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2011 Whitney Eligible Reading List

This is a list of LDS-authored fiction I’d like to get to sometime this year; I plan to add to it as the year goes on. Basically I am poaching from I’ve gone through her list to see what interests me, and then I’m creating my own list. I think I want to begin earlier this year than I have in the past, because 1-I’m having a baby this summer, and 2-if I start earlier I can request books from my library sooner. I’m hoping to keep a better record of what I read as well.

As far as Whitney reading goes, I think it’s easier to read everything if you get a headstart. The trick is always guessing which authors will be finalists, and this is tough. It’s particularly hard in Youth Fiction, Youth Speculative, and Speculative, because those are really strong categories.

Ideally, I would read everything and then be able to nominate more books myself. I don’t think this will happen, though, which is kind of sad; I’d like to be able to read and nominate as many authors as I thought were deserving. But I’m limited by time and book budget.

So, here’s my list so far:

Read and reviewed:

The Beyonders, Brandon Mull

Read; needs review:
I Don’t Want to Kill You, Dan Wells

To Be Read, released as of May 2011:
Captive Heart, Michelle Paige Holmes
Kiss of a Stranger, Sarah Eden
The Lost Gate, Orson Scott Card
Messiah, Toni Sorenson
Miles from Ordinary, Carol Lynch Williams
My Unfair Godmother, Janette Rallison
Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, Heidi Ashworth
Sean Griswold’s Head, Lindsey Leavitt
Blackberry Crumble, Josi Kilpack
The List, Melanie Jacobsen

To Be Read, not yet released
Ammon, Heather Moore
Supernaturally, Kiersten White
Possession, Elana Johnson
The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson
Crossed, Ally Condie
Girls Don’t Fly, Kristen Chandler
Circle of Secrets, Kimberley Griffiths Little

I plan to edit this page as the year goes on, adding books that I’m interested in. I think in my reviews I will answer these questions: 1-Did I like it as a reader? Why or why not, and am I the best audience/reader for the book? 2-What can I learn from it as a writer? 3-How would I edit it differently? I am not going to give stars or grades. I probably won’t do detailed summaries either. It’s more helpful to me to analyze a book than it is to summarize it, and these reviews are mostly to help me remember what I read better.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Heidi Ashworth permalink
    May 22, 2011 1:11 am

    I look forward to reading your review of Miss Delacourt Has Her Day. : )

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