Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Book Awards II Challenge

I really enjoyed reading Award winners for the first Book Awards Challenge so when 3M announced that she'd be hosting a second round, I knew I'd be joining again. This time, the goal is to read 10 award-winning books from August 1, 2008 to June 1, 2009. Also, this time we need to have at least five different awards represented in our 10 titles. Last time I read 12 books from 11 different awards so hopefully I'll again have a wide variety.

Here are some of the books that I think I'd like to read for the challenge. Some are from my list for the first challenge, that I didn't get to, and many of them cross-over with other challenges.

Still Life - Louise Penny (Anthony Award – Best First Novel 2007)
Mercy Among the Children - David Adams Richards (Giller Prize 2000)
No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod (IMPAC Dublin 2001)
Larry's Party - Carol Shields (Orange Prize 1998)
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures - Vincent Lam (Giller Prize 2006)
Maus – Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer Prize Special Letters Award 1992)
Mr. Muo’s Traveling Couch – Dai Sijie (Prix Femina 2003)
Perfume – Patrick Süskind (World Fantasy Award 1987)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick (Caldecott Medal 2008)
Blindness - José Saramago (Nobel Prize 1998)
Suite française – Irène Némirovsky (Prix Renaudot 2004)
My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk (IMPAC Dublin 2003, Nobel 2006)
The Visit of the Royal Physician – Per Olov Enquist (Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2003)

*For more info, click on the button or go to the Book Awards Challenge blog.


  1. Why are challenges tempting me, again, all of a sudden? Argh! Must not join! I've read one of those books -- Suite Francaise. I think I liked the endnotes better than the book, but there were times I thought her writing was amazing and times the choice to portray things from a rich snob viewpoint really annoyed me. It's worth reading.

  2. Nancy- LOL. Resist! Resist! :)
    I tend to like reading award winners anyway so it's a good challenge for me to get some of them off the shelves and finally read.

  3. As Bookfool said, "Must Not Join"!! ;)

    Of all the titles you've listed, my favorite is Blindness. Fabulous book. Great for book group discussions. Thought-provoking and memorable. Need I say more?

    Every time I see Perfume on the shelf at work, I'm intrigued. I'll be curious to hear what you think.

  4. Les- I've had Blindness in my TBR stacks for too long. I hope to finally read it, especially now that it's been made into a movie.

    I'm planning to have Perfume act as one of my R.I.P. reads this fall. Seems like a good time to read it. :)


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