So I've been proud to have been (with a sigh for the past tense) a member of the nominating committee for the Cybils in Sci Fi/Fantasy. There were so many great books that it was a pretty impossible task to pick just five for each of the two age groups. I hope our list pleases--we think there are great books on it! It has been a joy to work with my fellow panelists--thank you all, and thank you, Tasha, for being our organizer.
And it was a joy to read the books that were nominated (here is the list). My final total is 124 of the 161. Of the ones I didn't read, some were unobtainable, some were the second, or third, or fourth book in a series I hadn't read all of, and some I just plain didn't get to. Not every publisher, or writer of a self-published book, was able to send everyone a book, but to those who did--thank you so much! I have already written recommendations of books I wouldn't have necessarily have read otherwise, and I plan to write many more reviews, now that I don't have a Reading Deadline.
The very great pleasure I got from my reading these past few months has made me realize that this is the genre that I love the most. So in the coming months I've resolved to keep my focus on sci. fi/fantasy for MG and YA readers, finishing up reading and reviewing the many books I have on hand, and seeking out new ones. And high on my list of books to seek out is Blackbringer, by my fellow panelist Laini Taylor (hi Laini!)....
Our list will be up tomorrow at the Cybils site, I think. Let me know which one you think should win!