I was very honored to be chosen as a judge for the 2012 Cybil awards in the SF/F category for round 1. I've learned a lot of things this year, though, especially with how different round 1 is from round 2 (where I judged last year). Here are three important things I've learned about the Cybils this year (spoiler free!):
3. Free Books are only fun for a while:
|*PART* of my Cybils reading|
2. There are only so many places you can put books:
I have books EVERYWHERE. They're taking over my couch. And behind my couch. My bookcase is already full. I even took four boxes of books from my shelves to the library donations to make room, and there's still NO ROOM. The books are taking over!
And the #1 thing Cybils reading has taught me:
THIS IS HARD!!! The books we're reading were all nominated by someone who thought they were the best book of the year. While that makes for a lot of books, it's all good books. It's so humbling to read a book critically yet keep in the back of your head "someone loved this book." And it shows. I'm starting to feel so spoiled reading one good book right after another. I think my reviews are suffering because there's only a few ways to say OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING and I've got so many books I need to say it for! It's also harder and harder to choose which books should be in contention because they're all so good and so different and yet I want to choose all of them! Why is the short list so short?!?