The list is out! Have you seen it yet?
How much importance do you place on these types of distinctions when it comes to picking and choosing your books? I’m not even sure that I’ve ever read a book that won the NBA. I actually pay very little attention to books that are on award winning lists. Nine times out of ten, the blurb for these books doesn’t catch my interest. They sound like assigned reading in college most of the time. This year, however, I have All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr sitting on my TBR pile. Granted, it hasn’t actually won for this year, but the fact that it’s on the finalist list and on my TBR is newsworthy to me. I’m happy that I picked it out to read before it had any distinction attached to it. I don’t like being a follower and I don’t like liking something be it a book, musical group, TV show, movie, etc., just because everybody else does. That’s not to say that I’m one of those readers who stays away from popular books because of their popularity, but I like making my own decisions as to whether or not I find a piece of writing “good”.
What’s your verdict? Do you pick books out because they’re “award worthy” or stay away from popular lists, or pave your own road entirely?