Sunday, January 31, 2010

Opening Sentence of the Day: My Life in France

"This is a book about some of the things I have loved most in my life: my husband, Paul Child, la belle France; and the many pleasures of cooking and eating. "

-- My Life in France by Julia Child

I want to be Julia Child.

Challenge: Book Awards Reading Challenge

This challenge dovetails nicely with my Battle of the Prizes Challenges -- both the American Version and the British Version -- as well as with several of the lists I am keeping track of.

The challenge involves reading ten books that won ten different prizes by November 1, 2010. My list may change, but I am thinking of reading ten from the following, because they are all on my TBR shelf now:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (National Book Critics Circle winner; finished, but I didn't review it)

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (Pulitzer winner)

Them by Joyce Carol Oates (National winner)

The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch (Booker winner)

G by John Berger (James Tait Black winner)

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Costa winner; reviewed here

Citizen Vince by Jess Walter (Edgar winner; reviewed here)

Small Island by Andrea Levy (Orange winner, reviewed here)

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (Nobel winner)

Seaview by Toby Olson (PEN/Faulkner winner)

The Well and the Mine by Gin Phillips (Discover Award winner; reviewed here);

Last updated on August 12, 2010.

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