I discovered a new book reading challenge that I’m all over like a cheap suit…this one is called the Book Awards Reading Challenge. Coincidentally, Ted got me hooked last week on yet ANOTHER internet timesuck, which would be goodreads, where you can keep track of all of the books that you ever remember reading, look at what your friends are reading, compare your lists and ratings with them, and figure out what NEW books you might want to read. Fun, huh? Definately. (Mom, it looks like you can upload your spreadsheet maybe…if you want another time suck in your life. 😉 ) Back to the challenge…this challenge is to read one award winning book a month, starting in July 2007, and ending in June of 2008. So that’s 12 award winning books in 12 months. Cool. So, without further ado, here’s my list, in no particular order of when I’m going to read them, etc.:
The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai – Man Booker Prize, 2006.
I believe I own this, but as I don’t catalog my books, and the majority of them are packed and in storage right now, it will have to wait until after we move. But I spoke to a woman on BART about it one day, and she said it was SO good, she was rivited, so I’m really looking forward to this one.
The Giver, Lois Lowry – Newbery Award, 1994.
I see this book a lot at the bookstore, but I’ve never picked it up. While perusing a few people’s lists on goodreads, though, this book kept popping up. So I’ll give it a go, and since it’s a children’s book, Maya can read it after me. 🙂 Double plus good.
Waiting, Ha Jin – PEN/Faulkner, 2000.
I borrowed this book from Cherry a few years ago, and haven’t picked it up for some reason. Now I will have an excuse. If I like it, maybe she’ll want it back..hmmm.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy – Pulitzer, 2007.
I recently won a book of my choice via a drawing on Lotus Reads, and this was one that I didn’t pick, but looked really good. So I’ll grab it from the library and check it out.
March, Geraldine Brooks – Pulitzer, 2006.
This is the story of Mr. March, the absent father from Little Women, who was off at the Civil War when that book took place. This is, as I understand it, his side of the story. I read another book written by Ms. Brooks last year, Year of Wonders, which was very good. So I’m looking forward to this one.
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides – Pulitzer, 2003.
I’ve seen this one around, and I’ll have to wait until I unpack to see if I actually own it. But again, it was on a lot of people’s lists over at goodreads, so I want to give it a shot.
The Shipping News, Annie Proulx – Pulitzer, 1994.
I haven’t heard much about this one, but what I’ve heard is good, so I’ll give it a try.
Gilead, Marilynne Robinson – National Book Critics’ Circle Award, 2004.
I thought I had read this, and it was just so-so. But then I realized I had it confused with another book, Gilgamesh (not the epic of), which was, well, so-so. So I want to see if this one is as good as people say it is.
Atonement, Ian McEwan – National Book Critics’ Circle Award, 2002.
I may own this…not sure. But I’ve heard great things, so it’s on the list!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon – Costa Whitbread, 2003.
I’ve not heard of this award, but this one has been on a lot of folks’ lists, so I’ll give it a shot.
Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre – Man Booker, 2003.
I’ve never heard of this book, but it sounds intruiging. It’s a dark comedy, about a small town in the aftermath of a school shooting. Not a cheery subject, to be sure, but isn’t that the point of dark comedy?
Runaway, Alice Munro – Giller, 2004.
I haven’t heard of this award, either, but I really like Alice Munro, so I’ll take it.
If you’re interested in participating in this very cool book challenge, go on over to 3M’s Book Awards Challenge blog. She’s made it very easy for you, with all of the awards right there in the sidebar, and if you click on the name of the award, she has lists of books that have received that award, listed by year. Very cool, huh? Thanks, 3M, for making it so easy, and what a GREAT idea for a challenge! Thanks also to Kookiejar, because I found this challenge on her blog. 🙂