As many people may have heard, the 2012 Pulitzer awards were announced on Monday and for the first time since 1977 there is no award for Fiction. This has been a shock since many people would say that 2011 was a decent year for fiction. This is the 11th time since the Pulitzer began; in 1917 that there was no award for fiction. The judges of the award have said that they failed to reach a unanimous decision on who should win this award. The board had narrowed it down to three books; Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!, Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, and The Pale King by David Foster Wallace but now we are left with no winners. Does this affect the book world? I think the biggest losers from having no award winner will be the booksellers who might have enjoyed the chance to sell a book that people may not have owned or read.
So while we have no Pulitzer award for 2012 I wonder; what do people think might have been the stand out books of 2011? While these books probably don’t fit the Pulitzer, I thought I might just use this chance to mention my favourite five books of last year.
5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
4. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
3. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
1. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
With honourable mentions to Me and Mr. Booker by Cory Taylor, The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock, Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes and The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. Please let me know what you thought was worth reading from 2011.