If you're looking for a few good books to read, on Saturday the National Book Critics Circle announced finalists for its 2008 awards.
Past winners have included such heavyweights as Toni Morrison, Wallace Stegner, Joyce Carol Oates, Cormac McCarthy, and Norman Maclean (you can see a complete list of past winners here).
This year's finallists include a novel about a junior-high school teacher and her son's wedding (Olive Kittredge by Elizabeth Strout), a memoir that examines the development of rural Montana (Why I Came West by Rick Bass), and a work of middle-eastern war correspondence (The Forever War by Dexter Filkins). Nominated authors include both a first-time novelist (M. Glenn Taylor) and a former pulitzer prize winner (Marilynne Robinson).
Check out a complete list of finalists here, and if you see a book you'd like an excuse to read, let us know, and we'll try to feature it at WWADY.
(NOTE: We begin reading So Brave, Young, and Handsome in 6 days. Get your copy soon.)