Saturday, May 1, 2010
Booked Up . . . for a Year
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you may wonder why I haven't mentioned recently what I'm reading. Well, it's like that CIA joke -- I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you.
Okay, so I'm overstating the case a bit but here's the thing. I am reading A LOT but I have signed a pledge not to discuss the books I'm reading -- not now, not ever.
"What the ...?" I hear you saying.
Indeed. It's weird. But I am one of a committee reading to select five nominees for Best (mystery/crime/suspense) Novel of 2010 We select the nominees; the membership of Mystery Writers of America votes to determine the winner.
The Edgar Award is prestigious and there are many, many books sent to us readers by the publishers. The books began to trickle in by the end of February and then in March and April, here came cartons of books -- all shiny new hardbacks. At present I've received just over a hundred novels -- and there will be lots more.
And that, alas, is all I can tell you. I also signed a pledge not to discuss the judging process. I will say that I'm getting a comprehensive overview of mystery writing today.
I bring this up because a list of what I'm reading has always been a feature of my monthly Goodweather Report (published in its own blog the first of every month.) So now that feature is going to have to disappear for a year and I feel the need to explain to those readers what's up.
And you all too.
It's at once a book lover's dream -- and nightmare. All these great books -- but I can't talk about them.
Stay tuned . . . the books are mine to keep. Next year, there will be giveaways!