Award-Winning Books Reading Challenge 2012

Here’s another reading challenge to tide me over this year: Award Winning Books Reading Challenge hosted by Gathering Books!

This is very timely as early this month, I [dorkly much] printed a list of Pulitzer and Man Booker awardees and manually checked which ones I own.  Now, I can do the next step after marking the titles — read them [well, the ones I haven’t, and believe me, I still have a lot!].

Guidelines for participation in this reading challenge are as follows:

  • The Award-Winning-Books Reading Challenge would run from 1 January 2012 to 30 December 2012.
  • There are four levels of participation:
    • Level 1 (10 books or less) – Bronze Medal
    • Level 2 (11-25 books) – Silver Medal
    • Level 3 (26-35 Books) – Gold Medal
    • Level 4 (over 35 books) – Platinum Award
  • Picture books, YA lit, adult literature – are all welcome as long as they have received an award or recognition – it does not matter what year they won the award.
  • We know that you must be participating in a number of reading challenges, so you’re more than welcome to have your reviewed books overlap with other reading challenges you will be joining for 2012 (we’d probably do the same thing).
  • You would have to write your reviews of what you have read for the challenge. We would be creating a page where you can put the links up for your reviews (watch out for this). While we appreciate your linking reviews for anything written before 2012, they would not be eligible for prizes.
  • No, you do not need a blog to participate. Goodreads, Shelfari members are welcome to join – a weblink that leads us to your post should be enough.
  • Monthly book prizes await!
  • How do you sign up? Sign up here if you wish to join in our challenge and theurl of your post (not your website) which announces your intention to join in this Reading Challenge – and the level you are aiming for.

They also provided a comprehensive list of literature winners through the years so if you intend to join as well, there’s a lot of list to browse. There are also book giveaways all throughout the duration of the challenge.

I am joining Level 2 (Silver Medal) which would require me to read 11 to 25 books from my pile. I checked the lists available and discovered I have quite a few of them. I am sharing them below, not only for this challenge, but also as a guide of sorts for yours truly. From the list, I can already spot standouts from bagging multiple awards (see titles in bold).  I guess, apart from reading 11-25 books, the other challenge for me is writing reviews for the ones I finished reading.

Man Booker Prize

  • 1981 – Midnight’s Children (Salman Rushdie)
  • 1993 – Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Roddy Doyle)
  • 2000 – The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)
  • 2004 – The Line of Beauty (Alan Hollinghurst)
  • 2009 – Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)
  • 2011 – The Sense of an Ending (Julian Barnes)

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

  • 1921 – The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
  • 1961 – To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) >> Yes, I haven’t read it! Hahaha 🙂
  • 1988 – Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  • 1995 – The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
  • 2001 – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (Michael Chabon)
  • 2002 – Empire Falls (Richard Russo)
  • 2005 – Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
  • 2008 – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)

National Book Awards

  • 1974 – Gravity’s Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
  • 1980 – The World According to Garp (John Irving)
  • 1984 – Victory Over Japan and Other Stories (Ellen Gilchrist)
  • 1994 – A Frolic of His Own (William Gaddis)
  • 2000 – In America (Susan Sontag)
  • 2001 – The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
  • 2005 – The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion) [non-fiction]
  • 2007 – Tree of Smoke (Denis Johnson)

National Book Critics Circle

  • 1994 – The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)  
  • 2004 – Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
  • 2007 – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)
  • 2009 – Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)
  • 2011 – A Visit From the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)

Arthur C. Clarke Awards

  • 2001 – Perdido Street Station (China Mieville)
  • 2005 – Iron Council (China Mieville)
  • 2010 – The City and the City (China Mieville)

Nebula Awards

  • 1984 – Neuromancer (William Gibson)
  • 1992 – Doomsday Book (Connie Willis)
  • 2007 – The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (Michael Chabon)

Man Asian Literary Prize

  • 2007 – Wolf Totem (Jiang Rong)

PEN/Faulkner Award [Fiction]

  • 1990 – Billy Bathgate (E.L. Doctorow)


There you go.  Here’s to a year of reading award winning books! 🙂

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3 replies

  1. Hi Judie! Welcome to the AWB Reading Challenge. You do have an impressive list here. I’ve read Midnight’s Children – but I don’t think I had a chance to finish it. Will most likely revisit it. I also have a copy of The Stone Diaries and Marilynne Robinson’s HOME but not her Gilead. Atwood’s The Blind Assassin is a great read!

    We’re going to have a Filipino theme sometime May/June – I’d probably borrow a copy of Junot Diaz’ book from our community library here.

    Good luck with the Reading Challenge! Warm welcome!

    • Thank you for the warm welcome, Myra! I’m happy I found this challenge so I can finally get to a few of the great ones in my TBR pile. Will definitely watch out for the Filipino theme soon. Here’s to a great reading year! 🙂


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