Our associate publisher is in New York City for the week on a business trip. Here in the office in Nashville, we've been enjoying her reports filled with fun, bookish photos—like this one, from her hotel!

She also sent a shot from Library Way, which runs on East 41st Street between Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue. The quote on this plaque is good food for thought on the endurance of books—and how we think about classics in comparison to "books for the hour."

This seems like a good time to remind readers to cast their votes in our 2012 Readers' Choice survey. Vote for your favorite book of the year, and you'll be automatically entered to win 10 books in a genre of your choice. Voting ends on Monday, December 10, at 12 a.m. Vote here!

Do you think your favorite book of 2012 is a "book of the hour," or will it stand the test of time? (It's fun to imagine what books published today might show up on our great-grandchildren's summer reading lists. . . )

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