Friday, January 6, 2017

Challenge Link-Up Post: Award-Winning Classic

Please link your reviews for your Award-Winning Classic here.  This is only for the Award- Winning Classic category. It could be the Newbery Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Prix Goncourt -- any literary prize. It must be the actual award-winner; runners-up and nominees do not count. Please include the name of the prize the book won in your review. 

If you do not have a blog, or somewhere public on the internet where you post book reviews, please write your mini-review/thoughts in the comments section.  If you like, you can include the name of your blog and/or the title of the book in your link, like this: "Karen K. @ Books and Chocolate (The Age of Innocence). "


  1. My first read completed this year is "The Chosen" by Chaim Potok, winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award (and nominated for a National Book Award). It was a five-star read for me, and I don't give five stars very often (3/100 last year)!

  2. I just started (in 2017) and finished "The Education of Henry Adams" by Henry Adams, which won the Pulitzer Price in 1919. I actually had bought it almost a decade ago at a used bookstore just before I started law school - and promptly became far too busy to actually read it. I'm actually glad I waited until now to read it, though, because the current climate in the U.S. gives me so much more appreciation for Henry Adams' reflections on America from the mid-1900s to the beginning of the 20th century.

    Make no mistake, it is NOT a light read, but it is full of memorable quotes. (The length of the prose sadly exceeded Litsy's character limit for most of the quotes I wanted to post! #booknerdproblems). Adams was a Bostonian by birth but really fell in love with Washington DC, and as a DC transplant myself I enjoyed reading how he fell in love with the city post-Civil War and also Googling various locations he referenced around the city. Even more meaningful, though, were the chapters that contained Adams' scathing criticism of the Grant administration, dismay at the American people for electing a dangerous idiot to the Presidency, and fear for the country's future as a result. The quote "One dragged oneself down the long vista of Pennsylvania Avenue, by leaning heavily on one's friends, and avoiding to look at anything else" feels as apt a description of life in DC now as it was then.

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  4. I just posted my review of The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare, winner of the 1961 Newbery Medal.