Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2018

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.

LONGLISTED BOOKS:

H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker

The Idiot by Elif Batuman

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Sight by Jessie Greengrass

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

When I Hit You or A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife by Meena Kandasamy

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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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Tasha

 

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