Have Your Reading Lists Changed?

Yesterday was the ALA Youth Media Awards. I have to say it was a ton of fun to watch…I was at work (and actually working!), but I listened to the webcast. Twitter was obviously a buzz, and it was great to see how excited everybody was.

I have a feeling there were a few surprises, but I have been completely out of the loop on awards this year, so I can’t say for certain. I won’t list all the winners, but you can see them here.

So, does this change your reading list at all? As a librarian, I always feel like I should be reading these books. They are the award winners, and that’s supposed to count for something, right? But then again, I am a firm believer of reading for pleasure, not because some award tells you the book is good. If the story appeals to you, go right ahead! But if you have no interest in the story, don’t force yourself into it based on other opinions (or if you do force yourself into it, don’t force yourself to finish something you’re not enjoying for that sake! If you end up liking the story, that’s fantastic, but don’t stumble miserably through!)

I do try to make myself acquainted with the winners, so that I can refer them to patrons…but again, I prefer to refer patrons to books I think they’ll like, as opposed to books that are award winners. I love when those two things overlap, but that doesn’t always happen, and just because a book isn’t an award winner, it doesn’t mean it’s no good!

I hang my head in shame and admit that I have not read a single one of the honoured/winning books this year, D=  …I am currently reading The Fault in Our Stars, but that’s it. So there are a few new ones on my reading list, but not tons…I am trying to branch out in my reading, but there are a lot of branches, so I have to take it slow!

Do awards change your reading lists at all? Do you follow them? Do you read award nominees/winners? What were your thoughts on the YMA this year?


  • randi lee

    I'll be completely honest, I never heard of YMA until this post…so I suppose I don't read by awards. Having been introduced to it, though, I think award winning novels would likely gain my attention a bit more than others. Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan Francino

    Hey, you can't read everything! At this point in my life my professors tend to monopolize my reading list…which is great, but also a little sad. I definitely tend not to read by awards, though. When I want novels I usually go for some that I have been liking the sound of, or consult a couple of the trusted mega-readers in my life. 🙂

    By the way, I'm from the blog that hosts Save-A-Word Saturday, and we would love to have you join us! It's still a bit of a baby meme, but it's really fun. 😀

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