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The 3 Book Meme, Book Awards

I know it won’t be long that I’m tagged for this interesting meme, which has been going around the book blogsphere. Iliana has passed it on to me to keep it going:

Here are the rules:

I am going to list three categories of books. Three “must reads”, three “keep your eyes on these”, and three “look for these soon”. Sticking with the three theme, I will tag three bloggers when I am finished. They should put these same lists on their blog, but subtract one book from each category and add one of their own. It should be fun to see how the lists change as they go.
The books with Stars are my additions:

3 Must Read Books
1. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
2. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
3. The Future of Love by Shirley Abbott**

3 Keep Your Eyes on These
1. The Likeness by Tana French
2. Brief Gaudy Hour by Margaret Campbell Barnes
3. Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles**

3 Look For These Soon
1. Home by Marilynne Robinson
2. Ballistics by Billy Collins
3. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland** (Coming 9/30)

3 Tags to keep this meme going
1. Gentle Reader from Shelf Life
2. Ted from Bookey Wookey
3. Jessica from The Bluestocking Society

Today’s question: Awards. Do you follow any particular book awards? Do you ever choose books based on awards? What award-winning books do you have? (Off the top of your head only- no need to look this up- it would take all day!) What’s your favorite award-winning book?

I participate the Man Booker Prize challenge so books off the top of my head are those short-listed for Booker.

The Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlisted novels are:

Aravind Adiga The White Tiger (Atlantic)
Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber)
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies (John Murray)
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago)
Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate)
Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton)

I’m not familiar with any of these books, but I have enjoyed The Glass Palace and The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. Award winners that are my all-time favorites include The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, Blindness by Jose Saramago, and Shroud by John Banville. Now this reminds me that I have to re-read The English Patient.

12 Responses

  1. Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day absolutely is a must-read book! Really lovely little novel. I may have to steal this meme and use it for myself…

  2. Thanks for playing Matt!
    One of my book groups was very much about reading the Bookers – we did read a lot of good books. Me? I think book awards are great but I always wonder what gems are overlooked you know.

  3. I plan on reading the Maitland book as well! And I was happy to see the two books that appealed to me most on the Booker longlist make it to the shortlist–the Barry and the Hensher!

  4. I just found out about Persephone Press this week, publisher of Miss Pettigrew as I’m sure you know. I really want to read that now! I loved *loved* the movie earlier this year as well. 🙂

  5. I actually follow the Nobel Prize for Literature and am going back to read past winners, like Par Lagerkvisrt and Knut Hamussen. Bizarre, yes, but I want to understand why they’re considered such world-class authors.

  6. Katherine:
    I’ll have to keep an eye on all three of your selections. 🙂

  7. Iliana:
    Today the New York Times has an article about how British critics are surprised that the Man Booker Prize has snubbed Rushdie’s latest novel, The Enchantress of Florence. I mentioned to my friends at the coffee shop that there are so many, so many books out there that aren’t even noticed by the public but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy of reading. 😉

  8. Danielle:
    The Barry and the Hensher indeed sounds very good. I’ll be looking forward to reading it. I also keep my finger crossed on Amitav Ghosh’s latest, Sea of Poppies, which is yet to be published in the US.

  9. Marie:
    Persephone Press is just lovely. They publish a series of lesser-known novels (20th century) with illustrations! I have found so many “new” old authors whom I have never read. 🙂

  10. Greg:
    My favorite Nobel authors are Jose Saramago, Cynthia Oz and Knut Hamsung.

  11. aaaack. wish I could, Matt. But I’m going to take a pass. Swamped by school and if I have any spare time I want to actually read something!! Thanks for the tag.

  12. Ted:
    Don’t worry about it. You must be having your plate full. How is Middlemarch going? 🙂

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