Monday, February 09, 2009

2008 Whitneys—Have I Got Some Reading to Do Or What?!

The Whitney finalists have been announced. For those of you who've never heard of them, the Whitneys are annual awards given to outstanding LDS fiction titles published in a particular calendar year. The 2008s were announced this morning.

I thought I'd been doing pretty good reading LDS fiction this year. I've read 25 "LDS" novels published in 2008 (and about 6 that were older LDS fiction titles, plus a bunch of non-LDS, but I digress...) So anyway, I'm feeling pretty good about all the reading I've done, and then I look over at the LDS Fiction site and according to LDS Publisher, there were 136 titles published by LDS authors last year. I'm not real good at math, but I think that means I've read a little less than 1/5th. :(

Of the 30 Whitney finalists, I own 15 and have finished reading 11 of them. So that's...uh...HALF that I bought because I thought they looked good.

Does that mean I'm good at picking winners?


Sandra said...

I looked at the list this morning and my first thought was, "I don't have time to read all these books! I am so behind and I have stupid homework to do."

I am going to have to rely on your opinion of the must reads for me.

Annette Lyon said...

I did the same thing this year only intentionally trying to guess who finalists would be. I didn't do too poorly, either. I have reading to do, but it won't be the frantic cram fest it was last year before the academy had to vote.

Josi said...

I'd say you are pretty good at picking winners, those are good odds. happy reading!

ali said...

I bet you are good at picking winners!

Good luck with your reading ;)

Julie Wright said...

The whitney's rock!!

Cindy Beck said...

Just ask your husband ... he'll tell you you're good at picking winners! :)