Saturday, December 1, 2012

I Read 100 Books in Eight Weeks

It's been quiet around Readerbuzz lately. I've been busy. Reading. Reading one hundred books.

I love being a Cybils Award judge. This is my fifth year. I'm a children's nonfiction picture book judge. An even one hundred books were nominated for the children's nonfiction picture book Cybils Award. I've been busy searching for the nominees at the library. As I've found them, I've been reading them.

Many of these are recent publications, so not all of these books can be found yet in libraries. That makes the finding and reading and reviewing difficult. Fortunately publishers come to the rescue and send review copies.

So far I've found 42 at the library and I've received 51 from publishers. I have seven left to go.

Here's what my stack looks like:


I've read some fabulous books this year, books about baby dolphins and the many colors of monkeys, silk and the construction of the White House, bats and Chinese voyager Zheng He, Texas wildflower legends and the real creator of Batman, rocks and dancer Josephine Baker. Everything from symmetry to poop, and everything in between.

Now I just need to find those last seven books and get busy reviewing. Wish me luck.



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32 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Wow! I bet you've got a tough decision ahead of you!

juliababyjen said...

Wow, that is impressive! I just finished reading my 120th book of the YEAR!

Bev Hankins said...

And another "Wow!" A tough decision--but a what a great one to have to make.

Thanks for stopping by my snapshot.

Vonnie Rivera said...

Wow!!! Good for you!

Alyce said...

That is amazing! I would love to be a Cybils judge some day, but must admit that the amount of books you guys read is a bit intimidating. I'd still love to take a crack at it at some point in the future if I get so lucky. :)

Christine said...

How fun!

Cheryl @ Tales of the Marvelous said...

Whew...and I thought I read a lot! Well done, and good luck on those last few!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

So difficult!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Yes, 10 books in eight weeks!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

It is so difficult.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Thank you.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Maybe next year.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Fun...and difficult.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I am a big reader.

Mardel said...

Not that I can help you get them, but I'm wondering what the last seven books are. Are they all in print?

Louise said...

That's some stack! It's an extraordinary effort on your behalf. Well done.

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

That sounds like a lot of fun but I don't envy you the task of actually making a decision!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Impressive task! Love the look of that stack, too. Enjoy!

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Unfinished Person said...

Ditto on all the wows. You rock, my fellow Sunday Saloner! :) Good luck on finding those last seven.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

One of the seven came in at the library yesterday, so I'm down to six. All six are recent publications. Some of them are being processed at the public library. Some are (I'm told) "in the mail." Who knows if these will be available in time for the competition?

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Now on to reviewing.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Don't know how I'll ever make a decision. I've added 25 so far to my shortlist.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Thank you.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Let's hope they are on their way to me soon.

Vasilly said...

I'm always amazed at how much you read! I can't wait to see which books end up winning. Is it okay if I send you a holiday card? I think I have you address around here somewhere.

Susan Lindquist said...

What a terrific honor! It must be such a tough decision to pick the best of the best!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

How lovely! Thank you!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

How great for you. I am really enjoying adding childrens books to my reading mix. Have a great week Deb.

Books in the Burbs said...

You are a true reading maniac!!! I admire you so much :D

Rachel Bradford said...

That's quite the stack! :)

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Ryan said...

Wow! I can't read 100 books in a year! Damn!

Kristin Aquariann said...

Wow! You are a reaching MACHINE.

♥ aquariann
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