The other day, in my copious spare time of course, I came across this book awards reading challenge hosted by 3M. The challenge starts July 1st and ends June 30, 2008 and asks the readers to select 12 books that have won various book awards.
I thought to myself, “What the heck–what else do I have to do?” Ha!
After looking through the selections of books, I have come up with this preliminary list:
1. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (National Book Award 1993, also Pulitzer)
2. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (National Book Award 1992, also NBCC)
3. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron (National Book Award 1980)
4. The World According to Garp by John Irving (National Book Award 1980)
5. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Booker Prize 1989)
6. Atonement by Ian McEwan (National Book Critics’ Circle Award 2002)
7. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (Nebula Award 1969)
8. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer Prize 2003)
9. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (Pulitzer Prize 1947)
10. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (Pulitzer Prize 1921)
11. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (Nobel Prize winner 1949)
12. Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Prize winner 2006)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer 2007)
The Book Thief By Marcus Zusak (Book Sense 2007)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Booker 1997)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (Newbery 1994)
March – Geraldine Brooks (Pulitzer 2006)
Many of these books are already on my TBR list, so I’m trying to kill two birds with one stone.
Some of these have been collecting dust on my bookshelf for a few years now, so hopefully this will give me the boost I need to get them read!