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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Yes, I really am alive!

It has been awhile since I have posted. And there are several reasons for that including the holiday season, a lovely vacation in Hawaii, and some sketchy Internet connections...and a new found addiction to Plants vs. Zombies, but that's a story for another day.

But the biggest reason that I haven't posted lately is that I've been READING...A LOT! No really, I have! As part of YALSA's 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) award committee, I spent the last month reading, reading, and reading. There were 191 books nominated for the award, and I managed to leave a number of them until Winter Break. Perhaps too many of them. There are some days that I'm very vague about the details: did I take a shower? Eat? Did the kids get to where they needed to be? I was kind of in a reading haze.

But it was all worthwhile last week when our committee met in San Diego at the American Library Association's Midwinter Convention. Sitting in a room all day, for 5 days talking about books was great fun. And then we finally voted on which books should make the list. Very interesting!

Here's the proof: The 2011 BFYA List
You will see all the titles that made the final award list, as well as a link to the Top 10 (which is a GREAT list of books in my opinion). Please note my name on the list of committee members...the only proof that I really was busy reading and not lost in Plants vs. Zombies on my iPad!

Are any of your favorite books on this list? Pretty soon I'll post my own personal Top 10 from the list, as well as those books that I LOVED but just didn't make the cut.

By the way, nominations for the 2012 list open on February 1st. I have a few weeks to read what I want until the next award cycle! Funny thing though, the only thing I've been reading are all the galleys (advance copies) that I picked up at Midwinter. There were so many good ones...more on those later, I promise!

1 comment:


So glad you had fun and you are alive! I have a book I want to send you from a self published author. I haven't reviewed it yet, I'm waiting for a more strategic time to publish it. But believe it or not, he grew up there and said he has a project up there (he builds dams) and would be happy to do a talk for your school if you like his book. He does talks for free as he's just trying to get the word out about his book. I have to finish the book before I send it on to you, but could you email me your school address at hrose(at)gmail(dot)com.

Heather R.


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