Honor Vote Time!
Honor book voting policies are weirdly absent from the RealCommittee P&P, but we checked in with a number of friends and colleagues, including at least one former RealCommittee Chair and one former RealCommittee Admin Assistant to make sure we had it down. And so we are ready to put the honor book voting procedures into black and white for all to see.
Once the winner is chosen, an Honor Book straw poll is taken, in which each person votes for four titles. Every nominated title other than the already determined winner is eligible for an Honor, with no regard for whether it garnered any votes in the polling for the winning title, so the straw poll includes the complete nomination list. Any book receiving zero votes in the straw poll is dropped from the Honor Book ballot, and then the real Honor voting commences.
For our Pyrite* purposes, we are going to open it back up to the entire Pyrite nomination list — and yes, we realize the system this year has been flawed. We are trying to find the balance between a list that all players have time to read (which was why we voted it down to 10 before the true Pyrite vote) and a list that allows us to recognize a wide range of titles and really reflects the year. (If you have better ideas for achieving that balance next year, please let us know — we are definitely open to suggestions!) But we will skip the straw poll, mostly for the sake of time, and hopefully the results will be decisive anyway.
Honor voting is weighted just as the standard vote for first place, but since each person can vote for up to four books, the points are allocated as 7-5-3-1 instead of 5-3-1.
Now, one thing that does not appear, as far as we can tell, to be set in stone (and which none of us remember with certainty) is the point at which the committee determines how many honor books they will recognize. So while this may not be canon, what we’re going to do here is vote based on the maximum of four, and then look at the point spread before we decide the number of honor books. We may have a point spread that clearly indicates there are two or three books that fall way higher in our collective estimation than any others for the honor slots, and maybe we only recognize those 2 or 3. Or we could do as every iteration of the RealCommittee has done, and recognize the full four, because more recognition for more excellent titles is always good.
(For the record, Karyn tends to be all about the smaller and even more selective list, and in any conversation about honor book numbers ends up sitting alone in the corner being booed for that attitude. She’s hoping to find at least one or two sympathetic compatriots this time around.)
As we did for the Pyrite winner, please vote in the comments. You may vote for up to four titles and do please number them 1-4 (or 1-3, or 2, if you are feeling very selective indeed). We’ll collect votes until Saturday early evening, and post the results Saturday night or Sunday morning.
The complete Pyrite nomination list:
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Kat Rosenfield
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire-Saenz
Ask the Passengers, A.S. King
Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore
Bomb, Steve Sheinkin
The Brides of Rollrock Island, Margo Lanagan
Chopsticks, Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor
The Disenchantments, Nina LaCoeur
The Diviners, Libba Bray
Dodger, Terry Pratchett
The Drowned Cities, Paolo Bacigalupi
Every Day, David Levithan
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Graffiti Moon, Cath Crowley
Keeping the Castle, Patrice Kindl
Long Lankin, Lindsey Barraclough
Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
Monument 14, Emmy Laybourne
Personal Effects, E.M. Kokie
Railsea, China Miéville
The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
Team Human, Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
Titanic, Deborah Hopkinson
Various Positions, Martha Schabas
*The Pyrite Printz, or Pyrite, is the Someday My Printz Will Come mock Printz deliberation, and should not in any way be confused with YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award, often referred to here as the RealPrintz or Printz. Our predictions, conversations, and speculation about potential RealPrintz contenders and winners reflect only our own best guesses and are not affiliated with YALSA or the RealPrintz committee. You probably figured that out on your own, but we like to make it clear!