The other nominees in my categories (best debut novel and best cover art) are some of my favorite books from the year. I loved "Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan, and every time I turned around, another person was recommending "Ancillary Justice" by Ann Leckie.
In continuing the theme of excellent news week, on Tuesday I got a brand new baby nephew. I visited him at the hospital a few hours after he was born; he is officially the smallest and newest human being I had ever met. The way some people get about teeny-weeny baby clothes, I get about teeny-weeny baby books and have already gone on a spending spree. That kid is going to be chock full of Phantom Tollbooths, Chronicles of Narnia, and bears called Paddington and Corduroy. They're a little too big for him now, at all of two days old, but I figure he'll grow into them.