December 26, 2012

Where Have I Been?

Well, honestly, I've been reading like crazy!

The Cybils shortlist is very nearly due, and I've been doing my very best to read every single nominee.  I don't think I've ever read so many books in such a short amount of time in my entire life!

Right now, I'm kinda itching for a picture book (I have 2 author submissions that I have read, just need to write reviews) or graphic novel, just something different from the middle grade fiction I've been immersed in.

Don't get me wrong, I've read some wonderful books and have loved the experience.  As a matter of fact, I was just thinking on the many ways being a Cybils judge has given me insight into myself as a reader.

I found that I enjoy books with sports as a backdrop.  No surprise there, since I have season tickets to my alma matter's football games!

I found that I really love books that deal with heavy, meaningful subject matter and situations.

Finally, something I already knew and has been reaffirmed for me - I love to talk about books!  I've really enjoyed the give and take of talking with the other judges and seeing their perspectives on different books.  Even if we don't agree, I learn so much from their perspectives!

Anyway, I should be back to reviewing in a week or two.  Please forgive my absence.  I just couldn't read and review, so I focused on the reading so that I could give my very best input to the shortlist.

Hope you've all had a very happy holiday season!

Until next time, bon voyage and happy reading!