Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cybils Updates

I have now read 52 of the 123 titles nominated for Cybils in the Young Adult category. Of the 52, 45 have been reviewed. The seven titles not yet reviewed are: Diamonds In the Shadow, Remembering Raquel, Leaving Paradise, Billie Standish Was Here, Revenge of the Homecoming Queen, Dawn and Dusk, and Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party. There for a while, it looked like I would never get caught up. You might think being behind seven is not really "caught" up. But believe me, compared to the fourteen or sixteen it was a few days ago, it's close enough to cause me some cheer. :) Of course the frenzied reading is not nearly over. Not by a long shot.

TBR (To Be Read) pile

  1. Angels on Sunset Boulevard by Melissa de la Cruz
  2. Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
  3. Back Talk by Alex Richards
  4. Bad Girls Club by Judy Gregerson
  5. Big Slick by Eric Luper
  6. The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
  7. Candy In Action by Matthue Roth
  8. Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell
  9. Cassandra's Sister by Veronica Bennett
  10. Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy by Ally Carter
  11. Ethan, Suspended by Pamela Ehrenberg
  12. Freshman Focus by Carla Sarratt
  13. Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern
  14. Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson
  15. How To Ruin My Teenage Life by Simone Elkeles
  16. Inner Circle by Kate Brian
  17. It's Not about The Accent by Caridad Ferrer
  18. Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel
  19. Lion Hunter by Elizabeth Wein
  20. Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White
  21. Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks
  22. Or Not by Brian Mandabach
  23. Outside the Box by Dan Allosso
  24. Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot
  25. Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger
  26. Peak by Roland Smith
  27. The Poison Apples by Lily Archer
  28. Princess on the Brink by Meg Cabot
  29. Rat Life by Tedd ARnold
  30. Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells
  31. Snitch by Allison van Diepen
  32. So Not the Drama by Paula Chase
  33. Split Screen by Brent Hartinger
  34. Tin Angel by Shannon Cowan
  35. Undercover by Beth Kephart
  36. We Are So Crashing Your Bar Mitzvah by Fiona Rosenbloom
  37. Wonders of the World by Brian Yansky
WFA (Waiting for Arrival)
  1. A is For Angst by Barbara Haworth-Attard
  2. A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
  3. Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds by April Lurie
  4. Circle the Truth by Pat Schmatz
  5. Converting Kate by Beckie Weinheimer
  6. Cupcake by Rachel Cohn
  7. Don't Get It Twisted by Paula Chase
  8. Finch Goes Wild by Janet Gingold
  9. Freak Show by James St. James
  10. Friends Unlikely by Susan Smith Alvis
  11. Fringe Girl In Love by Valerie Frankel
  12. Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra
  13. Head Case by Sarah Aronson
  14. Holdup by Terri Fields
  15. How To Get Suspended And Influence People by Adam Selzer
  16. In the Name of God by Paula Jolin
  17. Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
  18. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  19. Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  20. The Other Half of Me by Emily Franklin
  21. Porcupine by Meg Tilly
  22. Prime Choice by Stepanie Perry Moore
  23. Red Glass by Laura Resau
  24. Right Behind You by Gail Giles
  25. Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
  26. Slam by Nick Hornby
  27. Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty
  28. Strange Relations by Sonia Levitin
  29. Under the Banyan Tree by Toni De Palma

4 comments:

Em 8:12 PM  
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Em 8:13 PM  

So once you're a reviewer for the Cybil awards, how do you get the books? Do you get a free copy of each one or are you expected to acquire them yourself? Just curious because I'd love to be on the review board next year.

Becky 9:04 PM  

Em,

Publishers are asked to donate review copies to the panelists. There are six of us on the YA committee. But it's a request not a demand of course. The "TBR" pile comes from those I've received from publishers. The "Waiting For Arrival" list are titles I still haven't received and may not receive.

A few titles (probably a dozen) I've borrowed from the library.

Em 9:30 PM  

Thanks for the info. I work at a bookstore so I can check books out pretty easily but I doubt we even have all of the books that were nominated. It's so many! Have fun reading them. :)

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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