Bellezza's Choices For The Book Awards Reading Challenge

Phew, it's a good thing I double checked the requirements and removed some of the choices I had which were Caldecott Medal books! I know they're quick, but a few really intrigued me as I am a teacher. However, here is the authentic, and qualifying, list I will read to complete your wonderful Challenge:

Nobel Prize Winners:
1. First Snow on Fuji by Yasunari Kawabata
2. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

Pulitzer Prize Winners:
3. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (finished July 1, 2007) by Michael Chabon
4. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
5. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
6. Empire Falls by Richer Russo
7. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty

Pen/Faulkner Award:
8. Postcards by E. Annie Proulx

National Book Award f0r Young People's Literature:
9. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Newbery:
10. Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson

Hugo Award:
11. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Edgar Award:
12. Come To Grief (finished July 5, 07) by Dick Francis

(By the way, I am also working on the Summer Mystery Reading Challenge for which I have chosen six Edgar Award winning books, so look for their reviews on my blog especially if you are a mystery lover).

It is with great anticipation that I begin your Challenge, 3M, as I consider all the award winning books to be a great foundation for us as readers. Thank you for hosting it!

p.s. Completed books will be highlighted in orange.

Somewhat unrelated

We got a mention at Ed Champion's blog. I bring this up only because Ed's blog has been mentioned in Bookmarks magazine as one of the most influential lit blogs out there. Check it out. 13th bullet point from the bottom.

My List

Hi! My name is Kate and here is my list of reading for the next few months!!! I am very happy to take part in this challenge because now I have incentive to read these books. All were pulled form my book shelf, and just never read. Well except one, which I have been dying to reread anyway!! I do have a few for my "alternate list" but I will post them later!! It has been great seeing every one's list, and I can't wait to read the reviews!

1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince JK Rowling
(2006 British Book Awards) FINISHED!!!
2. Life of Pi Yann Martel
(2002 Man Booker Prize)
3. Vernon God Little DBC Pierre
(2003 Man Booker Prize)
4. Atonement Ian Mc Ewan
(2002 Nat. Book Critics Award) FINISHED!!
5. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Roddy Doyle
(1993 Man Booker Award) FINISHED!!!
6. Independent People Halldor Laxness
(1955 Nobel Prize)
7. In The Heart Of The Sea Nathaniel Philbrick
(2000 National Book Award - Non Fiction)
8. Half A Life VS Naipaul
(2001 Nobel Prize)
9. Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
(2000 Pulitzer Prize)*
10. Siddhartha Herman Hesse
(1955 Nobel Prize)
11. Kaddish For A Child Not Born Imre Kertesz
(2002 Nobel Prize)
12. Vera Stacy Schiff
(2000 Pulitzer Prize - Biography)

* is a reread because it is one of my FAVORITE books!!

Alternates:
Popcorn Ben Elton
(1996 Golden Dagger Award)
Something by Naguib Mahfouz
(1988 Nobel Prize) FINISHED!!
Maisie Dobbs
Jacqueline Winspear
(2003 Agatha Award - First Novel) FINISHED!!


My Picks

I'm alisonwonderland, and I blog about books at So Many Books, So Little Time. I blog about the rest of my life at We're All Mad Here.

This was a hard list for me to create. First, there are just so many possibilities to choose from, and second, because the challenge lasts a whole year, I'm tempted to bite off more than I can chew but I'm forcing myself to be somewhat reasonable (one book a month, for a total of 12). Here's my list:

  • Margaret Atwood - Alias Grace (Giller Prize 1996)
  • Jung Chang - Wild Swans (British Book Award 1994)
  • Beverly Cleary - Dear Mr. Henshaw (Newbery 1984)
  • Karen Cushman - The Midwife's Apprentice (Newbery 1996)
  • John Grogan - Marley & Me (Quill Award in Biography/Memoir 2006)
  • E. L. Konigsburg - The View from Saturday (Newbery 1997)
  • Yann Martel - Life of Pi (Man Booker Prize 2002)
  • Susan Patron - The Higher Power of Lucky (Newbery 2007)
  • Louis Sachar - Holes (Newbery 1999)
  • Wallace Stegner - Angle of Repose (Pulitzer Prize in Fiction 1972)
  • Lynne Truss - Eats, Shoots & Leaves (British Book Award 2004)
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich - A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 (Pulitzer Prize in History 1991)

Gautami's List for the challenge

01) Kim - Rudyard Kipling (Nobel Prize Winner, 1907)

02) Gitanjali - Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel Prize Winner, 1913)

03) Arms and the Man - George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize Winner, 1925

04) The Good Earth-Pearl S. Buck (Pulitzer,1932/Nobel Prize Winner, 1938)

05) Siddharth - Hermann Hesse (Nobel Prize Winner, 1946)

06) Death of a Salesman- Arthur Miller (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 1949)

07) The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway (Pulitzer, 1953)

08) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (Pulitzer, 1961)

09) East of Eden - John Steinbeck (Nobel Prize Winner, 1962)

10) The Moon Is Down - John Steinbeck (Nobel Prize Winner, 1962)

11) The Pearl - John Steinbeck (
Nobel Prize Winner, 1962)

12) Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (Booker, 1981)

13) Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez (Nobel Prize Winner, 1982)

14) Innocent Erendira - Gabriel García Márquez (Nobel Prize Winner, 1982)

15) Such a Long Journey - Rohinton Mistry (Commonwealth, 1992)

16) A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (Commonwealth, 1994 )

17) A Thousand Years of Good Prayers-Yiyun Li (PEN/Hemingway Award,Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, 2005)

18) The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro (Cheltanham, 1995)

19) The Universe in a Nutshell - Stephen Hawking (Royal Society Prize -Sciences, 2002)

20) A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson (Royal Society Prize -Sciences, 2004)

21) The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai (Booker, 2006)

22) Crow Lake by Mary Lawson ( Canada First Book Award 2002)


I would like to read the following if I have enough time.


