Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hosted at a special blog by 3M here the challenge ran from 1/7/07 to 30/6/08. The aim was to read at least 12 books that have won awards in the time allotted. I originally picked 17 and finished up reading 25!

1. Perdido Street Station - China Mieville (Arthur C Clarke Award)
2. Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson (Arthur C Clarke Award)
3. Iron Council - China Mieville (Arthur C Clarke Award)
4. Life of Pi - Yann Martel (Man Booker Prize)
8. American Gods - Neil Gaiman (Bram Stoker Award and Hugo Award)
9. Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Lynne Truss (British Book Prize)
10. Wild Swans - Jung Chang (British Book Prize)
11. Beowolf - Seamus Heany (Costa/Whitbread Prize)
13. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanne Clarke (Hugo and World Fantasy Award)
14. On Beauty - Zadie Smith (Orange Prize)
15. Beloved - Toni Morrison (Pulitzer Prize)
16. Perfume - Patrick Suskind (World Fantasy Award)
19. Number the Stars - Lois Lowry (Newberry Medal)
20. The Giver - Lois Lowry (Newberry Medal)
23. Small Island - Andrea Levy (Whitbread Prize and Orange Prize)
25. The Accidental - Ali Smith (Whitbread)

My favourite book was I think American Gods by Neil Gaiman, but I really enjoyed most of them. My least favourite was Small Island by Andrea Levy which was ok not not great. I really enjoyed this challenge as I tend not to read much regular fiction mostly sticking to fantasy and YA so it was lovely to break out of my box.


Trish said...

Wow 25 books! Congrats on finishing the challenge--and doing such a fantastic job! I recently picked up American Gods and look foward to reading it.

Kevin James Parker said...

Excellent effort,

I really like the way that your reading list consisted of such a gorgeous range of mixed genres. Many of us neglect to explore genres outside one or two types and miss out on some wonderful books as a result.

My own obsession with book awards has lead from a desire to a post a small web site with details of award winners etc to now publishing literary award sites in the UK , USA & Australia! I now cover 60 awards in detail and have compiled a directory of over 250- when will it all end......

I have read about half the books on your list but haven't got to American Gods yet; on the strength of your enjoyment I will hunt it down.

Your in literary revery and in respect of your achievement

Kevin Parker aka Award Tragic

Nymeth said...

Congratulations on finishing! I felt the same way about this challenge. I tend to get lost in my little world of fantasy, and this was a good way for me to branch out and read some more "conventional" fiction.

Melody said...

Congrats on completing the challenge, Rhinoa! That's a lot of books you've read! :)

Alice Teh said...

Congrats on the completion waaaay above target. :D

I have Perdido Station in my TBR, and have read To Kill A Mockingbird and On Beauty.

tanabata said...

Congrats on completing the challenge. You read a nice selection of books.