Saturday, June 28, 2008

Fresh Start: Book Awards Challenge 2

I'm starting this blog anew with the Book Awards Challenge 2. The challenge is to read 10 award winning books from at least 5 different awards lists from August to June (i.e., 10 months). I tried to scan the lists for books I already own . . . but are sitting unread on the shelf. So, here's my list of 10:

1) Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (Pulitzer Prize, 2005)
2) Ha Jin, Waiting (PEN/Faulkner, 2000)
3) Seamus Heaney, Beowulf (Costa/Whitbread, 1999)
4) Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace (Giller Prize, 1996)
5) Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections (James Tait Black, 2002)
6) Michael Chabon, Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Pulitzer Prize, 2001)
7) Eudora Welty, Collected Stories (National Book Award, 1983)
8) Kate Christensen, The Great Man (PEN/Faulkner, 2008)
9) Chang-Rae Lee, Native Speaker (PEN/Hemingway, 1995)
10) Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk about Kevin (Orange Prize, 2005)

I already own about half of these. Time to get my read on!!


Juliann in WA said...

Great list. I tried this challenge last year and failed but I have plans to jump in with a revised list in August. Enjoy your reading.

joanna said...

the only one I've read is We Need to Talk About Kevin, which was fantastic. Great list!