1)1997 (Booker) The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

2)2000 (Pulitzer) Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri

3)1940 (Pulitzer) The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

4)2006 (World Fantasy) Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami

5)1987 (Arthur C. Clark) The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

6)1987 (Bram Stoker) Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon

Final decisions

Hello, I'm Bridget, from The Ravell'd Sleave, and this is my first book challenge. I [think] I have made my final decisions for my list. I tried to choose a few things I know about, and have wanted to read, but mainly things I may not otherwise have chosen. So we'll see how that works ...

1. Bruce Chatwin, On the Black Hill (1982 Costa/Whitbread)
2. Alice Munro, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968 Governor General)
3. Thea Astley, The Well-Dressed Explorer (1962 Miles Franklin Literary Award)
4. Jessica Anderson, The Impersonators (1980 Miles Franklin Literary Award)
5. Richard B. Wright, Clara Callan (2001 Governor General) (2001 Giller)
6. Ian McEwen, Atonement (2002 National Book Critics Circle Award)
7. Edward P. Jones, The Known World (2005 IMPAC/Dublin) (2004 Pulitzer)
8. Gina Berriault, Women in Their Beds (1997 PEN/Faulkner) (1996 National Book Critics Circle Award)
9. Geraldine Brooks, March (2006 Pulitzer)
10. Ellen Glasgow, In This Our Life (1942 Pulitzer)
11. Loren D. Estelman, The Undertaker's Wife (2006 Spur Award)
12. Ellen Recknor, Prophet Annie (2000 Spur Award)

(Is it a bad sign, if just typing all of it wears me out???)

Nicola's List

Nicola here from Back to Books. Here's my list:

**Edited** Boy, I sure hope this is ok, but I've decided to redo my initial list. I've decided that if I'm really going to follow through with this, I should have more books I already own on the list. So here's my new list, books I own marked *

1. Twelve Bar Blues by Patrick Neate (Whitbread)*
2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Booker)
3. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Booker)
4. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty (Pulitzer)
5. So Big by Edna Ferber (Pulitzer)*
6. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (Nebula)*
7. A Dram of Poison by Charlotte Armstrong (Edgar)*
8. Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener (Pulitzer)*
9. Whip Hand by Dick Francis (Gold Dagger)*
10. Murder Against the Grain by Emma Lathen (Gold Dagger)*
11. Passage of Arms by Eric Ambler (Gold Dagger)*
12. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (Edgar)*

Extra's may be added at will :-)

Nymeth's List

Hello everyone!

I'm Nymeth from Things Mean a Lot. Here are my picks for the challenge:
  1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (Pulitzer 2001)
  2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Pulitzer 1983)
  3. Beloved by Toni Morrison(Pulitzer 1988)
  4. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (World Fantasy Award 2006)
  5. Little, Big by John Crowley (World Fantasy Award 1982)
  6. Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner (World Fantasy Award 1991)
  7. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (Hugo 1970, and Nebula 1969)
  8. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushie (Booker Prize 1981)
  9. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishuguro (Booker Prize 1989)
  10. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Booker Prize 1997)
  11. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Newbery Medal 1978)
  12. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Orange Prize 2006)
OK. I've been slacking! I didn't have a clue which books I wanted to read. There are SO MANY good ones to choose from. So I made a list....and come down to 30! Since there is NO WAY I'd get through 30, I whittled down to 15 (with a couple of alternates! So...here we go!

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1921 - Pulitzer)
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (2001 Pulitzer)
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2007 Pulitzer)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (1969 Nebula and 1970 Hugo)
  • Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (2004 Hugo)
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Suzannah Clarke (2005 Hugo)
  • Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt (1990 Booker)
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000 Booker)
  • The March by E.L. Doctorow (2006 Pen/Faulkner)
  • Boy's Life by Robert McCammon (1991 Bram Stoker)
  • Lisey's Story by Stephen King (2006 Bram Stoker)
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (1995 Giller)
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (1996 Giller)
  • The Chatham School Affair by Thomas Cook (1997 Edgar)
  • Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson (2004 Arthur C. Clarke)

ALTERNATES:

  • The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (1919 Pulitzer)
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1981 Pulitzer)
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (1962 Hugo)
  • Life of Pi by Yann (2002 Booker)
  • Runaway by Alice Munroe (2004 Giller)

Yikes. That's a lot of books!! But aren't challenges fun?

Alyson's Selections

Here's my list of twelve and a few alternates, in case I finish early:
1. Michael Cunningham's The Hours (1999 Pulitzer)
2. Albert Camus' The Plague (1957 Nobel)
3. Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses (1992 National Book Award)
4. Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985 Governor General's Award)
5. Marilynne Robinson's Gilead (2004 NBCC Award)
6. Ann Patchett's Bel Canto (2002 Pen/Faulker Award)
7. Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude (1982 Nobel)
8. T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland (1948 Nobel)
9. Ann Tyler's The Accidental Tourist (1985 NBCC Award)
10. Yan Martel's The Life of Pi (2002 Man Booker Prize)
11. Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost (2002 Governor's General)
12. Sarah Dunant's Birth of Venus (2005 Book Sense Adult Fiction Honor Book)

Alternates:
Reading Lolita in Tehran (2004 Book Sense Adult Nonfiction Winner)
Anita Diamant's The Red Tent (2001 Book Sense Adult Fiction Winner)
Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible (2000 Book Sense Adult Fiction Winner)

As I read them, I'll post reviews at my blog Bibliophiles Anonymous. Can't wait to get started!

Siew's selection

Here are my 12. Like most others, this list consists primarily of to-be-reads that have been sitting there collecting dust!

