Unfortunately, I haven’t pinned down a winner for my title contest yet. I’m indecisive—which is why my husband took me on a surprise cruise last week and planned all the details because it stresses me out so much to try to decide where to go on a trip that I end up wishing we’d just stay home! The cruise was lovely, and I spent a whole day gazing at the Pacific and reading a Printz winner.
When I wasn’t eating, that is.
So back to the Printz winner. There has been a lot of controversy lately about if recent Newbery winners appeal to kids or only librarians, but I haven’t heard the same complaints about other awards. My cruise read was The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean. I hadn’t even heard of this book yet—just saw the big gold seal on the cover and picked it up. I loved it! I’m a big sucker for literary YA and death-defying-capers-in-the-snow kind of stories, and this book has both.
I have to go unpack and do laundry now, so I’ll cut this post short and turn the question to you: what do you usually think of books that win awards? Are you more inclined to pick something up if it has a flashy sticker on the front? What award-winning books have wowed you? And which ones did you find disappointing?