Book Awards Challenge Rules

Welcome to the Book Awards Reading Challenge! The rules for this challenge are as follows:

1. Read any 12 award-winning books from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. Please look on the sidebar for eligible books from the Pulitzer, Booker, etc. prize lists. Also feel free to pick non-fiction books or other prize winners not listed.

EDIT: Any book from an author who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature will be accepted. However, at least SIX of your twelve books must be actual book prize winners.

2. Books may be cross-posted with other challenges.

3. You may post your challenge books just on your blog, or you may also contribute to this blog by giving your email address in a comment to this post. I will email you an invitation to be a contributor. Please write your email address in a manner similar to the following: janedoe AT hotmail DOT com. You must be a blogger member in order to contribute.

4. There will be prizes.

1st prize: 5 credits or in-stock books from
2nd prize: 3 credits or in-stock books from
3rd prize: 1 credit or in-stock books from

Everyone who completes 12 books for the challenge will be entered once into the drawing. For every book over 12 completed, you will receive one more chance for the prize. For example, if you complete 14 books, you will receive 3 chances.

5. Anyone may participate, but to be eligible for the prize, you must sign up by November 1, 2007. To participate in this blog, you must sign up before January 1, 2008.

6. This is NOT required, but if you would like to discuss prize-winning books with others, you are encouraged to join any or all of the follow yahoo book groups:

7. Have fun reading!


    What the heck. I'm in.

    lharsma AAAATTT gmail DOT com !!

    What a wonderful idea, thanks for starting the challenge. I've just posted my selections - can't wait to get started! (verbivoresbooks AT gmail DOT com)

    I am so in, if you will have me, 3M! What a fantastic idea for a challenge.

    My email is arieldiva AT aol DOT com

    On May 30, 2007 at 2:33 PM Anonymous said...

    oh good grief
    not JUST a challenge but a COMPETITION
    i can't even fathom how to say no

    thinkpink dot dana at gmail dot com

    Can't let this one pass me by. A whole year to read award winning books! kookiejar at hotmail dot com

    I love that button. Did you make that? So cool.

    Yes, I LOVE this one! Sign me up please! (lindsacl AT comcast DOT net)

    Please sign me up! My email is maryevans77 AT yahoo DOT com
    Blog is maryevans77 Dot Blogspot Dot com
    Here is my list...
    The March - EL Doctorow
    Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
    Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
    The Sea - John Banville
    Life of Pi - Yann Martel
    Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
    A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
    Gilead - Marilynn Robinson
    March - Geraldine Brooks
    Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri
    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    Summons to Memphis - Peter Taylor

    Wait!! I have to change one... I am taking the summons to memphis to the God of Small things....

    Hey Michelle,
    Ok, call me a retard, but how do I accept the invitation that you sent? I still don't know how to work these things. Thanks a bunch! Mary =)

    I'm in! I'll post my list sometime next week.

    kjoywilliams (at) gmail (dot) com

    Raidergirl, I did make the button. Thanks!

    I'm in also! I've been buying the Orange Prize books for a while, so this will give me some momentum. Thanks! I'll post my list within the week.


    Hi, well I wasn't planning on joining anymore challenges but as this is a long one I couldn't resist, plus the majority of the books are on my TBR mountain already.
    My list:
    1.) True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey (Booker)
    2.) A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth (Common Wealth)
    3.) Gould's Book of Fish, Flanagan (Common Wealth)
    4.)Small Island, Levy (Commeon Wealth)
    5.) The Secret River, Grenville (Common Wealth)
    6.) A Dance at the Slaughterhouse, Block (Edgar)
    7.) Alias Grace, Atwood (Giller)
    8.) Anil's Ghost, Ondaatje (Giller)
    9.) American God's, Gaiman (Hugo)
    10.) The Echo Maker, Powers (National)
    11.) Cold Mountain, Frazier (National)
    12.) Fugitive Pieces, Micheals (Orange Prize)

    katrinathomas_uk AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk

    I might as well play too! Like you've all said, many of these books are just sitting there on the shelf waiting anyway, I might as well read them with this fun crowd!

    jenstusue AT yahoo DOT com

    These challenges are starting to scare me! :)

    I think I might join in. Going to spend some time on my list first, I will be back in touch.

