Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Book Awards Reading Challenge - Updated

After seeing what some of the other participants have chosen, I've swapped a few books out of my first tentative list and added in a couple of Nobel Prize and French Literary Award winners.

Yes, I know that the Challenge has only just started, that it lasts for a whole year, and that I can still change books as I go, but I think this list matches my reading mood a bit better now, and I fit in a few more books that I've been especially wanting to read.

So here's my updated list, plus the alternates, all of which are already jeering at me from the shelves.

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 2003, Nobel 2006)
4. No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod (IMPAC Dublin 2001)
5. The Road - Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer 2007)
6. The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney (Costa/Whitbread 2006)
7. Le soleil de Scorta (Scortas’ Sun) – Laurent Gaudé (Prix Goncourt 2004)
8. Suite française – Irène Némirovsky (Prix Renaudot 2004)
9. Them – Joyce Carol Oates (National Book Award 1970)
10. The Silent Cry - Kenzaburo Oe (Tanizaki Prize 1967, Nobel 1994)
11. Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata (Nobel 1968)
12. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II – John Dower (Pulitzer/Non-Fiction 2000, National Book Award/Non-Fiction 1999)

Possible alternates:
The Polished Hoe - Austin Clarke (Giller Prize 2002)
This Blinding Absence of Light - Tahar Ben Jelloun (IMPAC Dublin 2004)
The Line of Beauty - Alan Hollinghurst (Booker Prize 2004)
True History of the Kelly Gang - Peter Carey (Booker 2001)
Schindler’s Ark - Thomas Keneally (Booker 1982)
The Sea, The Sea - Iris Murdoch (Booker 1978)
A Spell of Winter - Helen Dunmore (Orange Prize 1996)
Larry’s Party - Carol Shields (Orange Prize 1998)
A Crime in the Neighbourhood - Suzanne Berne (Orange Prize 1999)
Property - Valerie Martin (Orange Prize 2003)
An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro (Costa/Whitbread 1986)
English Passengers - Matthew Kneale (Costa/Whitbread 2000)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon (Pulitzer 2001)
A Thousand Acres - Jane Smiley (Pulitzer 1992)
Beloved - Toni Morrison (Pulitzer 1988, Nobel 1993)
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)
Independent People - Halldor Laxness (Nobel 1955)
L’etranger – Albert Camus (Nobel 1957)
Doomsday Book - Connie Willis (Hugo Award 1993/Nebula Award 1992)


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  2. That is a great selection of books!! I can't say we have any in common for the challenge, but you have a lot that I want to read!

    Looking forward to your reviews!

  3. You've got some good choices. I loved 'The Road' and I think you will particularly enjoy 'Suite Francaise'. I've read more off your alternative list, so hopefully you'll get to some of those before the year is up. Happy reading.

  4. That's a really great list! This is the one challenge where I haven't changed out any books yet.

  5. I almost always find myself changing or replacing books midway through a challenge too. My reading moods are unpredictable.

    I see you have "Beloved" as an extra. I finished it recently, and I thought it was one of those books everyone should read. Hopefully you'll get around to reading it.

  6. Those are really big lists. I feel worn out, after reading them, but you've chosen some really interesting titles - many that I also would like to get to (although I'm not doing this particular challenge). Best of luck on the challenge.

  7. Hi Bibliolatrist,
    Thanks! I've got you in my Google Reader but really need to update my Blogroll again one of these days.

    It'll be fun to read everyone's reviews with all the different books chosen.

    Yes, I know that you loved 'The Road' and you want me to read 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay'! I do own all of these books so they'll hopefully all get read at some point. :P

    I'm reasonably successful sticking to a list, but this time I just wanted to add in a few different ones before I got started. We'll see how it goes.

    I read your review of 'Beloved' and I do want to read it but I keep hesitating. Perhaps like you said, it seems to be such a heavy book, that I think it'll be a bit of an effort to read. Not that effort can't be rewarding but I think I'll have to be in the right mood for it.

    Thanks! Well the challenge is for 12 books so I may not get to any of the alternates this time around but they are there waiting.

  8. Wow! Those are really inspiring lists. There are lots on there I'll be adding to my TBR list. Thanks.

  9. I'm reading My Name Is Red, too (a prize from Lotus Reads and Also, I'm reading Snow on Mt. Figi by Kawabata. I've never read anything by him, but I am entranced with Japan. :)

  10. Bellezza,
    I'm looking forward to finally reading 'My Name is Red'- I've had it for ages! I was glad to be able to fit in a couple of Japanese titles. We can compare notes on our Kawabata books.


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