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  •  So Many Awards! (8+ / 0-)

    Are enough mysteries written each year to win all of them?

    Do you suppose mysteries are the most popular genre among readers?  I like to try to keep up with reading as many literary prize winners as I can, but I can't imagine attempting the same thing with mysteries.  Hopeless!

    Remarkable diary, impressive compendium.  Thanks for doing all the hard work it represents!

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    by Limelite on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 05:45:06 PM PDT

    •  when I was on the Edgar best novel committee (8+ / 0-)

      publishers sent us something like 430 novels to read (or skim if we knew they wouldn't make our lists). I don't know if there are fewer books published now, but the great thing about the Edgar Award is that small presses and books with tiny print runs have a chance.

      When I took my non-keepers to the used bookstore, they thought I must be a thief and came close to calling the police.

      “In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” Napoleon Bonaparte

      by scilicet on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 05:51:04 PM PDT

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    •  The nice part about mysteries are all of the (7+ / 0-)

      different sub-genres. Personally, I don't care for heavy duty thrillers or blood & guts crime novels, so I know I can pass those by.

      But if I am in the mood for a good old-fashioned private eye novel, I know where to look.

      The nice part about linking the books to Goodreads is that come December, when I can no longer remember why I wanted to read a certain book, I can call this diary up and just click. (This is probably the most selfish diary I write all year, btw.)

    •  I think the most popular genre is Romance (5+ / 0-)

      with mystery/thriller second. I keep being told agents are saying scifi is "dead" right now. (I'm on a major sf kick at the moment so I hope they're wrong.) A few years ago, they were saying Young Adult books were the big thing but now I'm hearing that genre is fading fast (in popularity, I mean, not quality). And I don't know anyone who's been able to keep track of the rising and falling "hotness" of historicals--seems as if that changes every week.

      “In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” Napoleon Bonaparte

      by scilicet on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 06:19:36 PM PDT

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