MY STREAK IS OVER!! I finally finally FINALLY guessed an award-winning novel!! YYYYYEEEESSS!!!!! This may seem trivial to you, but I truly was beginning to think that I had no idea what a “good book” looked like, because I had never read a winning book before it was announced that it won. The year 2013 has changed all that my friends, and in numerous categories! I can keep my job!* Yes!
I won’t do what every other blogger is doing and review every winning title. Who has time for that. Instead I will highlight the ones I’ve read and encourage you to read them.
I read Printz Honor book Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz last September at the recommendation of a coworker who said of the novel, “I haven’t fallen in love with a book since high school. Until this.” That brief review encouraged me to read. And read I did. This beautiful coming-of-age story also won the Pura Belpré award and the Stonewall Book Award.
Of the ten Alex Award Winners, I read 4, one of which I have yet to review. I’ll do that this week. (Maybe?) They are:
– girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
– Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: a novel by Robin Sloan
– Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
– Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Marie Semple
Oh, and I totally read Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds, but this is a YA and adult book blog. Not a children’s blog. I’ll save you from a review of that fun, “scary” children’s book.
*It is not a pre-requisite to guess or even read award-winning YA literature, but it is a point of pride. For me. Probably not for many other people.