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A book blogger’s delight! – An update

BBNYA Panelist Logo by Jenn @JennieLy (

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year is an annual Indie book award hosted and judged completely by book bloggers from all over the world!

Well, the first round is over … and it was fab-u-lous.

Before we were allocated our first excerpts, we were given a chance to look at all the books entered this year and then we could select those which we really fancied reading. The great thing about this step in the process was that it meant I could either stay in my comfort zone (and read crime, mystery, and women’s fiction) or I could take a gamble on a new genre or two.

I know I’m not the best reader for Sci-Fi or fantasy, but there were some that crossed genres … and I could see myself enjoying the stories based on the blurbs presented. So, I made my selection and then received 24 excerpts of 2,000 words.

Whoa! It felt like a lot, but we had a month to read them so I nudged a couple of books down my TBR list to make room and got stuck in.

For the most part, I was not disappointed and wanted to read on in so many cases. Clearly, though, not every book can make it through, so we were asked to score each one on the following points: Writing style, Story, Characters and Emotional response (i.e. did the story evoke any emotional reaction?) Finally, we had to decide if we wanted to read on. In my case, I said yes to 16 of the 24, maybe to 5, and no to 3, the latter really not being a fit for my reading preferences. I will add that I only gave the top score to one book, but there were a few others that came close. Seems I can be choosy when I try 😉

So, now I’m waiting for round 2 in which we get to read a larger excerpt of 10,000 words of those stories that made the cut. It’ll be interesting to see how many of the ones I loved are in that group.

Please excuse the cloak and daggers aspect to this post, clearly I can’t name any of the stories or authors at this stage.

Watch this space until then!

As always