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)
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I’m not sure if ‘compelled’ is the word I would use. Motivated, perhaps. Would I choose an award winning book over a non-award winning book simply because of said award… probably not, it would still come down to whether or not I was interested in the story.
Having said that, however, if a book has won an award – whatever that award may be – it is clearly for a good reason and as such I am probably more inclined to research it and move it to the top of my consideration list. I do like to at least know what the years winners are so that I can see if I want to read them or not – more often than not I do, but again I still wouldn’t say I was compelled to do so.
There isn’t a particular award that I favour over others. I do like to attempt to keep up with the Newberry Medal and Printz Award winners, but that’s because I enjoy children and YA fiction, as for adult fiction, I pretty much take it as it comes – though my book club has read two Pulitzer and one Booker books this year already (completely unintentional), so who knows, maybe we do have our subconscious favourites.