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Musing Mondays June 15

June 14th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about award winning books…

Do you feel compelled to read prize-winning (Giller/Booker/Pulitzer etc) books? Why, or why not? Is there, perhaps, one particular award that you favour? (question courtesy of MizB)

Ok, I feel really ignorant or low brow saying this but I rarely pay any attention if a book has won any sort of award.  Honestly, I think it’s because I have some odd tastes and often don’t care for the books that are “classics” or are receiving rave reviews.  Some examples, I wasn’t a fan of The Kite Runner, The Sound and the Fury, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, etc.  I don’t know if and what awards any of those books may have won but I just don’t see what the big deal is.  I guess I just enjoy reading a good story and don’t look for good “literature”.  When I pick a book out I pay more attention to the opinions I find on blogs, from friends, the book cover blurb and the cover.

What about you?

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8 Responses

  1. gautami tripathy

    I too think book bloggers give us better ideas about a book than anyone else. Including prizes…

    Mondays: Musings/Mailbox/whereabouts

  2. judys424

    I do so too. Awards are great but they have more criteria than just being “good”.. :)

  3. kay

    I don’t care so much about awards either. With those, I feel I often either love the book or hate it. So instead, I base my choice on reviews or people’s advice, too! :) Very similar to you in fact!

  4. Michelle

    As I mentioned in comments on Beth Fish Reads on this subject I don’t feel compelled to purchase anything I don’t want to at all. I don’t tend to read these awards listings so I’m not running out to get the prize winners. Having said that, if I purchase a book that I find intriguing or interesting and it happens to be a prize winner so be it. Kudos to the authors it is fabulous for them to be recognized but that doesn’t mean much to me and my choice.

  5. bibliophile23

    I also don’t really pay attention to the winners really. If I see a book with the label I might take an extra glance but I won’t be compelled to read it. It’s almost like reading a book because Oprah told you to. I don’t like being bossed around. I will take reading advice from other bloggers though.

  6. Nise'

    I rely on recommendations from friends and bloggers as well as browsing and finding something that sounds interesting rather than if the book won an award.

  7. kim

    Just wanted to let you know that you have an award at my blog :)

  8. Sassy Brit

    Hello Debbie,

    thanks for your comment on my blog. Yes, bloggers do help each other out that way – I’ve learnt of a lot of new books since I’ve been blog hopping!

    Take care,



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