- Siew (blogging @ writings within the margin)

'Mister Pip', Lloyd Jones

'The Secret River, Kate Grenville

'The Line of Beauty', Alan Hollinghurst

'Amsterdam', Ian McEwan

'Journey to the Stone Country', Alex Miller

'The Grapes of Wrath',John Steinbeck

'Guerrillas', V.S. Naipaul

'You Must Set Forth at Dawn', Wole Soyinka

'The Colour Purple', Alice Walker

'The Inheritance of Loss', Kiran Desai

'The Sea, The Sea', Iris Murdoch

'The Bone People', Keri Hulme

Rhinoa's List

I couldn't narrow it down to 12 so I picked 16 and I will see how many I get through during the year. As I read them I will put up reviews on my blog at Rhinoa's Ramblings

The books I have picked are:

1) Perdido Street Station - China Mieville (Arthur C Clarke Award)
2) Quicksilver - Neil Stephenson (Arthur C Clarke Award)
3) Iron Council - China Mieville (Arthur C Clarke 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 (Giller Prize)
13) Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanne Clarke (Hugo and World Fantasy Award)
14) On Beauty - Zadie Smith (Orange Prize)
15) Beloved - Toni Morrison (Pulitzer Prize)
16) Perfume - Patrick Suskind (World Fantasy Award)
17) Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson (Newbery Medal)

2007 IMPAC Dublin Award


The winner is Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

Source: http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/News.htm

Me and the books I've chosen

Hi! This is my first challenge! I'm Terri in Montréal and here are the books I've chosen (in no particular order for now):

1. The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time by Marc Haddon (Costa-Whitbread Award, 2003)
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling (British Book Award, 2006)
3. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (Edgar Award, 1992)
4. Fall On Your Knees by Anne-Marie McDonald (Commonwealth Writers Award, 1997)
5. The Road by Cormac McArthy (Pulitzer, 2007)
6. Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (Prix Penaudot, 2004)
7. Atonement by Ian McKewan (National Book Critics' Circle Award, 2002)
8. East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Nobel Prize 1962)
9. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Orange Prize, 2005)
10. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (Man Booker Prize, 2004)
11. Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright (Giller, 2001)
12. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews (Governor-General's Award, 2004)

Alternatives:

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (Commonwealth Writers' Award, 1996)
Bel Canto by Anne Patchett (Orange Award 2002)
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke (Commonwealth Writers' Award, 2003)
The Time In Between by David Bergen (Giller, 2005)

Looking forward to talking books with all of you!

Meli's List

Hello! My Blog is The Little Book Room. Here are my books:
  1. The New Life, by Orhan Pamok (Nobel Prize - Turkey)
  2. Hunger, by Knut Hamsun (Nobel Prize - Norway)
  3. Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath, by Sigrid Undset (Nobel Prize - Norway)
  4. The Tin Drum, by Gunter Grass (Nobel Prize - Germany)
  5. Women as Lovers, by Elfriede Jelinek (Nobel Prize - Austria)
  6. Omeros, by Derek Walcott (Nobel Prize - Saint Lucia)
  7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison (Pulitzer, Nobel Prize - United States)
  8. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville (Commonwealth Writers' Prize)
  9. Midnight's Children, Salmon Rushdie (Booker of Bookers)
  10. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (2007 Book Sense, Children's Lit)
  11. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (Pulitzer Prize)
  12. Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (Pulitzer Prize)
Many of these books I had already been meaning to read. It may be subject to change as whim takes me. I wondered about including more Nobel Prize winners - but many of them looked very depressing. I thought I'd give Women as Lovers a go as it's set in a remote Austrian village, something I'm quite familiar with. If I like The Wreath I'll probably read the rest of the trilogy.

Prize winning books previously read in 2007
  • The Hours, by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize)
  • Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee (Booker, Nobel Prize)
  • Randolph Stow novels (these have won a variety of Australian prizes)

Amanda's List Updated

Well, I've done a little looking and switched around my list a bit. This will probably be the final revision.

1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: British Book Award 2006
2. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins: Newbery Award 2006
3. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata: Newbery Award 2005
4. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo: Newbery Award 2004
5. A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck: Newbery Award 2001
6. The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg: Newbery Award 1997
7. Missing May by Cynthia Rylant: Newbery Award 1997
8. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan: Newbery Award 1986
9. Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson: Newbery Award 1957
10. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink: Newbery Award 1936
11. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt: Pulitzer Prize 1997
12. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Newbery Award 1992
Alternate/Bonus:
13. Three Junes by Julia Glass

Pamela's List

I'm Pamela and can be found at http://paigesbookblog.blogspot.com/

My list for the challenge is:

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - 1997 Pulitzer (Biography/Autobiography)
B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton - 1986 Anthony
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly - 1992 Edgar Award (First Novel)
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak - 2007 Book Sense (Children's Lit)
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen - 2001 National Book Award
Eldest by Christopher Paolini - 2006 Quill Awards (Young Adult/Teen)
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald - 1997 Commonwealth Writers (First Book)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy - 2007 Pulitzer (Fiction)
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - 1990 Newbery Award
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - 1962 Nobel Prize
Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky - 2004 Prix Renaudot
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - 2007 Alex Award

Before Challenge Award Winners Read by Wendy

In 2007, before this challenge started I have read the following award winning novels:

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker (Pulitzer) - Finished January 12, 2007, rated 4.75, reviewed here.
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (Pulitzer) - Finished January 18, 2007, rated 5, reviewed here.
The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (Booker and NBCC) - Finished March 16, 2007, rated 4.25, reviewed here.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (Pulitzer) - Finished March 21, 2007, rated 5, reviewed here.
March, by Geraldine Brooks (Pulitzer) - Finished April 3, 2007, rated 4, reviewed here.
Fall On Your Knees, by Anne Marie MacDonald (Commonwealth Writers Prize) - Finished April 26, 2007, rated 4, reviewed here.
Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood (Giller Prize) - Finished May 13, 2007, rated 4.5, reviewed here.
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer) - Finished May 17, 2007, rated 5, reviewed here.
Slow Man, by J.M. Coetzee (Booker) - Finished June 4, 2007, rated 4, reviewed here.

I've also read other award winners prior to 2007. These include:

The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (Pulitzer) - Finished December 27, 2006, rated 4.75, reviewed here.
Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry (Pulitzer) - Read several times, rated 5, sorry no reviews!
The World According to Garp, by John Irving (NBA) - Read several times, rated 5, sorry no reviews!

Scott's List

Hi! I'm Scott. This is my list. The goal was to vary it as much as possible by picking 12 different awards. Another selection tool was picking things I already have on my shelf waiting to be read, and that covers 9 of these.


  1. Murphy's Law / Rhys Bowen (Agatha Award)

  2. American Gods / Neil Gaiman (this won every award ever, but I'm having it count as the Bram Stoker Award)

  3. Eats, Shoots and Leaves / Lynne Truss (British Book Award)

  4. Amsterdam / Ian McEwan (Booker Prize)

  5. Dune / Frank Herbert (Hugo Award)

  6. Speaker for the Dead / Orson Scott Card (Nebula Award)

  7. The Shipping News / Annie Proulx (National Book Award)

  8. My Name Is Red / Orhan Pamuk (IMPAC Dublin Award)

  9. The Other Wind / Ursula K. LeGuin (World Fantasy Award)

  10. On Beauty / Zadie Smith (Orange Prize)

  11. Air / Geoff Ryman (Arthur C. Clarke Award)

  12. The Tale of Desperaux / Kate DiCamillo (Newbery Medal)

Verbivore's List

Verbivore here - I realized that I never posted my list here, only on my site. So without further ado, this is what I shall be dipping into for a lovely year of reading. I took books from eight different awards (Pen/Faulker, Man Booker, Costa/Whitbread, Canadian Governer General Award, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, Orange Prize, Pulitzer) and made sure I picked six women and six men.

Here are my selections:
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson
The Echo Maker, Richard Powers
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
The Underpainter, Jane Urquhart
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Mark Haddon
Waiting, Ha Jin
In America, Susan Sontag
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
When I Lived in Modern Times, Linda Grant
The Idea of Perfection, Kate Grenville

Plus a few others that I'm sure will make it into my hands for more hours of reading fun. I'll be reading one for every month starting with Gilead in July. Anyone else reading this one? Looking forward to our cross-posting and discussing!

Trish's Books

Hi all! I'm excited for this challenge to begin (as it is my first "grown up" reading challenge).
Below is my tentative list (hopefully I won't subtract but maybe only add to in the future). My list can also be found at Trish's Reading Nook.

1. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (National Book Award 1993, also Pulizer)

2. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (National Book Award 1992, also NBCC)

3. Sophie's Choice by William Styron (National Book Award 1980)

4. The World According to Garp by John Irving (National Book Award 1980)

5. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Booker Prize 1989)

6. Atonement by Ian McEwan (National Book Critics’ Circle Award 2002)

7. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (Nebula Award 1969)

8. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulizer Prize 2003)

9. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (Pulizer Prize 1947)

10. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Pulizer Prize 1921)

11. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (Nobel Prize winner 1949)

12. Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Prize winner 2006)

I have to admit that I was a little biased in my pickings. My husband is putting me on a tight book spending leash--so I had to try and pick books that I already own, but haven't read (Oh how I wish I could put some of those Atwood books on here, but there are too many books TBR for me to go back and do re-reads).

I look forward to seeing everyone else's list and reviews!

Best,

Trish

Kucki's list

Hi, this is what I plan on reading for the for this challenge:

The Line of Beauty: A Novel
Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha
Ironweed
True History of the Kelly Gang
Life of Pi
The Road
Vernon God Little.
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Empire Falls
The Famished Road
Middlesex

All of them are from Mt. TBR and I am looking forward to decreasing it. If I remember correctly mine are all Booker and Pulitzer winners.

Camille @ Dabbling Dilettante's List

Here is my challenge list after days of deliberation. I'm so excited about this challenge. I've decided to use it to branch myself out into genres I don't usually read and to expose myself to new authors I haven't encountered yet. I've also selfishly included some Pulitzer-prize winners to further my own personal goal of working my way through all of those. But I kept the number down to three to keep the spirit of a challenge.

1. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Orange)
I've been wanting to read this for awhile and recently bought White Teeth, which I haven't read yet, either.

2. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin (Nebula)
Having recently finished the Earthsea books, I am a renewed fan of LeGuin's. (I remember liking her as a kid after reading the first Earthsea book.) I'm curious about her other works.

3. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Pulitzer)
This is the third Pulitzer winner. I'm planning on having finished the first two in June.

4. Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington (Pulitzer)
This the fourth Pulitzer winner. Again, to pursue the completion of my personal goal.

5. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Newbery)
I like YA and children's novels. I'm curious about the most recent winner.

6. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Newbery)
If you read the most recent winner, you might as well read the next to most recent winner. You never know when you'll want to finish that list, too, one day.

7. Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear (Agatha)
I never read mysteries so this is a genre I wanted to represent in this challenge. I checked through the Edgar winners but they looked too scary for me (probably why I tend to shy away from mysteries). But on the Malice Domestic website Agatha winners are described as "...mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another." Sounds like my cup of tea.

