"...pits winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction against the winners of the National Book Award. 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!
Choose 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).
Read all three between May Day and Labor Day. Overlap with other challenges is allowed -- and encouraged!"
I've got several of these books on my TBR pile, and this gives me some great motivation to read them. I especially appreciate the challenges that run for a part of a year and have smaller reading requirements since I tend to let the longer ones "go by the wayside" as I get distracted by all the "shiny" new titles that my eye comes across!
I will be reading:
- The Fixer by Bernard Malamud as my double dipper read
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson as my Pulitzer read
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison as National Book Award read
If you are interested in joining this challenge that goes from May 1, 2009 through September 7, 2009, visit Rose City Reader and sign up!