Wednesday, August 1, 2012

August -- the Booker Prize Longlist, part one

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Well, here it comes again -- that 2-month stretch of time where I read my way through the Booker Prize longlist (BPLL). This time around, I've got a 3-book jump on the stack, having already completed Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil,  Bring up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel and Skios, by Michael Frayn.  But Houston, we do have a problem.  The only book out of the remaining nine that is currently in my possession is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce -- the others are either in transport from the UK or won't even get here until September.  I can't decide if I should just a) go ahead and read it and get it out of the way first thing, or b) wait until I have more here so that I feel like I have a choice.   Or maybe c) I should just procrastinate on deciding since I seem to be able to do that very well. Or maybe I'll  finish the books I've already started and make a decision afterward.  Oh wait -- that goes under c).

Whatever way I go with these books, there are only nine for a two-month span of time, meaning that it should be an easy time.  So in an around the BPLL I'll continue my crime reading, throw in a couple of new books I just got and I'll also probably be giving away a lot of books this month. Stay tuned.


  1. I'm reading the longlist too. I haven't read any of them yet. So, I'm in for a busy few months. I'm blogging my results at I've added you to my booker blog roll. BTW I am reading 'The Garden of evening mists' as my first booker read. I am really loving it. It's a really moving story and the language is really poetic. It's a promising start

    1. Hi! I really enjoyed his Gift of Rain some time back, so I'm eager to read this new one.

      What do you think of the list? Or should I ask?


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