Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Book Awards II challenge completed

I thought I would never finish this challenge, but after looking over my 'books read' list, it turned out I'd already completed it! How's that for a nice surprise? :-) I originally wanted each book to have won a separate type of prize, but clearly I was thinking crazy.

The challenge was hosted by 3M and ran from 1 August 2008 to 1 June 2009. We had to read 10 books which won at least 5 different awards.

Here are the ten I ended up reading - and what I planned to read all those months ago.

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi - won the Alex Award in 2004. Alex Awards are given to adult books that appeal to young adults. I think I'll have to explore their lists of winners!

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - won the Man Booker Prize in 2000.

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee - won the Man Booker Prize in 1999.

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan - won the Man Booker Prize in 1998.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - won the Man Booker Prize in 1997.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - won the Hugo Award in 1986.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - won the Newbery Award in 1990.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - won the Newbery Award in 1963.

On Beauty by Zadie Smith - won the Orange Prize in 2006.

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami - won the World Fantasy Award on 2006.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed most of these. I guess they won awards for a reason!

Thanks to 3M for hosting - I hope you do it again! :-)


Ana S. said...

Congrats on finishing, Joanna! You read some excellent books.

joanna said...

Thanks Nymeth - yes, I did. Now to read the ones I originally planned to read! ;-)

Lezlie said...

Congratulations! I think I'm one books away from the end of this one myself.


Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Congrats on finishing the challenge! I mostly agree that book winners are good books, but sometimes I'll read one (The Shipping News immediately comes to mind) and think--really? Why? :) Loved Kafka on the Shore and The God of Small Things.

joanna said...

Lezlie - looking forward to your wrap-up then!

Trish - I thought that about 'Amsterdam' - I didn't like that one AT ALL.

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Oh no! I was looking forward to Amsterdam. Is it your first McEwan book? I've only read Atonement but really liked it.

serendipity_viv said...

I will have to look out for this challenge when it comes round again later this year as I have loads of books like this. Congrats on completing the challenge.

joanna said...

Trish - oops, sorry! I loved Atonement too but simply didn't get Amsterdam... It's short enough to try anyway, even if you don't like it. But hey maybe you will, I'm looking forward to your thoughts now!

ScrapGirl - you should definitely join, there's nothing like a reading challenge to get you reading those more 'serious' books! :-)

Unknown said...

What a wonderful surprise! Congrats on finishing the challenge.

1morechapter said...


I really want to read Kafka on the Shore sometime. I started it but had other challenge books to finish up.

There will be BA III. I'll announce in May.