Saturday, January 30, 2010

Battle of The Prizes Reading Challenge

I haven't been to this blog in a long time... It's not so surprising... my reading jags are few and far between.... well that is until I downloaded the Kindle App for my phone. I love Kindle! Thank you Amazon and Steve Jobs! Anyway, the future looks bright for reading as I also bought the Kindle (although I love my phone app the most). In recognition of this, I've decided to sign up for a reading challenge. If you choose to join me, here's the info:

This challenge pits winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction against the winners of the National Book Award in the American Version of the Battle of the Prizes. (Click here for the British Version.)

Does one prize have higher standards than the other? Pick better winners? Provide more reading entertainment or educational value? Maybe challenge participants will be able to answer these and more questions – maybe they will simply read three great books!


Chose three books that you have not read before:

1) One that won both the Pulitzer and the National (here is a list of double dippers);
2) One that won the Pulitzer but not the National (Pulitzer winners are here); and
3) One that won the National but not the Pulitzer (National winners are here).

OPTION: For those who have already read all six of the double-dippers, or otherwise do not want to read one of those six, pick two Pulitzer winners and two National winners for a total of four books.

  • Overlap with other challenges is allowed -- and encouraged! The Pulitzer Project and The National Book Award Project are logical crossovers. The great thing is, for those working on both these lists, completing the challenge means reading three books, but crossing four items off the lists.
  • You do not have to commit to your choices now; you can change your mind about books at any time.
And there's more info if you go to the challenge blog. Anyway, I'm off to sign up and make it all official.