Shortlist and pick a winner from the longlisted titles
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Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig
Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
The Giant, O'Brien by Hilary Mantel
An Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid
And the winner is...Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig!
Choosing a six strong shortlist from the longlisted books was far more difficult that choosing from amongst the shortlisted books, as I was nowhere near as fond of many of them, save for Hearts and Minds. The others were good reads, but not strongly memorable ones.
The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopardi
Sorry by Gail Jones
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Girls by Lori Lansens
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
And my win would be....The Help! It may be a little saccharine, but hats off to Kathryn Stockett for such a strong debut novel.
The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall (2004 LL)
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris (2012 LL)
There but for the by Ali Smith (2012 LL)
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (2004 LL)
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (2013 LL)
The Seas by Samantha Hunt (2011 LL)
The Rehearsal - Eleanor Catton
The Long Song - Andrea Levy
The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
The Hero’s Walk - Anita Rau Badami
The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
Notes on a Scandal - Zoe Heller
I loved the first three, but my winner is definitely The Rehearsal, which is one of my favourite books ever.
I love reading how varied everyone's favorites are!
I tend to like the long list better. sometimes the short listed books seem safer to me...........and I have 7 again......
The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Gilead by Marilynne Roninson
The Keep and The Bonesetter's Daughter by Jennifer Egan and Amy Tan - tied for last
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
The Seas by Samantha Hunt
And my winner is -----Fall on Your Knees!!! YAY!!!!!
are my favorites:
1) Sorry by Gail Jones; 2008
2) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson; 2006
3) The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters; 2010
4) The Help by Kathryn Stockett; 2010
5) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; 2004
6) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk; 2002
AND MY WINNING CHOICE WOULD BE:
Sorry by Gail Jones
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni
Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
Dreams of Speaking by Gail Jones
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Winner: A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The Ghost Road Pat Barker
The Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier
Brick Lane Monica Ali
Case Histories Kate Atkinson
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Gillespie and I Jane Harris
and the winner is...
The Ghost Road
(I was tempted to say Case Histories, but that is because of how I feel about the whole series of those books, not just the first one).
**The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam (2008) by Lauren Liebenberg**
Sorry (2008) by Gail Jones
The Keep (2008) by Jennifer Egan
The Help (2010) by Kathryn Stockett
The Girls (2007) by Lori Lansens
This Is How (2010) by M. J. Hyland
The Hiding Place
and the winner is: The Girl with the Pearl Earring
My winner hasn't changed, but I'm just finishing Case Histories, which has been extremely enjoyable and will bump one of the others off the list. Not The Hiding Place or The Swimmer, and probably not Ghost Road, so pick one of the others because Case Histories is high on my list.