Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weekly Geeks 2011-2

Winners of awards and book titles on lists have always fascinated me. Not because I think the books that make it onto those honors and lists are any better than those that haven't, but because they are a way to find new books, popular books, books that people are talking about-and a chance to enter into that conversation through reading. I have to admit, there are many awards and lists I don't know about, and the Michael L. Printz Award (from the Young Adult Library Services Association, I think it began in 2000) is one I had never heard of until this week's Weekly Geeks prompt! And what a wonderful discovery it is.

Sadly, I have read very few of the books honored with this award, but several have been on my wishlist for ages.

Some of the Printz award winners/honorees that I yearn for:
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman

Now some Printz award winners/honorees that I have read:
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, which I read very recently, was an Honor book in 2003.
how i live now by Meg Rosoff was the award winner in 2005, which I enjoyed immensely back in 2005 or 2006 when I read it. It was dystopian YA with just enough eating disorders and family drama to keep impending disaster surreal and mundane-wonderful book.

1 comment:

  1. I've been wondering about how i live... good to know you would recommend it!

    I definitely encourage you to read The Book Thief ASAP (although you've probably heard that before; this is one of those books that everyone goes around trying to make everyone else they should). Even before I had finished it, I decided that it was one of my favorite books EVER.

    I don't know if you like historical fiction at all, but another Printz winner/honoree that you should check out is M.T. Anderson's Octavian Nothing books. Ah-maz-ing.