Friday, October 12, 2007

Book Awards Reading Challenge

The Book Awards Reading Challenge started a few months ago, but I've just discovered it and I thought I'd join anyway. The idea behind this challenge is to read 12 award winning books by June 30, 2008. Books by authors who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature also count. Click on the picture to the left to find the official rules f and lists of eligible books. The books in red overlap with other challenges.

The books I've chosen for this challenge are:
1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Nobel Prize Winner
2. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond - winner of the 1998 Royal Society Prize (Science) - DNF
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - winner of a National Jewish Book Award
4. Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould - winner of the 1991 Royal Society Prize (Science) - DNF
5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck - Nobel Prize Winner
6. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson - winner of the 2004 Royal Society Prize (Science)
7. The Wisdom of Bones by Alan Walker - winner of the 1997 Royal Society Prize (Science) - DNF
8. The Echo Maker by Richard Powers - winner of 2006 National Book Award
9. The Language of the Genes by Steve Jones - winner of the 1994 Royal Society Prize (Science) - DNF
10. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion - winner of 2005 National Book Award (Nonfiction)
11. The Giver by Lois Lowry - winner of the 1994 Newbery Award
12. The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond - winner of the 1992 Royal Society Prize (Science) - DNS (did not start)
(alt.)13. Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
(alt.)14. Paddy Clarke Ha, Ha, Ha by Roddy Doyle
(alt.)15. In America by Susan Sontag
(alt) 16. Mariner's Compass by Earlene Fowler
(alt) 17. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
(alt) 18. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Orange Broadband Prize)
(alt) 19. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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