Judging the Booktube Prize Semifinal Round

Earlier this year in May, I published a blog post detailing my criteria for judging a round of the Booktube Prize. Click here to read how I ranked the books I read for the quarterfinal round  I was again invited to judge the semifinal round of the Booktube prize, which consisted of a couple of the same books but with 4 new-to-me titles thrown in.  I decided to use the same 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

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

On a scale of 1 to 5:

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  • Social commentary – are there political or historical references – 4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

Washington Black Tally – 22/30

Silence of The Girls by Pat Barker

On a scale of 1 to 5:

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

Girls Tally – 23/30

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

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

On a scale of 1 to 5:

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

Fruit Tally –  18/30

A Ladder To The Sky by John Boyne

On a scale of 1 to 5:

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

Ladder –  22/30

Ranking

  1. West Tally –  25/30
  2. Girls Tally – 23/30
  3. Washington Black Tally – 22/30
  4. Ladder –  22/30
  5. The Great Alone Tally –  20/30
  6. Fruit Tally –  18/30

 

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