Thursday, July 10, 2008

Book Awards Wrap-Up

I'm on vacation and have very limited access to a computer (can be both a good and a bad thing, I know) so I'm doing this wrap-up post rather later than I was supposed to. That's okay too as the last thing I need is to be entered into a drawing for another book I'd just have to move. At any rate though, I want to comply with the rules (the result of being a goody-goody my whole life, I guess) so I'm posting the finish anyway. So here's what I read for the challenge and the award(s) they won (reviews will follow eventually on at least most of them):

1. A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor (1987 Pulitzer)
2. Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller (1934 Pulitzer)
3. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (2006 Quill Award for Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade)
4. Dale Loves Sophie to Death by Robb Forman Dew (1982 National Book Award 1st Novel Award)
5. Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (1994 LA Times Book Prize & 1996 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award)
6. Marley and Me by John Grogan (2006 Quill Award for biography/memoir)
7. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (2007 New Zealand Montana Award for Fiction)
8. Small Island by Andrea Levy (Orange Prize for Fiction and 2004 Whitbread)
9. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (1988 Whitbread)
10. Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price (1986 National Book Critics Circle Award)
11. Outwitting History by Aaron Lansky (2005 MA Book Award in Non-fiction)
12. Postcards by E. Annie Proulx (1993 PEN/Faulkner)
13. So Big by Edna Ferber (1925 Pulitzer)
14. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (2007 Kiriyama Prize for Non-fiction)

As a whole they all came out of my tbr stacks so I was pleased to finally work through them. Several I loved and several I hated so on balance, it was a pretty fair collection of books. The book that surprised me most in a good way was Mister Pip. And I was most disappointed with Dale Loves Sophie to Death (not least because I didn't like it at all and I have several other books by Dew on my shelves).

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kristin,

    I manage the Kiriyama Prize. It's great to see that our 2007 nonfiction winner Three Cups of Tea is on your list. Did you know that Mr Pip also won the Kiriyama Prize? It was our fiction winner for 2008 and a gem. Will look forward to your review.

    Best wishes to you.



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