    I cannot resist a good challenge.
    Please add me in.
    sunshineschool AT bellsouth DOT net


    On May 31, 2007 at 9:18 PM Anonymous said...

    I've never explored blogs and challenges before, but this sounds like a good way to start. Thanks for the idea.

    sdavis AT tx DOT rr DOT com

    On June 1, 2007 at 6:43 AM Anonymous said...

    Sign me up! I've listed my 12 books on my sidebar. Looks like a good challenge. Thanks for hosting.

    Well, heck, I'll give this one a shot if your still taking participants:

    maureaneileen AT yahooDOTcom

    Don't have a list yet (obviously, as I just found this challenge today) but I'll start looking!

    I'm pretty booked up with challenges but I can't possibly resist this one. :)
    My email is tanabata2000 at gmail dot com.

    OK - Seeing is I have a year - you have twisted my arm - my reading challenge Blog is here:

    and my e-mail is sally906 At gmail doT Com

    I haven't completed the list yet - but will do so soon

    I love a good reading challnge: thena AT livejournal DOT com

    this sounds like fun! definitely a new way for me to choose some books to read. count me in:
    alisonwonderlandUT AT gmail DOT com

    I'd like to participate.

    krin5292 AT gmail DOT com

    aloisa at gmail dot com. i actually wanted to read nobel prize winners within the year but winners are winners! i'll put up a list soon :)

    Sounds like fun, please sign me up. kevinstilley ATT sbcglobal DDOT net.

    I have published my tentative list HERE.

    Hi 3M! Thanks for the invite. I've been thinking about it for a few days now, and yes! I would love to join the Book Awards Reading Challenge. And I won't do all Pulitzers, either. I'll mix it up a little bit.

    And thanks for the words about The Road. I think I will read it after all. :)

    Sorry, scratch the previous comment from Midwest. I got all of my accounts mixed up. I would like to participate under MidwestMaven. Thanks!

    karenwabeke AT yahoo DOT com

    Count me in as well.
    becky_quilts AT yahoo DOT com

    BTW, can anyone tell me how to add the picture and list to my sidebar? And maybe how to cross out the books as I read them? I'm a bit computer illiterate.

    I'm in! Here's my list:

    Thanks for the challenge!

    I would like to join.
    kmanfredini at yahoo DOT com

    Is it okay if I join too? I'm new to reading challenges as well as blogs, so I hope I'm doing this right:-).

    email is: krrachut AT hotmail DOT com

    I'd love to join the challenge!

    yinyangschool AT yahoo DOT com

    I'm in! I'll be posting my challenge list on my blog sometime today.

    And here's my email:

    alisiab at mail2world dot com

    This sounds like fun! I'm always up for another challenge. I like that we have a year!

    I have my list ready! Do we log in and post them? My email is dewpie at gmail dot com.

    This sounds too good to pass up. Please add me to the list.

    As for my books - I'll work on that and post them at my blog.


    Count me in, please sudafr AT gmail DOT com Thanks!

    Oops I gave the wrong address:

    Kmanfredini2 AT Yahoo DOT COM

    Duh, I almost forgot to join this way. Email is two UNDERSCORE munks AT yahoo DOT com.

    Well, I'm new to this whole blogging business (except for school assignments). And I've never entered a book challenge (except at the library as a kid). So, here goes.

    tstineman AT hotmail DOT com

    Yes, I want to join. My post is up at my blog.

    My email is booklogged_reader AT yahoo DOT com. Thanks 3M!

    I've made my list, finally. It's at And my e-mail is kmdhow at aol dot com

    On June 7, 2007 at 3:26 AM Anonymous said...

    Can I please join? This looks like fun!

