Monday, January 19, 2009

JHunts and backyards

The JHunt Award finalists:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing II, M.T. Anderson
Graceling, Kristin Cashore
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan
Nation, Terry Pratchett

The JHunt is awarded by the YA lit email list adbooks. Every fall, this guy Jonathan Hunt, who has apparently been unhappy with YA awards results in the past, nominates a bunch of good books and from them group readers select a shortlist of twelve titles. And then for seven awesome weeks, inboxes fill up with discussion and debate and offers of bribes as members vote off one book each week. Eventually there are just five left standing—the finalists—and then everyone votes for the winner. And that's where we are right now.

So it's not a real award, but it's better than all these gazillions of mock Printz results because you can play along, and it's loads of fun to read all the smart, insightful things everyone has to say about the books. (I don't participate myself, I just read quietly.)

And P.S. Here's a picture of my cat watching sparrows from my new bedroom window:
It snowed yesterday. Anyone who lives in a regular house with access to actual dirt and plants all the time might think it's not such a big deal, but the poor cats haven't had a proper view in five years, and I haven't been able to step outside with a cup of coffee in the morning or plant a tomato in more than ten. So I'm pretty excited.

Here's my cat walking in the snow! This guy is, I think, 9 years old, maybe 8 (I've lost track), and this is the first time he has ever set foot on actual ground outside. That's terrible, I know, but he's a city cat. What choice have I had?

1 comment:

  1. we've got a lot more snow in clevelandJanuary 20, 2009 at 6:36 PM

    Looks cozy. Glad you're enjoying the new apartment!