8. Possession by A.S. Byatt (Man Booker)
I recently bought this at the used bookstore. Thought I'd throw in a few TBRs.

9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (Costa/Whitbread)
My brother and his fiancée read this in Iraq while they were stationed in Fallujah and they liked it. I've been wanting to read it for awhile.

10. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (Hugo)
Branching out into science fiction

11. Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip (World Fantasy)
Further explorations into the fantasy genre

12. The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley (Spur)
Definitely new territory for me, the western-set novels. Plus I started Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel but have never read any of Jane Smiley's fiction.

Alternates

1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Man Booker)
own it-TBR
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Nebula)
TBR
3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Nebula)
I keep hearing about Neil Gaiman from other book bloggers.
4. Dune by Frank Herbert (Nebula)
I think I remember my dad reading this in the early 80s. I never had an interest but now I'm curious.
5. Sophie's Choice by William Styron (National Book Award)
TBR
6. One of Ours by Willa Cather (Pulitzer)
Pulitzer goal; 5th winner

Kimmies List

It took a few days but I finally got my list together. There are more details on my blog I've already got three off the list because I've been covering a vacationer at a very slow office.
But here they are:

1. Cold Mountain completed 4-28-08
2. Up a Road Slowly
3. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler
4. Arrowsmith
5. The Good Earth completed 11-26-07
6. The Grapes of Wrath
7. Humbolt's Gift
8. Beloved completed 4-30-03
9. The Exexutioner's Song completed 10-07-08
10. Lonesome Dove completed 10-10-07
11. To Kill a Mockingbird completed 7-10-01
12. Gone With the Wind
13. Gilead completed 7-5-07
14. Middlesex completed 10-30-07
15. The Echo Maker completed 8-30-07
16. The Magnificent Ambersons completed 2-12-08

Joy's Choices


You can find me at "Thoughts of Joy...".


My choices are all Newbery Medal Winners:


1. Walk Two Moons (Creech)

2. Maniac Magee (Spinelli)

3. Number the Stars (Lowry)

4. The Whipping Boy (Fleischman)

5. Sarah, Plain and Tall (MacLachlan)

6. Dear Mr. Henshaw (Cleary)

7. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Dial)

8. Julie of the Wolves (George)

9. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (O'Brien)

10. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Konigsburg)

11. Island of the Blue Dolphins (O'Dell)

12. The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Speare)


Alternatives:

1. The Higher Power of Lucky (Patron)

2. Ginger Pye (Estes)

3. The Twenty-One Balloons (Pene du Bois)

4. Caddie Woodlawn (Brink)

Becky's List

Hi! My name is Becky and my site is Becky's Book Reviews.

In no particular order:

1. Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card (Alex Awards, 2000)
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Hugo, 1986; Nebula, 1985)
3. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (Hugo, 1987; Nebula, 1986)
4. The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin (Robert F. Sibert Medal, 2003)
5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Pulitzer, 1961)
6. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Pulitzer, 1937)
7.Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt (Booker Prize, 1990)
8. A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Newbery, 2001)
9. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (Newbery, 2004)
10. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Newbery, 1995)
11. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Newbery, 1990)
12. Looking for Alaska by John Green (Printz Award, 2006)


Alternates

1. Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Newbery, 2003)
2. Holes by Lois Sachar (Newbery, 1999)
3. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Newbery, 1998)
4. Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Newbery, 1993)
5. Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (Newbery (1983)
6. Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Newbery, 1943)

Matt's List

Hey, this is Matt from A Variety of Words where I'll be posting reviews of these books as I complete them. Fantastic idea for a reading challenge. This is only the second challenge I've joined and I'm looking forward to getting started. I ended up with about 19 books on my list so I'm posting the 12 plus 7 alternates.

  1. Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich (NBCC)
  2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Man Booker)
  3. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Hugo, Nebula)
  4. Europe Central by William Vollmann (National Book Award)
  5. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow (National Book Award)
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (National Book Award)
  7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel)
  8. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Orange)
  9. Beloved by Toni Morrison (Pulitzer, Nobel)
  10. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (Pulitzer)
  11. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Pulitzer)
  12. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Pulitzer)
And now for some alternates just in case I decide to change it up a bit.
  1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Governor General, Arthur C. Clarke)
  2. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (Arthur C. Clarke)
  3. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (Hugo)
  4. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Pen/Faulkner, Orange)
  5. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (Pulitzer)
  6. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Pulitzer, Spur)
  7. Seeker by Jack McDevitt (Nebula)
  8. War Trash by Ha Jin (Pen/Faulkner)
Nearly every one of these book was already on my list, and some I had been putting off, but no longer!

Worth Looking Into

I thought I should leave a note about the Spur Award.

I, like many of you, am not a huge fan of Westerns, so when I saw 'The Spur Awards' I immediately thought it wasn't for me. However, I looked at the list and saw that many of these are really good novels that just happen to take place in the Southwest. They are not all cowboy books (although there are some of those on the list too). The book that immediately grabbed my attention was the wonderful novel 'The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint' which takes place on a modern day Indian reservation and reminded me very much of some of John Irving's best writing. Please consider some of the books on the Spur list, if you haven't already.

That is all.

Dewey's list

Here's my list. I freely admit that I went through all the books for all my other challenges to find out which had won awards, and cross-listed them here. I want to participate in this, but I'm so over-challenged. And there are a couple new books on my list!


1. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting -- Newbery
2. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare -- Newbery
3. The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg -- Newbery
4. Holes by Louis Sachar -- Newbery
5. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron -- Newbery
6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy -- Pulitzer
7. After This by Alice McDermott -- National Book Award
8. Everyman by Philip Roth -- PEN/Faulkner
9. Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski -- National Book Award
10. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins --Newbery
11. Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky -- Prix Renaudot
12. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- just won the Orange yesterday! I was rooting for it.

