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message 1: by Jay (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments Had an idea for a 2018 challenge:
Choose a number of award-winning titles and/or authors to read. Awards can be industry (like the Eisner's for comics, Tony's for plays, Grammy's for audiobooks), genre (Hugo, Nebula, Stoker, etc.), general (Pulitzer, O. Henry, Nobel), whatever. If you want to read a book that didn't win awards by an author who won a lifetime achievement statue, that works too.
If you want to up the challenge, you can do one prize-winner for each year of your life, or since you graduated or joined GR, your choice.
Challenge is good for January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.


message 2: by Jay (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments I'm going to be mean to myself: I'm going to read 35 award-winners, one for each year of my life. So, one for 1983, 1984, etc. A book by an author who won a lifetime achievement or literary Nobel for a specific year will be valid, even if the specific title was not published that year. I have to cut myself a little slack, yeah?


message 3: by Rinn, Captain of the SSV Normandy (new)

Rinn (rinnsohma) | 3456 comments Mod
I set myself something like this, to read all the Hugo etc award winners for the past decade. I kinda of gave up on it though, as it also meant that I had to read several parts of series before I could read the book that was actually an award winner.

Your challenge sounds better as it's a much wider variety!


message 4: by Jay (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments Rinn wrote: "I set myself something like this, to read all the Hugo etc award winners for the past decade. I kinda of gave up on it though, as it also meant that I had to read several parts of series before I c..."

Thanks. Yeah, I tend to read broadly, for one, and this means I'm not stuck reading books/authors/series I dislike. I may have gotten a little ambitious with both the number and the parameters, but it is called a challenge.


message 5: by Jay (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments BTW, anybody who wants to join in is welcome to. Be as broad or specific as you like, as long as the book and/or author has won awards.


message 6: by Shawnie (new)

Shawnie | 1679 comments I may try this. Thanks, James.


message 7: by Jay (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments Shawnie wrote: "I may try this. Thanks, James."

Welcome and enjoy!


message 8: by Jay (last edited Apr 23, 2018 09:29PM) (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments My preliminary/incomplete TBR for this challenge:
1983 The Butcher's Boy by Thomas Perry: Edgar winner
1984 Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy: Locus winner
1985 Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock: WFA winner
1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry: Pulitzer Prize
1987
1988 Watchmen by Alan Moore: Eisner winner
1989 Storeys from the Old Hotel by Gene Wolfe: WFA winner
1990 Hyperion by Dan Simmons: Locus winner
1991 The Dark Wind by Tony Hillerman: Edgar winner (Lifetime Achievement)
1992 A Dance At The Slaughterhouse by Lawrence Block: Edgar
1993 Sons of Noah and Other Storiesby Jack Cady: WFA
1994 Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud: Eisner
1995 Blood's a Rover by Harlan Ellison: Stoker, Lifetime Achievement
1996 Come to Grief by Dick Francis Shamus
1997
1998 The Throne of Bones by Brian McNaughton: WFA
1999 A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton: Edgar
2000
2001
2002 Life of Pi by Yann Martel: Man Booker
2003 Peaceable Kingdom by Jack Ketchum: Stoker
2004 The Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block: CWA Diamond Dagger (Lifetime)
2005 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke: Hugo
2006 Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry: Stoker
2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Pulitzer Prize
2008 In the Woods by Tana French: Edgar
2009
2010 The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi: Hugo
2011 The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton: Edgar
2012 Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski: Shamus
2013 Worth Dying For by Lee Child: CWA Diamond Dagger (Lifetime)
2014 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: Pulitzer Prize
2015 The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin: Hugo
2016 Chronicles, Vol. 1 by Bob Dylan: Nobel Prize (Lit.)
2017 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders: Man Booker
2018

6/35


message 9: by Stephanie (last edited Dec 31, 2017 05:55PM) (new)

Stephanie (quiltsrme) | 13 comments I will also do this challenge, but I am limiting myself to 12 books I already OWN to support my need to reduce purchased TBR. They also will be limited to fantasy/scifi.

Incomplete List:
Hyperion by Dan Simmons: Locus winner
Andre Norton (any): World Fantasy Lifetime, Damon Night Memorial Grand Master, etc.
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein: Hugo
Mirror Dance by Lois Bujold: Hugu & Locus
Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart: 1971 Mythopoeic Winner

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message 10: by Jay (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments Cool, and welcome. Good luck and have fun!


message 11: by Wayland, Ernest Scribbler (new)

Wayland Smith | 2811 comments Mod
I don't think I'm going to do anything to specifically hit one for this list, but I'll mention ones I read in the course of other things that are award winners of various kinds.


message 12: by Jay (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments Sounds great. Glad to have you!


message 13: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 1636 comments James - is there a central list of literary awards somewhere? What did you search for to find out what awards it won? Call me ignorant of these things ;-)


message 14: by Jay (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments Sandy wrote: "James - is there a central list of literary awards somewhere? What did you search for to find out what awards it won? Call me ignorant of these things ;-)"

I abused the heck out of wikipedia, looking up the various awards and going to lists of winners. Also, here on GR, on a book's page there is a section for literary awards, which will tell you if that book has won anything. Hope this helps.

Also, one down: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud; Eisner, 1994


message 15: by Sandy (new)

Sandy | 1636 comments thanks


message 16: by Sandy (last edited Dec 29, 2018 09:34AM) (new)

Sandy | 1636 comments I am just going to try for 20 years...

1999
2000
2001
2002 Legend - Prix Tour Eiffel CMP 2/12/18
The Eyre Affair IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award (2002), CMP 3/12/18
2003 Altered Carbon Philip K Dick Award CMP 3/25/18
2004 The Da Vinci Code Book sense book of the year award for Adult Fiction CMP 3/23/18
2005 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrellby Susanna Clarke: Hugo
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010 The Windup Girl Hugo Nubula 2009 OD Wish
2011
2012 The Night Circus Locus Award - comp
2013 Burial Rites 2013 Davit Award 2014 ABIA
2014 Out of the Silent Planet Hugo 2014 cmp OD 1/13/18
2015
2016 Seveneves Prometheus CMP 1/29/18
2017 Red Queen Lincoln Award CMP - 1/15/18
2018 Skyward currently reading Goodreads choice award


message 17: by Jay (new)

Jay (okay_jay) | 50 comments Cool, and good luck!


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