Saturday, April 25, 2009

Battle of the Prizes

Lezlie of Books 'n Border Collies brought another great-sounding challenge to my attention: the Battle of the Prizes. This is hosted by Rose City Reader and basically puts the Pulitzer against the National Book Award. The challenge post explains all the details, but basically we're asked to read one book that won the Pulitzer, one book that won the National and one book that won both. Then we'll be able to judge and compare the two awards.

The challenge lasts from May 1 to September 7 2009.

I really, really shouldn't be signing up to more challenges, but how great does this sound? ;-)

Completed: 0/3 as of 1 May 2009

Pulitzer options:
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (1932)
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1937)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1940)
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1981)
Ironweed by William Kennedy (1984)
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (1995)
American Pastoral by Philip Roth (1998)
The Hours by Michael Cunningham (1999)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (2001)
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (2003)
March by Geraldine Brooks (2006)

National Book Award options:
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (1997)
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)

Double-dipper: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx


Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

Thanks for signing up! I posted your link.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Confederacy of Dunces is one that I would certainly like to read sometime. Every time I saw it in the bookstore, when it was first out, it looked intriguing.

joanna said...

Rose - I'm looking forward to it!

carl - I'm totally with you. Plus, it's one of Nymeth's favorites so it must be good. :-)

Iliana said...

What a cool challenge. I seem to have stalled with most of mine so I can't join another one for a while. Good luck with yours! Lots of good books on there!

joanna said...

Iliana - nothing can stop me in the sign-up stage! ;-)

Tea said...

Just making sure I signed up at the right place.