Sadly, I have to advise you that winning an award in the "My Favourite Book Awards" may not necessarily gain you the instant fame and sales you desire, but hey! Maybe by the time the tenth annual "Grunter Awards" roll around, there'll be some real prestige in this award. Even the Oscars started somewhere - right?
Also, sadly, there is no prize to be won and no flashy sticker you can paste on your book and boast about, but...there is the satisfaction of knowing you've made a crotchety, old man, enjoy his day a little more by reading your book. Who could ask for more? If you ask nicely, I could try and mock up a pretty, gold sticker for the award winners - no promises though!
Over the next few blogs, I will give you the awardees of the "My Favourite Book Awards" for 2015. I hope you find the time to try some of these and enjoy them as much as I have.
Indie Authors Rock! and in my humble opinion, many of them are as good as, if not better, than legacy published authors - of course I might just be a tad biased.
1/ Best Non-Fiction Book of 2015:
To be perfectly honest, I haven't read too many non-fiction books this year, but the ones I did read were of the highest calibre. There are two standouts though.
Firstly - She has already garnered a number of awards for her poignant, heart-felt memoir of the joys, pains and dashed hopes of infertility and especially that little talked about problem of early miscarriage.
I am of course speaking of none other than that exciting, new indie author; Rachel McGrath and her wonderful book; Finding the Rainbow.
This was one of the first books I read this year and still remains one of the highlights for me. It was a subject I'd never given much more than a passing thought to, but reading the pain in her words brought home to me, just how much strain and focus early miscarriage puts on those who experience it and of course on their partners.
This book was a joy to read!
Check out Rachel McGrath here: http://tinyurl.com/j9qvk4o
If there is one line from this book that stands out and summarises the effect, on the reader, it is when the five year old boy, suffering in hospital from the awful side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation looks at his mother appealingly and asks; "Mummy, can I please go to heaven now".
This book wasn't all doom and gloom though and there was immense inspiration, hope and yes, even joy to be found within the pages of this harrowing tale.
The book is written as a journal of the little boy's life and treatment for cancer. We are taken though every treatment, every painful procedure and by the end of the book, you are left wondering where this mother got the strength to carry on. A wonderful story.
Check out When Angels Fly here: http://tinyurl.com/z4p6a7v
AND THE WINNER IS:
In a close call, I'm going to have to give this one, by a nose, to Finding the Rainbow by Rachel McGrath. Congratulations Rachel! I hope she will treasure this award as much as the high profile ones she already has collected.
2/ Funniest Book of 2015: Again, there are two nominees in this category.
The first book is an absolute hilarious romp, written by Michael H Kelly and called Rampant Damsels (Gutter Fantasy Book1). In the Rampant Damsels series (yes, there is way more than one, to laugh your way through) Michael Kelly has created a fictional world, based around a pub known as The Rampant Damsel. Every single character (I think without exception) is a caricature of an archetypal British personality trait. The character names, that I'm sure the author spent hours conjuring up, are, on their own, enough to have you rolling on the floor, clutching your stomach.
Rampant Damsels is no gentle read though. It is full of vile and disgusting scenes, so vividly written by Kelly, as well as your fair share of sex and smut. It is, however, uproariously funny and very British.
I am so looking forward to reading more of Kelly's wit and humour in the next year. He is a very talented author.
Check out Michael H Kelly's books here: http://tinyurl.com/jzczmzq
Written by Australian Hayden Bradford, Travesty is just that - an absolute travesty of good taste, manners and political correctness. I like to call Travesty a true, blue, dinki-di, Aussie, masterpiece.
Good satire is extremely hard to write, but Bradford has it down to a tee. There is not a convention, an institution, or an ideology that he was not prepared to hold up, examine and ultimately mock, in this wonderful book.
Travesty is irreverent, mocking, and in the words of the Author; "pee your pants funny". I'm not at all surprised to hear that Travesty will soon be made into a movie. It really is that clever, that funny and that good.
Travesty is the name of the main character, who dies far too early, but to his great surprise instead of going to Hell, as he expected, he ends up in Heaven and begins working with God, specifically to help sort out the economic crisis on Earth. Simply put - Travesty was an absolute joy to read and laugh along with.
Check out Travesty here: http://tinyurl.com/z462avu
AND THE WINNER IS:
Travesty by Hayden Bradford. What a fun book! Congratulations!
3/ Best Fantasy/Adventure Book of 2015:
This is a genre that prior to this year, I had not read very much of. That was a mistake. There is something very special about the worlds that authors who specialise in this genre create. I am now a fan of the fantasy/adventure genre.
Again, two nominees in this category:
First is a book I enjoyed immensely; Darkspire Reaches, by C.N.Lesley This is a wonderful book that creates a new world full of interesting characters and exciting creatures.
I was drawn into this book right from the opening gambit and like many others before me found I just could not put it down. The characterization is strong and the idea of inter-breeding between species and the possible permutations that might throw up, I found compelling and fascinating.
I was impressed by the style and presentation of this book and I would just add the cover art is absolutely superb. This book is action packed, thoughtful and simply a damn good story, well told.
Check out C.N. Lesley here: http://tinyurl.com/z72b98e
You know; when you begin to read a book that you think you're not going to enjoy and by the end of the first few chapters, you're saying; "shit this is good". Well, a book with the rather uninspiring name of Dirt took me by surprise in that way.
Dirt is the first of a series of books by an author known as C.C.Hogan and is set in a world of his imagination peopled by humans (although not always as we know them), thoughtful and clever dragons, wonderful exotic birds and unknown sea creatures.
Dirt, at its heart, is a simple love story, or a hero on a quest story, but the characters Hogan has pulled from his mind, lift it far above the simple or average. This is a really thoughtful and at times very insightful book. I loved the fact that the author used the story and his characters to illustrate and quietly mock some of humanity's less desirable traits and actions. This is a book that is much deeper and more interesting than its initial premise suggests.
You can check out C.C. Hogan here: http://tinyurl.com/zr38vrj
AND THE WINNER IS:
Darkspire Reaches by C.N. Lesley - A wonderful fantasy/adventure.
Till then; thanks for reading and have a wonderful peace-filled day!
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