Reading Challenge Book List

That’s right folks. I am in for the reading challenge, and I got a whopper of books to read. So far only 22 books listed, and I will need to add 3 more.  I like historical fictions from different countries and time periods. If you know of any and recommend them, that would be super!

Based off of the Insatiable Booksluts reading challenge, I have collected a list of books I am going to read.  They are from a variety of award winners, genres, and countries.  I couldn’t decide which one to do, so I am combining the Award Winning Reading Challenge with the damn fine Global Domination books.  So what the heck are these and what do they look like??

Go to the sites (highlighted above) and take your pick.  Best thing ever:  there is no time limit and you get to pick what you read. So from the many books out there I will be visiting my local library very soon.  I also have quite a few already, but just have not read them yet. (Thanks to the Friends of the Seattle Library book sale-  two of my favorite times of the year 😉 )

Based on that, this is the combination of book themes I will be choosing from:



Since I have troubles reading a lot of horror, then I will compromise with some books that aren’t so scary, but are scary in their own ways by award winning novelists. (Example: I have NEVER read an Anne Rice book or Stephen King book.  My hubby tells me I am totally missing out, eh… we will wait and see).

Last, but certainly NOT least.

Global Domination.

You may be scratching your head wondering, “What are these categories?” I could tell ya, but I won’t pilfer the categories from theBooksluts. You are free to go check these interesting categories out on their site. Go ahead. Do it. I will wait. :p

So, without a do, these are the books I am going to try and tackle but not in the order listed. Gotta mix it up a little. 😉

Nobel Prize winners in Literature:

The Sweetest Dream  by Doris Lessing.


Song of Solomon or Beloved by Toni Morrison (I know, I have both of these books, was even supposed to read one in college and somehow I haven’t read either.  Lame, but I am about to correct this!!)

Get a Life by writer Nadine Gordimer.

Pulitzer Prize winners:

Tinkers by Paul Harding.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Known World  by Edward P. Jones.

National Book Award Winners:

  Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

The Man Booker Prizes:

The Gathering by Anne Enright

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally 1982

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 1997

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

PEN/Faulkner Award:

The March by E. L. Doctorow

Everyman  by Philip Roth

Hugo Award for Best Novel (Sci-fi)

Anne McCaffrey Dragonquest 1972

Nebula Award: 1966

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

 Bram Stoker Award:

The Green Mile by Stephen King  1996

The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice 1988

Top 100 Crime Novels (American list 1995):

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Neustadt Laureates Prizes-

The Serpent and the Rope (1960) by Raja Rao

Global Domination Picks ( a lot of the other books cross over with this one as well):

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Good Harbor by Anita Diamant

New Additions to the list:

The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Tenor of Love by Mary Di Michele

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kinsolver

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

The Naming by Alison Croggon

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

3 thoughts on “Reading Challenge Book List

  1. New Additions to the list….
    The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan (have had this for a few years, gotta read it now!!)
    Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (again, another book from the book club that I haven’t read yet).
    Tenor Of Love by Mary Di Michele
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
    The Naming by Alison Croggon
    Good Harbor by Anita Diamant
    Down and out in Paris and London by George Orwell

  2. Not every Stephen King is horror, although most are. The Green Mile is a good one for that “non-horror” selection. Also, The Eyes of the Dragon is an awesome fairy tale he wrote and not scary in the least. I am currently reading the one that came out on Tuesday and so far, it’s not scary either. It’s entitled 11/23/63 and is about time traveling back to see if someone can stop the JFK assassination. Fascinating.

    Someone else told me Life of Pi was good. Please do a review when you’ve read it.

    This is the second blog I’ve read about the booksluts, so I’m going to have to head over there. Thanks for the tip!

    • Oooh, the time travel one sounds good. My hubby loves Stephen King…. so perhaps I should get this for him for a stocking stuffer (as we aren’t really doing gifts this year) and then borrow to read later 😉 heh, good plan. I hope you enjoy the Booksluts. They. Are. AWESOME!

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