So, 2012 is only a few weeks away. I still have many, many book from 2011 that I hope to read before I move into the 2012 books. But in reality, I know I can't get to all of them.
There is really no good way to decide how to prioritize my next read stack when it is packed with so many great books. My favorite strategy was the one that John Schumacher used to prioritize his next read stack. It was quite brilliant and I would highly recommend it!
I have decided to use Anderson's Bookshop Mock Newbery List to help me prioritize. From what I hear, Anderson's ALWAYS has the winner on their short list. I've also payed close attention to Betsy Bird at Fuse #8 and the Heavy Medal blog.
I am looking forward to Holiday #bookaday to help me catch up again. I had my own Thanksgiving #bookaday this year and was able to read WORDS IN THE DUST by Trent Reedy, THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, THE UNWANTEDS by Lisa McMann and GHETTO COWBOY by G. Neri. I'm glad I spent so much time reading over Thanksgiving as I would have hated to miss any of these amazing titles.
Below is the rest of my stack and how I have prioritized. I am sure it will change often before January 1, but for now, it gives me a bit of direction.
Must Reads Because I Want to Have Read the Newbery Before It is Announced (There are five from the Anderson's list that I haven't read and would like to.)
THE LUCK OF THE BUTTONS by Anne Yivisaker
THE EMERALD ATLAS by John Stephens
THE APOTHECARY by Maile Meloy
THE AVIARY by Kathleen O'Dell
13 GIFTS by Wendy Mass
PIE by Sarah Weeks
Early Chapter Books that Will Be Great for Transitional Readers That I Can't Believe I Haven't Read
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr
THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler