Hello, ello, she’s back. What’s that you say?
I can never help myself when it comes to book awards.
I’ve been in a weird place of late. Great start to the year I know, I know. Life, well, it goes on. And so do the book awards.
This year – I’m really keen to focus on the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist and, well, the Booker International longlist was released a few days ago – and oh, the nostalgia. I have to read some of them – I just do!
So, back to the Women’s Prize.
It’s a great list in my humble opinion. I possibly may have predicted a few – there’s always so many wonderful women to choose from! I’m excited by the list and there’s a few I hadn’t heard of too which always an intrigue.
So – what have I read?
- Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
- Elmet – Fiona Mozley
- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – review to come
- Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon – review to come
Which am I most excited to get to?
- The Idiot – Elif Batuman
- The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar
- Sight – Jessie Greengrass
- See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt
- Sing, Unburied, Sing – Jesmyn Ward
I’m also rather intrigued by: Miss Burma (Charmaine Craig), H(A)PPY (Nicola Barker) and When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife (Meena Kandasamy).
…I still have The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arhundati Roy) on my shelves from last year’s Booker but well… I’ll need a lot of convincing – I’ve not yet finished Auster’s behemoth.. sshhhh.
Man Booker International
I’m not overly excited – but I’m also trying not to go overboard as I’m easily overwhelmed these days. It looks to me, a more exciting list than last year, with plenty of books I’ve never heard of, and definitely a list that blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction.
At this current stage I am most excited to pick up:
- The White Book by Han Kang (South Korea), tr. Deborah Smith
I enjoyed The Vegetarian but for some reason or another I’ve been hesitant to pick up Human Acts. However, The White Book, sounds like my kind of book – and I’ve heard it being compared to Maggie Nelson’s Bluets – which I *still* haven’t read but which I just know I will love :’)
- The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), tr. John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes.
I’ve heard Sophie (Portal in the Pages) absolutely rave about this author, and while the book of hers she’s loved the most doesn’t completely grab me – this one is billed as 21 short stories – and we all know much short stories are my jam.
I could also be persuaded to pick up:
- Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), tr. Jonathan Wright
- Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), tr. Jennifer Croft
- The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan), tr. Darryl Sterk
What are your thoughts on these two lists??? Which ones are you excited to pick up? Are you going to try and read each longlist?? (Why, oh why do they happen at the same time haha)
It’s good to be back, friends.
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