Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Winners Because . . .

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.

3 comments:

The Voice said...

I haven't read any of the books, but their titles interest me a lot. I especially love the tile 'Chasing Fireflies'. I would think after reading them I would have to read the ones that lost, just to see why they lost. It would be a big job. I think I'll start with the fireflies.

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

I noticed the majority of have one or two word titles. Is this a trend? I would have to read the back cover to see what the book is about but if I had to pick based on just the title I go for 'Chasing Fireflys', and I really couldn't say why.

Erica Vetsch said...

Sadly, I haven't read ANY of this year's winners. But for me, a winning book starts with a winning character. Someone I can relate to and root for.