Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sh-h-h Reading

I had never heard of the Whitney Awards a few years ago. Maybe some of you are in that boat. They are selected from books published by LDS authors during the previous year. Anyone can nominate a book to be considered. Next a Whitney Panel pares down the list to 5 finalists in 7 different categories. As a member of LDS Storymakers, I was eligible to vote last year, but didn’t have a clue about the whole process.

This year, I plan to vote. I can’t possibly read 35 novels before the voting deadline. Not because I wouldn’t love to ready 24/7, but because I have a life. I plan to read all five novels in just two categories and vote in those categories. Reading ten novels in about two months will be a big enough challenge for me. I can’t tell you how fun it is to read these books, because they are awesome.

Scroll down to see this years finalists. Even if you’re not eligible to vote, you may want to browse this list and choose something for your reading pleasure. You could read all 35 and choose your own favorites. Call it the Carolyn Award or the Christy Award, or… you get the idea. I have two down and eight to go. I am currently reading Oh Say Can You See by L.C. Lewis. I have already finished Blink of an Eye by Gregg Luke and The Silence of God by Gale Sears. I highly recommend all three.

Until next week. Sh. Reading.

Linda Garner

2010 Whitney Award Finalists

Band of Sisters by Annette Lyon
Blink of an Eye by Gregg Luke
The Cross Gardener by Jason Wright
Finding Mercie by Blaine Yorgason
Lucky Change by Susan Law Corpany

Alma The Younger by H.B. Moore
Oh Say Can You See? by L.C. Lewis
The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry
The Silence of God by Gale Sears
Trespass by Sandra Grey

Courting Miss Lancaster by Sarah M. Eden
Cross My Heart by Julie Wright
The Legend of Shannonderry by Carol Warburton
Luck of the Draw by Rachael Renee Anderson
*Meg’s Melody by Kaylee Baldwin

Cold as Ice by Stephanie Black
Crossfire by Traci Hunter Abramson
Murder by Design by Betsy Brannon Green
A Time to Die by Jeffrey Savage
*Wrong Number by Rachelle J. Christensen

Speculative:Imprints by Rachel Ann Nunes
Mr. Monster by Dan Wells
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Youth Fiction—Speculative:
Fablehaven 5 by Brandon Mull
Matched by Ally Condie
*Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
*Forbidden Sea by Sheila Nielson
The Fourth Nephite by Jeffrey S. Savage

Youth Fiction—General:
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
Missing In Action by Dean Hughes
My Double Life by Janette Rallison
The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little
*Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

* Also eligible for Best Novel by New Author


Dawn said...

Cool! Thanks for sharing. Looks like your TBR pile is wonderfully stocked.

Carla said...

Yeah, never heard of them...thanks for sharing!