Monday, January 12, 2009

Cybils Roundup, Complete with Great Reading

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

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
I KNOW IT'S OVER by C.K. Kelly Martin
JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
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.

What should Kate do with her book reviews?
Post reviews to her LiveJournal.
Find a way to post reviews to Facebook.
Write up a few blog posts with a few books each.
Post reviews to Amazon.
Other (add a comment please). free polls

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
Abby the Librarian at
Becky's Book Reviews at
Bookshelves of Doom at
Teen Book Review at
The YA YA YAs at

-- Kate, Miss Perfecting the Pages


Emily Marshall said...

I tried to vote, but I'm not sure if it took my results. Anyway, I think you should do multiple things if you want to. I'd love to see your reviews on your LJ, and if you have them written up posting on Amazon isn't to hard. I almost always read Amazon reviews before buying a book.

Kate Fall said...

Ugh, I just tried to contact PollDaddy to tell them the poll isn't tallying. Hopefully they'll get back to me soon.

Kate Fall said...

OK, I tried Pollcode and the poll seems to be working a lot better now!

DeenaML said...

I voted for LJ. You know I'm an LJ addict. I take those reviews to heart. I am excited to read some more of your reviews, and the blogs of your co-panelists!

Ghost Girl (aka, Mary Ann) said...

Me too!