Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Complete Booker Reading Challenge

"This is not so much a reading challenge as a long-term project in which the participants aim to read all 41 books that have won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. There is no time limit."

Updated for Booker Challenge 2010: Hosted by Laura at Musings.

Winners Circle: read at least 6 winners
Contender: read at least 6 shortlisted nominees
Longshot: read at least 6 longlisted nominees
Booker Devotee: choose a year, and read all 6 shortlisted works from that year
Booker Fanatic: choose a year, and read all 13 long- and shortlisted works from that year

Read in 2010:

2006-Longlist-Black Swan Green**** by David Mitchell

The Booker Prize winners I've read:

1978-The Sea, The Sea**** by Iris Murdoch
1979-Offshore***** by Penelope Fitzgerald
1984-Hotel Du Lac**** by Anita Brookner
1985-The Bone People***** by Keri Hulme
1998-Amsterdam**** by Ian McEwan
1989-The Remains of the Day**** by Kazuo Ishiguro
1990-Possession***** by A.S. Byatt
1997-The God of Small Things***** by Arundhati Roy
2002-Life of Pi**** by Yann Martel
2005-The Sea**** by John Banville
2007-The Gathering***+ by Anne Enright
2008-The White Tiger***** by Aravind Adiga

Also read:

2009-Shortlist-The Little Stranger***** by Sarah Waters
2009-Longlist-The Wilderness***+ by Samantha Harvey
2008-Shortlist-The Secret Scripture***** by Sebastian Barry
2008-Shortlist-The Clothes on Their Backs**** by Linda Grant
2008-Shortlist-The Northern Clemency***+ by Philip Hensher
2007-Shortlist-On Chesil Beach**** by Ian McEwan

2006-Shortlist-The Secret River***** by Kaye Grenville
2006-Shortlist-Carry Me Down**** by M.J.Hyland
2006-Longlist-Black Swan Green**** by David Mitchell
2005-Shortlist-Never Let Me Go**** by Kazuo Ishiguro
2002-Shortlist-Unless**** by Carol Shields
2002-Shortlist-Dirt Music***** by Tim Winton
2001-Shortlist-Atonement**** by Ian McEwan
2001-Shortlist-Hotel World**** by Ali Smith
2000-Shortlist-When We Were Orphans***** by Kazuo Ishiguro
1995-Shortlist-The Riders***** by Tim Winton
1992-Shortlist-Black Dogs****by Ian McEwan
1989-Shortlist-The Book of Evidence**** by John Banville
1983-Shortlist-Flying to Nowhere**** by John Humphreys
1978-Shortlist-The Bookshop**** by Penelope Fitzgerald
1973-Shortlist-The Black Prince**** by Iris Murdoch

1972-Shortlist-The Bird of Night by Susan Hill
1972-Shortlist-The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith***** by Thomas Keneally

Booker winners in my library TBR:

1974-The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
1980-Rites of Passage by William Golding
1982-Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
1987-Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
1992-The English Patent by Michael Ondaatje

Booker shortlist nominees in my library TBR:

Orchard on Fire by Shena MacKay
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Oxygen by Andrew Miller
Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
Illywhacker by Peter Carey
The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch

"The longlist, ‘The Man Booker Dozen' - the 12 (or 13) titles under serious consideration for the prize - will be announced in late July 2010 and a shortlist of six books will be announced in early September 2010. The Man Booker Prize 2010 winner announcement will be broadcast by the BBC from London's Guildhall at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 12 October 2010."

Which have you read and what did you think of them? Which can you recommend that I have not read? If you've posted a list of your Booker reads, or reviewed any of them, please leave a link. I'd love to read them.


  1. congrats on finishing the challenge!

  2. Sorry Serena, the title just means I intend to read all the Booker Prize winners-eventually. That's just what the originator of the challenge named it.

  3. That is a long term project. Good luck!

  4. I am also doing this challenge - but I have only read ONE!
    The Gathering - by Anne Wright.

    I am also started reading-
    God of small things by Arundhati Roy.

    But you have read so many :()

    I am impressed by your list :)

  5. Veens: The Gathering didn't do a lot for me but I loved The God of Small Things. I'll be interested to see what you think after you're done.
    As you can tell from my lists I often enjoy the shortlisted ones as much or more as the final winner.

  6. I'm doing the challenge too! I recommend 'A Fine Balance' by Rohinton Mistry. It's the best book I've read in a long time.
    Good luck on completing the challenge!

  7. Some of the ones I enjoyed that haven't already been mentioned are:
    The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
    Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

    I own quite a few on the list that I just haven't gotten to read yet but I don't see myself up to joining a challenge given how poorly I did on the challenges I entered this year! :D

  8. Wow! This is quite an impressive list...I wish you much luck. :)

  9. I've decided to do the challenge too - though all the prize winners that I have read so far have been in the first poerson, and that has put me off a bit. It is not my favourite viewpoint.

  10. Hi Sandra! I'm keeping track of this list myself and plan to read all the winners eventually. Here is my link:

    I am trying to keep track of other bloggers following my lists. I'm going to add a link to your post on my Booker list post -- please let me know when you update us on your progress and I will update the link.



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