The Complete Booker: 2010 Goals and Progress

The Booker Prize is one of my favorite literary prizes.  Since 2007, I’ve been hosting  The Complete Booker to encourage others to join me in reading works by these great authors. In 2009, I achieved my goal of reading 12, including the 2009 winner.  And now, there are only 10 remaining winners left for me to read.  My goal is in sight!  However, it’s going to be more difficult to achieve because 1) I’ve been putting off some of the books that I think I won’t like, and 2) some of the older titles are hard to find.  Still, it will be fun trying … and once I’ve read as many winners as possible I will pay more attention to the shortlists!

In 2010 I’m also hosting a timed challenge on The Complete Booker.  I’m joining at the Winners Circle level, which requires reading at least 6 winners.

The rest of my Booker Winners “TBR” list (links to reviews will be posted as read):
2010 – The Finkler Question (Jacobson) – review
1995 – The Ghost Road (Barker) – review
1994 – How Late it Was, How Late (Kelman) – review
1991 – The Famished Road (Okri) – review
1986 – The Old Devils (Amis) – review
1983 – Life & Times of Michael K (Coetzee) – review
1974 – Holiday (Middleton) – review
1972 – G. (Berger) – review
1970 – The Elected Member (Rubens) – review
1970 – Troubles (Farrell) – 2010 “Lost Booker Prize” – review
1969 – Something to Answer For (Newby) – review

Complete List of Booker Winners Read (with links to reviews where available):

2010 – The Finkler Question (Jacobson)
2009 – Wolf Hall (Mantel)
2008 – The White Tiger (Adiga)
2007 – The Gathering (Enright)
2006 – The Inheritance of Loss (Desai)
2005 – The Sea (Banville)
2004 – The Line of Beauty (Hollinghurst)
2003 – Vernon God Little (Pierre)
2002 – Life of Pi (Martel)
2001 – True History of the Kelly Gang (Carey)
2000 – The Blind Assassin (Atwood)
1999 – Disgrace (Coetzee)
1998 – Amsterdam: A Novel (McEwan)
1997 – The God of Small Things (Roy)
1996 – Last Orders(Swift)
1995 – The Ghost Road (Barker)
1994 – How Late it Was, How Late (Kelman)
1993 – Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Doyle)
1992 – The English Patient (Ondaatje)
1992 – Sacred Hunger (Unsworth)
1991 – The Famished Road (Okri)
1990 – Possession: A Romance (Byatt)
1989 – The Remains of the Day(Ishiguro)
1988 – Oscar and Lucinda (Carey)
1987 – Moon Tiger (Lively)
1986 – The Old Devils (Amis)
1985 – The Bone People (Hulme)
1984 – Hotel du Lac (Brookner)
1983 – Life & Times of Michael K (Coetzee)
1982 – Schindler’s Ark (Keneally)
1981 – Midnight’s Children (Rushdie)
1980 – Rites of Passage (Golding)
1979 – Offshore (Fitzgerald)
1978 – The Sea, the Sea (Murdoch)
1977 – Staying on (Scott)
1976 – Saville (Storey)
1975 – Heat and Dust (Jhabvala)
1974 – The Conservationist (Gordimer)
1974 – Holiday (Middleton)
1973 – The Siege of Krishnapur (Farrell)
1972 – G. (Berger)
1971 – In a Free State (Naipaul)
1970 – The Elected Member (Rubens)
1970 – Troubles (Farrell) – 2010 “Lost Booker Prize”
1969 – Something to Answer For (Newby) – review

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5 thoughts on “The Complete Booker: 2010 Goals and Progress

    • Jackie, G was one I had in mind when I said, “I’ve been putting off some of the books that I think I won’t like” ! I seem to recall you despised it and the “blurb” doesn’t entice me at all. Fortunately I obtained my copy via Paperbackswap and there are others who have “wishlisted” it, so I can recycle it once I’m finished!

    • Michelle, I’m sure I’ll have a “top 5.” And now that I’m thinking about it, I could do a “bottom 5” as well!

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