Awarded to books of remarkable merit
The Kirkus Review is an American book review magazine founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus. It is known for being particularly tough on both traditional and independent authors. Books that receive a starred review by Kirkus are eligible to win The Kirkus Prize, which includes awards worth $50,000! That’s way more than the measly $10,000 a Pulitzer Prize winner will receive! 😉 The annual Kirkus prizes are among some of the largest cash awards in the literary world! They honor works of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. However, according to this article by The Washington Post, “About 10 percent of the 7,000 traditionally published books that Kirkus reviews each year receive a star; about 2 percent of the 3,000 self-published books reviewed each year receive a star.” That’s like 60-ish books in each category (I’m not good at math).
So, books that received the Kirkus Star are definitely worth reading!!! Since tomorrow is the first day of July, I’ve comprised a list of ten (soon to be published) Kirkus starred fiction novels that I am most looking forward to! Hope you find something on this list that suites you! And as always, Happy Reading!
Click the links to read the Kirkus Reviews for each novel
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