Do you suffer from Book Awards Anxiety? Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, sweating, panic attacks and repeated stammering of “Um, uh…” when asked how many books you have read from the Booker Shortlist, Governor General Shortlist, Giller Shortlist, Pulitzer Prize, Baileys Prize, Nobel Prize, etc., etc. My answer is usually, “Oh, about NONE of them!”
As someone who feels she is still in her reading infancy, I’ll be lucky if I’ve even heard some of the authors! I used to panic about all the classics I had catch up on, but this week alone I was overwhelmed with “must-reads” from multiple literary award announcements.
The only thing I can do is follow my usual strategy and let my cat pick my books. Kidding! Truthfully, I will probably just shovel more books onto the TBR and hope for the best. At least I’ll focus on the CanLit.
Do you suffer from Book Awards Anxiety? What books did you add to your TBR after hearing they were shortlisted or won a literary prize this year?