I had to take a break from reading only Hugo-eligible books. Since I started that plan (right around New Year’s Day, I’ve read 19 Hugo-eligible novels and novellas. I’ve really liked seven of them, but that leaves too many books in recent memory that I didn’t like all that much. That hurts my brain. I need to go back to my normal approach to choosing books, and for next year’s Hugos, I’ll just have to sprinkle in eligible books throughout the year. I think it’s the only way I’ll survive.
I started my break, and I feel SO MUCH BETTER. I never expected to be so stressed out by this. When I don’t like a book, or when I put one down without finishing (I only did that ONCE), and the stakes are whether or not I nominate it for a Hugo, I feel like I’m letting the author down. As if my one nomination is going to make a difference. Still, I’m sorry, author! I feel bad!
Nominations are due a week from Friday, so this will soon be in the past. Until it’s time to vote. But that part should be fun.