Friday, July 14, 2006

Judging Christy

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This year I judged the Romance Category for the 2006 Christy Awards. We had thirteen books to read, rate and review. I received my shipment around the February 1st and had until the first week in April to rate them. Because I also review for Romantic Times, Anointed, Rejoice and Gospel Fiction I had to create a plan to keep track of all these books as well as read them on time. Thankfully, I had such a system. My good friend and former editor, Jackie Miller of Real Reviewers gave me Waterlane's The Reader's Journal. as a Christmas gift.
I love this book. It has great quotes from notable authors as well as plenty of writing pages to record what you read. One of my best quotes in the book comes from Ernest Hemingway:

All good books have one thing in common- they are truer than if they had really happened, and after you've read one of them you will feel that all that happened, happened to you and that it belongs to you forever...

This month we will discuss such books and how those books relate to this quote, and how why I think they were chosen for Christy selections.

But before we do. I want to know how you keep up with the books you read?

3 comments:

Katie Hart said...

pSince I review about 75% (or more!) of the books I read, I use that to record my generalized option of the books. I also note the books I started, finished, or read in entirety in my daily journal, keeping a running tally of the new (to me) books I've read every year.

Dee said...

those little books are great. aren't they? :)

John Frost said...

Hey I just want to see if you have ever read the Left Behind series by Tim LeHaye? I know they are trying to build a community of us fans of the series. If you want to join the group we are at http://www.foundthisbook.com

Please stop by and say hi. Hope to see you there!

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