Athena's Challenge List

Hello again. Here is my list finally. None of these books are on any of my other challenges yet, but a few of them are in the house so I need to get started on them. I plan to read most of these books in the summer because I have less time beginning in fall. At my blog Aquatique, I've listed alternate and bonus books to this as well. Good luck everyone.

  1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Booker Prize)
  2. Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje (Giller, Governor General's)
  3. The Tin Flute or Street of Riches by Gabrielle Roy (Governor's General's)
  4. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Newbery)
  5. A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Newbery)
  6. Complete Poems and Plays by T. S. Eliot (Nobel 1948)
  7. Beloved by Toni Morrison (Pulitzer, Nobel)
  8. Beowulf: New Verse Translation (Costa/Whitbread)
  9. Neuromancer by William Gibson (Hugo, Nebula)
  10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Newbery)
  11. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Pulitzer, NBCC)
  12. Little, Big by John Crowley (World Fantasy)

2007 Orange Prize Winner


The 2007 Orange Prize goes to Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Hi everyone! I am Kelly [MyUtopia], and I am a bookaholic! This is the 12 books I have picked for the Book Award challenge. I decided to join this challenge, because lately I seem to be reading award winners anyways. This is also a good way to keep me on track for my reading goals for the year.

Click here to see my other challenges.

1. Interpreter of Maladies Lahiri, Jhumpa [Pulitzer Prize]

2. Bel Canto By Anne Patchett [Booker Prize]

3. Seeing By Jose SARAMAGO [Nobel Prize]

4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker [Pulitzer Prize]

5. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2006 Booker)

6. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997 Booker)

7. March by: Geraldine Brooks [2006 Pulitzer Prize]

8. The Known World by: Edward P. Jones [2004 Pulitzer Prize]

9. Three Junes by: Julia Glass [2002 National Book Award]

10. Love in the Time of Cholera by: Gabriel García Márquez [1982 Nobel Prize]

11. Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje (Giller, Governor General's)

12. Beloved By Toni Morison [ 1993 Nobel Prize]

* Alternates: The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck (Pulitzer, Nobel) & Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Pulitzer, NBCC)

Hello, All. Maurean here, from Inside Mo's Mind, just checkin' in to introduce myself and let you all know I'm participating.

I feel like *such* a slacker, as many of you have 20+ titles listed, and I'm struggling to announce my twelve picks! Needless to say, these titles may change as the challenge progresses, but here's my tentative list:

1. The History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (2001 Booker / 2001 Commonwealth)
2. Three Junes by Julia Glass (2002 Nat'l Book Award)
3. Neuromancer by William Gibson (1985 Hugo / 1984 Nebula)
4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (2006 Book Sense; Adult Fiction)
5. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich (2005 Quill; mystery/suspense/thriller)
6. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich (2006 Quill; mystery/suspense/thriller)
7. Cruel & Unusual by Patricia Cornwell (1993 Gold Dagger)
8. B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton (1986 Anthony)
9. C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton (1987 Anthony)
10. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck (1962 Nobel Prize winning author)
11. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (2007 Book Sense; children's lit)
12. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (2004 Book Sense; paperback fiction)

I have read several award-winning titles (much to my suprise!) prior to this challenge, and won't bore you all with a complete list, but some of the ones I enjoyed quite a bit include Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"; Gaiman's "American Gods" (one of my all-time favorites!); "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding; "Mystic River" by Dennis Lehane, and another all-time personal favorite, Sharyn McCrumb's "She Walks These Hills"

I look forward to participating in this challenge, and to reading all of your reviews!

Happy Reading...
Hi all. My name is Equiano from Lost in Translation. Like several other folks, I've decided to read titles I already have in the house as my TBR pile is more like a mountain! Here's my list:

The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer (MAN/BOOKER 1974)
A Good Man in Africa (COSTA/WHITBREAD 1981)
Ake by Wole Soyinka (NOBEL 1986)
The Famished Road by Ben Okri (MAN/BOOKER 1991)
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth (MAN/BOOKER 1992)
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (HUGO 2002/NEBULA 2002)
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke (GILLER 2002/COMMONWEALTH 2003)
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M.G. Vassanji (GILLER 2003)
Boyhood by J.M. Coetzee (Nobel 2003)
The Secret River by Kate Grenville (COMMONWEALTH 2006)
The Native Commissioner by Shaun Johnson (COMMONWEALTH BEST BOOK AFRICA REGION 2007)
All We Have Left Unsaid by Maxine Case (COMMONWEALTH BEST FIRST BOOK AFRICA REGION 2007)

Thanks to 3M for hosting!
Here's my tentative list of 12 plus alternates, all of which are currently in my stacks. I could easily do the challenge twice without buying any new books! Of course that's unlikely.
Since we don't have to stick to a fixed list, my final choices may, and probably will, change as the challenge progresses. I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these.

1. The Love of a Good Woman – Alice Munro (Giller Prize 1998)
2. Mercy Among the Children – David Adams Richards (Giller Prize 2000)
3. My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk (IMPAC Dublin Award 2003, Nobel Prize 2006)
4. No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod (IMPAC Dublin Award 2001)
5. The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney (Costa/Whitbread 2006)
6. An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro (Costa/Whitbread 1986)
7. A Spell of Winter - Helen Dunmore (Orange Prize 1996)
8. Larry’s Party - Carol Shields (Orange Prize 1998)
9. A Crime in the Neighbourhood - Suzanne Berne (Orange Prize 1999)
10. Property - Valerie Martin (Orange Prize 2003)
11. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer Prize 2007)
12. The Silent Cry - Kenzaburo Oe (Tanizaki Prize 1967, Nobel Prize 1994)