    1. 'Mister Pip', Lloyd Jones
    2. 'The Secret River, Kate Grenville
    3. 'The Line of Beauty' by Alan Hollinghurst
    4. 'Amsterdam' by Ian McEwan
    5. 'Journey to the Stone Country' by Alex Miller
    6. 'The Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck
    7. 'Guerrillas' by V.S. Naipaul
    8. 'You Must Set Forth at Dawn' by Wole Soyinka
    9. 'The Colour Purple' by Alice Walker
    10. 'The Inheritance of Loss' by Kiran Desai
    11. 'The Sea, The Sea' by Iris Murdoch
    12. 'The Bone People' by Keri Hulme

    On June 7, 2007 at 3:31 AM Anonymous said...

    oops, forgot to say my email is writingswithinthemargin AT gmail DOT com

    I would love to join as well my e-mail address is: skirmante at mac dot com and my list is here . I can't wait to get started

    On June 7, 2007 at 10:42 AM Anonymous said...

    Sign me up! This is just the type of challenge for me. Now I just have to narrow down my list a bit...

    meskesen AT gmail DOT com

    I think I would really enjoy this, so I'm going to give it a try.

    (thekittyknitter AT verizon DOT net)

    I would like to join, can you please send me an invite at:

    pamelareid78 AT hotmail DOT com

    Great! I found this challenge from google searches!

    I would like to join.

    My list should be up in a few days.

    My email id: gautami DOT tripathy AT gmail DOT com

    I'd like to join also. My list is on my blog here:
    I'll also put it on my sidebar. Thanks, this is a great idea for a challenge.

    Can you add me too?
    mel_duckworth AT hotmail DOT com

    Hey, this is neat. I'm in.

    E-mail: fivepointsfromgryffindor [at] gmail [dot] com

    Have a newish book blog (not on Blogger):


    Sandie's list:

    1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    2. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
    3. English Passengers, Matthew Kneale
    4. The Moor's Last Sigh, Salman Rushdie
    5. California Girl, T. Jefferson Parker
    6. Resurrection Men, Ian Rankin
    7. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clark
    8. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
    9. The Great Fire, Shirley Hazzard
    10. The March, E.L. Doctorow
    11. The Tale Of Despereaux, Kate DeCamillo
    12. Crime In The Neighborhood, Suzanne Berne

    hello...I'm interested in partcipating...

    my email is...

    mamabright1blog AT yahoo DOT com

    also...I was wondering if we can read Christy Award winners...???


    blessings, mamabright :-)

    I'd like to join this book challenge's a fantastic idea. I can't wait to decide what to read and post it on my blog.

    my email is alysondrake AT yahoo DOT com.

    On June 15, 2007 at 10:07 PM Anonymous said...

    I can't resist! Here are my choices:


    My email is alifeinbooksATgmailDOTcom

    Thanks for hosting what should be a great challenge!

    I'd like to join in on this one.I LOVE reading! But is it okey to read in Spanish instead of English? There aren't many English books around where I live but I can get the same books translated to Spanish at the library. Please email me and let me know. mayogimom AT gmail DOT com

    I'd love to join! My email is kvasa at comcast dot net! This is a great idea!


    I'm still thinking about my list, but I'd like to join.

    untuneric at gmail dot com.

    My first challenge! Now I need to go through my TBR list! Have lots to read.

    Terri (terristem AT pertechman DOT com)

    OK I am in! My email is kgwilt at hotmail dot com

    I have chosen more than 12 books and can't decide which to leave out. I will put the list here and pick 12 as I go along and try and read the extras too if I have time.

    1) Perdido Street Station - China Mieville (Arthur C Clark Award)
    2) Quicksilver - Neil Stephenson (Arthur C Clark Award)
    3) Iron Council - China Mieville (Arthur C Clark Award)
    4) Life of Pi - Yann Martel (Man Booker Prize)
    5) The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood (Man Booker Prize)
    6) The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy (Man Booker Prize)
    7) Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle (Man Booker Prize)
    8) American Gods - Neil Gaiman (Bram Stoker Award and Hugo Award)
    9) Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Truss (British Book Prize)
    10) Wild Swans - Chang (British Book Prize)
    11) Beowolf - Seamus Heany (Costa/Whitbread Prize)
    12) Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood (Gilles Prize)
    13) Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanne Clarke (Hugo and World Fantasy Award)
    14) On Beauty - Zadie Smith (Orange Award)
    15) Beloved - Tony Morrison (Pulitzer Prize)
    16) Perfume - Patrick Suskind (World Fantasy Award)

    Are books from the "Book Sense" awards allowed??? It seems like this is just a book store. Thanks!

