Friday, December 19, 2014

2013 Literary Awards

English: Image of American Writer Adam Johnson.
English: Image of American Writer Adam Johnson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The year’s book award winners are a great place to find books to read and discover new authors. Check out the links and try some samples on your ereader.

Nobel Prize in Literature

The highest recognition an author can receive is the Nobel Prize in Literature. The award is given to writers for their body of work. Some notable past winners are: Sinclair Lewis, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck.

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 was awarded to Alice Munro “master of the contemporary short story”.

The award is open to writers from around the world. This year, Alice Munro, a Canadian prose writer was awarded the prize.

Dear Life: Stories (Vintage International)

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories (Vintage International)

The Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize for fiction  is “awarded for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.” There are also many other awards ranging from journalist to nonfiction. The Award was founded in 1918. Some previous winners are Willa Cather, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway.

The 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction goes to Adam Johnson for The Orphan Master's Son

The National Book Award

The National Book Award’s mission is to “celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America.” This book has a long and varied past and is one of the major awards given to American writers. This is another great place to find books to read and they do a lot of outreach to communities and in supporting public appearances by writers. Faulkner, Pynchon, Updike, McCarthy, and Franzen are some of the past nominees and winners.


The 2013 National Book Award for Fiction goes to James McBride for The Good Lord Bird.


The Man-Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe, according to Wikipedia. This is a very big deal. This is the biggest of the English Language awards given. They have a long list which they announce very early on and then a short list is selected out of that.

This is a major award to follow because it includes many countries that speak English and covers a diverse range of topics. I discovered a couple of my favorite writers while reading these novels, Julian Barnes and J.M. Coetzee.

The 2013 Man-Booker Prize for fiction winner is Eleanor Catton with The Luminaries. She is the youngest winner in the prize’s history at 27.


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The 100 Best Novels in English with Links for Kindle

When I first got my Kindle, I couldn't wait to fill it up with the best novels. Searching around on the internet I found this great list. The goal when they made the list was not to have a competition about what the best book was, but to get people talking about great books. To narrow down the list they had a couple requirements for the novels. 1. Published between 1900 and 1998 (when the list was made), and 2. published in English. There are other lists that cover nonfiction and world literature but let’s focus for now on the 100 best novels written in English in the 20th century.

All these novels were voted for by hundreds of thousands of readers. The final list was compiled by the board at Modern Library and arranged from 1 to 100. They are not in order per se, and I would not recommend reading it in order, but organized from the most loved and critically acclaimed.

Any book on the list would be a great read and guaranteed by thousands of readers to entertain and enlighten. Many of the books are available for free in ebook, which is the purpose of this article, others range anywhere from $1.99 to $11.99. I won’t post the prices because they fluctuate so much at Amazon, but I will highlight in Bold the ones that are Free.

Let me know what you think in the links below, and let’s get talking about great books!

The List

by James Joyce

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

by James Joyce

by Vladimir Nabokov

by Aldous Huxley

by William Faulkner

by Joseph Heller

by Arthur Koestler

by D.H. Lawrence

by John Steinbeck

by Malcolm Lowry

by Samuel Butler

13. 1984
by George Orwell

by Robert Graves

by Virginia Woolf

by Theodore Dreiser

by Carson McCullers

by Kurt Vonnegut

by Ralph Ellison

by Richard Wright

by Saul Bellow

by John O’Hara

by John Dos Passos

by Sherwood Anderson

by E.M. Forster

by Henry James

by Henry James

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

by James T. Farrell

by Ford Madox Ford

by George Orwell

by Henry James

by Theodore Dreiser

by Evelyn Waugh

by William Faulkner

by Robert Penn Warren

by Thornton Wilder

by E.M. Forster

by James Baldwin

40. THE HEART OF THE MATTER
by Graham Greene

by William Golding

by James Dickey

43. A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME (series) Link to book 1 of 12
by Anthony Powell

44. POINT COUNTER POINT
by Aldous Huxley

by Ernest Hemingway

by Joseph Conrad

47. NOSTROMO
by Joseph Conrad

by D.H. Lawrence

by D.H. Lawrence

by Henry Miller

by Norman Mailer

by Philip Roth

53. PALE FIRE
by Vladimir Nabokov

by William Faulkner

by Jack Kerouac

by Dashiell Hammett

by Ford Madox Ford

by Edith Wharton

59. ZULEIKA DOBSON
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by Max Beerbohm

by Walker Percy

by Willa Cather

by James Jones

63. THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES
by John Cheever

64. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
by J.D. Salinger

by Anthony Burgess

by W. Somerset Maugham

by Joseph Conrad

by Sinclair Lewis

by Edith Wharton

by Lawrence Durell

by Richard Hughes

by V.S. Naipaul

by Nathanael West

by Ernest Hemingway

75. SCOOP
by Evelyn Waugh

by Muriel Spark

by James Joyce

78. KIM
by Rudyard Kipling

by E.M. Forster

by Evelyn Waugh

by Saul Bellow

82. ANGLE OF REPOSE
by Wallace Stegner

by V.S. Naipaul

84. THE DEATH OF THE HEART
by Elizabeth Bowen

85. LORD JIM
by Joseph Conrad

86. RAGTIME
by E.L. Doctorow

by Arnold Bennett

by Jack London

89. LOVING
by Henry Green

by Salman Rushdie

by Erskine Caldwell

92. IRONWEED
by William Kennedy

93. THE MAGUS
by John Fowles

94. WIDE SARGASSO SEA
by Jean Rhys

by Iris Murdoch

by William Styron

by Paul Bowles

by James M. Cain

by J.P. Donleavy

by Booth Tarkington

Please check the price before buying it for your Kindle, as books change in price and availability regularly. The books without links are currently unavailable in the Kindle Store. 

So what do you people think about the books? Which would you recommend? Which ones have you read?

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