In addition to getting to know the members of the Morris committee, I got to know some people on other committees because we all moved in similar conference circles. Although we couldn’t tell each other details about what went on in the rooms where our decisions were made, but we could talk about some things we shared, like what we’d read now that our committee work was over.
At the end of our deliberations, we, like most other committees, talked about two things:
- what we thought might win an award at the Youth Media Awards
- what we plan to read, now that our committee service is over.
One person related that two members of her committee were going to spend two months reading nothing but Regency romances!
Another person said she was going to spend the next two months watching TV.
A person I met from the Great Graphics committee was going to take a break from graphic novels.
Most members of my committee expressed a real interest in the 2K16 debut authors that next year’s Morris committee will be reading.
Some people planned to catch up on all the books they missed in 2015, but most are just going to move on and not try to get “caught up”.
A lot of us, regardless of committee membership, planned to read some of the winners of other awards. few of us were able to make many predictions because it was hard to read anything that didn’t fall into our committee’s purview.
I have a two things sitting on my shelf that won awards and they will be among the first things that I read.
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is written by Teresa Toten . It was the Winner of the Schneider Family Teen award which honors a book for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
And that’s all I know for now. I also have some personal knitting I want to do, which will involve listening to an audiobook or two, but I am just not sure what yet. I am looking forward to whatever 2016 brings me.