A book is #1 on the New York Times bestseller list? I couldn’t care less. A book just won a literary award? I need a copy NOW so I can see what all the fuss is about. (That is unless your book just won the Booker Prize, then, unfortunately, I couldn’t care less.) There is a multitude of literary awards these days and I avidly await the announcement of winners. Sure, the winners aren’t always as amazing as an award would seem to merit, but sometimes those awards shine a spotlight on some real gems.
Here are just ten that I have read and loved, that have been honored with an award, and it’s clear just why that is.
Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature (2016): Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (2015): Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel (2013): American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Historical Fiction (2013): Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Hugo Award for Best Novel (2009): The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original (2008): Queenpin by Megan Abbott
Bram Stoker Award for First Novel (2007): Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2007): The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel (1987): The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (1987): Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind