Thursday, January 28, 2010

Challenge: The 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.  (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!

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).

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.

OFFICIAL RULES 
  • Read all books between February 1, 2010 and January 31, 2011. 
  • 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.
  • Sign up here by leaving a link to your post in a comment, or the list of your three choices in the comment. I will add the links to the participant list in this post. 
  • As you progress, please let us know by leaving comments with links to progress reports and reviews. Reviews are not necessary, but encouraged. If you do not have a blog, put your reviews or reports in a comment on this post.
  • You can copy and paste the button. Or, if you want me to send you the code, please leave a comment with an email and I will. I cannot figure out the fancy ways of giving directions. 
    IDEAS

    You can find a list of last year's participants and links to their reviews here

    My original three choices were:

    1) The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter for my double dipper choice;

    2) Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler for my Pulitzer winner; and

    3) Them by Joyce Carol Oates for my National winner.

    I picked these three because they are all on my TBR shelf now and they give me a "prize winners by women" theme to work with.

    But, I switched when I read a Olive Kitteridge and Let the Great World Spin and decided to use those instead (reviews are listed below).  My plan is to read the Porter stories and go with a short story theme instead of a books by women theme. 

    PARTICIPANTS

    Rose City Reader
    chaotic compendiums (read her wrap-up post here)
    Musings 
    Oh, So Many Manias . . . 
    Joy's Blog
    Book In Hand
    ExUrbanis 
    100 Books. 100 Journeys
    J.G. at Hotch Pot Cafe (read her wrap-up post here)
    Remember to Breathe  (read her wrap-up post here)
    Book Psmith
    Man of La Book

    REVIEWS

    Morte d'Urban by J. F. Powers on Musings 

    World's Fair by E. L. Doctorow on chaotic compendiums

    Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner on 100 Books. 100 Journeys 

    The Adventures of Augie March on 100 Books. 100 Journeys 

    Lonesome Dove on chaotic compendiums 

    Breathing Lessons on Book Psmith

    Gilead by Marilynne Robinson on Musings

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker on chaotic compendiums

    Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann on Musings

    The Color Purple by Alice Walker on 100 Books. 100 Journeys

    Tinkers by Paul Harding on Musings

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Muchael Chabon on Man of La Book

    The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter on Hotchpot Cafe

    The Optimist's Daughter on Hotchpot Cafe

    Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann on Man of La Book

    Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann here on Rose City Reader

    Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout here on Rose City Reader

    41 comments :

    Caitlin said...

    I'm joining both! Yay! Here's my post about the Americans: http://www.chaoticcompendiums.com/2010/01/battle-of-prizes-british-and-american.html.

    Rose City Reader said...

    Caitlin -- Thank you for being the first to sign up!

    Debbie Rodgers said...

    I can't get your link to the National Book Award Challenge to work, but found them at http://exlibris.typepad.com/ex_libris/2008/02/national-book-a.html

    Rose City Reader said...

    Debbie -- Thanks! I changed the link to the one you provided. It should work now.

    J.G. said...

    Count me in on this one, too. Should be fun! I'll post as soon as I pick out my books.

    Thanks for hosting again, and for adding the British version (yay, Bookers!), too.

    Rose City Reader said...

    J.G. -- So glad to have you back for another year!

    jlshall said...

    Loved this one last year, so I'm signing up again. Here's the link to my post.

    Thanks for hosting again. Don't know about the British Version yet, but it really looks tempting!

    Rose City Reader said...

    Joy -- I am glad you are participating again this year! I can't wait to see which books you pick.

    jlshall said...

    Hi again. Saw your comment about my challenge blog, and you can link to either my Joy's Blog post about the challenge, or the post on my challenge blog. That link would be:

    http://joysreadingchallenges.blogspot.com/2010/01/battle-of-prizes-american-version.html

    Either one is fine with me, but I'll probably be updating the challenge blog link. Sorry to be so confusing.

    bookinhand said...

    I really like the idea of this challenge. Count me in! Diane
    http://bookinhand.blogspot.com/2010/02/battle-of-prizes.html

    Debbie Rodgers said...

    I'm finally ready!
    http://www.exurbanis.com/archives/3039

    Thanks for hosting this.

    SocrMom78 said...

    Alright! I'm in! My next two books actually apply to this challenge so I am way excited! Here's my link:

    http://100booksin100weeks.blogspot.com/2010/02/battle-of-prizes-american-version.html

    J.G. said...

    I've (finally) got my book list up here:
    http://hotchpotcafe.blogspot.com/2010/02/battle-of-prizes-american-version.html

    We have an overlap with the Porter stories, so that'll make this extra-fun!

