Choosing Prizewinners or Bestsellers for Book Club

Stuck on ideas for what books to read? Prizewinners often offer a lot of depth and allow for fascinating discussions. Bestsellers can generate a lot of buzz with your members, and encourage high attendance at your meetings.

Booked {Reading Together} | Choosing Prizewinners or Bestsellers

General Book Awards:

Pulitzer Prize
The Man Booker Prize
The Nobel Prize
National Book Award
PEN/Faulkner Award
National Book Critics Circle Award

Genre Awards

many of these include multiple awards in their categories, including fiction, nonfiction, and juvenile titles
Agatha Award (traditional mystery)
Edgar Allen Poe Award (mystery)
Hugo Awards (Science Fiction or Fantasy)
Nebula Awards (Science Fiction or Fantasy)
Christy Awards (Christian Fiction)
RITA Awards (Romance)
Spur Awards (Western)
Bram Stoker Awards (Horror)
Newbery Medal (Children’s Literature)
Michael L. Prinz Award (Young Adult Literature)


New York Times
Publishers Weekly
USA Today

Booked | Reading Together | A Series All about Book ClubsBooked: Reading Together

This is part of the Booked: Reading Together series. Throughout October, I’m writing all about book clubs.

Check out the archives in case you missed a post.

Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Quick Lit: Recent Re-reads
Two years ago: 31 Days of More Great Nonfiction, Quick Lit-Style
Three years ago: 31 Days of Great Nonfiction: Eleanor of Aquitaine


  1. Have been avidly reading your posts on book clubs, being that a friend of mine and I would like to start one. I think we need to find at least 2 other people, but that may be just a way to procrastinate :}

    But thanks for this post and the links, so many ways to find great books! Even for solo-reading, heh.

  2. Thanks for the links all in one place!

Leave a Comment