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Sunday Salon: Finished Book Awards Reading Challenge

Inspired by Laura's post to abandon one of her Pulitzer books, I decided to not read my final book for the Book Awards Reading Challenge. My abandoned book was Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, and after investing about 50 pages, I knew I didn't want to read more at this time. It was not a bad book, and I hope to read it in the future. But after reading another World War II book, Skeletons at the Feast, just prior,  I was ready for another topic.

Here is a wrap-up of my completed books (click here for my reviews). Many thanks to 3M for hosting this terrific challenge - the second challenge that I signed up for!

1) Billy Bathgate by E.L. Doctorow (Faulkner 1990) (completed July 17, 2007)
2) The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Man Booker Prize 2000) (completed July 8, 2007)
3) The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings (Pulitzer 1939) (completed September 8, 2007)
4) The Human Stain by Philip Roth (Faulkner 2001) (completed October 5, 2007)
5) March by Geraldine Brooks (Pulitzer 2006) (completed April 11, 2008)
6) The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Pulitzer 2007) (completed July 22, 2007)
7) Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding (British Book Award 1998) (completed December 13, 2007)
8) Empire Falls by Richard Russo (Pulitzer 2002) (completed November 11, 2007) 
9) Blindness by Jose Saramago (Nobel Prize 1988) (completed August 12, 2007)
10) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Pulitzer 2005) (completed September 21, 2007)
11) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer 2003) (completed September 29, 2007)
12 ) The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer 1999) (completed October 27, 2007)
13) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Pulitzer 1953)  (completed November 24, 2007) 

My favorite award-winner: The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Never had I thought that the stark representation of works on a page could be so compelling. Almost a year later, I still think about this story.

My least favorite award-winner: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I lost my patience with the sprawling family history.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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