After nearly a week of meetings in sunny and gorgeous San Diego, we hemmed and hawed and ultimately, committed to a list of 99 titles in the first ever YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list. And here it is!
I'm so happy with our list and the diversity of titles recognized. There were some personal favorites that didn't quite make the cut (okay, and some that weren't even close) but that's all part of the pleasure of working with 14 individuals from around the country, bringing such a variety of tastes and experiences to the table.
Our work does not resume until February 1, so I am rewarding myself for all that reading with, okay, a bit more reading, but also some serious indulging in the things I have missed for the past several months. I am sorely behind in watching Oscar-worthy performances. My to-watch list is nearly matching my to-read list. Okay, that's not exactly true. My to-read piles are still rather impressive, in that they span about 5 shelves. But I'm trying to mix in some fabulous grown-up books with the must-read ARCs picked up at Midwinter. Just finished Rhoda Janzen's Mennonite In A Little Black Dress, a delightfully funny and surprisingly profound memoir. Next up: ARC of Sarah Dessen's forthcoming What Happened to Goodbye and the Newbery winner, Moon Over Manifest. Also, must finish Gary D. Schmidt's Okay for Now. I've historically never been one to read multiple books at once, but I think I'm embracing this new reality.