I’m a 22 year-old Masters student with a degree in English Literature who loves to read! As far as books go, I read from pretty much every genre, though fantasy and young adult lit will always have a special place in my heart. I love to meet new people, so feel free to comment or drop me an e-mail anytime. You can contact me at mindfulmusings(at)live.com.
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If you haven't already heard, there's an awesome event going on called the 2012 YA Bloggers Book Battle, hosted by Alyssa at The Shady Glade. I've participated as a judge in this event for the last two years, and I'm super excited to be doing it again this summer! This year's theme is retold tales...meaning anything from fairy tales to myths to legends.
As a Round 1 Judge, my goal is to read as many books as possible from the 70 titles that were longlisted for this year's battle, and then submit my top ten titles for consideration for the shortlist. My feedback, along with that of all the other Round 1 Judges, will be combined in order to make the short list, which the Round 2 Judges will work from! For those of you who are interested, here are the books that I've read so far! Images are clickable and go to Goodreads, if you'd like to learn more!
...And these are the books that I'm hoping to read before the Round 1 deadline: July 6th. (Emphasis on the hoping here, guys!).
If you're interested in seeing all of the books on this year's longlist, you can do so by clicking HERE. Also, I've asked around on Twitter about this and haven't gotten much success, but I'll ask again just in case: if anyone has LENDABLE e-books of any of the titles on the longlist and would be willing to share with either myself or another judge, please let me know! Though a lot of us have been purchasing and borrowing books, it's still hard to gain access to all of the titles in such a short time frame, so your help would be deeply appreciated!
Finally, I would love to hear your thoughts on this year's longlist. Are there any titles that aren't on my list that are an absolute MUST read? In an ideal world, I would LOVE to read all 70 books before submitting my top 10, but as you can probably tell...that's just not realistic for an event of this size. But that's also why we have so many judges! Personally, the two titles that I hate to miss out on most are these:
...I've heard SO many great things about Jackson Pearce and these books, but they're on hold at BOTH of the libraries I visit, and my current book budget doesn't have any room for me to purchase them at the moment. Still, I'm sure their popularity will be reflected in other judges' top ten lists!
Speaking of other judges, if you're participating as a judge in this year's Book Battle, be sure to let me know in the comments below (especially if you've posted about your reading experiences so far). Though I know that I've already "met" a lot of you, I could always use a reminder, and I'd love to visit your blogs!