Monday, February 17, 2020

TTT: Juried Selection

 TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl .  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check it out!

The topic this week is: ten books that most recently gave you a book hangover, but I'm going to do something else this week.

I just finished my own awards season, in which I read some dozen plus books to choose the best YA speculative fiction for round 2 of the CYBILS and to choose the high school titles for next year's Oregon Battle of the Books. They had nearly the same timeline and were decided upon in the past few days. Here are my ten favorites that were up for consideration that I had never read before, roughly in order of my preference.

  1. Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood (OBOB)\
  2. Fireborne (Cybils)
  3. Stronger, Faster, More Beautiful (Cybils) 
  4. Seraphina (OBOB)
  5. The Bone Houses (OBOB)
  6. Tash Hearts Tolstoy (OBOB)
  7. The Electric State (OBOB)
  8. Little Brother (OBOB)
  9. Aurora Rising (Cybils)
  10. Noteworthy (OBOB)

And--bonus!--here are my ten favorites that I'd already read. Nine of them are for OBOB, because they try to choose books available in paperback, which basically translates to backlist books, whereas Cybils is specifically for books published in the past year.

  1. Internment (Cybils)
  2. The 57 Bus
  3. Darius the Great is Not Okay
  4. The Smell of Other People's Houses
  5. Far From the Tree
  6. Emma
  7. Gabi, Girl in Pieces
  8. Truly Devious
  9. Symphony for the City of the Dead
  10. I Am Alfonso Jones

70% of the new favorites are speculative fiction, including OBOB titles, but 100% of the older favorites are realistic. Interesting.


  1. Interesting selections. The 57 Bus and The Smell of Other People's Houses both are intriguing.

  2. I really need to read Aurora Rising sometime.

    My TTT .

  3. Interesting topic choice! I loved seeing your picks for it.

  4. Glad you included classics in your lists.

  5. Aurora Rising was so good! I really need to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. Great list! I loved Truly Devious. I just finished Aurora Rising a couple weeks ago and I think I'm in the minority. I didn't love it as much as everyone else. :(

  7. From the first group, I had read two - Aurora Rising which I loved. It left me crying. I really need the sequel. And, Noteworthy, which was my first Redgate book and I loved it.

    From the second group - Far From the Tree is a favorite. It inspired me to buy more of Benway's books (now if only I would read them). Truly Devious was a favorite series. I am glad I got to meet Stevie, as she was stupendous. And, Other People's Houses really needs more love, because the book was brilliant.

  8. I've read a few of those including Darius, Noteworthy, Truly Devious and Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.

    Great list.

    Karen @ For What It's worth


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