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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?

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.)

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

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!