The Battle of the Prizes Challenge was hosted by Rose City Reader, and it was one of my favorites among all the challenges I've participated in. It didn't require a huge number of books, and it spurred me to read three really wonderful works, all of which had been on my TBR list for many years – and at least two of which I probably never would have tackled without the incentive this challenge provided.
The three books I read were (with links to my reviews):
- The Optimist's Daughter, by Eudora Welty (Pulitzer winner, 1973)
- Victory Over Japan, by Ellen Gilchrist (National Book Award winner, 1984)
- Rabbit Is Rich, by John Updike (Double winner: Pulitzer and National Book Award winner, 1982)
I want to thank Rose City Reader for hosting, and all the other participants for keeping it interesting. I believe a similar challenge is in the works for next year, so if you're interested or just want to see the list of reviews and wrap-up posts, just pay a visit here.