Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Musing Mondays (June 15)

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)

No I don't feel compelled at all to read a prize-winning book, I might be curious once in a while if it's a genre I usually enjoy that's why I failed miserably in the Book Awards Reading Challenge.. I just couldn't make myself finish it.. it felt like a frustrating homework that I just had to do and will not enjoy so I just stopped trying.. I finished 7 books .. I enjoyed 4 of them :
but I read them mostly because I wanted to read the book and not mainly because they are award books :) so some of those books I read I didn't even know they won any awards until after I finished it ;)


Sassy Brit @ said...


Desert Rose, you are back! Yay!

Hope all is well with you.


Sassy Brit @ said...

Oh i was so excited to see you back, I never mentioned your above post.

Funny how I thought I would be in the minority with this, not going for the major prize-winners all the time, but clearly I am not.


Heather D said...

Great Question! No I definitely don't sway towards the award winners. I have to agree with you that a lot of them would feel like homework. I will stick to my comfort zone. LOL

TexasRed said...

I usually see them at the bookstore or highlighted online and feel slightly guilty about the ones I haven't read, so I'll pick one up and then may open it a year later. Oops.

Toni said...

I would say.. there used to be no draw for me to read Pulitzer Prize winning books. But after reading a few of them that became my favorites. I have a mission now to read them all.

serendipity_viv said...

I am quite partial to a prize winning book as I like to see what all the fuss is about. I still hope to get round to reading Coraline and Road to Terebithia.

Danielle said...

That is how I feel is if I want to read it I will read it. It doesn't matter whether or not it is prize winning! Thanks for your comments on my blog (Danielle's Journey)!

The Great Catsby said...

Hey sorry we have been MIA for awhile as well. Glad that we are both back up and running! Looking forward to getting through many of the posts we have missed out on.

Vickie said...

Nope, no compulsion whatsoever. I read what I read and I read for enjoyment, not what someone else says I should read or based on award acclaim.

Bella Foxx said...

Thanks for the award and commenting on my blog. I don't read prize winning books either. I have actually gotten to the point where my eyes start to glaze over when i start reading about the awards a book has won.

Have you read Serial yet? If you like to be scared . . . you'll love it!

Sharon said...

Prize winners are not in my comfort zone usually although I did enjoy To Kill a Mockingbird. I find most of them too dark and/or depressing. Maybe one of those would be good for the Fear Itself Challenge??

The Book Resort said...

Hi, there. Good to see you around. I read what I love. I may peek @ them to see what all the fuss is about but it isn't a must.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's what I feel about award winning books. You would assume they've got to be good if they won an award, but I just don't want to be disappointed. Hence why I don't really like reading books just because they won an award. I just go by what I feel like reading or if it catches my eye.

Dorte H said...

No! And that was the short answer.
I usually select new authors based on reviews by sources I trust, e.g. other bloggers, or whatever catches my interest via our local library. Here I am prepared to take a chance as it costs nothing.

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Sassy Brit, thanks :) You know I thought so too.. but it seems there are alot like us :)

Heather, Comfort Zone rocks :)

TexasRed, LOL well at least you do open them sooner or later :)

Toni, it's great to find something you enjoy :) happy Pulitzer reading ;)

Scrap Girl, you should try them out .. both were great :)

Danielle, my pleasure.. yeah that would make you feel relaxed and not pressured :)

Padfoot & Prongs, glad to see you are back.. welcome :D

Vickie, I love that :) "Reading for enjoyment"

Bella Foxx, LOL @ your eyes glaze over.. no I haven't gotten to it yet.. I have a book I have to review first then I might pick it up.. although I so want to read it now :)

Sharon, you gave me the idea for what books to add for the Fear challenge :) thanks!!

The Book Resort, thanks, glad to be around too :) and great concept!!

sensitive muse, yeah completly agrre with that :)

Dorte, I think the strongest recommends are from friends and bloggers.. I mean it comes from real people and I love that :)

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