    On June 21, 2007 at 12:03 PM Anonymous said...

    OK, I've just started a blog devoted to my reading and would like to join you all with this challenge. I've posted my list on my blog. Please sign me up! nicolama at cogeco dot ca

    My First Book Challenge...I am excited!
    1. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy (Man Booker - 1997)

    2. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle (Booker - 1993)

    3. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - de Bernieres (CommonWealth - 1995)

    4. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson - (National Book Critics' Circle - 2004)

    5. Stone Diaries - Carol Shields (NBCC - 1994)

    6. Kate Vaiden - Reynolds Price (NBCC-1986)

    7. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Mistress of Husaby - Sigrid Undset (Nobel Prize -1928)

    8. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Cross - Sigrid Undset (Nobel Prize -1928)

    9. Bel Canto - Patchett (Orange -2002)

    10. Larry's Party - Carol Sheilds (Orange - 1998)

    11. Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon (Pulitzer - 2001)

    12. Empire Falls - Richard Russo - (Pulitzer -2002)

    sign me up. piperoliveravram at yahoo DOT com.

    I also have a question. what about the kiriyama prize award?

    I'm in!! faith(dot)stencel(at)gmail(dot)com.

    On June 27, 2007 at 8:37 PM Anonymous said...

    Sounds like fun, and a good reason to read some books I've been meaning to for a while. My list is in this blog post... sorry, no blogger :)

    Yes, I'd love to join your Challenge. I'm always ready to read books which are especially worthy. When I finalize my list, I'll post it here and on my blog as well. Thank you!

    On July 1, 2007 at 10:45 PM Anonymous said...


    I'd like to participate.
    Here's my list:

    My blog:


    I would like to join this challenge. My email is

    jpquiltz AT hotmail DOT com

    I just finished my first book, The Giver.

    I have no idea how to post the review here or anywhere else...

    Hi! I'd like to join this challenge. I'll put up my list in a couple of days or so. I need to sort out my unread piles of books first.

    My email is lightheaded AT gmail DOT com.

    nice blog

    This sounds awesome! Please add me. My email is missporkchop AT yahoo DOT com.

    Would love to join in this challenge. May I?

    Hello again.

    As I live in Scotland, I meant to ask if there's a chance of getting the Scottish Saltire Book Award added to the list of eligible prizes?.

    I would love to be part of this challenge. I will get my list together. My email is Aprilsgarden at gmail DOT com.

    I'm in! magiejpl AT hotmail DOT com ;D

    i would like to play as well. and i have chosen my books too.

    my email is soleil AT momentumdfw DOT com.

    I'm joining you!

    How do I add the neat crossword puzzle icon? I keep trying to add the html/ link but can't get it to work.
    I'll keep trying =)

    I'd like to join. My e-mail is rakrose59 AT hotmail dot com.
    Here is where I will blog about the challenge and post in-depth reviews. But I'll also post here.

    Here is my list:

    The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000 Booker)

    The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (2007 Newbery)

    The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg (1997 Newbery)

    The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (1996 Newbery)

    The Giver by Lois Lowry (1994 Newbery)

    The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (1987 Newbery)

    The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon (2003 Nebula)

    Dune by Frank Herbert (1965 Nebula)

    Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip (2003 World Fantasy)

    Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (2004 Hugo)

    Mirror Dance by Lois Mcmaster Bujold (1995 Hugo)

    The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (1981 Hugo)

    Please count me in! kimrstewart AT gmail DOT com. I've got my first review (of The God of Small Things) up at

    I'd like to join

    pandabear102205 at gmail dot com

    jessmonster AT gmail DOT com

    Dear 3M
    I would like to take part in this challenge, thank you for starting it. Sign me up please!

