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Challenges



My 2021 Reading Projects and challenges. 
Updated: 03/15/21
I.
On-going challenge: Read the current Pulitzer Prize winner for literature. Read previous books that interest me.

Year
Title
Author
Read
2021
2020
The Dutch House (finalist)
Patchett, Ann
Nov. '19
2020
Whitehead, Colson
Sep. '19
2019
Powers, Richard
Aug. ‘19
2019
There There (finalist)
Orange, Tommy
Feb. ‘19
2019
Makkai, Rebecca
Apr. ‘19
2018
Greer, Andrew
Mar ‘18
2017
Whitehead, Colson
Jul ‘17
2016
Nyugen, Viet
Sep. ‘16
2015
Doerr, Anthony
Aug '15
2014
The Goldfinch
Tartt, Donna
Dec '14
2013
Orphan Master's Son
Johnson, Adam

2013
The Snow Child (Finalist)
Ivey, Eowyn
May ‘12
2011
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Egan, Jennifer

2010
Tinkers
Harding, Paul
Aug '20
2009
Olive Kitteridge
Strout, Elizabeth
Mar '10
2008
Diaz, Junot
Jan ‘16
2007
The Road
McCarthy, Cormac

2006
March
Brooks, Geraldine
Apr '08
2005
Robinson, Marianne
Apr ‘19
2004
The Known World
Jones, Edward

2004
Evidence of Things Unseen (Finalist)
Wiggins, Marianne
Mar ‘11
2003
Middlesex
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Oct '06
2002
Empire Falls
Russo, Richard
Apr '05
2001
The Amazing Kavalier and Clay
Charbon, Micahel

2000
Interpreter of Maladies
Lahiri, Jhumpa

2000
Proulx, E. Annie
2015
1999
The Hours
Cunningham, Michael

1999
The Poisonwood Bible (Finalist)
Kingsolver, Barbara
1999
1995
Stone Diaries
Shields, Carol
1995
1994
Shipping News
Proulx, Annie
1997
1992
A Thousand Acres
Smiley, Jane
1993
1991
O’Brien, Tim
2009
1989
Breathing Lessons
Tyler, Anne

1988
Morrison, Toni
2010
1986
McMurty, Larry
Apr 2020
1983
The Color Purple
Walker, Alice
2009
1981
Toole, John Kennedy
2013
1977
Roots (Special Pulitzer)
Haley, Alex
1977
1973
The Optimist’s Daughter
Welty, Eudora

1972
Angle of Repose
Stegner, Wallace
1995
1961
Lee, Harper
2008
1953
The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway, Ernest
1972
1948
Michener, James
May ‘17
1940
The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John

1939
Rawles, Marjorie K.
Jan ‘16
1937
Gone with the Wind
Mitchell, Margaret
1974
1932
The Good Earth
Buck, Pearl S.
1973
1928
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Wilder, Thorton

1925
So Big
Ferber, Edna
May '20
1921
Wharton, Edith
Apr ‘16

II.
My goal is to read two books for each award year
2020 books to choose from:

III.
Read the Printz Award and honor books each year
Highlighted titles=READ
2021 Awards go to: 

  Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year) 2021

    Winner: Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story),” by Daniel Nayer.
    Honor books:  
    Apple (Skin to the Core),” by Eric Gansworth 
    Dragon Hoops,” created by Gene Luen Yang
    Every Body Looking,” by Candice Iloh 
    We Are Not Free,” by Traci Chee

    IV.
    2021 Audiobook Challenge
    My goal is to listen to about the same as last year, which was 25 or 2 per month.
    1. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean, read by Angus King
    2. Walk Toward the Rising Sun by Ger Duany, read by the author
    3. The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, read by Leila Buck
    4. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman, read by Marin Ireland
    5. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, read by the author and Melanie-Luisa Marte
    6. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert, read by Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    7. Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton
    8. Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie, read by Robin Eller, Siho Ellsmore, Kathrine Lee McEwan, Jeena Yi, Sarah Skaer, and Louis Ozawa


     

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