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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?



18 replies on “Book Awards Challenge III Complete!”

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! 🙂

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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!


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.

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