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Book Awards II Challenge Wrap-up

The  Book Awards II Challenge, hosted by 3M at 1 More Chapter, began August 1, 2008 and will end June 1, 2009.  This challenge was right up my street, since I've already undertaken several long-term projects to read Booker, Orange, and Pulitzer winners.  The challenge consisted of reading 10 books representing 5 different awards.

Here's what I read for this challenge:
  1. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway (Pulitzer Prize) - review
  2. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon (Pulitzer Prize) - review
  3. The Idea of Perfection, by Kate Grenville (Orange Prize) - review
  4. Kaddish for a Child not Born, by Imre Kertesz (Nobel Prize) (review
  5. The Conservationist, by Nadine Gordimer (Booker Prize, Nobel Prize) - review
  6. The Road Home, by Rose Tremain (Orange Prize) - review
  7. Property, by Valerie Martin (Orange Prize) - review
  8. A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry (Giller Prize, Commonwealth Writers' Prize) - review
  9. Schindler's Ark, by Thomas Kenneally (Booker Prize) - review
  10. The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga (Booker Prize) - review

Favorite Book:  The Idea of Perfection, which made my "Top 5 Reads of 2008"

Least Favorite Book:  This is a tough one.  All of these were rated 3 stars or higher, and 3 stars is still a good read.  But on that basis, these would be my least favorite books:  Kaddish for a Child Not Born, The Conservationist, Property, Schindler's Ark, The White Tiger.

I wonder if there will be a Book Awards III?  Thanks 3M, for hosting this fun challenge!


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Apr. 4th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Wow well done. I must confess to not being a big literary book reader. The Orange Award books nearly did me in but I was grateful as well because I discovered Time Travelers Wife.

Its funny but I dont know anyone really who liked White Tiger.

Just to let you know I have bestowed on you the honor of the Zombie Chicken Award (http://thenarrativecausality.blogspot.com/2009/04/zombie-chicken-award.html). Hope you like it. I love the picture!
Apr. 5th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Of course there will be a Book Awards III!! I haven't worked out the details yet (is it really time for that already?), but I'll post about it when I do.

Great job. I must read a Kate Grenville book somtime...

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