Other Possibles:
The Polished Hoe - Austin Clarke (Giller Prize 2002)
This Blinding Absence of Light - Tahar Ben Jelloun (IMPAC Dublin Award 2004)
The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst (Booker Prize 2004)
True History of the Kelly Gang - Peter Carey (Booker Prize 2001)
Schindler’s Ark - Thomas Keneally (Booker Prize 1982)
The Sea, The Sea - Iris Murdoch (Booker Prize 1978)
English Passengers - Matthew Kneale (Costa/Whitbread 2000)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon (Pulitzer Prize 2001)
A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley (Pulitzer Prize 1992)
Beloved - Toni Morrison (Pulitzer Prize 1988)
The Great Fire - Shirley Hazzard (National Book Award 2003, Miles Franklin 2004)
The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen (National Book Award 2001)
Waiting - Ha Jin (National Book Award 1999)
Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata (Nobel Prize 1968)
Independent People - Halldor Laxness (Nobel Prize 1955)
L’Étranger – Albert Camus (Nobel Prize 1957)
Doomsday Book - Connie Willis (Hugo Award 1993, Nebula Award 1992)

*cross-posted on my blog In Spring it is the Dawn

Oprah's Summer Pick

For those of you that follow Oprah's book club, she just announced Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides as her summer pick. Middlesex won the Pulitzer in 2003 so you could read along with Oprah while fulfilling a challenge selection! Not to mention that it is a fantastic novel...probably one of the best I've read this year.

Petunia's List

Thanks 3M for this challenge! I am so excited about reading these books. If I just made a list of books I'd like to read it would be way too long so I only listed the books that are on my shelves. Well, except one. Of course, I reserve the right to change my list at any time, for any reason, yada yada yada.


  1. Beloved by Toni Morrison-Pulitzer
  2. Beowulf by Seamus Heaney-Costa/Whitbread
  3. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke-Hugo
  4. On Beauty by Zadie Smith-Orange
  5. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton-Pulitzer
  6. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder-Pulitzer
  7. The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor-National
  8. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck-Pulitzer
  9. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck-Pulitzer
  10. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway-Pulitzer
  11. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro-Booker
  12. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee-Pulitzer

I also have 4 more books to be read for the Newbery Award Challenge.


  1. Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
  2. Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Crisman
  3. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
  4. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare


That makes 16 books I'm striving to read in the next 12 months, along with my other non-challenge reading. Slow and steady will get me to the end.

April's list

Hello everyone! I'm new to this "challenge" thing, so bear with me if I don't catch on right away :-)

My list (may possibly change my list as the reading groups vote for new books throughout the year):

1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O'Brien)---Newbery (1972) *from my TBR (with the kids) pile

2. Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O'Dell)---Newbery (1961) *from my kids' homeschool read-aloud list this coming school year

3. Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze (Elizabeth Foreman Lewis)--Newbery (1933) *from my kids' homeschool read aloud list this coming school year

4. Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)---Pulitzer (2005) *a Pulitzer_literature reading group selection for July

5. Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)---Pulitzer (2003) *a Pulitzer_literature reading group selection for October

6. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)---Pulitzer (2007) * a Pulitzer_literature reading group selection for August

7. The Bone People (Keri Hulme)---Booker Prize (1985) * a BookAwards reading group selection for July

8. The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)--Booker Prize (2000) *a BookAwards reading group selection for August

9. Vurt (Jeff Noon)---Arthur C. Clark (1994) *on my TBR pile

10. The Echomaker (Richard Powers)---National Book Award (2006) *a Pulitzer_Literature reading group selection for September

11. Amsterdam (Ian McEwan)---Booker Prize (1998) *on my TBR pile

12. Mythago Wood (Robert Holdstock)--World Fantasy Award (1985)


alternates:

House Made of Dawn (N. Scott Momaday)---Pulitzer (1969) *from my TBR pile

The Giver (Lois Lowry)--Newbery (1994) *from my TBR pile
Hi all! I'm Lisa from Books. Lists. Life. I needed to join another challenge just as bad as some of the rest of you regulars, but this one looked so easy to fill in and I have no willpower. Here's my preliminary list-



  1. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Newbery 1990)
  2. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor (Newbery 1977)
  3. Up A Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (Newbery 1967)
  4. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine D'Engle (Newbery 1963)
  5. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear (Newbery 1960)
  6. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty (Pulitzer 1973)
  7. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (Orange Prize 2002)(PEN/Faulker 2002)
  8. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Governor General's Award 1985)
  9. Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt (Man Booker 1990) (not on any other challenge, but on my shelves)
  10. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer 2003) (ditto)
  11. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer 2007) (not on another challenge, but feels like something I should read.)
  12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (British Book Award 2006)
Ok, there's my first 12. I've only added 3 that aren't already on another challenge.

CanadianKiwi's Book Awards Challenge List

I have decided to read only books in this challenge that I own. I am amazed at the number of books in our personal library that are Award Winners. My alternates are ones that I do not have to own. I will be visiting the library for those.

Bridget Jones's Diary
by Helen Fielding (British Book Award)
Small Island by Andrea Levy (Costa/Whitbread; Orange Prize)
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Newbery)
Holes by Louis Sachar (Newbery)
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (Newbery)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Pulitzer)
Beloved by Toni Morrison (Pulitzer)
East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Nobel, 1962)
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Newbery)
Awake and Dreaming by Kit Pearson (Governor's General Award & Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award)
Days of Terror by Barbara Smucker (Ruth Schwartz Foundation Award & Canada Council Children's Literary Award)
The Voyages of Dr Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Newbery)

Alternates
Rudyard Kipling (Nobel, 1907)
Pearl S. Buck (Nobel, 1938)
Island of the Blue DolphinsI by Scott O'Dell (Newbery)
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Newbery)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Newbery)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (Newbery)
One Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (National Book Critics' Circle Award)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Governor General's Award)

Kelly's List

Here is the *tentative* list of what I'm planning to read for the challenge. Probably this list will change, depending on my mood and which books are available at my local library.

