Have you been following The Battle of the Books?
I don't know what it is but it has been thrilling for me. I love the format of it. The comparisons. I'm not sure that any of the books that have gone head to head were both ones I had read. But reading a comparison between one I had read, to one I hadn't has been so concrete and ultimately so interesting. Today Kistin Cashore's Graceling which I read and liked got beat by The Lincolns which I haven't read. Although my criticisms of Graceling were different, the judge justified the win for me and I am now dying to read The Lincolns.
Go see for yourself.
As Always(spending too much time on the internet),