Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to the 1st Annual Book Polygamist Awards! (insert applause and cheering here)
Every year I look back at the books I have read and assign awards to those that have stood out in some way. Before now that acknowledgement has been for my eyes only in my treasured reading journals so I am happy to make them public for the first time!
The awards will be in two parts: the Annual Awards which are ones that I have given to books every year and will likely continue to do so; and the Special Awards which are awards that I have created especially for this years contenders.
I hope you enjoy 🙂
Coraline by Neil Gaiman, at 1 day
Eddie Dickens Trilogy (Awful End; Dreadful Acts and Terrible Times) at 2 days for all three.
Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker, at 25 weeks, 3 days!
The Books of Blood: vol 1-3 by Clive Barker at 30 weeks and counting!!
Most Books Read by a Single Author:
4 by Kerry Greenwood (Urn Burial; Heavenly Pleasures; Devil’s Food; Trick or Treat)
3 by Charlaine Harris (Definitely Dead; All Together Dead; From Dead to Worse)
3 by Philip Ardagh (Awful End; Dreadful Acts;Terrible Times)
Best “New” Author Award:
Every year I make a list of authors I have discovered and who I want to read more of, so this year I thought I’d give an award to the author that I was the most impressed with and have since researched several other books of theirs that I’m interested in as well as a few other authors that get honorable mentions.
Marianne de Pierres (Nylon Angel – Book 1 Parrish Plessis series)
Andrew Nicoll (The Good Mayor)
Kathryn Lasky (Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Capture)
Muriel Barbery (The Elegance of the Hedgehog)
Catherine Webb (The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle)
The Best End to a Series Award:
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman
The Best Start to a Series Award:
The Capture (Guardians of Ga’Hoole series) by Kathryn Lasky
The Longest and Strangest Title Award:
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
The “Graphic Novels are a Legitimate Genre” Award:
This is the first year I have read Graphic Novels and actually treated them like real books (i.e. included them in my book journal; wrote reviews etc.) so I thought the two fabulous Graphic Novels deserve their very own award 🙂
The Short but Sweet Award:
This year has included a few short-story anthologies, a format I don’t generally read a lot so I have chosen the best short-story collection as well as the best individual stories.
Best stories: Family Business by Jonathan Maberry; The Zombie Who Fell from the Sky by M. B. Homler; The Storm Door by Tad Williams; Second Wind by Mike Carey; Weaponized by David Wellington.
The BRAAIINNS! Award:
This year stood out as the year I started to love zombie stories! It wasn’t the first time I read anything with zombies (in 2010 I read Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner which is about a zombie detective; the first Anita Blake book by Laurell K Hamilton, Guilty Pleasures, which involves zombie raising, and right before the dawn of 2011 I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan which is set in a zombie-apocalyptic world) but after Zombie: an Anthology of the Undead I was hooked so the BRAAIINNS Award goes to:
with an honorable mention to Alice in Zombieland by Lewis Carrol and Nickolas Cook 😛
The Revisited Award:
This is a new award I came up with, given to a book I re-read and still loved in 2011:
The About Time! Award:
This award goes to a book that I had been meaning to read for a long time:
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
The Best Cover Art Award:
The Misleading Cover Award:
(to find out why this cover is misleading see my review)
The “They’ve Still Got It!” Award:
This is another new one that I created purely to highlight two of my favourite authors whose newest releases I read this year and loved just as much (if not more) than previous favourites:
2011 has been a fabulous year for me, not just for reading but in many aspects of my life, and I hope for even more great reads and wonderful events now that its 2012!
I hope you all also read some novels in 2011 that deserve awards and you have an amazing 2012 🙂