Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Murphy Book Awards

It being the end of the year, I'm handing out virtual awards. I'm calling them Murphys. You know, like Emmys or ESPYS, except without the annoying cachet. I've even created an actual award.
Pretty sweet, huh? If you're lucky enough to win one of these fine looking things, feel free to post it on your Web site. Markus Zusak, I'm talking to you. Like the Emmys, I'm going to include my nominees as well as the winners and carry on far too long. Only books I read this year are eligible. The complete list is in the sidebar.

BEST BOOK WITH AN AUTISTIC CHARACTER:

Al Capone Shines My Shoes
Al Capone Does My Shirts
WINNER: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

BEST BOOK THAT'S ALSO A MOVIE I'VE SEEN:

Shiloh Season
The BFG
WINNER: The Tale of Despereaux (but the movie blew)

BEST BOOK ABOUT WRITING:

Characters and Viewpoint
Bird by Bird
WINNER: Plot and Structure

BEST "ADULT" NOVEL:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Wastelands
WINNER: The Art of Racing in the Rain

SWEETEST PLOT:

Unwind
When You Reach Me
The Hunger Games
WINNER: The Lost Conspiracy

BEST MEMOIR:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Glass Castle
WINNER: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

FUNNIEST NON-FICTION:

A Walk in the Woods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
WINNER: When You Are Engulfed in Flames

FUNNIEST MIDDLE GRADE:

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
WINNER: Skinnybones

FUNNIEST YOUNG ADULT:

Sophomore Undercover
The Order of Odd-Fish
The Spectacular Now
WINNER: Spanking Shakespeare

BEST DEBUT NOVEL:

When the Whistle Blows
Graceling
Spanking Shakespeare
The Order of Odd-Fish
WINNER: Looking for Alaska

BEST MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL:

When You Reach Me
The Graveyard Book
The True Meaning of Smekday
WINNER: The Hunger Games

BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL:

Marcelo in the Real World
The Spectacular Now
An Abundance of Katherines
The Lost Conspiracy
WINNER: The Book Thief

BEST BOOK I READ THIS YEAR, PERIOD:

Marcelo in the Real World
The Lost Conspiracy
WINNER: The Book Thief

______________________________________

Next Week: Blog Awards. The points have been tabulated.

15 comments:

Anita said...

Did you read THE ROAD? I think I liked it better than BOOK THIEF.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Read it in 2008.

Anita said...

Ah.

I think I'm going to stop writing novel(s). I've been doing a lot of soul-searching and I think I'm only writing as a way to eek out some love and attention. Husband gets all the oohs and aahs around here, because he's nice, a good person and his job is interesting (not that that's bad stuff), and I think I've just been looking for a way to excel at something myself, so I've been trying to get a novel published. Problem is, I'm not sure my writing is excellent. It's sorta funny in a sad kind of way.

Anyway, the point: I'll probably switch the angle of my posts from writing-heavy to reading-heavy. So if you read any totally awesome books, please let me know.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Where'd you get the notion that your writing needs to be excellent to get published?

Anita said...

You're right. I think I had the holiday blues. Also, I've been reading too many Pulitzers. Good news: I'm feeling better and will keep writing. Maybe we should write a book together. A YA. I'll write the female's perspective and you write the male's. JUNO/NICK&NORA/BREAKFAST CLUB feel.

Kelly said...

Apparently I gotta put The Book Thief on my To Read List. Actually it's there, but that list is LONG! Got The Hunger Games for Christmas, pretty psyched to get started.
Anita, keep writing!

MG Higgins said...

Anita, based on your comments and blog posts you're an excellent writer! I'm glad you've decided to stick with it. Stop reading award winners.

Oh, right, this is PMM's blog. Love your lists and award (very attractive). Read Book Thief a while back--I can see why it's your favorite. I read Art of Racing in the Rain because you mentioned it in a post and it's my favorite book of 2009. So ... thanks.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Think of this blog as one of those cozy, hole-in-the-wall bars where everyone knows everyone. I'll be the bartender, and you can talk to me if you like, but I'd just as soon pour a few shots of whiskey, run your Keno tickets, and listen to your stories.

Top Dragon said...

Murph, we've read exactly zero of the same books this year but I'll definitely add "The Book Thief" to my 2010 list. I'll be posting my own "TopDragon" award list this week; been doing it for years but always by genre.

Anita: Keep writing; I enjoy reading your Gazette column far more than any Pulitzer winner :)

Anita said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm going to keep writing AND drinking at this bar.

James Kennedy said...

I'm nominated for two categories, but didn't win either? I'm turning into the Susan Lucci of book awards.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

If it makes you feel better, Looking for Alaska is like eight years old. If I'd had my head screwed on right I would have read it a few years ago and then you would have won.

Amy said...

Guess I'll pick up Book Thief and The Hitchhiker's Guide. I do appreciate your YA suggestions for my 11-year old! And I did notice one major work missing...one that involved a mow...

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Ha! Didn't quite finish that one. I should have kept a list of those books. I could have titled it "Books I Thought Would Rule, but Which Actually Kind of Sucked."

Tina Lee said...

I'm glad you liked The Lost Conspiracy. I always like it when my likes are confirmed(of course!) and that is a book that I haven't heard much about other places.

Really glad to hear Anita is still working on her novel.