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message 1: by Kaje (last edited Nov 08, 2014 09:28AM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments This is the last day of the opening round for the Goodreads Choice Awards. You can go to this YA Votes page to make your nomination, or vote for a book on their list.

In this round, you can still write in a book, rather than just vote for the current nominees. Through today Nov 8th - go down past the covers of the existing nominees and add it to the write in space. I personally went for Vivaldi in the Dark, and I know the book rock got votes (although it's borderline for YA) and so did others like Lending Light. If we continue to add our favorite LGBT books we at least express a presence for them in the best of YA. Getting enough nominations to get on the next round ballot would be tough (and might take a concerted vote-for-this-one-book effort another year - is that worthwhile or manipulative?)

We discussed whether petitioning for an LGBT category was progress or a ghetto. Either way, those who asked did not convince them to add an LGBT category this year.

Last year, Two Boys Kissing, which was a mainstream LGBT release, didn't win but did well against other big popular YA titles.

So think about a nomination. The book must have been first published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between November 17, 2013, and November 15, 2014.

You can go to this YA Votes page to make your nomination, or vote for a book on their list.


message 2: by E. (new)

E. Summers (esummers) | 57 comments Thanks for the reminder, Kaje, and great suggestion for the write-in!


message 3: by Tinydancer (new)

Tinydancer | 1 comments Hi Kaje, Do you know if there is a way to see all the nominations?


message 4: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments Tinydancer wrote: "Hi Kaje, Do you know if there is a way to see all the nominations?"

I don't think they post that information. (It would be cool to know what books have a chance, but as far as I know they only tell us which make the cut.) I can imagine that with over a million votes cast, there may be categories with hundreds of write-ins.


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Rez Delnava (rez_delnava) | 593 comments Great reminder about the write-ins. I did one for the romance section, writing in Something Like Lightning (which might also be YA, but maybe not...)

The YA category does have the LGBT title I'll Give You the Sun, which was a wonderful read.


message 6: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments Rez wrote: "Great reminder about the write-ins. I did one for the romance section, writing in Something Like Lightning (which might also be YA, but maybe not...)

The YA category does have the LGBT title I'll Give You the Sun, which was a wonderful read. ..."


Thanks for pointing that out - I haven't read it. But if it gets to the next round I'll make a point of it.


message 7: by Kaje (last edited Nov 11, 2014 10:42AM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments I'll Give You the Sun is one LGBTQ book I noted in the second round of voting.

While I haven't finished reading it, I've enjoyed the beginning enough to vote for it.


message 8: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Paulsen "Everything Leads to You" is still in, too; it has a lesbian main character and is a wonderful read :)


message 9: by Kaje (last edited Nov 11, 2014 09:39AM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments Gandalf wrote: ""Everything Leads to You" is still in, too; it has a lesbian main character and is a wonderful read :)"

I saw that - haven't read it though. Thanks for mentioning it - remind us which category it's in? (The Backup Boyfriend is still in Romance too, although NOT a YA book.)


message 10: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Paulsen It's in young adult fiction


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Kaje Harper | 16674 comments Gandalf wrote: "It's in young adult fiction"

It figures - two books and they're competing against each other.


message 12: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments I'll Give You the Sun is in the final round of voting, through Nov 24th.


message 13: by Kaje (last edited Dec 02, 2014 08:07AM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments The book received 9,958 votes, and came in 9th of 16 top finalists - not a bad result at all.

And Cassandra Clare's City of Heavenly Fire won the YA Fantasy and SF category, in a series with ongoing significant LGBT characters.

It's cool that LGBTQ characters continue to be more visible and present in YA books, in both main and secondary roles, and that the books have a growing readership.


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Kim (lokilady) | 391 comments Tangential to this, nominations just opened for the Children's Book Council's 2014 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Per Teenreads.com:
Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2014 for the Teen Choice Book of the Year

In association with the Children's Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader (ECAR), Teenreads.com is giving you a very special opportunity to let your voices be heard by telling us your five favorite books of 2014. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC's 2014 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Once the five finalists have been determined, we will tell you where you can go vote for them. The winner will be announced in May 2015.

All you have to do is fill out this form between now and Monday, February 2, 2015 at noon ET. Your top five selections may come from the list we've provided, or you can vote for titles not on the list.

Important Note: If you choose to add a title for nomination that is not on our list, please be sure that the book(s) released for the first time in 2014; this means that paperbacks originally published as hardcovers prior to 2014 will not be accepted. If you're uncertain about a book's release date, we suggest you search for that title on Amazon.com, BN.com or IndieBound.org.

And please share the following link with your friends, teachers, librarians, and school media specialists --- the more feedback we get, the better! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLXJ2G3

Click here to nominate your favorite books of 2014 for the Teen Choice Book of the Year!

On a quick skim I noticed several QUILTBAG titles already listed among the choices -- including I'll Give You the Sun --, and, of course, you can nominate unlisted titles.


message 15: by Kaje (last edited Dec 10, 2014 11:17AM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments Cool! Thanks so much for the link - I'll move this up in hot topics temporarily :)


message 16: by Kaje (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments There are a lot of good books on their list, but not my three favorites, which I added by write in vote.

Books must be published in 2014 to be eligible (which is a bit tough on books from this month.)


message 17: by Kim (new)

Kim (lokilady) | 391 comments Kim wrote: "Tangential to this, nominations just opened for the Children's Book Council's 2014 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Per Teenreads.com:
Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2014 for the Teen Choice Book of ..."


2015 Teen Choice nominations are now open and again include at least a dozen QUILTBAG fiction titles, such as None of the Above, and at least a few non-fiction as well. =)


message 18: by Kaje (last edited Dec 21, 2015 01:45PM) (new)

Kaje Harper | 16674 comments Kim wrote: "Kim wrote: "Tangential to this, nominations just opened for the Children's Book Council's 2014 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Per Teenreads.com:
Nominate Your Favorite Books of 2014 for the Teen Cho..."


I'll put a new thread in the hot topics shortly, then. :)


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