From The Boston Bibliophile - today's question: Awards. Do you follow any particular book awards? Do you ever choose books based on awards? What award-winning books do you have? (Off the top of your head only- no need to look this up- it would take all day!) What's your favorite award-winning book?
LibraryThing's Common Knowledge feature tracks awards; you can find it here.
Two things come to mind when I think of book awards. The first one is that I always shop the Young Hoosier Award bookshelf at the library when I am helping my kids pick out their books. Those are good books, usually quite interesting and my kids like them. The only issue is that those books normally are not in the school's AR list of tests (retention testing system our school uses) and my kids are definitely into making the most of their reading.
When talking awards, the second thought I had was of one of LOLAs (my book club) original members. She had a number of award lists that she read from and was always reading some unique books. She's quite a prolific reader so she was also able to read the more popular books as well. It made for some interesting discussions at book club.
I am sure the majority of the books I've read in the last two years (when I started cataloging on LibraryThing) are not award winners. Probably none. And since there's no easy way to check....I guess I'll never know. :)
To read other answers on award-winning books they've read, click here.
EDITED TO ADD: Based on the comments and Dawn's post at Sheistoofondofbooks, I changed my Library Thing view to include Common Knowledge:Awards and wow! I've read quite a few award winners! And, of course, quite a few that were on the bestseller list. Now I have a new toy to play with at LT!