    Rose City Reader said...

    OK, all the participant links are up for now. More are welcome.

    Leave comments with links to progress reports and reviews and I will add them.

    Melissa said...

    I'll join in again this year.

    http://mgstebbins.blogspot.com/2010/02/battle-of-prizes.html

    Laura said...

    I finished my first book!
    my review of Morte d'Urban

    Rose City Reader said...

    OK, I think I have all the participants listed. Hope I didn't forget anybody.

    Still plenty of time to sign up!

    Laura -- Thanks for the link. Yours is the first review!

    Caitlin said...

    Just finished World's Fair and loved it. My review is here.

    SocrMom78 said...

    "Angle of Repose" rocked. Here is my review.

    http://100booksin100weeks.blogspot.com/2010/03/82angle-of-repose.html

    Book Psmith said...

    Here is my sign up post...finally:) Thanks for hosting this challenge again.

    http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2010/03/dirda-quindlen-challenges.html

    SocrMom78 said...

    "The Adventures of Augie March" completed; not really my thing, but enjoyable in its own way. Here is my review.

    http://100booksin100weeks.blogspot.com/2010/03/81the-adventures-of-augie-march.html

    Bibliobabe said...

    I posted a page with ALL current reading challenges. Let me know if you want me to add any other information to your challenge. I hope it brings even more readers to your challenge!

    Reading Challenges.

    Rachelle (Bibliobabe)

    Rose City Reader said...

    SocrMom -- Thanks for the review! I'll get it posted ASAP.

    Bibliobabe -- Thanks! I'll take a look. What an enormous undertaking.

    Caitlin said...

    Review of Lonesome Dove is up: http://www.chaoticcompendiums.com/2010/03/book-review-lonesome-dove.html

    Book Psmith said...

    Review for Breathing Lessons...

    http://bookpsmith.blogspot.com/2010/04/rat-i-finally-finish-book.html

    Laura said...

    Here's my review of Gilead!

    Laura said...

    Here's another one: my review of Let the Great World Spin

    Caitlin said...

    I've completed this one. Here's my wrap-up post.

    SocrMom78 said...

    I have started "The Color Purple" as my double-dipper...and when I finish that one I'll have completed the challenge! I will post a review when I'm done...so far I am really loving it.

    SocrMom78 said...

    http://100booksin100weeks.blogspot.com/2010/05/unfaithful.html

    SocrMom78 said...

    WHOOOO HOOOOO! I've completed the Challenge! Here is my review of "The Color Purple". I LOVED IT!!!

    http://100booksin100weeks.blogspot.com/2010/05/color-purple.html

    Laura said...

    I've finished the American Version of the challenge! I changed my list and read Tinkers as my final book. Here's my review

    Rose City Reader said...

    Laura -- Thanks! I'll list your review. And congratulations on finishing the challenge! If you do a wrap-up post, please leave a link for that and I will add it.

    Man of la Books said...

    Hi, just joined, what a great concept. Too bad I didn't find this challenge a few months ago.

    Rose City Reader said...

    Man of la Books -- Thanks for signing up for the challenge! If you do a sign up post, please leave a link in a comment and I will add it to the list.

    Great name for a blog, by the way.

    Man of la Books said...

    Hi, here is my first review: http://manoflabook.blogspot.com/2010/07/book-review-amazing-adventures-of.html

    Shoot me an email, I'll give you code you can publish for the challenge button.

    J.G. said...

    Been reading more than reviewing, but hope to fix that soon. Here's my first one:

    http://hotchpotcafe.blogspot.com/2010/07/battle-of-prizes-american-version.html

    J.G. said...

    This one's an overlap: Let the Great World Spin. Review at http://hotchpotcafe.blogspot.com/2010/07/themed-reading-let-great-world-spin.html.

    Another one on the way soon . . . .

    J.G. said...

    Finished! This was great fun! Thanks for hosting again! (Now off to read the British ones . . . .)

    Review of The Optimist's Daughter: http://hotchpotcafe.blogspot.com/2010/08/battle-of-prizes-american-version.html

    Wrap-up: http://hotchpotcafe.blogspot.com/2010/08/battle-of-prizes-american-version-wrap.html

    Man of la Books said...

    Hi Rose,

    here is my review of Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

    http://manoflabook.blogspot.com/2010/09/book-review-let-great-world-spin-by.html

    Melissa said...

    Thanks for the challenge. I've completed my reading. Here is a link to my wrap-up post.

    http://mgstebbins.blogspot.com/2010/12/battle-of-prizes-wrap-up.html

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