Yes, I joined yet another reading challenge. It’s become one of my new blogging habits. I really would like to meet more bloggers, and all of us seem to get to know each other better through books since the circle of book bloggers is not too large. So I need to make a list of 12 award winning books to read between July 1, 2007 to July 1, 2008. Before that, I made a list of award winning books I had already read over the years. I’ve been partial to the Pulitzer over they years for some reason. I’ve tagged the awards in the challenge on Lists of Bests under BARC.
Most of these books I’ve liked. Feel free to ask about any of them.
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (also a Governor General’s Award winner)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
British Book Award:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by by Lynne Truss
Stupid White Men by Michael Moore
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Commonwealth Writers Prize:
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Costa (Whitbread) Book Awards:
The Amber Spyglass (HDM Book 3) by Philip Pullman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Governor General’s Award:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (also a Nebula)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Dune by Frank Herbert (also a Nebula)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
National Book Award:
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (also Pulitzer)
Newbery Medal Award:
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The High King by Lloyd Alexander
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Holes by Louis Sachar
Herman Hesse – Siddhartha
Albert Camus – The Stranger
John Steinbeck – East of Eden, Grapes of Wrapth, Of Mice and Men
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and couple of others.
William Golding – Lord of the Flies
Jose Saramgo – Blindness, The Cave
The Hours by Michael Cunningham (also a Pulitzer)
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Clicking on that site made me realize I’ve been spelling Newbery wrong ALL MY LIFE. How embarrassing.
Dew – It’s a very common mistake. Even the Newbery Challenge’s webpage has it with the double R’s. Are you going to join this challenge with me? I understand we’re both loaded with challenges as it is.
Hi, I’ve had great luck with the Giller Prize winners – 2 are on my favourite all time list: A Fine Balance and A Good House. I’m a good little Canadian! Can’t wait to see what books you pick.
raidergirl3 – Thank you for the suggestions because I’m not a good little Canadian.
The more I read about this challenge, the more excited I get. That’s a good idea to make a list of award-winning books you’ve already read. All the books you have up here that I’ve read, I’ve really liked: The Giver, Number the Stars, The Handmaid’s Tale, Grapes of Wrath, Fahrenheit, To Kill a Mockingbird. Found you via the Blogroll Game. I’ll be back!
That’s a very useful list. I’ve been meaning to read Pulitzers too for a while, so I might join this challenge. I could do with more Hugos/Nebulas too.