Book Awards Challenge III Complete!

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The Book Awards III Challenge ran from July 1 to December 1, 2009 and the challenge was to read: 5 books from 5 different awards

I thought that was too easy for me, so to make it more difficult I decided to seek out some of the lesser known awards, and ban myself from including Bookers, Pulitzers or Orange Prize winners in this challenge.

I love reading prize winning books, so I found it easy to complete this challenge, despite my personal restrictions.

The books I read were:

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (Audio Book) Newbery Medal 2009  stars3h

Perdido Street Station – China Miéville Arthur C Clarke Award 2001 stars3h

De Niro’s Game – Rawi Hage International IMPAC Literary Award 2008 stars3h

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi (Book and Film) Alex Award 2004  stars41

2666 – Roberto Bolaño National Book Critics Circle Award 2008  stars51

I enjoyed looking through lists of book prizes and hope to read many more prize winning books next year.

Did you manage to complete the Book Awards Challenge?



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  1. Congratulations! I haven’t read any, but do plan to read 2666 next year.

    I didn’t sign up for this challenge, but, I did complete it inadvertently – even if I exclude the Bookers, Pulitzers and Orange Prize winners, so, yay me! :)

    1. Jackie says:

      anothercookiecrumbles, Congratulations on completing it – even if you didn’t sign up! I have to admit that I would have completed it without signing up too – I did read a few others too. I just love reading prize winning books too much.

  2. FleurFisher says:

    Congratulations – that’s an impressive list!

    I was too overwhelmed with other challenges to sign up for this one, but I;ll definitely be there if it comes around again.

    1. Jackie says:

      FleurFisher, I am sure it will be around next year – I think the plan is to start it on Feb 1st. I look forward to seeing what you plan to read for it.

  3. Beth says:

    Welldone for completing this challege, I didn’t take part in this challenge, but I liked how you avoided the more well known awards, and went for the smaller unknown awards. I loved the graveyard book by Neil Gaiman. Thanks for the great post!
    Hugs, Bethxx

    1. Jackie says:

      Thanks Beth! It is interesting to read the less well known award lists – I think they often have better books on them.

  4. Sandy says:

    I’m chuckling, because indeed this was way too easy for you. Haven’t you read like 50 Bookers this year? I like that you found some less popular awards to explore. Way to go!

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, I think you’ll chuckle even more when you see the ‘Complete Booker Challenge’ post I’m currently writing! I’m afraid I haven’t read 50 Bookers this year – only about 25, but I plan a few more next year. I hope you’ll join me in reading a few of them.

  5. mee says:

    I knew it would be easy for you! Hope the organizer wouldn’t take your comment to heart and make next round of the challenge harder for the rest of us ;)

    1. Jackie says:

      mee, Perhaps I should combine a few challenges and only read Booker prize winners over 500 pages, or ones with a colour in the title! Sorry for making it look easy – I’m sure no one is going to change the rules for me.

  6. Melody says:

    Congrats on finishing the challenge, Jackie!

  7. Teddy says:

    Congrats on finishing!

  8. Laura says:

    I completed this challenge but included a Booker, Orange, and Pulitzer winner on my list. I like the way you set a personal goal to stretch yourself. Since the 2010 challenge will require 10 books from 10 different awards, I will have no choice but to “stretch” while still acknowledging my tried and true favorite awards!


    1. Jackie says:

      Laura, I agree that the full challenge is more difficult. I will try to avoid my favourite awards in the challenge next year, but I think that reading 10 books might mean that one or two Bookers have to creep in.

  9. Beth F says:

    Congrats!!! Looks a good batch of books.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Congratulations, Jackie!

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