Book Awards Reading Challenge – Complete!

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I’ve completed the Book Awards Reading Challenge, and also managed to complete my self imposed challenge of ensuring each book was a winner of a different award.




  • (Winner of Booker Prize, 2000) completed 29th October 2008
  • (Winner of IMPAC Dublin Prize, 2007) completed 20th November 2008
  • (Winner of Pulitzer Prize, 2001) completed 27th November 2008 
  • (Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger for Historical Crime Fiction) completed 14th December 2008 
  • (Winner of Orange Prize, 2005) completed 14th January 2009 
  • (Nobel Prize, 1998) completed 5th March 2009
  • (Winner of Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, 2006) completed 19th April 2009
  • (Winner of Costa/Whitbread Award, 1993) completed 11th May 2009
  • (Alex Award, 2009) completed 8th January 2009
  • (Newberry Medal, 1994) completed April 11th 2009 



    I love reading prize winning books, so this was my favourite challenge. The books were of a very high standard, and I can recommend all of them (even though Out Stealing Horses and The Blind Assassin weren’t my favourites I think I’m in the minority, so wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others). I rarely give five stars to books, so  please note that Fingersmith and Blindness have both been given this special accolade, and ensure that you get round to reading them at some point, if you haven’t already.



    Have you managed to complete this challenge?

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    1. Sandy says:

      You are something else! Congrats to you! What is amazing is that I know you are a very critical reviewer, in a good way, so I do appreciate that we have some very well-scored reads here. With the exception of The Giver, which I’ve read, I would want to read all of these books.

    2. Jackie says:

      Sandy – Thank you! And Thank you for recommending The Giver to complete my award BINGO! It was a great book for children, so I’m pleased I read it, and can now recommend it to young people.

    3. claire says:

      Congratulations! That’s indeed a wonderful challenge. I might like it very much. At this point, I don’t know if I can take on another challenge, but.. you are tempting me, as I love prize winners a lot.

      My most favourite challenges are Lost in Translation and The Orbis Terrarum. Also Once Upon a Time. If I joined this challenge, it would be a favourite as well, for sure. :D

    4. Teddy says:

      Congrats Jackie! I’m glad you enjoyed Mudbound and Secret River!

    5. raidergirl3 says:

      I too was underwhelmed by The Blind Assassin and Out Stealing Horses, good enough, but not Wow!

      Still waiting for Fingersmith from the library.

      That’s a great list of books you read there.

    6. Margot says:

      Congratulations on completing this challenge. Such a wonderful list of books completed. Your experience is inspiring me. I’m thinking about joining the next challenge. We’ll see.

    7. Michelle says:

      What a wonderful selection of books, and all quite highly rated. It says something about reading award winners…

    8. 3m says:

      Congrats on finishing! I’d love to get to Blindness someday!


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