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I started this perpetual challenge in 2007, and in 2008, my goal was to read 8-10 Pulitzer winners.  I read 8 and have now read 20 of the more than 80 winners.  I'm less committed to completing this challenge than to just enjoying good literature.  My 2009 goal is to read at least 6, including the 2009 winner
Pulitzer Prize Winners Read in 2009
1925 - So Big (Ferber)
1930 - Laughing Boy (LaFarge)
2009 - Olive Kitteridge (Strout)
1923 - One of Ours (Cather)
2002 - Empire Falls (Russo)
1972 - Angle of Repose (Stegner)

Complete List of Pulitzer Prize Winners Read (with links to reviews where available):
2009 - Olive Kitteridge (Strout)
2008 - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Díaz)
2007 - The Road (MacCarthy) 
2006 - March (Brooks)
2004 - The Known World (Jones)
2003 - Middlesex (Eugenides)
2002 - Empire Falls (Russo)
2001 - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Chabon)
2000 - Interpreter of Maladies (Lahiri)
1995 - The Stone Diaries (Shields)
1994 - The Shipping News (Proulx)
1992 - A Thousand Acres (Smiley)
1988 - Beloved (Morrison)
1973 - The Optimist’s Daughter (Welty)
1972 - Angle of Repose (Stegner)
1961 - To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
1958 - A Death in the Family (Agee) 
1953 - The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
1940 - The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
1939 - The Yearling (Rawlings)
1937 - Gone with the Wind (Mitchell)
1932 - The Good Earth (Buck)
1930 - Laughing Boy (LaFarge)
1925 - So Big (Ferber)
1923 - One of Ours (Cather)
1921 - The Age of Innocence (Wharton)


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Dec. 27th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm less committed to completing this challenge than to just enjoying good literature.

That's my new motto as well. This list has been hit or miss for me. When I like it, I really like it, but alot of them have been like medicine - feel like they are good for me. I have to feel there is going to be a good story.

Still, you are doing really well on this one too.
Dec. 27th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
Hit or miss
Yes, that's exactly it. Books like Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird inspired me to start this challenge. James Agee's A Death in the Family was the best Pulitzer I read this year,and one of my Top 5 overall for 2008. But as I was considering 2009 goals and reviewing the Pulitzer list, there were many that I just couldn't get excited about reading. That's when I decided that completing the challenge was no longer a goal!
Dec. 27th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
You did well to read that many. I only read one this year, Oscar Wao. But I only discovered the challenge recently and need to officially sign up. I realize from what you said that I've really only picked challenges that fit my reading already. I 've always read award nominees of literary fiction. I'm so glad you liked A Death in the Family. I read it when I was young and it's one of my lifetime favourites. Happy reading in 2009.
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