The 2010 Battle of the Prizes, American Version, ends on January 31, 2011. The 2011 challenge starts February 1.
Thanks to everyone who participated! I hope you sign up for the 2011 challenge.
This challenge pitted 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.
Participants could read three books or four -- either one Pulitzer winner, one National winner, and one that won both prizes; or two Pulitzer and two National winners.
In theory, the idea was to compare the prizes and the winners, but in practice (at least for me), the point was to read, and hopefully enjoy, three or four books and then scratch them off my lists.
Rose City Reader
chaotic compendiums (read her wrap-up post here)
Oh, So Many Manias . . .
Book In Hand
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)
Man of La Book
Reviews were strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. Good thing there was that loophole, because I failed to review one of my own Pulitzer picks, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz.
Here are the reviews, in the order submitted:
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 Michael 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
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon here on Rose City Reader
Tinkers by Paul Harding on Joy's Blog
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx on Book in Hand
Herzog by Saul Bellow on Book in Hand