More for the TBR pile

orphan-masters-sonThe 2013 Pulitzers were announced earlier this week (the same day as the Boston Marathon bombings … awkward), meaning it’s time to add The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson to my reading list. Plus, let’s not forget the fiction finalists: What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander (especially relevant after the Justin Bieber fiasco) and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

I think this is as good a time as any to check in with my Pulitzer Prize reading list. If I’ve done my adding and subtracting correctly (and I like to think I have):

  • I’ve listed 82 titles that have won the award since 1922. That’s 91 years but nine of those years, including 2012, the Pulitzer panel did not award a fiction winner.
  • I have read 21 of those books, including:
    • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
    • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    • Gilead by Marilynn Robinson
    • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Empire Falls by Richard Russo
    • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
    • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
    • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
    • Independence Day by Richard Ford
    • The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
    • Beloved by Toni Morrison
    • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
    • The Optimists Daughter by Eudora Welty
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • A Death in the Family by James Agee
    • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • That means I’ve read 25 percent of all the Pulitzer winners (for fiction, at least). Not bad. Could be (should be) better.

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