Looking over the titles of the Christy winners, I have to wonder what these books have in common, why they're winners. Anyone know? Good writing is a given, but what makes these stories special? Is it the way the author tells the story or is it the story itself? The characters, maybe? Or could it be the author's voice ? The subject s/he tackled?
Unfortunately, I haven't read any of these books. Where do I start? Should I read the winners? But then I'll need to read the finalists to compare to the winners. From my way of thinking, I should also read other books in the genre--those that weren't even nominated--just to compare. My work is cut out for me. So many books and so little time.
What do you do? Have you read all these books? What makes them special? Your opinion counts so talk to me.