Tis the season to nominate books so that they can become Whitney Award finalists. A book must be nominated five times to be read by the Whitney judges; those judges then choose five finalists which are voted on by the Whitney Academy.
Just for fun, I thought Segullah could host a little contest here. Read a Whitney-eligible book (these are books published in 2011 by LDS authors; find a list of eligible books here), nominate it for a Whitney (click here) and then leave a post in the comments telling me which book you’ve nominated. Leave a separate comment for each book you nominate–one entry per book. I will choose one winner to receive a copy of Variant, by Robison Wells. This is a great book, Kirkus starred review, about a boy trapped in a creepy boarding school, with a twist. Contest ends December 7, and I will pick a random winner from entries after that.
Because of my baby (poor baby; I blame everything that’s flaky about my life right now on him.) I haven’t read all the Whitney-eligible books I had planned to. So many books, so little time. But here’s what I’ve read so far this year:
The Lost Gate, Orson Scott Card
Variant, Robison Wells
Back When You Were Easier to Love, Emily Wing Smith
Sean Griswold’s Head, Lindsay Leavitt
I Don’t Want to Kill You, Dan Wells
Crossed, Ally Condie
The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson
The Beyonders, Brandon Mull
All of these books deserve to be considered for a Whitney, in my opinion, and I will be nominating them, along with some others that I hope to read before the end of the year. But there are plenty of other genres that need some attention. And if you know of a self-published or independently published book that you think deserves a closer look, nominate it!
Disclaimer: While Segullah does have a vote on the Whitney Academy, no one asked us to run this contest. This is just an in-house idea because I thought it would be fun.