Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Cybils: It Begins


Nominations for the 2018 Cybils Awards are now open, and the Cybils rush has begun. I'm the chair of Fiction Picture Books and Board books and I'm a crazy woman, trying to carefully approve nominations (Is the book a fiction picture book or a board book? Was the book published between October 16, 2017 and October 15, 2018? Is the book widely available?) as they pour in. In just four days, we have already had over ninety nominations! 

As soon as I approve the nomination, I have to move to step two of the process for me: finding a copy of the book to read. That's where I shine. Around me, I am blessed to have so many amazing library systems, including my home library, the Brazoria County Library System, along with the Houston Public Library, the Harris County Library, the Friendswood Library, the Moore Library in Texas City, the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, and the Helen Hall Library in League City. A big thank you to all the wonderful librarians and library clerks who have helped me in the past and will be helping me in the near future with my mission.

Now I need to start reading the 39+ books I've already received from the libraries.

I have nominated a book for each category of the Cybils. Have you nominated? Here's a link to the nomination form. Anyone can nominate a favorite children's or young adult book. Add this image to your blog once you have nominated.


I am gearing up for NaNoWriMo by reading for writing. And writing.

Are you planning to do NaNoWriMo this year?


Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon will be held on October 20, 2018. Sign up here.

How about you? 
What are you reading today?

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've
wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound
 journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens
at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their
own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly,
mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read”
book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted at The Book Date.


  1. What fun! Enjoy the process and the books. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  2. That's a lot going on! It all sounds very rewarding.

  3. Good luck with all the Cybils reading! I know this is a rush season for you. I have been oscillating on whether to do Dewey's this year. I never do a great job of reading all day, what with my ADHD. I can get about 8 hours in a day, if I'm lucky, and that includes listening to audiobooks while I'm cleaning.

  4. Good thing you're retired and have time for all of this, right?! ;)

  5. I was wondering how judges found all the books. You are so lucky to have so many libraries close. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. I agree with Kathy, so wonderful to be surrounded by so many libraries. Wow so far 90 nominations for the Cybil's in your category. A lot of work and rewarding too no doubt.

  7. I have eleven MG fiction Cybils nominations on hand to read. My weekly update

  8. Wow, you’re busy! I’m signed up for Dewey’s too. I’ve been watching the nominations come in for the Cybils Award. There are so many books! Hopefully that means I’ll be reading some good stuff when it’s time for Round 2 judging.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


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