Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Reading the Whitney Finalists

Every year, I try to read all the Whitney Award finalists. I admit that once in a while, I won't finish a finalist, but that's rare—and I always read at least the first five chapters.

LDS fiction is much better than it was 25 years ago, when I used to do reviews for a local paper. (Reviews that they often wouldn't print because I panned the books, pointing out obvious weaknesses and ridiculing the publishers/editors.) Yes, you still see some LDS fiction that lives down to its previous reputation, but many of the titles coming out now are absolutely awesome!

The Whitney Awards started in 2007 to recognize outstanding books by LDS authors. Titles are nominated by readers, narrowed down to category finalists by the Whitney board, then voted on by the Whitney Academy "comprised of industry professionals, including authors, retailers, bloggers, critics, publishers, and others."

I am not part of the Whitney Academy but I like to read the books and pick my favorites anyway. This year, there are 35 finalists—and there's a challenge to read all of them, sponsored by LDS Womens Book Review with an Amazon Gift Card up for a prize!

Come join me in the "Read 'em All" 2010 Finalists Challenge and Contest!

Here are the Whitney Finalists:
(Blue titles mean I've read them; red titles are links to my reviews.)


Band of Sisters Blink of an Eye The Cross Gardener
Annette Lyon Gregg Luke Jason Wright

Finding Mercie Lucky Change
Blaine Yorgason Susan Law Corpany


Alma The Younger Oh Say Can You See? The Sheen on the Silk
H.B. Moore L.C. Lewis Anne Perry

The Silence of God Trespass
Gale Sears Sandra Grey


Courting Miss Lancaster Cross My Heart The Legend of Shannonderry
Sarah Eden Julie Wright Carol Warburton

Luck of the Draw Meg’s Melody
Rachael Renee Anderson Kaylee Baldwin


Cold as Ice Crossfire Murder by Design
Stephanie Black Traci Hunter Abramson Betsy Brannon Green

A Time to Die Wrong Number
Jeffrey Savage Rachelle J. Christensen


Imprints Mr. Monster Pathfinder
Rachel Ann Nunes Dan Wells Orson Scott Card

The Scorch Trials The Way of Kings
James Dashner Brandon Sanderson

Youth Fiction—Speculative

Fablehaven 5 Matched Paranormalcy
Brandon Mull Ally Condie Kiersten White

The Forbidden Sea The Fourth Nephite
Sheila Nielson Jeffrey Savage

Youth Fiction—General

Glimpse Missing In Action My Double Life
Carol Lynch Williams Dean Hughes Janette Rallison

The Healing Spell Wolves, Boys, and Other Things
That Might Kill Me
Kimberly Griffiths Little Kristen Chandler


Angie said...

That will be some great reading for you!

Shanda said...

Thanks for joining and blogging about the "Read 'em All" Challenge. I know you can do it!