First, Happy Mother's Day to all you mother's out there. Because I have a ton of family stuff planned today, I'm going to keep this week's discussion short and sweet.
I don't generally pay much attention to book awards (Gemmell Award and many others, for example). There really isn't any specific reason why, but I'll never be the person who says something like, "I always try to make sure I read all the books that win ____ award." I guess part of me tends to think that everyone has such individual and diverse reactions to books, that awards are nice, and prestigious, but how can they act as a real gauge to judge the quality of a book when we all have such individual reactions toward what we read? Furthermore, I feel as though there are many very deserving books that have never been recognized, or awarded in the manner that I feel they should have been.
That being said, I know many people pay very close attention to book awards, and what book wins what award. I also realize that my take on many things tends to venture toward the cynical side, awards notwithstanding.
So, here are this weeks discussion questions:
- Do you pay close attention to book awards? Why/why not?
- Are you generally happy with the books that win awards each year? Why/why not?