Challenge: A Decade Of Award Winners

A Decade of Award Winners

I’m always up for new challenges, as well as finding some great new science fiction and fantasy – so why not combine them? I’ve decided to challenge myself to read the past decade of award winners for the following awards: Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction Association, Mythopoeic, Locus Science Fiction, Locus Fantasy, British Fantasy Society, Campbell Award, PKD Award, Clarke Award, Locus First Novel, Stoker, Locus Young Adult, Shirley Jackson Award, David Gemmell Legend Award and David Gemmell Morningstar Award. And using the fantastic website Worlds Without End, I’m going to keep track of my progress here! I’m aiming for this challenge to be an ongoing one, with no strict deadline, and I am counting books read before the creation of the challenge. I will cross a book off if I attempted it but did not finish – after all, this is about trying out celebrated fiction, and if I don’t enjoy it then I won’t make myself read it. If you want to join in, let me know!



Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan Doctor Sleep Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie



Jack Glass by Adam Roberts The Night Circus The Wise Man's Fear



The Graveyard Book Blood of Elves The Windup Girl



Emissaries from the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro His Majesty's Dragon Wintersmith




10 thoughts on “Challenge: A Decade Of Award Winners”

  1. Hallo, Hallo Rinn!

    I personally ADORED “The Golem & the Jinni”! πŸ™‚ If you read that one, I’d love to discuss it with you! It is one of my longest & largest blog posts to date! I even had the chance to speak to Ms Wecker at a #LitChat which is why it increased in size as I was adding all the lovely convo tweets! Mind you, this is before I realised I could save those in #Storify! lol My post is a bit wonky as there is a coding glitch, but one of these days I’ll sort it out as I truly loved what I was able to write about the story and how the story moved me to blog. It was a library find — never even knew it *won!* an award!

    I’ve been trying to jumpstart my sci fi & fantasy reads this — not just for SFN 15 / SFE 16 but for the Fantasy Challenge I spied that is happening!

    Thanks for such a sweet list of potential ‘reads’!

    Love the springboard!

    Good luck in your goals & I hope you meet a heap of lovely characters who etch into your mind’s eye with a lot of joy!

    1. Hello Jorie! That’s actually one of the books on this list that I’ve heard the most about πŸ™‚

      Thank you, hope you can find some great reads from it too πŸ™‚

  2. So many good books on this list! Ten years seems a little overwhelming to me, given the number of awards. I have The Windup Girl on my shelf, I’ve started it a few times and I keep meaning to finish. I love Bacigalupi’s other books. I definitely recommend The Golem & The Jinni, and Redshirts and Among Others also good. In fact there’s nothing on this list I’ve read and didn’t like.

  3. Wow, that’s quite the challenge you’ve set for yourself! Out of the ones on the list that I’ve read, I can’t believe how many awards ‘Redshirts’ by John Scalzi has won. I couldn’t get into it at all, though I really, really wanted to. ‘Among Others’ by Jo Walton is an excellent read, though, and I would totally recommend it. ‘The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making’ is super cute and a really fun read. ‘Little Brother’ by Cory Doctorow is kind of the oppostite in that it’s a political/dystopian read, but it’s so, so good. I was totally underwhelmed at ‘Heart Shaped Box’ by Joe Hill but everyone else I know who’s read it loved it. I think that’s far enough back to go because I’m really starting to feel bad for not having read more of these πŸ˜€

    1. Haha yes, but there are some fantastic looking books on there, and I have as much time as I want to complete it πŸ˜€ I’d really like to read Redshirts actually, despite not having watched much Star Trek.

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