I figured it’s about time that I actually read some of the books off the award lists (okay, other than the Newbery and Caldecott, because I read books off those lists all the time). This challenge allows me to pick and choose from when off which list I read, just the way I like it.
For this challenge, I will be doing a Full Frontal, with a little Genre Buster and Extra Credit thrown in (because I’m a hopeless overachiever).
You are not fucking around here—you want to read the best and the brightest, and a lot of them, even if it kills you. Your challenge is to read:
- three (3) full-length books written by Nobel laureates
- three (3) full-length novels that won the Pulitzer Prize
- three (3) books that won the Man Booker Prize
- one (1) book (or one book from one author) each from the following:
Hey, there are other awards besides literary awards. Read one book from each of the following lists:
- Hugo Award (sci-fi/fantasy)
- Nebula Award for Novels (sci-fi/fantasy)
- World Fantasy Award
- Bram Stoker Best Novel Award (horror)
- Aurealis award for best horror novel
- Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger (crime fiction)
- Mystery Writers of America
- RITA awards (romance–fuck yeah, we’re going there)
Read one book from these random-ass awards that we found around the internet. This particular challenge may be subject to change as we find more oddball awards, but when/if I update, I’ll include the date so that you know if they were part of your original challenge or not:
- Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year
- Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award
- Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award (chosen because Theakston’s is a brewery with its own book award–badass)
- Gaylactic Spectrum Awards (because I love the word “Gaylactic” so much I want to marry it–but I’d have to move to New York for that, fucking anti-gay activist bastards)
I have not chosen a first book yet, because I need to spend a little time with these lists. Needless to say, I will be continuing to blog about my choices, and encourage you to sign up for this reading challenge, too.