    My email is julieuk98AT aol DOT com

    On July 23, 2007 at 10:05 AM Anonymous said...

    I'm in. I already have several books lined up... Hope to post my list by the end of the week. Thanks.

    I've love to do this, but I don't use a blog anymore -- I have a Livejournal. Is that still okay?

    My email is

    Can you add me to the challenge? My email is: judging DOT the DOT cover AT gmail DOT com.

    I'd like to join

    scrappycat AT comcast DOT net

    I would love to join - my e-mail is atrafton AT gmail DOT com. Thanks!

    I'm definitely in for the challenge and would also like to contribute to the blog. This is a great challenge!

    matitwonky at gmail dot com

    I would like to join in. My email is sharbarnard at yahoo dot com. Do I have to make a list in advance and post it or can I just choose as I go? I am not all that much into the prize as I am getting the motivation to read some more award winners.

    Count me in!


    I've posted my list to my blog - count me in!:

    i would love to be a part of this challenge.please sign me email id is mktash2000 AT yahoo DOT com .i will start working on my list soon.

    I'm in! View my list at

    Sounds great!

    smorancie At yahoo DOT com

    I would love to post my reviews here, but don't know email is j_asregadoo at yahoo dot com. :)

    I would love to join the Book Awards Reading Challenge! My email address is:

    hwesley AT bham DOT lib DOT al DOT us


    I love this idea. I'd like to join as well. I'll have a list up shortly.

    My email is jpsavoie AT earthlink DOT net

    I'm contacting all the LDS bloggers I can find to let you know about an LDS blog ring set up by a writer friend, Candace Salima (you can access it on my blog sidebar if you scroll down), and also to spread word about a great new time-saving blog tool that goes right in your browser tool bar.

    How to access and use this tool was posted on my blog yesterday at

    Please pass this message on--and enjoy!

    I have not participated in a book challenge before, but it sounds like fun. Please count me in. My email is blogs AT bdt DOT westhost DOT com. Off to compile my list..

    I love this challenge, so count me in. I will work on my list this week.

    On September 2, 2007 at 10:14 AM Anonymous said...

    I sent you the wrong e-mail address, so that my name shows up as "The Other Blog" which is a defunct blog with no content that I don't know how to delete. The e-mail address that will show up correctly as "The Individual Voice" is Please change it so I can join the challenge under my real blog name, where I will post my list. Thanks.

    I am in... I will compile my list and get the logo and link up sometime today or so...

    The Prattling Pastor's Wife

    Please sign me up! nancymstevens AT comcast DOT net

    I wanna join! My list is up here:

    My email is callista83 AT cogeco DOT com

    Is this contest open to readers worldwide?

    Yes, Rachelle! Participants from any country are welcome!

    How can I resist? This will give me incentive to knock a few books off my 200+ item "to read" list.
    msjanquilts AT comcast DOT net
    msjanquilts DOT blogspot DOT com

    Ok, so you really think I need to have a challenge, competition, or whatever to READ. . . READ should be my middle name!!!

    Count me in. .


    Please sign me up.

    kara AT themacgregorclan DOT net

    I'm in too: mrmeadors AT gmail DOT com

    I am taking a deep breath and SPLASH!
    i'm in to my skin
    corderorama AT gmail DOT com

    I'd love to join too, if it's not too late yet!

    My email is: vulpeslibris AT gmail DOT com

    Many thanks!

    Can I join too? My email is seriouslycaffeinated(at)

    Me too?

    quiltgranny AT mac DOT com

    I'd like to sign up.

    ccleverdon AT bham dot rr dot com

    Thank you!

    If it's not too late, I'd like to join this challenge. My email is kristilew2 AT yahoo DOT com


    I'd like to join. I think I can catch up. Only a few months behind.

    Forgot the important part

    suefitz at yahoo dot com.

