Are you more likely to read a novel if it has won an award?
Does it have any bearing on your enjoyment of the book? Some maintain that there is a reason why these books have won awards and you could do worse than to find out why! Others would say that their enjoyment is just as great if the book is obscure.
Some read award winners so that they can discuss them with friends and colleagues. The reasoning being that more people would read an award winner and that the book would more likely be a popular topic of conversation.
If you like to read award-winning novels, here are two recent winners for you to try:
The Crime Writers of Canada announced June 4th that former Toronto Star columnist Linwood Barclay had won the Arthur Ellis award for best novel for his book “Too close to home“. A psychological suspense thriller about the killing of a family in a quiet suburban neighbourhood and the secrets that emerge in a seemingly peaceful town.
The winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel was Howard Shrier for his novel “Buffalo Jump“.
Whether you agree with the judges or not… reading makes us all winners!