Laura (laura0218) wrote,

Book Awards Challenge Wrap-up

I had a great time participating in this challenge. The goal of the Book Awards Reading Challenge, was to read any 12 award-winning books from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. Eligible books included the Pulitzer, Booker, Newbery, National Book Award, etc. prize lists. I'm now looking forward to Book Awards II, tentatively planned for February through November of 2009.

Favorite Book: Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri. I don't normally read short stories, but I had read Lahiri's novel, The Namesake, before this challenge. I was completely blown away by Interpreter of Maladies; those stories stuck with me for a long time and I eagerly anticipated and sought out her 2008 collection, Unaccustomed Earth.

Least Favorite Book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz, which I was unable to finish.

What I learned: At the start, I was new to challenges but I knew I enjoyed reading prize-winners. Well, my participation in this challenge led me to sign up for several long-term projects (The Pulitzer Project, Read the Nobels, and The Orange Prize Project), and even host one myself (The Complete Booker)! I've discovered some great literature and know that I will continue to do so as I work through each project. Thanks 3M/Michelle for hosting such a fun challenge!

My List:
  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)
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