The Quest of An Everyday Soccer Mom to Read the Modern Library's 100 Best Fiction Books of the 20th Century.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Battle of the Prizes, American Version Challenge!

I've decided to take this one on, as I have two books upcoming that apply to this challenge. The Battle of the Prizes requires you to read three books: a Pulitzer Prize novel, a National Book Award novel, and then a novel that won both. I'm choosing Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (#82 on the list) for my Pulitzer book, The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow (#81 on the list) for my National Book Award book, and I'm not quite sure yet what I'll do for my "double dipper". Maybe E. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News. Wish me luck!


  1. Thanks for signing up for this challenge! Angle of Repose is an incredible book. I am thinking of re-reading it, and I hardly ever do that. I loved Augie March -- just go with the flow on that one. And Shipping News is a big favorite of mine.

    Happy reading!

    I added your link to the main challenge post.

  2. I had a good feeling about Angle of Repose just from reading the back of the book. I can't wait! I am always happy to hear about books upcoming that people enjoyed. Thank you!!!

  3. Ack! I just saw that you have three Top 100 lists that I haven't seen before. And I spent a half an hour going through them when I should be making dinner. I can't resist a list!

  4. My daughter asked me the other night: "What are you going to do when you're done with the 100 books?" And I said, "oh honey, I've got like five other lists I could work on". :) I'm thinking about tackling the ML non-fiction list if I get through this one.

  5. Thx for visiting my blog and contributing your worst books far... (notice I wrote so far). Have you reached "Finnigans Wake" yet? Joyce is truly an enigma....and when you reach your last book Ulysses give me a shout. ;)

  6. "Finnegans Wake" is upcoming, and nothing I have heard about it has been good!!! Definitely check back in with me as I pull my hair out, strand by strand, reading that one!

    I like your blog a lot. :) Thanks for coming to visit.