Book Awards Challenge II

As the Heart of the Child Challenge finishes on 14 July and I’ve all but finished the Chunkster Challenge I’ve decided to start a  new one. This is the Book Awards Challenge which starts on 1 August and ends on 1 June 2009. It is one of those challenges where you can change the books you’ve initially chosen which suits me fine. The books I’ve listed below are mainly ones that I already own and want to read anyway, so it shouldn’t be a problem and I’m looking forward to reading them.

The challenge is hosted by Michelle at and the details are:

Book Awards II Rules and Signup

  1. Read 10 award winners from August 1, 2008 through June 1, 2009.
  2. You must have at least FIVE different awards in your ten titles.
  3. Overlaps with other challenges are permitted.
  4. You don’t have to post your choices right away, and your list can change at any time.
  5. ‘Award winners’ is loosely defined; make the challenge fit your needs, keeping in mind Rule #2.

These are the books I’ve initially picked to chose from (I can’t think I’ll read all of them):

Agatha Award
Birds of a Feather, Jacqueline Winspear – one I don’t own, but I’ve read others in the series.

Alex Awards
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Booker Prize
The Gathering by Anne Enright
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

British Book Awards
Wild Swans by Jung Chang – another one I don’t own, but have wondered about reading.

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney

Edgar Ward
Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin

Gold Dagger Award
Black And Blue by Ian Rankin
The Honourable Schoolboy  by John le Carre

James Tait Black Memorial Prize
Persephone by Jenny Joseph,  – I don’t own this either. In fact I’ve never come across it before, but it sounds good.

Pulitzer Prize
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Nobel Prize Winners
Rudyard Kipling – I don’t own any of his books – yet.
Gabriel García Márquez
Orhan Pamuk

4 thoughts on “Book Awards Challenge II

  1. Pleased to see you decided to participate. You’ve chosen some good books there. I’ve read The Book of Lost Things and enjoyed it. It was ‘different’ if you know what I mean. (I’m enjoying even more Connolly’s antholgy of macabre stories – ‘Nocturne’.) I don’t know how much Kipling you’ve read but can I recommend Puck of Pook’s Hill if you haven’t already read it? Look forward to reading your various reviews anyway.


  2. Thanks Cath. I haven’t read Puck of Pook’s Hill – I’ll look out for it, I expect the library will have a copy. I have only read Rikki Tikki Tavi from The Jungle Book, If, and the Just So stories. Have you visited Bateman’s, Kipling’s house in East Sussex? I think it’s my favourite NT property.


  3. Congratulations on successfully completing some challenges. This one looks good. I currently have three going right now and that’s a lot for me. Although this does look tempting…


  4. I didn’t realise that The Book of Lost Things had won an award. Nice. I can add it into my pool of possible reads for this challenge.


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