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Michelle (aka 3M) over at 1MoreChapter is sponsoring the Book Awards Reading Challenge, to read any 12 award-winning books from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.  Eligible books include the Pulitzer, Booker, Newbery, National Book Award, etc. prize lists.  This is one I simply cannot resist; I am prone to using the prize lists for TBR ideas anyway.  And Michelle is graciously allowing overlap with other challenges, and I don't have to choose all my books before the start of the challenge, and there are prizes!  How could I refuse?  

My List (with links to LibraryThing) 
  1. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison - National Book Award 1953 (completed 7/9/2007 - review)
  2. The Optimist's Daughter, by Eudora Welty - Pulitzer 1973 (completed 8/10/2007 - review)
  3. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy - Pulitzer 2007 (completed 9/2/2007 - review)
  4. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck - Nobel Prize author, 1962 (completed 10/6/2007 - review)
  5. Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri - Pulitzer 2000 (completed 10/11/2007 - review)
  6. The Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penney - Costa/Whitbread 2006 (completed 11/9/2007 - review)
  7. The Giver, by Lois Lowry - Newbery 1994 (completed 12/15/2007 - review)
  8. March, by Geraldine Brooks - Pulitzer 2006 (completed 1/22/2008 - review)
  9. The Sea, The Sea, by Iris Murdoch - Booker 1978 (completed 2/21/2008 - review)
  10. The Bone People, by Keri Hulme - Booker 1985  (completed 3/30/2008 - review)
  11. The Gathering, by Anne Enright - Booker 2007 (completed 4/2/2008 - review)
  12. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,  by Junot Díaz - Pulitzer 2008 (DNF 5/9/2008 - review)


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 31st, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Great list, Laura. I figured you would sign up; these are the books you like the most. I just posted my list on my blogspot blog. I literally just left there and came back here for a second and voila, yours too. We are suckers for this stuff aren't we?
May. 31st, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
You bet we are! There was NO WAY I could let this one go on without me.
May. 31st, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
I really enjoy Booker Prize winners. I can't recall having been disappointed by them. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey is a really interesting Booker winner.
May. 31st, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion. Maybe when you are settled stateside you'll join the challenge gang?!
May. 31st, 2007 10:12 am (UTC)
Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! This challenge sounds so intriguing! Another one I have to check out.

I always wanted to read Iris Murdoch. One of my professors from college is a Murdoch expert, and while she assigned us her books in our classes, I never read them.(It's amazing that I passed these classes!). If you get to her "first," let me know what you think of her writing.
May. 31st, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
I also liked the film "Iris," which is primarily about her marriage, and her decline due to Alzheimer's. This inspired me to read I've read a couple of her books, chosen at random from the library. A different style than I'm used to but wonderful writing. I'm looking forward to reading one of her prizewinners.
Jul. 17th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Iris Murdoch
Hi Laura, just to agree with you about the Iris film. I am not a great cinema goer but this really appealed. It was sensitive and left one thinking about those we share our lives with and, eventually the fragility and humanity of each one of us. My Mum loved The Severed Head but I never read it! I look forward to seeing your Iris reviews. I watch your library on LT. Must say I really admire your blog here, I am still learning, so much I would like to be able to do.
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Iris Murdoch
Thank you for the nice comments about the blog! I have only been at it since January but am having fun. What is your name on LT? I probably "know" you there as well. Please send me a comment on LT sometime ...
Nov. 11th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
Re: Iris Murdoch
Laura I am so sorry I missed your request in your kind reply. I am at LT as juliette07. I will be pleased to comment you! Julie
Jun. 5th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
You're right. We do have a lot of overlap! I detect another fan of Pulitzer and Booker winners?
Jun. 5th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
oops...didn't mean to post anonymously. It's nyssaneala, from over at blogspot (Book Haven).
Nov. 11th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
read nobels
hi laura, just saw your message on "read the nobels" about the formatting issue. what browser are you using? in firefox it comes out as 2 columns. i'll look into the problem and try it figure it out :) email you in a bit ...
Nov. 11th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
Hi Laura Your reading will fit this challenge I'm sure. This was my first signed up challenge! Enjoy - Julie
Feb. 13th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
book awards
Laura: I started the project of reading all the Pulitzer fiction winners (54 to date) a year ago and have 11 more to go. Haven't limited my self to just those but certainly have enjoyed the journey. Among my favorites was "Interpreter of Maladies." Those stories were simple and elegant at the same time; how did she do it? Another was "To Kill a Mockingbird," one of the most perfect stories ever written. thanks for your list. I happened across it quite by accident. Pg
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