I am a HS teacher with her MLIS. My dream job is to be either a college/university librarian OR a childrens/YA librarian. Oh heck, any kind of librarian. Someday, it will happen, and I keep sending out résumés to make it so.
In the mean time, I have embraced my inner geek. During my MLIS program, we were constantly encouraged to recommend “good” books. Well, what I think is good and what YOU think is good may not be the same. Your purpose makes a difference. Your needs make a difference. Anyway, “award winning” and “classic” were phrases thrown around a LOT. I started to notice how MANY books/authors/websites/recordings had won some kind of award. I started to wonder. I mean, hey, I could give myself the “Geekiest blog of the year” award and say I’m award winning. So I started to research. It’s what I do.
So far, I’ve found over 200 random, well-known, teeny-tiny, and much ballyhooed awards for writing of all kinds. I’m going to try and cover them all. What they’re for, who can win, and most important to me: who votes/how you win. What does it take to GET that award? From time to time, I’ll also post about authors who are cool enough to win SEVERAL awards, or books that have won multiples, and Authors who DESERVE an award, just cuz I said so. Awards for writing are something awesome. That as a society we took time to recognize greatness and come to a consensus is amazing. I just like to know who’s recognizing what…ya know?
In case you asked: the name of the blog makes some folks expect book reviews. Sorry, no. The only thing close is a brief list of what I’m reading. There are a plethora of really well done book review blogs out there. Booktopia for me was a good word to describe the book/publishing/selling/writing universe that the awards live in. So I’m reviewing the world of books, marketing, and awards, not the books themselves. Does that make sense to anyone else? just checking…