YES!! I am very proud of myself for finishing the Book Awards III Challenge because as of last week, I was resigned to the fact that I wouldn’t be able to complete it. But then I picked up Bel Canto, just hoping and praying that I would get through it quickly, and it was AWESOME! I won’t be reviewing Bel Canto until early next year, but I wanted to quickly post this before year’s end so that I am DONE with all challengs posts for 2009. :) Here’s my Book Awards III list:
1. Jesus Land – Julia Scheeres (Alex Award) review
2. Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta (Printz Award) review
3. Blankets – Craig Thompson (Eisner Award) review
4. Dear Mr. Henshaw – Beverly Cleary (Newberry) review
5. Bel Canto – Ann Patchett (Orange Prize)
I’m thinking that next year I won’t participate in the Book Awards challenge, but rather read more deliberately and try to complete an entire list of award winners. I’m thinking I’ll start with the Orange Prize, since I have read quite a few of the short-listed books and winners, and I tend to enjoy them. I’m not ready to make a decision on that yet, though, so we’ll see.