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.

November 21, 2011


  1. Th.

    November 21, 2011


    FWIW, so far this year I’ve found the following worthy of nominations:

    Variant by Robison Wells
    I Don’t Want to Kill You by Dan Wells
    Magdalene by Moriah Jovan

    Which, interestingly enough, are the only three eligible books I’ve read this year. So, based on my sample, I’m going to have to say that 2011 has been a very, very good year.

  2. Rosalyn

    November 21, 2011

    Variant and Crossed are both on my list of books to read.

    I just nominated Emily Wing Smith’s book (which I loved) and Heather Dixon’s Entwined (I’m pretty sure she’s LDS, although I could be wrong.)

  3. Kellie aka Selwyn

    November 21, 2011

    “I Don’t Want To Kill You” by Dan Wells. After the first one, I gladly paid the international postage for the other two.

    I’m still waiting for my OSC books to arrive. Can’t wait for the Whitney roundup!

  4. Kerri

    December 5, 2011

    I know this is late, but I want to add “Bitter Blessings” by Christine Mehring.

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