Awards Round-up: July 2016


by Michelle C.

Welcome to the July Awards Round-up! There was a nice mash-up of categories this month with a great selection of titles.

We will start with the Longlist for the Man Booker Prize. The Man Booker Prize is awarded to a novel written in English and published in the UK. The winner will be announced on October 25th so you have plenty of time to read some of these titles for yourself and decide who the winner should be.

gunNext we have the International Thiller Writers Award. This award has six categories: Best Hardcover Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original Novel, Best Short Story, Best Young Adult Novel, and Best E-Book Original Novel. Sno-Isle Libraries owns all of the winners! Check out the winner for Best Short Story “Gun accident: an investigation” by Joyce Carol Oates.  Oates builds the tension by bringing ordinary people to the brink.

If you are looking for something a little less disturbing, this month the Romance Writers of America announced the RITA Winners. The RITA award recognizes excellence in romance fiction. One of the things I like about this award is that they break the Contemporary Romance category into three winners based off the length of the novel. That way if you just want a quick read, you know to try the Contemporary Romance: Short Winner The Nanny Plan by Sarah M. Anderson.  Or if you are going on a long trip and want something to pass the time, you can try the Contemporary Romance: Long Winner Brokedown Cowboy by Maisey Yates. If you are looking for a book that is neither too long nor too short (this is starting to sound like Goldilocks and the Three Bears!), try the Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length Winner Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.

The Eisner Award winners were also announced this month. The Eisner Award recognizes the best in comics and graphic novels.  If you have found a new love of graphic novels while participating in Reading Resolutions this year, take a look at the winners. Two outstanding winners this year include Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, which won in both Best New Series and Best Penciler/Inker, and Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, which won in both Best Continuing Series and Best Writer.

Let us know if you have an favorites from these lists!

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