I have been thinking about starting a book blog for a month or two. What has propelled me to go ahead and start it is the pursuit of reading as many Man Booker and National Book Award winning books as I can this year. I wanted a place to record my book reviews along with my rants and raves.
I don't know why the thought occurred to me to read these books. Maybe is was the fact that I am slightly disillusioned with the Tournament of Books? Maybe I just like lists? Maybe is was that I started reading The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood last night and realized it was a Man Booker winner? Maybe it was because I read both the 2011 Man Booker and National Book Award winning books for the TofB? Regardless, I decided I wanted to add this pursuit to my reading goals this year.
Here is the list of the National Book Award Winners I will be using:
and here is the Man Booker list: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/prize/archive
I added all of the winners from 2000-2012 of both awards to my to read list on goodreads. Each in their own category. I also included any award winner from earlier years that was already in my to read list. This gave me 19 Man Booker and 15 National Book Award Books. Of these I have already read a grand total of 3! Several were on my to read list, but many more I have never heard of!
I do not know how many of these I will read this year, but when I am not reading a book club book or something else calls my name, I will work from this list. If I finish these, I may go back and add some more from earlier years. It will be interesting for me to see who is the best of the best or if a book that never made the list is the best...