YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge has begun and I am taking the challenge. Between April 1 and June 30, I need to read, or listen to, at least 25 titles from the various YALSA award winners and honor books. There are 80 to choose from, including a number of audio books. So I will have no trouble finding great things to read without going back and revisiting any of the eight I have already done. Format does matter, so listening to an audio book when a print book is on the list does not count. Nor does reading the book when the audio version has been honored.
I will be posting my progress here, with reflections on each book I read. I will also track them on my LibraryThing account in a YALSA Best of the Best Challenge collection. (If you have trouble with the above link, my user name is AngelaCinVA.)
The first book I plan to read is Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011). It was already on my To Be Read pile, so I can jump right in to the challenge without having to wait for my library hold requests to arrive.
Here’s a quick list of what I have already read or listened to. I highly recommend all of these:
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Alex Award
- Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, winner of both the Printz Award and the Morris Award
- The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin, Nonfiction Award
- Music Was IT by Susan Goldman Rubin, Nonfiction Honor Book
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Printz Honor Book and Top 10 Best Fiction
- Chime by Frannie Billingsley, audio read by Susan Duerden, Top 10 Audiobooks
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Top 10 Best Fiction
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Top 10 Best Fiction. (Technically this doesn’t count anyway because I listened to the audio version. But I still won’t repeat the title.)
Are you up to the challenge? Find out more:
YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best Reading Challenge