Are you interested in the Book Awards Reading Challenge? The rules for this challenge are as follows:

1. Read any 12 award-winning books from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. Please look on the sidebar for eligible books from the Pulitzer, Booker, etc. prize lists. Also feel free to pick non-fiction books or other prize winners not listed.

2. Books may be cross-posted with other challenges.

3. You may post your challenge books just on your blog, or you may also contribute to the BAC blog by giving your email address in a comment to this post. I will email you an invitation to be a contributor. Please write your email address in a manner similar to the following: janedoe AT hotmail DOT com. You must be a blogger member in order to contribute.

4. There will be prizes.

1st prize: 5 credits or in-stock books from
2nd prize: 3 credits or in-stock books from
3rd prize: 1 credit or in-stock books from

Everyone who completes 12 books for the challenge will be entered once into the drawing. For every book over 12 completed, you will receive one more chance for the prize. For example, if you complete 14 books, you will receive 3 chances.

5. Anyone may participate, but to be eligible for the prize, you must sign up by November 1, 2007. To participate in the BAC blog, you must sign up before January 1, 2008.

6. This is NOT required, but if you would like to discuss prize-winning books with others, you are encouraged to join any or all of the follow yahoo book groups:

7. Have fun reading!

I only have a partial list so far, but the titles were easy to come up with because of The Newbery Challenge and the reading groups listed above.

I'll probably have at least the first 12 titles below finished before the end of 2007. I'd like to complete 18-24 books for the challenge. My list so far:

1. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Booker 2000)
2. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Booker 1997)
3. The Sea by John Banville (Booker 2005)
4. A Death in the Family by James Agee (Pulitzer 1958)
5. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Newbery 2007)
6. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Newbery 1950)
7. I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Newbery 1966)
8. Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Newbery 1965)
9. The White Stag by Kate Seredy (Newbery 1938)
10. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer)

Award winners I read in the first half of 2007 (not counted for the challenge):
Angle of Repose **** (Pulitzer)
Atonement ***1/2 (NBCC)
To Kill a Mockingbird ***** (Pulitzer)
The Echo Maker **** (NBA)
The Road ****1/2 (Pulitzer)
Everyman * (PEN/Faulkner)
The Giver ****1/2 (Newbery)
March ***1/2 (Pulitzer)
The Inheritance of Loss ***1/2 (Booker/NBCC)
The Handmaid's Tale ****1/2 (Governor General)
The Stone Diaries ****1/2 (Pulitzer/NBCC/Governor General)
Amos Fortune, Free Man **** (Newbery)
The Color Purple **** (Pulitzer)


Stephanie said...

Are you TRYING to kill me?? LOL!! So many little time!! I'll probably be joining in though!!

booklogged said...

Sounds wonderful. Very clever button, too. It will take me a little time to choose my books. As soon as I do, I'll let you know.

Amanda said...

I love challenges...they are so amazingly addicting, but they help par down the TBR list! I would love to join and to contribute to the BAC blog. My email address is:
Mandy41283 AT yahoo DOT com. Thank you!

Nyssaneala said...

Definitely joining this one, since I seem to read a lot of award winners anyway.

One question, what about re-reads? I will be re-reading The God of Small Things, and possibly the Blind Assassin for BookAwards after July 1. Can I count those?

Thanks for starting this, you challenge Queen!

Petunia said...

This challenge sounds great but I don't know if I can actually do it. I mean, I know I can try but I don't know if I can complete the goal. I'll give it some thought.

Jill said...

May I join the challenge? My e-mail address is mrstremereads AT yahoo DOT com.

Thank you!

Debi said...

I'm sure you know that this is just way too good to resist, don't you? I'm in! Though I don't understand the whole contributer thing (yes, I'm a complete blogging moron!), so I've just posted my list over on my blog.
Thanks for hosting this! It's going to fun!

Maggie said...

I'm in! What a great year of reading! Thanks!

Lotus Reads said...

Not sure yet if I can join in ( I haven't had too much success with challenges lately) but I had to come here to tell you that the button is not only clever but eye-catching and a pleasure to look at as well...well done!

Debi said...

Hi again. You've already got my list, but my daughter Annie wanted to join in as well. Not sure if you mind kids joining or not...hope it's okay. She, of course, doesn't need to be eligible for prizes or anything like that...she just loves to read. Here's her list. Thanks again for this great challenge!

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