Hey y’all! Today I want to talk about the Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist. If you haven’t heard about the Women’s Prize for Fiction it’s a UK based book prize with an entry period from April 2017 – March 2018 and it celebrates the “best” in fiction written by women. I found out about this award last year when I was at the beginning of my exploration of booktube. I found out about it a little late for me to try to follow the prize too closely, but I knew this year I definitely wanted to follow it. Anyway, there are 16 books on the longlist and I want to talk about the one that I have read and the ones I plan on reading before the shortlist.
The only book that I have read is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, which you should be doing, you know that I absolutely love Jesmyn Ward. Salvage the Bones was one of my favorite books last year. I read this book last month and I will have my full review up this week. Spoiler: Salvage the Bones is still my favorite of hers.
BOOKS I’M PLANNING TO READ:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – I talked about this in my What I Read This Weekend and Weekly TBR. I have been wanting to read this one and this gives me the push I need.
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie – This was a book that was on my radar from it being on the longlist for an award last year. It is a retelling of a Greek myth and it involves I believe a Muslim or Iranian family. My library has it so I will be picking it up from there.
The Idiot by Elif Batuman – This book is about twenty somethings naviagting life. It’s a big book but I heard that it’s a fast read. After recently finishing The Heart’s Invisible Furies I’m all about getting sucked into another chunky character study.
Sight by Jessie Greengrass – This book is not out in the United States but I will be picking it up from Book Depository. This is an evaluation on mother and womanhood and I love things like that.
I will not even pretend that I will get to all 16 books but these are the ones that I really want to read. There are a few others that my library has that I may pick up before the shortlist is announced or once the shortlist is announced I may be able to get them from the library. That I will probably wait until the US publication date before I read them or get them from the library.
I’m excited to actually be (kind of) following a book prize. I have found some really good reads looking at past book award winners. I will do full reviews of the longlist books that I do read.
Do you follow any book prizes? Are you interested in any of these books? Potential buddy read? Let’s chat in the comments.
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