Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tuesday Thingers


Today's question: Awards. Do you follow any particular book awards? Do you ever choose books based on awards? What award-winning books do you have? (Off the top of your head only- no need to look this up- it would take all day!) What's your favorite award-winning book?

LibraryThing's Common Knowledge feature tracks awards; you can find it here.

My answer: I follow the Booker Prize, given every year to a book written by author from the British Commonwealth and Ireland, and I've read many books over the years that came to my attention through this award, including The Remains of the Day, The Blind Assassin, The English Patient and Amsterdam. But my favorite of all is my favorite book of all time, A.S. Byatt's Possession. As I wrote on Friday I just got a first-edition hardcover of Possession and have been absolutely savoring it. It almost doesn't get any better than this tour de force of romance, mystery, poetry and action. Possession won 7 awards overall.

I don't know how many award-winning books I have in my library and it would take too long to find out, but I tag my Booker winners and at last count I have 11.

I also follow the Sydney Taylor Book Award in my capacity as a synagogue librarian. The Sydney Taylor Award, named after the author of All-of-A-Kind-Family among others, is given by the Association of Jewish Libraries to the best Jewish book for children. Past winners and personal favorites include Bagels from Benny by Aubrey Davis, and Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine. If you're interested in learning more about the Sydney Taylor Book Award, you can go here. I have four winners in my personal library.

31 comments:

Traci said...

My post is up!

Cathy said...

Here's mine!

Book Zombie said...

I liked the topic this week, very interesting and it fits in nicely since the BBAW awards are on now.
Here is mine!

Lenore said...

Mine is up, again with hilarious kitty pictures (addictive I know). Read it here .

bermudaonion said...

My post is here

Bluestocking said...

My post is up. Click my name.

jlshall said...

Well, I've discovered yet another LT feature that's news to me. I guess I'm not a very good explorer. Anyway, here's my answer.

sheistoofondofbooks said...

I do look at these, but don't make my ultimate reading choices based on awards. My full answer is here

Meghan said...

I've posted here, before I fully read your post. I'm really encouraged to read Possession now that I've discovered you love it! I also apparently have way more prize winners than I realized or wrote about. Interesting.

rjsbooklady said...

I'm up at The Book Lady's Blog .

Michele said...

My post about awards is here. I am not much of an award-winning book reader.

Icedream said...

My post is up here.

S. Krishna said...

My post is here

Jen - devourer of books said...

My answer is here.

Klarusu said...

My answer's here

I've had 'Possession' in my possession for a while now (if you'll excuse the pun) and haven't got round to reading it. I'm going to bump it up the TBR mountain after this recommendation!

Library Cat said...

Mine is up! Please visit here. I have yet another question for you - I need help!
LibrarysCat

marineko said...

Found out about Tuesday Thingers through someone else's blog and decided to do this. My answeres are here

justareadingfool said...

First, do you have something against American authors, Marie? ;)

Second, here is my answer.

Alyce said...

Here's my post:

http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2008/09/tuesday-thingers_09.html

I added Possession to my list of books to check out.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

My Tuesday Thingers is here.

PopinFresh said...

Here's mine

~ Popin

julesjones said...

My fingers are hurting a bit less this week, so here's mine:
Wordpress
LiveJournal

LitMajor said...

Response

Matt said...

Mine is here.

Man Booker Prize is what comes off my head first. I usually go through their list for reading ideas. National Book Awards is the second. Nobel Prize for Literature sometimes could be too obscure, overshadowed by political reasons.

Marcia said...

The short answer is ~ I don't. A bit longer version can be found
here.

Marie - thank you for hosting this week in and week out.

prairie progressive said...

My very first Tuesday Thingers is posted here

Alea said...

My answer is here!

Alabama Book Worm said...
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Alabama Book Worm said...

Here is my contribution for the week.

Cindy said...

mine is posted.

http://cindysloveofbooks.blogspot.com/

Florinda said...

My Tuesday Thinger is up - happy Friday :-)!