So I watched the book awards on the ALA webcast this morning, and I was pretty shocked by the results. Like Trisha said, "Huh?" I know a couple of people were happy with the winner, but I had really not heard much about any of these books, save for Your Own Sylvia. I mean, did anyone have any of these in their top 10 possibilities? I can't comment on their quality since I haven't read any of them, but I've started The White Darkness (not blown away by the first chapter but giving it a chance). Of course, I'm probably just bitter and disappointed that Freak Show didn't win anything and that we won't get to hear James St. James give an acceptance speech this summer. I am glad that this gives me some new titles to check out, and since they don't overlap with the National Book Awards, it's good to see that recognition gets spread around. I'm surprised The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian didn't get anything, though, since there has been so much librarian-love for that book.
I am also a little surprised by the Alex Awards. I thought Nineteen Minutes would be a good candidate, as would The Zookeeper's Wife.