When you have no clue about the next book to read, the first instinct is to look for the most awarded pieces of literature, right?
Sometimes, it might be a good idea. It is a good chance to fall in with a book to always remember. But there may be times when you get a huge disappointment. To help you out, we thought it would be nice to bring together the most promising new books from 2018, writings that got the appreciation of critics and, of course, the most coveted book prizes.
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
As you may know, the Pulitzer prize is awarded annually and it honors the best talents in journalism, arts and literature.
This year, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was “Less”, by Andrew Sean Greer. It is the story of a Californian gay writer, who is turning 50 and travelling around the world, to avoid his ex-boyfriend’s wedding.
In the meantime, the book talks about romantic relationships, where there is a significant age gap between partners. Also, it speaks about fears and loneliness through this memorable character, Arthur Less.
Man Booker Prize
Anna Burns was the proof that great artists can come from everywhere. She took the win for her book, “Milkman”. The novel talks about a teenage girl , who lives in an unnamed Northern Irish city and who is being pursued by an older paramilitary dubbed, named Milkman.
Burns wrote this story while she was in chronic pain, knowing that a prize could help her clean her debts. By winning this prize, Anna Burns gives hope to other poor authors, who don’t find the courage to publish their work
The award for the best novel went this year to “The Stone Sky”, by N.K. Jemisin and it is the final book of her tetralogy, “Broken Heart”.
If you are a fan of fantasy books, you should consider Jemisin. She is oficially one of the best writers of this genre. Her tetralogy is about a far-future Earth, that experiences devastating apocalyptic events.
The British Book Awards
One of the books which got the famous prize for Fiction was “Eleanor Oliphant is completely Fine”. It is a book that got a full review on our blog. Gail Honeyman got the Debut Book of the Year and Overall Winner with a story about trying to make people kinder and more gentle with people in need. Eleanor is the representative of people with painful stories from their childhood, men, and women that need support and advice.
“Reservoir 13”, by Jon McGregor got the Fourth Estate Fiction Book of the Year, and “The Dry”, by jane Harper won the prize for fiction, Crime & Thriller. Jamie Oliver was the winner of the Lifestyle Book of the Year, with “5 ingredients”.
Costa Book Awards
Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of Costa Book Awards this year is… “Inside the Wave”, by Helen. A poetry book, which has as central subject the mortality, seen through author’s experience of cancer.
“Pain is yards away / Held off like bad weather” or there is “the rock where the seaweed clings / And the red anemone throbs in its crevice / Through swash and backwash” are few of the lyrics you can find in the winning Costa Book awards book.
The Hugo Awards were announced at Worldcon 76 in San José, California on August 19, 2018 and they include almost 20 categories. We mostly wrote about the best novels, so we will mention just the first category.
So, the best novel at Hugo Awards was (drums) “The Stone Sky”, by N.K.Jemisin, the same winner from Nebula Awards.
Hope to find the inspiration for your next bookwish. Hugs from the 3 Badgers 😀