When the Quirky Girls blog was first created I knew right away I would concentrate on reading books that won awards. I’ve always shied away from them, telling myself they were too literary and, thus, too hard.
But, reading a couple of award winners every month has been both a challenge and a delightful adventure. I eased myself into it by reading some amazing Children’s literature. I thought Young Adult (YA) literature might be easy too, so I set out to read a few of them.
I discovered that YA is not necessarily easy. I found them demanding – in a good way. They made me stretch my biases and opinions.
All the award-winners, YA and Adult, made me think and feel. I’ve learned that books that win awards do so because they are filled with subject matter that is interesting and sometimes controversial. Each one of the winners I read this year made for spirited discussion. They also made me laugh or cry or feel empathetic. For me, that’s my favorite test of a good book. I prefer to feel the connection with the characters.
Out of the eighteen books I read and reviewed on this blog since February, I picked my Top Five Favorite Books. I wanted to highlight them and recommend them to you. You can’t go wrond with any of them.
Here they are in alphabetical order. (Click on the title to read my complete review.)
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Three Junes by Julia Glass
Tinkers by Paul Harding
Looking back at all the books I read last year was comforting. It has also made me excited about reading more award winners in 2012. If Olive Kitteridge and Tinkers are examples of the Pulitzer Prize and Three Junes is an example of the National Book Awards, I’m eager to read more. By the way, did you know there are several books that have won both of those big awards? I plan to read at least one in 2012. I’m also going to cross the Atlantic Ocean and read some British award winners. I hope you’ll join me.