealth Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1987 to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin. To read more about the prize, visit the Commonwealth Foundation website or visit the Prize page. Beginning in 2014, Commonwealth …

Costa/Whitbread Award Winners and Finalists: 1971 – Present

The Costa Book Awards recognizes books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. The Costa Book Awards currently awards prizes in five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. The Costa Book Awards started 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards. From 1985 they were known as the Whitbread Book …

Edgar Award Winners and Nominees (BEST NOVEL): 2000 – Present

About the Edgar Awards: All books, short stories, television shows, and films in the mystery, crime, suspense, and intrigue fields are eligible for Edgar® Awards in their respective category if they were published or produced for the first time in the U.S. during the judging year. Books from non-U.S. publishers are eligible if they are …

Entertainment Weekly’s 100 New Classics: 1983-2008

*Books Read are in Blue – follow links to reviews. 1. The Road, Cormac McCarthy (2006) – read my review 2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000) 3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987) 4. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr (1995) 5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997) 6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001) …

Giller Prize Winners and Finalists: 1994 – Present

Jack Rabinovitch founded The Giller Prize in 1994 to honour the memory of his late wife Doris Giller, an outstanding literary journalist who died of cancer in April 1993.  In 2005, The Giller Prize teamed up with Scotiabank to create The Scotiabank Giller Prize. It is the first ever co-sponsorship for Canada’s richest literary award …

Governor General’s Literary Awards (Fiction) Winners and Finalists: 1936 – 2012

The Governor General’s Literary Awards are awarded annually in seven categories, in both French and English. Below, I have listed all the awards in the fiction category since 1936. Beginning in 1979, I have also included the short lists for this award. For more information about this prize, visit the official website. Books I’ve read …

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Winners and Finalists: 1996 – Present

The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is awarded annually. Nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world. Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year for the Award. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library. To learn more about …

International Writers Poll – The World’s 100 Greatest Books

Books I’ve read are highlighted in Blue; follow links to my reviews Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, Things Fall Apart Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, Fairy Tales and Stories Jane Austen, England, Pride and Prejudice Honore de Balzac, France, Old Goriot Samuel Beckett, Ireland, Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable Giovanni Boccaccio, Italy, Decameron Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, …

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize Winners and Finalists (Fiction): 1942 – 2010

The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize is awarded to the best work of literature (fiction, non fiction, poetry, drama) from Britain or the Commonwealth and written by an author age 35 or younger. To read more about this award go here. The lists below reflect prizes for FICTION. UPDATE: In June 2011 the award was ‘suspended’ …

Miles Franklin Literary Award Winners and Nominees: 1957 – 2012

This award was established in 1954 with a bequest from the author Miles Franklin. She was concerned to see Australian literature flourish and knew first hand the struggles most authors have in Australia.The Miles Franklin Literary Award celebrates Australian character and creativity and nurtures the continuing life of literature about Australia. It is awarded for …

MLAs 30 Books Every Adult Should Read Before They Die

Books I’ve Read are Highlighted in Blue; follow the links to my reviews To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee – read my review The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Third Edition, new Revised Standard Version The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien The Return of …

National Book Award Winners and Finalists (Fiction): 1950 – Present

The National Book Awards are given to recognize achievements in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. To learn more about this preeminent literary prize, visit the official award site. Below I have listed the winners and finalists for the FICTION award. Winners are in bold print. Books I’ve read are highlighted in …

National Book Critics Circle Award Winners: 1979 – Present

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) is an association of book reviewers in the United States. Founded in 1974, it presents awards for the finest books published in the English language. For more information, visit their site and official blog. Below are the FICTION winners from 1979 through 2007. From 2008 on, I have also …

New York Times Most Notable: 2002 – Present

Each year the New York Times publishes its 100 Most Notable Books of the year, gleaned from the that years’ reviews. Books I’ve read are highlighted in Blue – follow the links to my reviews. 2012 Most Notable Books Fiction ALIF THE UNSEEN by G. Willow Wilson ALMOST NEVER by Daniel Sada, Translated by Katherine …

Oprah’s Book Club Picks

Oprah Winfrey started her book club in 1996 and announces new books on a regular basis. To read more about Oprah’s Book Club, visit this site. Books I have read are highlighted in blue; follow links to my reviews. 2010 Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen (read my review) A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens …

Orange Broadband Award for New Writers (Winners & Short Lists): 2005 to 2010

About This Award: The Orange Broadband Award for New Writers is open to all first works of fiction written by women of any age or nationality and published in the UK between 1 April of the year before the prize is awarded and 31 March of the year in which the prize is awarded. Emphasis …

Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (Winners & Nominees): 1996 – 2012

About This Award: The Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction is awarded to women of any nationality who have written the best, eligible full-length novel in English. Eligible works must have been published for the first time in the United Kingdom between 1 April of the year before the prize is awarded and 31 March of …

Orange Prize for Fiction: 50 Essential Reads

This list comprizes books by contemporary authors which the Orange Prize for Fiction finds to be essential reading. Books I have Read are highlighted in Blue; follow the links to reviews A Prayer For Owen Meany – John Irving (read my review) A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth American Pastoral – Philip Roth Atonement – …

PEN/Faulkner Award Winners and Nominees: 1981 – Present

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three judges, chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, select five books from among the more than 300 works submitted, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. …

Pulitzer Prize Fiction Winners: 1918 – Present

To Read about the history and awarding of The Pulitzer Prize in Literature, go here. ~Books I’ve read are highlighted in Blue – follow the links to my reviews~ (To read more reviews check out The Pulitzer Project) 2013 – The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Read my review) 2012 – No Award 2011 …

The Telegraph’s 50 Crime Writers to Read Before You Die

Although I don’t read a ton of crime fiction, I couldn’t resist this list. The Telegraph UK’s literary staff selected the authors on this list. To read more about each author, visit the article written February, 23 2008. Staff suggested books to read which follow each author’s name. Books I’ve read are highlighted in blue. …

WNBA 75 Books By Women

On their 75th Anniversary, the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) selected 75 Books by women whose works have changed the world. The list appears below. Books I have read are highlighted in blue;  follow the links to my reviews (when available). JANE ADDAMS. Twenty Years at Hull House. LOUISA MAY ALCOTT. Little Women. ISABEL ALLENDE. …

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