The Pulitzer 1s Challenge

I’m hosting this challenge!

Challenge rules: Super lenient! The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. Audiobooks, ebooks, and overlaps with other challenges are accepted. The goal is simply to have all the Pulitzer fiction winners for the years ending in 1 read by the end of the year. So if you’ve already read a couple of the books before the challenge begins, fret not: you don’t have to re-read them (unless you want to, of course). Fiction not your thing? Feel free to read all the general nonfiction, history, or auto/biography winners for the years ending in 1.

The books:

  • 2011 – A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • 2001 – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • 1991 – Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
  • 1981 – A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • 1971 – N/A
  • 1961 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 1951 – The Town by Conrad Richter
  • 1941 – N/A
  • 1931 – Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
  • 1921 – The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

I posed some questions to get people started on their inaugural post, and are my answers:

Which book are you most looking forward to reading?

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and A Confederacy of Dunces have been on my TBR list for years now, so I’m glad I’m finally going to read them!

Are you nervous about reading any of the books on the list?

I’ve read Rabbit, Run, the first book in the Rabbit series; it was assigned to me in undergrad.  That book alone made me hate John Updike (hate is probably too nice a word). Rabbit at Rest may very well be my undoing.

I’ve already read To Kill a Mockingbird and The Age of Innocence, so I just need to read 6 books to complete this challenge.

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