) The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
2) True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
3) Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
4) Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
5) The Bone People by Keri Hulme
6) The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch
7) Small Island by Andrea Levy
8) Beowulf by Seamus Heaney
9) The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
10) The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
11) Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
12) The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

This looks like it will be a fun challenge! I can't wait to get started.

Kristin's List

These are the books that I'm planning to read for this challenge. I'm already reading a few of these and others have been on my "someday I'll get to that" list for ages. So, I'm glad to have a good reason to read them finally! This might change and I'm sure I'll add to it as we go on.

1. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai: Man Booker 2006
2. Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje: Giller Prize 2000
3. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields: NBCC 1994
4. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver: Orange 2005
5. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon: Pulitzer 2001
6. The Human Stain by Philip Roth: PEN/Faulkner 2001
7. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro: Man Booker 1989
8. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson: Newbery 1981
9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding: Nobel Prize 1983
10. Ironweed by William Kennedy: NBCC 1983
11. On Beauty by Zadie Smith: Orange 2006
12. The Giver by Lois Lowry: Newbery 1994

Amanda's List

My list is composed mostly of Newbery's, due to my being a children's librarian and VERY behind on my award winners, but I put a few other's on the list to mix it up!

1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: British Book Award 2006
2. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins: Newbery Award 2006
3. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata: Newbery Award 2005
4. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo: Newbery Award 2004
5. A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck: Newbery Award 2001
6. The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg: Newbery Award 1997
7. Missing May by Cynthia Rylant: Newbery Award 1997
8. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan: Newbery Award 1986
9. Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson: Newbery Award 1957
10. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink: Newbery Award 1936
11. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Pulitzer Prize 1937
12. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Newbery Award 1992

MidwestMaven's List

I'm thrilled to have found these 14 books on my To Be Read list!

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Louis de Bernieres) - Commonwealth Writers' Prize 1995
Disgrace (J.M. Coetzee) - Man Booker Prize 1999
Everyman (Philip Roth) - PEN/Faulkner Award 2007
Get a Life (Nadine Gordimer) - Nobel Laureate 1991
Greed (Elfriede Jelinek) - Nobel Laureate 2004
Herzog (Saul Bellow) - National Book Award 1965
Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri) - Pulitzer Prize 2000
Snow (Orhan Pamuk) - Nobel Laureate 2006
The Cave (Jose Saramago) - Nobel Laureate 1998
The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) - Man Booker Prize 1992
The Inheritance of Loss (Kiran Desai) - Man Booker Prize 2006
The March (E.L. Doctorow) - National Book Critics' Circle Award 2005
The World According to Garp (John Irving) - National Book Award 1980
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) - Pulitzer Prize 1961

My Challenge List

I previously posted my intended reading list on my blog, but after searching through the Awards lists I have updated it and am posting it hear. I reserve the right to change it as I go, but presently it looks like this:


1. The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor (National Book Award 1972)

2. Beowulf, by Seamus Heaney (Costa/Whitbread Award (1999)

3. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (National Book Award 1962)

4. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle (Newbery Award 1963)

5. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis (Pulitzer Prize-History 2001)

6. Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor (Pulitzer Prize 1956)

7. T. S. Eliot (Nobel Prize 1948) Christianity and Culture

8. Winston Churchill (Nobel, 1953) A History of the English Speaking Peoples

9. Bertand Russell (Nobel, 1950) Why I Am Not A Christian

10. Rudyard Kipling (Nobel, 1907) Kim

11. Jose Saramago (Nobel, 1998) Blindness

12. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (National Book Award 1953)

And, here are some alternates that I might opt for instead:

13. John Adams by David McCullough (Pulitzer Prize-Biography 2002)

14. Gallipoli , by Alan Moorehead, (Duff Cooper Prize, 1956)

15. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (Booker Prize 2001)

16. Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Truss (British Book Award (2004)

17. Empire Falls, by Richard Russo (Pulitzer Prize 2002)

18. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole (Pulitzer Prize 1981)

19. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow (National Book Award 1954)

20. Ironweed, by William Kennedy ( 1983 National Book Critics Circle Award)

21. Admiral of the Ocean Sea by Samuel Eliot Morison (Pulitzer-Biography, 1943)

22. John Browns Body by Stephen Vincent Benét (Pulitzer-Poetry, 1929)

23. The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes (Pulitzer-General Non-Fiction, 1988)

24. Joseph Frank - Dostoevsky: The Years of Ordeal, 1850-1859 (National Book Critics - Biography, 1984)

25. A Fable, by William Faulkner (Pulitzer-Fiction, 1955)

26. William L. Shirer - The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (National Book Award (Nonfiction), 1961)

27. Lewis Mumford - The City in History: Its Origins, its Transformations and its Prospects (National Book Award (Nonfiction), 1962)

28. Nathaniel Philbrick - In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (National Book Award (Nonfiction), 2000)

Krin's list

I finally found twelve books on my TBR pile that qualify for this challenge, so here's my list:

God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (BOOKER, 1997)
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (NEWBERY, 1978)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke (HUGO, 2005)
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (ARTHUR C. CLARKE, 2001)
Lost Boy Lost Girl by Peter Straub (BRAM STOKER, 2003)
The Killing Floor by Lee Child (ANTHONY - Best First Novel, 1998)
Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry (ANTHONY - Best First Novel, 1992)
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (PULITZER, 2003)
March by Geraldine Brooks (PULITZER, 2006)
Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry (GOVERNOR GENERAL'S, 1991)
The Dark-Adapted Eye by Ruth Rendell (EDGAR, 1987)
Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman (EDGAR, 1974)