One of the perks of being a member of LDS Storymakers is that we have the opportunity to vote for the Whitney Award winners.
Ahem, maybe I should rephrase that. It's a responsibility, a duty, and not fun at all. I mean, what book lover would choose to spend time reading some of the best books of the year? Who has time to read? I hear it all the time, actually. No one has time to read anymore. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
There are those of us who find reading as necessary as breathing. If I don't read me a good book at least every week people. will. not. be. happy. Luckily, I live in a family of readers (mostly). Between us we devour a lot of books. We're talking thousands of words a week. I've generally got 3 books going at once--minimum. That way I can pick up the one I'm in the mood for at the time. I'm currently chawing my way through Les Miserables. I'm wearing the thing down. Finally made it past Waterloo!
My 13-year-old is not as hot on reading. She does love to re-read her favorites over and over. She's read the Eregon series about 5 times. My 17-year-old probably reads more than the rest of us put together. On vacation days she's been known to read two books a day.
In case any of you are interested in a list of really good books, you can find the Whitney Finalists here: http://whitneyawards.com/wordpress/finalists/2012-finalists/
There are 5 books in each category.