Judging the Booktube Prize

I was invited to judge the quarterfinal round of the Booktube prize and I came up with a series of questions to help me rate the 6 books that were contenders Below are the questions and my answers for each of the 6 books, in the order in which I read the books:

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

On a scale of 1 to 5:

  • Literary – are there references to other works (fiction or non fiction)  4
  • Social commentary – are there political or historical references  3
  • Allegorical – did the characters represent something bigger than themselves 3
  • Readability – was it a page turner? 5
  • Pacing – did it move along to share info but not dwell on anything? 4
  • Would I recommend this book to other people as a drop-everything-and-read? 5

Crawdads Tally – 24/30

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon

On a scale of 1 to 5:

  • Literary –  2
  • Social commentary – 5
  • Allegorical – 4
  • Readability – 4
  • Pacing –  4
  • Would I recommend? – 3

The Incendiaries Tally – 22/30

West by Carys Davies

On a scale of 1 to 5:

  • Literary –  3
  • Social commentary –  4
  • Allegorical –  5
  • Readability – 4
  • Pacing – 5
  • Would I recommend? 4

West Tally –  25/30

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

On a scale of 1 to 5:

  • Literary –  3
  • Social commentary –  4
  • Allegorical –  3
  • Readability –  4
  • Pacing – 3
  • Would I recommend? 3

The Great Alone Tally –  20/30

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

On a scale of 1 to 5:

  • Literary – 3
  • Social commentary – 5
  • Allegorical – 3
  • Readability – 4
  • Pacing – 4
  • Would I recommend? 2

The Tattooist of Auschwitz Tally –  21/30

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

On a scale of 1 to 5:

  • Literary –  4
  • Social commentary – 4
  • Allegorical –  4
  • Readability –  4
  • Pacing – 3
  • Would I recommend? 4

The Book of M Tally –  23/30

Ranking

  • West Tally –  25/30
  • Crawdads Tally – 24/30
  • The Book of M Tally –  23/30
  • The Incendiaries Tally – 22/30
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz Tally –  21/30
  • The Great Alone Tally –  20/30

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