Friday, 16 March 2018

Chuckles Chat #60 Book Awards

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This week I'm talking about Book Awards.

I honestly don't know how many book awards and bestseller lists there are out there. A lot, anyway! But how important are they in our decisions as to what we are going to read? These are books generally with critical acclaim and popular authors who sell well but does it make you want to read them personally?

I admit that I generally wouldn't know a book award or bestseller list if I fell over it. I'm more likely to stumble over a pile of books in my room than know anything about these things. I just don't pay any attention to them. I don't honestly care if the book I'm reading won an award, sold millions of copies or topped some list or another. If I like the sound of a book I'll pick it up and try it, if I don't I won't. I'm never influenced by critics or sales figures or stuff like that. I just don't find it personally important in my reading life. I'm actually more interested in what my reading peers are saying about the books so I'll look at reviews on blogs, Goodreads and sometimes on Amazon if I'm considering buying something. Goodreads and blogs are my main source of information though.

Yes of course I have heard of some lists and awards. I know about things like the New York Times Bestseller List for example but the genres I tend to read are more about Indie authors and genres such as horror, apocalypse and zombies so a lot of my reads are never going to make that kind of list. I guess that makes it less relevant for me to check these lists. But to be honest, even if a lot of my books did feature on these lists, I still doubt I would go near them! It's just not something I have ever had a great interest in. An example is that I know about that Bram Stoker horror award but I never look it up. I prefer to just browse horror books that I come across at random on blogs or sites like Amazon and Goodreads.

It works the same for me with book reviews in national newspapers or entertainment magazines. I just never look at them at all. I follow such a wide range of blogs that I see reviews on all genres and I find that more useful than paid critics.

Which awards or bestseller lists do you look at? Is it important to you in your reading life? Do you use these lists and things to pick out books you want to read? Do you not care about what appears on them?Do you prefer looking at reader reviews than critics?

8 comments:

  1. I don’t ever look at bestseller lists, but I do pay attention to the bigger awards. I follow the ALA awards, the National Book Award, Man Booker, Women’s Prize, and a few others. For me, they’re just a way to find out about new books. If the books don’t sound interesting, I don’t read them. The only exceptions to that are the Newbery and Printz Awards. I try to read the winners of those each year, but I’m currently behind on both of them.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. It certainly sounds like you find them useful. I guess I just kind of wing it when it comes to new reads! I do check out upcoming releases by genre on Amazon but that's about it!

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  2. I agree. These types of awards and lists just don't mean anything to me either. I did read a book that won some literary award and I absolutely hated it. I normally do not agree with critics, so I try to just find the books that match what I love. Like you, I enjoy reading horror and many times they are not found on these lists! So frustrating. Although, I think I found Iain Rob Wright through an award thing. It's been a while so I can't remember. But if you haven't read him yet, I think you would enjoy. His books are nuts!

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    1. I'm quite picky in my reading and even my film watching when I get round to it. 'Critically Aclaimed' for me usually means slow!

      I tried one of his zombie books and really didn't like it so I've never read anything else by him. I hate zombie books where the MC is determined not to believe there are zombies!

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  3. I'm sort of basically aware of the Hugos and Nebulas, but other than that I don't pay a lot of attention. I've voted in the Hugos a couple times when I was attending Worldcon or had a supporting membership, mostly because I know a couple of authors/content creators who are eligible.

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    1. Goodreads are always on at me to vote in their awards every year but there isn't much point when I've never usually read any of the shortlisted books!

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  4. I don't care about what awards a book has either. Not even remotely. I go by what sounds interesting me based on the blurb and reviews!

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    1. That works for me! I always read to suit my own interests.

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