Saturday, February 12, 2011

Three more reading challenges

I know at the start of the year I said I was only going to join 5 reading challenges but I completely forgot about the challenges starting in February.  So I'm changing my mind ... I'm going to add in Rose City Reader's  2011 Battle of the Prizes (American and British versions) and if I'm going to do those I may as well add in the Book Awards as well.

2011 Battle of the Prizes, American Version


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.

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!

DETAILS

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).
Full rules and sign-up here.
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2011 Battle of the Prizes, British Version

This challenge pits winners of the English Man Booker Prize against winners of the Scottish James Tait Black Memorial Prize in a British Version of the Battle of the Prizes.

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 or four great books!


DETAILS

OPTION ONE: Chose three books that you have not read before:

1) One that won both the Booker and the James Tait Black prizes (here is the short list of double dippers);

2) One that won the Booker but not the James Tait Black (Booker winners are here); and

3) One that won the James Tait Black but not the Booker (James Tait Black winners are here).

OPTION TWO: For those who have already read all three of the double-dippers, or otherwise do not want to read one of those three, pick two Booker winners and two James Tait Black winners for a total of four books.
Full rules and sign-up here.

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3M(Michelle) is once again hosting the Book Awards V Challenge.  She writes:


Thanks to all those who participated in the first four book awards challenges!! Are you up for a fifth? The challenge for Book Awards V will last for 10 months, from February 1 through December 1, 2011.

Rules:

  1. Read 5 books from 5 different awards during February 1, 2010 through December 1, 2010.
  2. Overlaps with other challenges are permitted.
  3. Choices don't have to be posted right away, and lists may be changed at any time.
  4. 'Award winners' is loosely defined; make the challenge fit your needs.
To join, go to the Book Awards V Challenge.



4 comments:

Rose City Reader said...
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Rose City Reader said...

OK, the list of Participants is posted now for the Battle of the Prizes.

Thanks for signing up!

When you review a book, please leave a comment on the main challenge post with a link and I will list your review.

Rose City Reader said...

Above was for the American version. Here is the list of Participants for the British version.

Thanks for signing up!

Please leave a comment on the main challenge post with a link to any review and I will list it.

Rose City Reader said...

Just checking in on the two Battle of the Prizes. Do you have any reviews to post?

I'll go searching around your blog to see what I can find.