I will begin by answering the very question I shall pose, later.
When it comes to books, I'm not a big follower of Awards, and definitely not a crowd-follower. In other words, I rarely succumb to that most unreliable of indicators --> SALES! Whether a book is a bestseller or not means little to me. I would just as soon read it because it had a great cover.
When it comes to Awards, I must admit that there are times when I am influenced by a book winning a prestigious Award, say the Booker or [in Canada] the Giller. The same can be said for a book being short or even long-listed for either of these. But I would not say I am a BIG follower of the Awards.
I know of one woman, an acquaintance from my current residency at a Chapters bookstore, every year when the Canada Reads nominees are selected [consisting of five novels] she promptly buys and reads all of the books.
I myself have never been so dedicated to any sort of book award competition.
In fact, it is almost a random thing -- when I happen to be reading an award-winning book.
Currently I am reading one -- the Booker Prize winner from 2004.
And truly, seeing that gold crest "Winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction" -- that does not hurt, as I roam through a used bookstore…
My question tonight is a simple one.
Are you a big follower of Book Awards?
In your experience, are award winning books noticeably "better" than other books in any significant way?
If you are a follower of book awards -- which ones are you partial to?
The Booker, The Giller, The Pulitzer, The Nobel Prize?