    I'd love to join the challenge! Wish I'd found you earlier.

    merryhands AT yahoo DOT com

    Pls explain about posting a list. Do we post a list of what we plan to read or just post a list of what we completed, adding to the list as we go. I think I'll be doing this at my own blog. (GiraffeDreams AT blogspot)

    Count me in, please!

    heathermhaapoja AT juno DOT com

    Off to check out the book list...

    I am interested. Sign me up at thethompsons at stjohncable dot com

    I have a new question...I've seen Suite Fracaise and The Book Thief listed on this site, but I don't see the Prix Renadout award listed on your sidebar as eligible, and The Book Thief doesn't seem to have won any actual awards, it just seems to be a top pick from a bookseller. I am planning on reading both of these books anyway, but am wondering if they are eligible for this blog/prizes?

    (I'll read them and post reviews on my own blog anyway, just wondering if I should do so here as well...)

    Please sign me up
    annette dot terpstra at gmail dot com

    Hello! I hope that I've made it in on time... I've picked out my books:
    1. Possession, Byatt (Booker)
    2. Angela's Ashes, McCourt (Pulitzer)
    3. Bel Canto, Patchett (Faulner/Pen)
    4. She Walks These Hills, McCrumb (Agatha)
    5. Guns, Germs, and Steel, Diamond (?)
    6. Turtle Moon, Hoffman (Hammett)
    7. On Writing, S. King (Stoker NF)
    8. Lovedeath, Simmons (Stoker coll)
    9. Strange Files of Fremont Jones, Day (Macavity)
    10. Uses of Enchantment, Bettelheim (National Book Award)
    11. Love Medicine, Erdich (National Book Award)
    12. Thousand Acres, Smiley (Pulitzer)

    Deja Dead, Kathy Reichs (Arthur Ellis)

    may I post the reviews to your blog also (as I get them done)? my email is anntigone at gmail dot com.

    oh, I'll be marking my progress at
    texasbookwoman dot blogspot dot com

    Am I too late for the contest?

    kelberts AT yahoo DOT com

    Still wondering...I've seen Suite Fracaise and The Book Thief listed on this site, but I don't see the Prix Renadout award listed on your sidebar as eligible, and The Book Thief doesn't seem to have won any actual awards, it just seems to be a top pick from a bookseller. I am planning on reading both of these books anyway, but am wondering if they are eligible for this blog/prizes?

    I'm in! Just wish I would have heard about this sooner.

    cheris56 at yahoo dot com


    On December 13, 2007 at 12:34 AM Anonymous said...

    Here is my entry(rather late, but then, there's the age old aphorism):
    whatamireading at gmail dot com

    My list is at:
    What am I Reading

    which I will update as I finish each book.

    Mystic Wanderer

    I just discovered that I read one of my books years ago. Can I add a new book?

    While I know I'm very late to join the Challenge, I'm going to run the race anyway for the sake of the love of reading! Hope that's okay. I'm going to post my list on my blog later this week. My blog is:

    Hi, Great contest!
    I think (hope) that you and your readers would find the book awards page at worth checking out.

    May I still sign up? Sounds like a great challenge.

    What a great challenge! I'm just mad I didn't learn about it sooner. Twelve books in the next six months may be challenging. I'm an easily distracted reader. I run my own challenge which is a lot easier. It's called National Just Read More Novels Month and you have to read any novel within the month of January.

    Since your rules allow cross-posting, reading an award winning book in January would be a great two-fer.

    i'm late but still would like to participate if possible. may i?

    On February 18, 2008 at 9:02 PM Anonymous said...

    Just posted a review of THE COLOR PURPLE on my blog. I don't know how to do a link here, but the review is dated February 18.

    I have a question: Do books chosen as Notable Books by major newspapers such as The New York Times count as award books? The rules state that award books other than those in the awards you've listed could count, but I'm not sure how far you're willing to take that. I've just read a book labeled as a New York Times Notable Book; it was an excellent book and I will be doing a review. I'm just not sure if I can post the review here.