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Bailey’s Prize for Fiction

Ex Libris Reading Journal

I’m pretty low tech when it comes to organizing my reviews.  If I’m on the go, I take all my notes in a tiny little Field Notes notebook.   Then they will eventually get transferred to a Leuchtturm1917 or Rhodia Webbie for long term storage.  If I’m at home they go straight into the Leuchtturm/Rhodia.  Since my reviews aren’t lengthy diatribes, I can hold hundreds in a  single journal.  My 2016 journal, for example, has over 400 titles with my little notes and comments.   Continue reading “Ex Libris Reading Journal”

Book Challenges

2010_nba_winner00081248-620x387 Every so often I get a wild hair and commit to a random book challenge.  Many moons ago, I went through and read every book on the Top Banned Books list put out by the American Library Association.  Then I decided to take on the Pulitzer winners for fiction.  I’m not sure why I do this except I figure that, as a bookworm, I should at least ATTEMPT to read a wide variety of literature.  I rarely like what I read from the “winner” lists (I did love many on the banned list, however) but I suppose I’m a glutton for punishment because I’ve decided to try it again.  This time, I’m going to read through the National Book Award list and the Orange Prize for Fiction (which has changed names again and is now known as the Bailey’s prize) and I’ll be sharing my adventure here as I go!

Have you read through any of the winner lists on purpose?  Or “best of” lists? Did you like it, hate it, find some hidden gems?

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