Monday, May 19, 2008

CHALLENGE: Book Award Challenge, update

Since July 1, I've read the following award winning books or Nobel winning authors:
The Giller Prize
2006 Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures -Vincent Lam

Orange Prize
2005 We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
1981 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham
2007 The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Man Booker
1983 Life and Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee
1985 The Bone People - Keri Hulme
1989 The Remains of the Day by Kazou Ishiguro
1997 The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
2000 The Blind Assassin - Maragaret Atwood
2007 The Gathering by Anne Enright

Nobel Winners
2006 Other Colors by Orhan Pamuk
1983 Life and Times of Michael K - JM Coetzee

1961 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
1968 From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by EL Konisburg
1990 Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
1991 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
2004 The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
1993 A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J Gaines
2002 Atonement by Ian McEwen
Hugo, Nebula
1986 Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

1997 The Chatham School Affair - Thomas H Cook

Golden Dagger
2005 Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason

IMPAC Dublin
2004 This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun

I enjoyed this challenge, and liked looking into the different awards, since there are a lot out there. My favorite books would have been The Bone People and The Tale of Depereaux, perfect since I read a majority of Booker and Newbery winners. I get to pick two because I read 23 books! I am pleased with the overall quality of the books I read, and that I managed to read from a variety of book awards. There are more books to read and more awards to discover; luckily, I believe 3m is planning another edition.


  1. Wow.. you did great with this challenge. I started out great, but then have been sidetracked by so many other things that I haven't been able to keep on it. My plan is to still read my list, even though the challenge is widing down.

  2. You kicked some major booty with this challenge - congratulations!

  3. Wow, you tackled quite a few for this challenge. Congratulations! I love The Tale of Despereaux, too. But, I'm never quite sure how to spell that name.

  4. thanks gals! Sometimes I picked a book I wanted to read and then realized it had won an award.

  5. 23 books!! That is fantastic! I'm still working on the last two from my original list. I really enjoyed The Bone People as well.

  6. Great job! We read a lot of the same books, didn't we?

    I loved Tale of Despereaux as well.

  7. trish - The Bone People was such a different book than I usually like, but it sucked me in completely.
    I wanted to read the books I had originally listed, since they were ones I owned. That's why my list got so long, I kept reading other books instead, and A Lesson Before Dying, the first book on my list, was still sitting there.

    3m - I copy you all the time! I read your great reviews and then I want to read the book too. Plus, bookawrds group means we read a lot the same.

    We (my mom and daughter and me) did a book club on Despereuax. We ate little crackers and had tea in my daughter's play tea set, and talked about the book.


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