The Book Awards III Challenge ran from July 1 to December 1, 2009. I finished on October 31. This is one of my favorite challenges, because it complements several of my other reading goals. In the original Book Awards Reading Challenge, I read Booker and Pulitzer winners like there was no tomorrow. For Book Awards II, I read 10 books representing 5 different awards.
Book Awards III was a shorter challenge than its two predecessors, requiring only 5 books. But the catch was, they had to represent 5 different awards! Fortunately there are lots of literary prizes to choose from. Here's what I read for this challenge:
- Home, by Marilynne Robinson (Orange Prize) - review
- Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize) - review
- The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler (Edgar Award) - review
- Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee (Booker Prize, Commonwealth Writers' Prize) - review
- Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (Booker Prize) - review
Least Favorite Book of this Challenge: The Long Goodbye. Although I don't read mysteries often, I don't dislike the genre. But this book did nothing for me. I found the characters unlikeable and the women were portrayed as stupid blonde stereotypes.
What I learned from this Challenge: Since the challenge required reading from several different awards, I had to diversify beyond my usual Pulitzer, Booker, and Orange Prize winners. I discovered the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America. And, thinking ahead to future Book Awards challenges, I'm looking forward to exploring prizes awarded in other countries. Canada's Giller Prize and Australia's Miles Franklin Prize are just two possibilities.
Thanks to Michele (3M) for hosting this great challenge!