May 2, 2007

A challenge?

The other day, when reading about the wonderful-sounding Newbery challenge, an idea crossed my mind.

Nattie mentions that she has read more books out of the Newbery list than out of the Pulitzer list. I too am a great fan of children's and YA books, and I would jump right into this challenge if it wasn't for the fact that those books are not available in libraries here, so I'd have to buy all 6 of them, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to do that, what with also having/wanting to buy books for university and for the other two challenges I've joined.

Anyway, this challenge got me thinking of the Pulitzer list. I haven't read that many books on the list, but the ones I did read were honestly life-changing: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, for example, or A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. I'd love to read more Pulitzer-winning books, and a challenge would be perfect to give me extra motivation.

The thing is, I'm new to the book blogging community, and I have no idea how to organize a reading challenge. I'm not sure if I'm even qualified to do it. I don't know if there has been a Pulitzer challenge in the past. And that is why I need your help.

There are many great challenges taking place this Spring and Summer already, so I was thinking of doing this in the late Summer or Fall. And nothing too demanding - something like 3 months/3 books. August to October or September to November. Or not necessarily 3 books, just as many as you could read, really.

Another thing is that some of the books on the Pulitzer list qualify for other challenges as well. For example, I'm reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the Southern Reading Challenge, and it's on the Pulitzer list as well. That makes it easier.

So... what do you all think? Would anyone be interested in joining? Should I launch this challenge? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!

Edit: Okay, taking
everyone's feedback into consideration , I think what I'll do is leave the idea in the air. If anyone wants to host this challenge in the Fall, I'd be thrilled. When I first had the idea I didn't consider the fact that I'll be moving to another country in September. My life will probably be a bit chaotic for a while, and I don't know how things will be in terms of Internet access, so I probably wouldn't be the best of hosts. If anyone wants to do it, it'd be great!


  1. I'd be all up for it! I love excuses to read more (like I need them...). I've grown quite fond of the old challenges ;)

  2. I have a passion for Pulitzers, and I even considered (this winter) hosting some sort of challenge for reading them. But, I got nervous because now there are so many flipping challenges out there I think people are on overload. Regardless, if you hold a Pulitzer challenge I will definitely join it. They are incredible books. They may even dovetail with other challenges floating around.

  3. Too many challenges at the present time. I pace myself and have had to skip some very fun events. For Carl V at SSD, I participated in the RIP and Christmas; so, I skipped the Once Upon a Time.

    At this point, everyone wants to host a challenge, and I'm afraid it sets us up for failure. I'm in though, preferably in the fall/winter! ;D

  4. I would definitely want to join this one!!

  5. bellezza: would you like to host it instead of me? You've had your blog for longer, and you have more readers, so it'd be easier to get the word out. Plus, because I'm new in this world, I don't really quit know how to host a challenge anyway.

    maggie: yes, that's why I'm hesitant. The last thing I want to do is to "compete" with other challenges. And I don't really wan to host it per se, I just want the challenge to exist so I can have a good excuse to read some more Pulitzer books!

    Megan and Chris, it's good to know you'd be interested.

  6. I'd love to say I'm interested, but my brain hurts already with all the challenges. I haven't see a straight Pulitzer challenge though, and if it were far enough in the future... maybe...

    You might look in YahooGroups, there are tons of lists that read one ______ a month. I bet one of the ______ is "Pulitzer".

  7. That's a fine challenge. I wish I could join. Good luck.

  8. I clicked on your link to the list, and I have five laying around the house, two I can see over the top of my laptop! :D

  9. Lisa: it would definitely only be in a few months. But thanks for that suggestion, I'll look into it.

    Maggie: It's always easier when the books are already laying around. Unfortunately that's not the case for me, but unlike the books on the Newbery list, I don't think I'd have problems finding these.

  10. I have a personal challenge to read 12 Pulitzers this year. My choices are at

    There is a Pulitzer reading group at yahoo that reads one Pulitzer or a book nominated for a Putlizer per month. I'm part of that group, but I don't read every selection. They are reading The Known World for discussion beginning June 1.
    The group is located at

    There is another group, too, that I am owner of that takes selections from all the awards lists. We are reading The Stone Diaries starting May 21. That group is here:

    If no one starts a challenge, you could always join one or both groups!

  11. Well.....I for one would join up for the challenge!! (And I need another challenge like a need a big old hole in the head!

  12. 3m, you have some great choices listed! I'll be reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the Southern Reading challenge, and I'm really looking forward to finally reading it. And "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham is absolutely beautiful.

    I think that if a challenge doesn't come out of this, I'll definitely be joining one of those groups.

    Stephanie, it's good to know you're interested!

  13. Hi! I've had a personal goal to read the Pulitzers for a while now and just never got it off the ground. I just wrote a post about it and I'm linking your post in case maybe between the two of us, if it generated anyone else's interest, we could do something about it. If not, we could always discuss amongst ourselves or just read individually and watch each other's progress. :)


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