Tip of the Day: If you started out 2009 as saddened as I was by the news of Donald Westlake's death, plan with me to read more of his books this year. There's a great reading list and tribute at http://thebadplus.typepad.com/dothemath/2009/01/donald-e-westlake-1933-2008.html.
So my responsibility as a Young Adult Cybil panelist has come to an end. I worked with six phenomenal panelist readers to come up with seven books to pass onto the final judges. They'll select one of these seven books as the 2009 Young Adult Cybil winner. Our list of seven finalists is ...
AUDREY WAIT by Robin Benway
THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart
I KNOW IT'S OVER by C.K. Kelly Martin
JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr
TEN CENTS A DANCE by Christine Fletcher
THAW by Monica Roe
Awesome list, isn't it? I'd love to know what you think of those novels while we wait for the winner to be announced. There were over 130 novels nominated this year, and although I personally did not get to read all of them, I read a lot of fantastic books. Narrowing it down to such a short list was a very tough job.
So I'd like to get the word out about the novels I loved that didn't make the short list. I have all sorts of opinions and I'm wondering if there isn't a way for me to share them. And we all enjoy pushing radio buttons, don't we? So here's my poll on how you think I should spread the word about the great books I've read.
Let me tell you, I feel totally in-the-loop with what's on the market now and it feels great! I resolve this year to keep reading. It's so inspiring to me how many different kinds of books are published with such varying voices, paces, structures and themes. There is an audience for your book too!
Best of all, I have a fun way to discover new books. I'm following the blogs of my fellow panelists. Here's my first recommended reading--check out these blogs for reviews, giveaways, reading challenges and more:
A Patchwork of Books at http://www.apatchworkofbooks.blogspot.com/
Abby the Librarian at http://www.abbylibrarian.blogspot.com/
Becky's Book Reviews at http://www.blbooks.blogspot.com/
Bookshelves of Doom at http://www.bookshelvesofdoom.blogs.com/
Teen Book Review at http://www.teenbookreview.wordpress.com/
The YA YA YAs at http://www.theyayayas.wordpress.com/
-- Kate, Miss Perfecting the Pages