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|
|Rachel Ann Nunes||Dan Wells||Orson Scott Card|
|The Scorch Trials||The Way of Kings|
|James Dashner||Brandon Sanderson|
|Brandon Mull||Ally Condie||Kiersten White|
|The Forbidden Sea||The Fourth Nephite|
|Sheila Nielson||Jeffrey Savage|
|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|