Sunday, January 16, 2011

CHALLENGE: Man Booker Challenge

Laura posted today about the Complete Booker Challenge which reminded me I was planning to make a post about this. Odds are I won't complete this challenge, but I like reading some books from the lists, and I have a few I hope to read. I will be trying for the lowest level possible: the Pick-a-Mix of Six.

The Levels:
I failed miserably at this challenge last year, but if it had been set up this way, I would have completed, so obviously, I'll try again. Lots more information at The Complete Booker Blog.
  1. Pick-a-Mix of Six: read 6 winners or nominees from the short- or long-lists
  2. A Booker's Dozen: read 12 winners or nominees from the short- or long-lists
  3. Booker Devotee: read the 2011 shortlist (6 books)
  4. Booker Fanatic: read the 2011 longlist (13 books)
Last year, I read
One Winner:
Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre 2003 02/25

Four Short Listed:
The Bookshop, Penelope Fitzgerald 1978
Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont - Elizabeth Taylor 1971 
Room - Emma Donaghue short list 2010
Unless - Carol Shields 2002

Three Longlisted: 
What Was Lost, Catherine O'Flynn 2007 
February, Lisa Moore 2010 
Trespass, Rose Tremain 2010

The Pool of Books I'd like to read:
The English Patient by Michael Onjadtee 1992
In a Strange Room by Damon Galmut SL 2010
The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey 2001
The Inheritance of Lost by Kiran Desai 2006
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst 2004
Carry Me Down by MJ Hyland SL 2006
When We Were Orphans by Kazou Ishiguro SL 2000
St Urbain's Horsemen by Mordecai Richler SL 1971
something from 2011 lists

Bookers Read in 2011
1. In a Strange Room by Damon Galmut SL 2010
2. The Sense of an Ending winner 2011