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YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge check-in #6

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. If you’re finished, fill out the form at the bottom of this post to let us know!

It’s only been three weeks since my last check-in, and well, not much has changed. My work life has become very chaotic with a couple of retirements, running a winter reading program, my teens having three weeks off at winter break (and spending most of it in the library), and summer reading program planning.

This flurry of activity means that by the time I get home I just want to sit and stare at the bright shiny things and images on my television. Lame? Probably, but it’s how I am coping with all the changes that my library is and will be going through. And have I mentioned summer reading program planning? Even my Goodreads account is mocking me by telling me how behind I am on my goal.

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YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge check-in #5

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. If you’re finished, fill out the form at the bottom of this post to let us know!

It’s only been about a month since my last check-in post, and I feel pretty good about my progress so far, despite the fact that I haven’t finished all the titles on either list. I started with S.D. Crockett’s After the Snow and Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Since then I’ve also finished The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. I loved the Montana setting of Miseducation and all the little details that grounded the story and the characters, especially Cameron herself, but I wasn’t quite in the mood for this book when it showed up at the library so I’m not sure I gave it an entirely fair shake. Seraphina was a better fit for my mood, a unique take on a familiar fantasy stalwart (dragons) featuring — as many have pointed out — a fresh and fully-realized world full of intrigue and complexity.  I’ll definitely be looking for the sequel.

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YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Check In #4

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. If you’re finished, fill out the form at the bottom of this post to let us know!

True to my own personal method of reading, I can’t bring myself to read all the books from one list and then move onto the other list. So I’ve been reading selections from both the Morris Award finalists and the Nonfiction Award finalists based on what strikes my fancy. I think I’ve made solid progress. Here’s my quick take on what I’ve been reading so far…

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YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Check In #3

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. If you’re finished, fill out the form at the bottom of this post to let us know!

I am not good with challenges. It seems to be in my nature to not do what I am supposed too.

Back in May, I talked a bit about my “reading rebellion” during the last reading challenge. I’m trying to overcome this rebellion with this challenge by just concentrating on the Morris nominations. I’ve finished Love and Other Perishable Items and have started The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

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YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Check In #2

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post. If you’re finished, fill out the form at the bottom of this post to let us know!

I, personally, was very excited about this particular reading challenge. Why? Because I never seem to carve out time to read nonfiction titles. I read an article online recently (I’m kicking myself for not noting the link) that said something to the effect of, “a nonfiction book is good if it engages the reader and convinces him/her to read about subject matter that they might not normally have any interest in.” Makes sense, right? But how do nonfiction authors get us to pick up those books?

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YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge Check In #1

Not signed up for YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Read the official rules and sign up on the original post.

I love the Morris Award because really, what’s better than finding a new author to love? Especially an author at the start of (what one hopes is) a long and wonderful career wherein they write a whole lot of brilliant books for us to adore. The Morris has already highlighted a whole slew of amazing writers in the four years it’s been around, including some personal favorites like Kristen Cashore, Elizabeth Bunce, Malinda Lo, Lish McBride, Karen Healey, and Rae Carson, and that’s why it’s one of my most-anticipated awards. I usually end up reading all the titles on the shortlist, but this year I’m going to try really hard to read them all during this challenge, rather than spreading them out over the coming months. And I’m starting with S.D. Crockett’s After the Snow, partly because reviews and advance praise piqued my interest, and partly because I enjoyed reading her blog (not to mention her choice of website graphics.)

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YALSA’s 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge begins!

There are now seven weeks until the winners of the William C. Morris Award, the Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, and all of YALSA’s other book awards are announced at the Youth Media Awards, so it’s time to start our Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge! We’re hoping the challenge will push you to read as many of these outstanding titles as possible.

Challenge objective
Read all of the finalists for the William C. Morris Award for debut YA authors, all of the finalists for YALSA’s Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, or both between now and the YMAs on January 28.

Challenge rewards
Beyond experiencing the best of the best that new YA authors and YA nonfiction have to offer, everyone who finishes the challenge may use what they read toward our 2013 Best of the Best Reading Challenge. The Best of the Best Reading Challenge includes prizes, so by participating in the Morris/Nonfiction challenge, you’re getting a head start on reading some of the best books published this year and you’re giving yourself an advantage in trying to win those prizes.

Challenge guidelines

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Coming Soon: Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge!

We posted a teaser last month about our upcoming Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge, and now that it’s just one week away, it’s time to share some details of the contest.

When?
The 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge will begin as soon as the shortlists for the award are announced on the morning of Monday, December 10th. Once the challenge starts, you’ll have until the Youth Media Awards at ALA Midwinter (which begin at 8AM Pacific Time on Monday, January 28) to read all of the books on the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, all of the books on the shortlist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, or both.

Only books that you both begin and finish within the challenge period count, so if you’ve read any Morris or Nonfiction shortlist titles before, you’ll have to re-read them to count them. However, if you complete the Morris/Nonfiction Reading Challenge, the books that you read may be counted toward our 2013 Best of the Best Reading Challenge, so by participating, you get a head start for the next challenge, which involves fabulous prizes!

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