I love reading award winning books, but they aren't how I choose my books to read unless I'm looking for something that I know is going to be good. And even then, I usually pick books that I have heard good things about and have been told they are must reads. One of these such books is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I'm sad that I had waited this long to read it as it is definitely considered a classic in modern literature.
The novel is written through pivotal points in Maya's life from a young girl being raised by her grandmother after being "sent away" by both her parents, to a major event that changes the way she sees the world and people around her, to living life as a person of color in the deep south and in the United States in general. It definitely helps me, not coming from this background, understand even a little more, what it's like to not have the privileges I know I've been given, though full understanding will never be possible. However, there are places in the book where I did understand and could empathize with Maya, and these were matters of the soul and broken spirits and confusion and anger and fear.
While this book does touch on some heavier subjects, there are moments of laughter and moments where I was cheering her on. And it's definitely made my list of favorites.
So yes, reading books that have won awards, or better yet, writers who have won awards such as Maya Angelou being a Nobel Prize recipient, tend to grab at me. I like to know what it is about them that makes them so great.
Shiloh Adlar, Sixth Year, Prefect, RQT Co-Captain"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." -Voltaire