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Sunday, January 17, 2010

The 2010 Complete Booker Challenge


In a further effort to diversify this year's reading, I've decided to do the 2010 Complete Booker Challenge. In reading through the prize-winners, short lists and long lists from years past, I was surprised to see how many Booker nominees I've read, considering I feel like I don't read very much "straight" fiction. This made me feel a bit better about my reading habits, and made me realize this challenge certainly shouldn't be that onerous a departure from my normal habits.

After scouring my TBR pile, I've decided to do the Long List challenge, which is to read at least six books from past years' long lists during the year. For the moment, I've decided to pick from the following:

The Welsh Girl - Peter Ho Davies
The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Nick Hornby - How to Be Good
The Stone Carvers - Jane Urquhart
Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
Havoc, in Its Third Year - Ronan Bennett
The Light of Day - Graham Swift
The Mulberry Empire - Philip Hensher

2 comments:

Laura said...

Thanks for joining the challenge! I have been focused on Booker winners so I've only read a couple of your selections (Haddon, Hornby, & Mitchell), and liked the Mitchell best.

Enjoy!

Megan said...

I've read other books by Hornby and Mitchell, but the others in my list will be first time reads. I'll give Mitchell credit for a great imagination.