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Book Awards Challenge II

On going through the lists for The Book Awards Challenge II, I realized that I really don’t read enough award winners. This is especially true considering some of the books on there are among my favorites. I also realized that I have 9 award winners on my unread pile (given that it is 100 books tall, this isn’t very many), so I think it is time to enroll in my first challenge.

The rules:

1. Read 10 award winners from August 1, 2008 through June 1, 2009.

2. You must have at least FIVE different awards in your ten titles.

3. Overlaps with other challenges are permitted.

4. You don’t have to post your choices right away, and your list can change at any time.

5. ‘Award winners’ is loosely defined; make the challenge fit your needs, keeping in mind Rule #2.

So I will be reading the 9 that I have, which means I will be acquiring one more award winner soon. Some of these books may have won multiple awards, but I am just listing the first that it came up under. The books are:

  1. Possession, A.S. Byatt, Man Booker Prize
  2. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls, Alex Award
  3. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich, Alex Award
  4. Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson, Arthur C. Clarke Award
  5. Lisey’s Story, Stephen King, Bram Stoker Award
  6. Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Lynne Truss, British Book Award
  7. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize
  8. On Beauty, Zadie Smith, Orange Prize
  9. Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels, Orange Prize
  10. The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai, Man Booker Prize

Number 10 is fairly likely to change, considering I do not own it and I will probably read the other 9 first and see what I can pick up. Some of these books are in England, so I literally can’t read them until early October. Regardless, I think this challenge will be a great one and I am happy to participate.


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