Normally in December I, like other bloggers, would do a post rounding up my year’s reading, picking out the best books I had read during 2018. However I decided this year do something a little extra, with the help of a few blogging buddies and you my dear readers of course, (you can’t get out of audience participation.) The number of publishers reprinting vintage mysteries is on the increase, meaning us lucky fans are getting access to more and more of the books and authors we want to try. With so many novels and short story collections on offer, it can be hard to pick out the very best, which is where the Reprint of the Year Awards come in. Before you begin to imagine the swank of the Oscars, with beautiful dresses, smart tuxedos and red carpets, let me bring you back down to earth as to how the more humble Reprint of the Year Awards is going to work…
The awards will unfold in four stages…
Next Saturday me and 9 other bloggers, (Aidan, Bev, Brad, Curtis, Daniel, JJ, John, Moira and the Puzzle Doctor), will begin by sharing one of our nominations for the award, putting forward our reasons for why you should vote for our nominee. This title has to be a reprint published this year and not a title released for the first time. We’ve not been draconian about setting a time period for the original publication dates, but in the main our choices unsurprisingly focus more on pre-1960s texts.
On the following Saturday we will reveal our second choices.
On this day I will set up a poll for this award, listing the 18 titles me and my fellow bloggers have chosen, as well as 2 readers’ choices (more on that later). At this stage you will then be able to vote for your favoured titles.
As the year draws to a close I will reveal the results of the poll, announcing the title which has won the accolade of Reprint of the Year!
If you’ve been reading carefully you will have noticed that I have mentioned that the poll will include two texts which are chosen by you guys. So if there is a mystery reprint which has been released this year, which you’ve loved put it the comments section below this post. If someone has already mentioned a title you love, then please do still second it or repeat it, as I will be selecting the two readers choices using one of two ways: Method 1 will be selecting the two titles which have the most mentions in the comments below and Method 2 is using a random generator, which I will use if votes for nominations are tied.
Any questions or queries let me know and of course may the best book win!
….right I best get cracking on next week’s post. Just got to make my mind up which two books to pick…. (Sure my blogging colleagues are far more prepared than I am).