This challenge, hosted by Rose City Reader, looks like a lot of fun, and overlaps nicely with Book Awards IV, The Complete Booker, and The Pulitzer Project. I’m going to take part in both Battle of the Prizes challenges, which seek to answer the questions: Does one prize have higher standards than the other? Pick better winners? Provide more reading entertainment or educational value? Maybe challenge participants will be able to answer these and more questions – maybe they will simply read three great books!
First, the The Battle of the Prizes, British Version:
For this challenge, I’m doing Option One, and will read three books:
- One that won both the Booker and the James Tait Black prizes: G, by John Berger (review)
- One that won the Booker but not the James Tait Black Prize: Something to Answer For, by P.H. Newby (review)
- One that won the James Tait Black but not the Booker: Without my Cloak, by Kate O’Brien (review)
And then there’s The Battle of the Prizes, American Version:
This challenge pits winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction against the winners of the National Book Award.
For this challenge, I’m doing Option Two, and will read four books:
- Two that won the Pulitzer but not the National Book Award
- Two that won the National Book Award but not the Pulitzer