Musing Mondays

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)

I don't think 'compelled' is the right word to describe why I want to read prize-winning books. Any story that is well written and meaningful will attract me, whether or not if they are prize-winning or not but of course I will be intrigued by the latter and I will most likely to pick it up and find out more about the story. However, that does not mean I will read every prize-winning books, after all reading is a subjective matter and like any other books, I will be selective and only choose the title that I want to read. And what award it is does not matter to me.

What about you? Do you read prize-winning books?

16 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    I also think its really more of the book than the award itself. :)

  2. Melody Says:

    Judy - I'm glad we share the same thoughts. :)

    Bluestocking - Prizes or not, the most important thing is we've to like the stories we read, isn't it? ;)

  3. I like to read boks by Nobel Prize winners. Those work out for me.

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  4. BooksPlease Says:

    I agree. I have read some prize-winning books, without knowing at the time that they were prize-winners - it's the book that counts, not the prize.

  5. I agree, too! Book first, not prize.

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  6. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I don't necessarily seek out the award winners or the short listed books, but if I pick them up and find that they have won something, all the better. I know some bloggers that will read through entire short lists, and I am in awe. Maybe someday...

  7. Danielle Says:

    I totally agree! Choosing a book is very subjective. I like what I like and an award is not necessarily what I like! Here is my Musing Monday!

  8. Melody Says:

    Margaret - It's great that we liked the books we read and later found out they're prize winning books, isn't it?

    Sassy Brit - Books always comes first to me, followed by the prize. ;)

    Sandy - I share the same sentiments, Sandy! :)

    Danielle - Exactly!

  9. Nise' Says:

    Many of us are in agreement.

  10. Very thoughtful answer. Still, I think often there are prizes that work to lift good books out of obscurity and showcase them, making it worthwhile to consider these books. Not necessarily read, but check out.

  11. Alice Says:

    I'd be selective too. The story must be appealing to me before anything else.

  12. Melody Says:

    Nise' - Indeed. :)

    Anonymous Child - You've a point there too!

    Alice - Absolutely! :D

  13. Interesting question. I do read prize-winners but I'm not sure I do on purpose. Well, maybe, but only because I've just had good luck with them (for the most part). I really like the Booker Prize winners I've read. Like you, though, I don't think "compelled" is the right word.

  14. I am with you, Melody, on this topic. I will not choose to read a book just because it is a prize winner. It might pique my curiosity to look closer at the book, but ultimately whether the content interests me or not will be the deciding factor.

  15. Melody Says:

    Trish - Glad we share the same thoughts! :D It's a bonus if the book we read happens to be a prize-winning book, isn't it?

    Wendy - Well said, Wendy! :)

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