It's Thursday! I'm going to be in an important meeting for part of the day, so I won't be around mid-day, but I'll start out with all of you, and catch up.
I'm not going to talk about what I'm reading today. Instead, I'm going to talk about awards. I'm always happy to see Louise Penny nominated. She writes my favorite mystery series. And, Lori Rader-Day's The Day I Died is up for an Anthony. But, don't you wonder sometimes, when you see the same books on all of the award nomination lists? What did we miss?
I end every year with my lists of favorites read. I always say these are just my favorites, not the "best of" list. And, Louise Penny and Lori Rader-Day's 2017 books were both on that list. But, so was Craig Johnson. He never writes the same book twice, yet has a cast of beloved characters. And, his language is beautiful. I loved D.M. Quincy's historical mystery, Murder in Mayfair, and historicals seldom win awards. Then there's Ellery Adams. The Agatha Awards honor traditional mysteries, but Adams seldom appears on the nominations lists.
I know. As a reader, I did get to vote for some of the awards. As in any awards, some books get overlooked while the same authors or books get picked in one year. Maybe they are the best books of the year. Maybe they're the ones that everyone read because they had the most buzz.
I have a proposal for you. You can either talk about the books you're reading and listening to, as we do every week. We do always want to know. Or, you can tell us what crime novel or novels were overlooked this year that would go on your best of 2017 list. Either way, I'm curious!