Saturday, February 6, 2010

Book Love

I love books! This is probably no surprise to any of you! And as a book lover/English teacher with both bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English, I pride myself on being pretty well-read. So when my book-loving friend Becky had a post recently about books that had won the Pulitzer for fiction, and she listed the six Pulitzer prize-winning books she had read, I HAD to check out the list myself to see how many I had read! I expected to discover that I had read more than her. I mean, I was an ENGLISH MAJOR! She was a music major! All those extra books I had to read in college should count for something here, right?

WRONG!! In fact, not only have I not read more than Becky, I haven’t even read AS MANY as Becky! I can only claim five of the winners: The Grapes of Wrath, The Old Man and the Sea, The Yearling, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Beloved.

So, alas, Becky beats me at books again. Not that we’re competing, of course. Not really anyway. At this point, she’s more like literary inspiration! She has certainly inspired me to add a few more Pulitzers to my reading list!

I wonder how many Michelle has read?


Judah and Michelle said...

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, Gone with the Wind by Mitchell, The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee for sure. I have memories of The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway and think I have read it but it has been so long ago I can not say 100%. I started Beloved and couldn't finish it after The Bluest Eye I had had enough of Morrison. Perhaps you shoudl use this list at our next picking date for book club :) - Michelle

memckee2 said...

Go for Olive Kitteridge - beautiful prose.

BECKY said...

I think some university should seriously consider bestowing upon me an honorary literature degree. don't you? hahahaha.

you better get cracking, because I am planning to read a few more pulitzer winners also. and this IS a competition...