I don’t mean the title to be offensive to the winners but that’s what I thought when I opened the best books of 2014 link that can be access from the front page of our goodreads home. I’m not here to judge, because who am I to judge when I just read couple of books on the nominee list? But one thing though, its so obvious that winning goodreads choice awards is about testing author’s popularity.
For example, the winner of the Best Fiction Category is Landline from Rainbow Rowell. Seriously? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of her works. But please, there are Haruki Murakami; Liane Moriarty; David Mitchell; Jojo Moyes; even Emily St. Mandell -which is my choice, their works were better than Georgie’s story in Landline.
And then, Lullabies from Lang Leav winning Best Poetry Category. I couldn’t agree more with Emily’s review about Lullabies. Nah, I have not read Lullabies. Then I’m not in position to judge, aren’t I? But somehow I know, looking back to her first work Love & Misadventures, that Lullabies wouldn’t go far beyond what Love & Misadventures achieved. Its still about an obsession to one boy, isn’t it? But more mature? Exquisite? I’m afraid Its not going far near mature when she’s still using her simplistic tone.
I can’t talk much. Honestly, what makes me wrote this is my disappointment knowing Landline winning over better works lined up on the nominee list. I can not blame anybody. Can I?. Because, maybe, Landline has good number and dependable fan base. Its widely read, can’t doubt about it. But again, The Big Little Lies (38,970 ratings) has been read wider than Landline (30,266 ratings). Still can’t beat Landline’s popularity. Where were you, reader?
The thing that I wanted to say is, I’m afraid the over-rating novels rosed and the under-rated novels buried beneath them though they have the potential. Isn’t this kinda best-books list convince you to at least try to read? Maybe testing common reader choices?
Oh, Ziyy, don’t be a fool. Its a voting-based book awards, You couldn’t be hoping others decided this book is better than that book or this book is good, just like you did. One thing I’m thankful though: the nominee list. I’m adding some of the books from the nominee list to my TBR. Its another face of wide recommendation, isn’t it?