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message 1: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1625 comments Mod
It's becoming clear very quickly that there are a lot of different awards out there that recognize Christian Fiction. Which ones do you follow? Do you read books because they are nominated or winners for an award?


message 2: by Beth (new)

Beth  (canadianbeth) | 101 comments I do not really pay much attention to awards. I read what I want and not what others tell me I should. Especially when it comes to so-called "best sellers". It does seem, however, that within the genre I prefer - Christian fiction - a lot of books I have read have also won awards. :-) One book that is not Christian fiction, and is actually young adult, won the W.A. Morris YA Debut Award and several others (A Curse Dark as Gold) I actually have that book here on my shelf because I "know" the author and bought it before she even received the award.


Beth - ;)
in Calgary


message 3: by Hannah (new)

Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 860 comments I recognize the Christy awards but I most enjoy voting on some of the indie ones that my friends' books are on. I don't specifically read for an award, but I love seeing books I enjoyed get an award.


message 4: by Joy (new)

Joy (audioaddict1234) | 104 comments I like the Christy awards and have read some books/series based on those. I’m really not familiar with the others and that is one of the reasons I frequent CFD. Hopefully others with strong feelings and more familiarity will see this thread and post.


message 5: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1625 comments Mod
I am loving reading these comments and hope other members will comment too.

I love following awards that honor Christian Fiction. The initial award that I followed was Christy Awards. The first year I followed the Christy Awards, I discovered Julie Klassen. What a fabulous find!! I quickly began reading her back list after reading the nominee.

I've found many authors as a result of awards. In addition to finding new authors, it's such a pleasure to see a favorite author recognized for their work.


message 6: by Martha (new)

Martha | 2 comments The Carol Awards are always good reads. They tend to take the best of the best and after a big screening process filter out any that were not liked by many. So, while they don't hit everyone that way, generally the majority people do really like.


message 7: by Sarita (new)

Sarita | 1192 comments Before I joined CFD, I didn't even know there was book awards like these.

I must say I'm still confused about all the different awards. I just read the books my CFD friends liked :-)


message 8: by Lila (new)

Lila Diller | 222 comments me, too, Sarita! :) I just read ones that seem interesting to me, as I don't always like trends. I appreciate the quality of the writing required to win an award, but I don't always resonate with the content, so it doesn't matter to me much if a book has won an award or not.


message 9: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2866 comments Mod
Staci, I love the way you are helping us learn about all the Christian book awards out there. I knew about the Christy awards but am now learning new ones. Thanks for being our Awards person.


message 10: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1625 comments Mod
It’s a joy to talk about book awards. I am learning too!


message 11: by Charlene (new)

Charlene | 339 comments I didn’t know that Christian fiction was recognised separately until I joined the genre bingo challenge. I had to wait and see what other people read and then investigate LOL. Thats how I learnt about the Christy awards :).

I don’t plan to follow them as a fad but I would like to read a few categories and make my own decision before the winners are released. Just for fun LOL.

So I plan to try and read one category from the Carol award nominees for September. ATM I’m torn between romance or romance suspense :).


message 12: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1625 comments Mod
Charlene, what you mention about reading nominees for romance or romantic suspense for the Carol Awards is something I've done with both Christy and INSPY Awards. I enjoy picking my own "winner" and seeing if it matches the judges. I hope you'll comment on the Carol Award thread about the books you decide to read.


message 13: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Olson (girlsmama) | 694 comments I first knew of the Christy's which I really enjoy following and then the INSPY's which I've felt are fun as well. As a result of both of them I have definitely tried lots of new author's. I've tried to read closer to what they pick so that I can have fun with choosing my favorite but I don't usually get all of the nominees read- so many books so little time! :) There have been some years, where I was like- whoah- I haven't heard of a lot of these books, but then , like I said, its fun to branch out and try out the new authors!


message 14: by Charlene (new)

Charlene | 339 comments Will do Staci :)

I completely agree Cheryl “so many books but so little time”! I want to read them all but it’s not possible LOL


message 15: by Joy (new)

Joy (audioaddict1234) | 104 comments I like to read award winners not bc they are trendy but bc there are so many books out there. I had read a lot of Christian fiction in the 90’s and to be honest, they books all seemed to be Prairie romances and I got tired of them. So I quit reading most Christian fiction for a long time. When I came back,—WOW! There are so many more authors now and sub genres. I’m still figuring out who I like.

It’s funny bc I usually enjoy the Christy winners but that is not the case with Pulitzer or other secular award winners.


message 16: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 36 comments I like to look at award-winning books when looking for new authors/genres to read. Who nominates the titles and chooses the winners? I'm starting research for a workshop to be presented next March to our local group of Church Librarians. I think the workshop title will be "And the Winner Is"..... and it will be about the different awards and how they are chosen.


message 17: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new)

Staci | 1625 comments Mod
I love that idea Jackie!!


message 18: by Loraine, CFD Momma (new)

Loraine (librarydiva) | 2866 comments Mod
Great idea Jackie!


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